I gave it a 9. Overall a more consistent outing compared to earlier episodes this season. The high moments were higher (walk of atonement, Arya killing Trant, Theon killing Myranda) and the low moments had some redeeming qualities. Since people have talked at length about the former, and I don't see the usual positive nitpicking thread around, I'll focus on the latter. The rushed Battle of Winterfell was no high point for sure, but I must be the only one who enjoyed Stannis in it. People seem to be divided into those who love Stannis and thus hated it and those who don't like or don't care for him who didn't mind it or even enjoyed because of that fact. I instantly grew to like Stannis as a show-watcher first, and his portrayal in this episode emphasized everything I liked about him in the first place. His grim, stoic acceptance of the cavalcade of bad news that would have visibly broken most other people. His grim, stoic acceptance of the fact that he would lose when the Bolton cavalry descended upon him; no ranting, no panic, just drawing his sword, accepting the inevitable, and going down fighting. Killing those two men with a gimp leg. Grim, stoic acceptance of his death via Brienne, excellent final words that summarized his character. I'll still never forgive him for Shireen and he deserved what he got, but I'll remember him as one of my favorite villains. The post-Castle Black Stannis's camp subplot needed more buildup, but I for one liked the oppressive, snowballing sense of futility and inevitability that came to a head in this episode. (One of the calamities that befell him this episode, such as losing all his cavalry, should have been before he burned Shireen. That should have been the catalyst. The reason why this happened should not have been plot-plated-hermetically-sealed-bubbled, Villain Sue Ramsay.) Dorne was Dorne, and the "bad pussy" line was the most cringeworthy line in the series so far. I liked two lines said by Jaime: a repeat of his arc words, "we don't choose who we love", and his "what I'm trying to explain... uh, very awkwardly", which echoed what Tyrion said to Sansa two seasons before, which illustrates how similar the two Lannister brothers are. "For the Watch" was pretty good. Walk of atonement was very nicely done. Loved Theon and Sansa. Didn't like Trant's pedophilication but Arya going Tarantino on him provided some much-needed catharsis. HoBaW was okay. Really didn't like how they jerked us around about Benjen, a character I'm dying to meet again. I didn't like all the cliffhangers, but I'm not docking points for that because it seems like they did it that way to minimize book spoilers. Other than the Stannis storyline, which zoomed past the books (and the path will likely be very different in the books; I have no doubt that Stannis will be defeated eventually, but I don't know if it's going to be at Winterfell), no significant spoilers. Not really counting Myrcella's death or the Robert Strong = Mountain reveal as actual spoilers, because per Maggy's prophecy we all know Tommen and Myrcella are doomed, it's just a question of when; and only contrarians who like hearing themselves talk ever seriously doubted Gregorstein. The way the Jon Snow death was handled was my worst fear, as I think this sort of cliffhanger is cheap storytelling. But I'm willing to forgive that if their motivation is to copy how ADwD ended and not pre-empt WoW. If Jon Snow never comes back in either the books or the show, I'd be very disillusioned with the series and lose a lot of interest. If Jon Snow comes back in the books but not the show, that would turn me against the show, though I'd respond by not talking about the show altogether than become a tedious detractor on these forums. I'm still expecting him to come back on both mediums and that the post-interview comments were lies intended to protect the secret, much like the show Revenge did earlier this year when it came to a dead character coming back. The show generally sticks very closely to the books when it comes to Big Moments (such as the walk of atonement in this very episode), and I can't imagine a scenario in which Jon Snow comes back in the books but his presence isn't essential to upcoming Big Moments in the final books.