I thought it was an awesome episode. What I loved: I loved all the love on the minor characters showing the scale of the battle. Thorne; great to see a three dimensional arsehole for a change, I loved him telling Jon how it is. He has the voice for battle (a la Robert Baratheon), and his speeches were all fantastic. I don't think he's dead either which makes me happy. Grenn and co shouting the vows at a rushing giant. The scythe looked class. Pyps death and Sam being a hero. I loved Tormunds capture too. Ygritte; I was welling up as much as I was when I read it, really well done. Ghost, what can I say. Even the giant going mad when the other giant died was cool. What I didn't love: Nothing. It was ace. As for not finishing on Stannis, well I liked it, it worked for me and I'm a Stan fan. It was a bleak finish, perfect set up for the last episode and great to focus on the Nights Watch. The fighting, direction and cinematography were epic for me, that panoramic shot showing Jon, then Styr, then Ygritte, the Tormund and finishing on Sam was just class.