My thoughts on this tragic episode.... Sparrows: D+D went way too fanatical with the Sparrows. Their actions were so over the top, cultish, and cartoonish that they have become laughable. There is no depth to the movement, just a bunch of crazy homophobic zealots. Tommen: Poor kid. But honestly ... would Cersei ever send her last born son out onto the streets of KL to treat with a pack known crown haters? It's just not in keeping with the show's portrayal of her as a fierce tiger mom protecting her children at all costs. She would never set up Tommen to look weak in front of the masses. The Jamie and Bronn Show: UGGH. While I am happy to see Bronn back, could it be any more campy? It's like watching an episode of Laverne and Shirley. Although I really enjoy when the show takes a stab at dark comedy (chicken anyone?) I'm afraid that next episode they'll get a job on the conveyor belt at a chocolate factory. Hilarity ensues! Stannis the Mannis: Whoa! Stannis has a heart! I actually liked the Stannis/Shereen scene, and I am assuming that Greyscale is going to take the place of the "plague" in Mereen? Otherwise I can't understand why the show would make such a point to address it both this week and last. Jon Snow Nothing: Watching Jon get hypnotized by a boob was hilarious. And not in a good way. Mel's departing words had my entire group laughing at the screen. Was it supposed to be comedy? Sansa/LittleFinger: Quite possibly the WORST character to be given the task of explaining the events leading up to Robert's Rebellion. This important back story should have been given to a character with dignity, trustworthiness, and a voice that doesn't sound like Christian Bale doing a Christian Bale impersonation. Did the non-book readers even grasp the importance of the tale he told? It felt way too off the cuff coming from LF. His smirk when Sansa mentioned "the kidnapping and rape" of Lyanna was totally lost on my non-book reading friends. The gravity was lost. The Sand Snakes: UUUGGGGGGHHH. When did Indira Varma forget how to act? I loved her in Rome. She was chewing through so much scenery, I thought it was an episode of House Of Cards. The accents are lost on me too. I was originally on board with the decision to have Ellaria replace Arienne, simply because I think Varma is a slid actress, but everything they have done to the Sand Snakes storyline has been cheap. The actors, the costumes, the set design ... maybe they blew their budget on CGI at the Wall last season? And while I appreciate that Obara's monologue came straight outta Martin's mouth, it was so poorly set-up that it didn't make any contextual sense. It was like D+D just randomly grabbed a paragraph from the book and said "insert this!" The acting from all three snakes was lackluster and I find myself (yet again) in the position of explaining to my freinds "They were really badass in the books!! I swear! And speaking of BADASS... In my opinion, D+D's most heinous crime against the books in the last 5 seasons has been the utter lack of development of Ser Barristan the Bold. This character has such a rich history and historical relevance to everything that the show is now starting to address, he should have been at the forefront this season and next. I've been patiently awaiting his aDwD story arc and assuring my friends that he truly is the baddest knight in the Kingdom. How does a character go from essentially taking out the entire Sons of Harpy while Dany is on sabbatical, to being casually killed by the Sons of Harpy in a back alley??? D+D's lack of attention to and development of Selmy doesn't even qualify this as a killing for "shock value." It was absolutely pointless. Non-book readers have never been truly attached to show Selmy, so I assume D+D are paving the way for fan favorite Jorah/Tyrion to replace him. My problem with his death is that it seems it was done just to meet some sort of arbitrary body count. As if D+D are under pressure to kill off characters to keep viewers watching. I think it is a "Red Wedding" effect. The amount of press and fanfare and outrage and shock that came after the Red Wedding were ratings gold. But to kill for no other reason than to rattle the viewers is stupid. Barristan deserved better than that and it makes me question D+D's understanding of the source material. I no longer trust their decision making and don't feel that they are authentically representing Martin's work. I understand that a TV show cannot possibly do justice to a deeply layered epic fantasy series, and I don;t expect them to follow the books exactly, but this nonchalant death shows me that they lost the lore and replaced it with ..... more boobs.