Yes. Yes. Yes yes yes. YES. YEEEEES! Thank you, Melisandre. I have never liked you more (and I always have, you crone). We all knew it could happen but I'm so glad it actually did. AND she gave him a haircut in the process. This is everything. YES.
Seeing Bran so grown up, the flashbacks to Ned's young days, Hodor... it was all fantastic. I have no idea where that weird creature woman came from (no recollection if she appeared before). The actor playing Bran is SO good. He's really grown into a fine young actor and it looks like he won't lag behind on the looks department either.
The scene with the drunken guy at King's Landing (he was telling the truth about his dick!) getting his head smashed was so funny. I was so scared for Jaime for a moment, but he played it well. I hate the High Sparrow SO much. And Tommen's maturing! His line about what Cersei is capable of said so much about him. I like how they're positioning him and Jaime and Cersei for their fight, playing out all the beats.
The scene with Tyrion and the dragons was so tense. My God.
I'm glad Jaqen's back. Still interested in how they develop the storyline.
I knew the fat lady and her baby were goners but I did not expect to see Roose Bolton murdered. My God. Ramsay is such a sick fυck, as he proves over and over again.
I really love the group of Sansa/Pod/Theon/Brienne and glad that Sansa learned there was a sighting of Arya. But so short-lived, with Theon deciding to go back to the Iron Isles. The stuff with Balon on the bridge was fantastic and so well shot. I enjoyed the Kingsmoot in the book and hope it works well on the show too, although I'm not sure where, if anywhere, Theon fits in all of this.
Sage was the human equivalent of dried puke on a good shirt. They finally wrote her the way the audience perceived her. Sage was a non-entity, horrifically played by a huge Broadway star, and she deserved nothing, let alone consideration. Bye c*nt!
Wait, so the longest standing set on the show was to be changed and nobody bothered to check the ideas/plans/specs for it before it was done? And yet they micromanage every script, every story?
Why are these unpopular? lol They should handle SORAS that way!
As for newbies, lets not forget the horrible casting, too! If they're interesting, complex, and played well, why not?
As for an unpopular opinion (perhaps), related to newbies, I don't get the whole "why aren't they related to so and so?" or "You GOTTA tie them into a family!" Um, no. You don't. Soaps often do that in desperation because they're not well received or in lieu of actually giving them a personality. It's so cheap and obvious. I welcome strangers who build relationships, good or bad, with our mainstays. Not everyone needs to be related.
I really wish this ridiculous Daytime climate we're in didn't force people to have to explain they're not stans just because they object to out-of-character, severely destructive (to themselves) acts from characters. And it's not as if they couldn't slowly start to develop Sharon into something different, that eventually led to where she is today. No. They just started writing her unlike herself and the rest is history.
The only funny part is, even after 12 years of horrific writing, the fans STILL love Sharon & Sharon Case because they can SEE this is OOC and the actress really sells every.damn.moment. If Phyllis & Sage couldn't win is because no one ever will.