I gave this episode a 6 (after re-reading my episode critique, perhaps I should have given it a 7, but some of the things that bothered me about the episode, really rubbed me the wrong way). It was still better than most TV shows by a long shot, but judging it against the first two episodes of the season, this one felt the most disjointed to me. I just didn’t think it flowed as well as I wished it had. Here’s some of what I enjoyed of the episode: Sansa’s escape was well done, and pretty much adhered to the book version. I’m very glad to see Sansa get out of King’s Landing. I can’t wait to watch Sophie Turner’s handling of the character going forward. The scene between Tywin and Tommen was quite good, and concisely re-established Tommen as a major character. I also thought the actor playing Tommen did a nice job. By Thor, I love the scenes between Arya and The Hound. Some of Maisie’s facial expressions throughout the scene were priceless. And Rory McCann keeps impressing me with his surliness, snot rockets and all. Shireen and Davos were great together, as usual. I thought some of the best acting of the episode was brought forth by the excellent Tyrion and Pod farewell scene. The Wilding attack in my opinion was handled with aplomb. It was well shot (no pun intended) and contrary to what some might opine, I didn’t consider it too Lord of the Rings like. Pretty much any show placed in a fantasy setting resembling our own Medieval history will bear similarities when depicting warfare. The things I thought could have been improved in this episode: I wasn’t feeling the Jamie forcing himself on Cersie scene. I don’t recall the book version being slanted in that direction. My wife, who out of the four of us watching, is the only non-reader of ASOIAF, really didn’t like that scene. She still holds a strong grudge against Jamie for pushing Bran out the window (which I can’t blame her for, as she doesn’t get the benefit of his POV later in the story), but she was coming around a bit to his slow redemption storyline. I think that rape scene under the dead body of their son, pretty much put her back on the I hate Jamie bandwagon. I like Sam and Gilly, but I too thought the Sam and Gilly scenes could have been tighter. They just dragged, and brought the whole of the episode down a peg. I’ve accepted the fact that we’re more than likely not going to get the character of Strong Belwas, but I was still hoping for a more spectacular fight between the Champion of Meereen and Daario. I don’t think the whole Raiders of the Lost Ark like simplicity with which Daario took down The Champion of Meereen endeared new Daario to the fans like a well fought duel would have, but that is just my opinion.