Some pretty satisfying plot developments in the finale. Nice to see Jon finally getting a bit of traction (last ep too), but Melisandre's interest has to be bad news... also good to see that pompous, doddering Pycelle shit-heel shafted... but obviously the new guy is going to turn what remains of the Mountain into some sort of abomination; perhaps some variety of tame white walker or something? And Cercei's on a roll; it's nice to be able to sympathise with her when she's being horrible. Of course, her dad's even worse... but in that scene with Jaime, she's beyond the pale again; too selfish and transparently manipulative once more. Although it sure was interesting; brimming with tangles of implied complexity... Jaime has his work cut out choosing his path.
As for Daenerys, I'm finding her story a bit slow-moving... I want to know what's up with the missing dragon. Those critters aren't gonna be much use to her if she can't even bring them to heel. Something tells me locking them up could come back to bite her on the arse... And what of good old Mormont? Never heard from again? Surely not.
Nice to see Bran's finally reached his destination, undead notwithstanding, but it's a shame he doesn't get to walk again... wonder what the three-eyed crow dude meant by flying? What, like Neo at the end of The Matrix or something? He can already warg into birds. I love when he wargs Hodor and Hodor's dipshit expression flicks off like a switch... two massive handicaps temporarily on hold. Anyway, his storyline seems like it's about to get interesting.
And the meeting of Brienne and Arya! That was so cool. And you know the Hound is about to finish his shit any second and things are gonna get hairy... the whole time through that escalating exchange between him and Brienne, I'm on the edge of my seat, simultaneously hoping they can talk their way out of a fight, and wanting to see them go at it. And that was a damn good fight, I reckon... had a desperate, vicious sort of authenticity to it. You get the feeling the Hound was probably a little too arrogant going into it... but I'm gonna miss that curmudgeonly scumbag. He'd really grown on me this season. Apparently not so much on Arya though; if the Hound was to get his mercy killing, maybe he shouldn't have reminded her that he was on her shit-list. That Arya, she's a proper badarse these days.
I was overcome with glee at Jaime springing Tyrion; I didn't quite expect him to come through... and like many, Tyrion's my fave - I've been preoccupied by his fate over the last few weeks. So when he turned around at the door, I was like, 'Noooo! Dude! GTFO!' But hey, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do... I thought that was Cercei in bed at first, but the murmur of Tywin's name puzzled me... until I realised it was Shae - that gold-digging bitch! I wouldn't hate her guts so much if she hadn't made out like she was mad with jealousy over Tyrion for so long. Fuck her. A fitting end, choked by the gold she was after all along. And then, when Tyrion still didn't GTFO, I'm thinking, shit man, how far do you want to push your luck? Tenterhooks. The door swings open to reveal Tywin on the crapper... oh man, this is fucking sweet. Just desserts (almost) all round. Fuck yeah, Tyrion. Mad props to Varys, too. Smart move, changing his plans so quickly... he's got a head on his shoulders. And we can look forward to more wonderful conversations between a couple of the smartest characters in the show, thankfully.
Now we have to wait until 2015, dammit. Here's hoping civilisation lasts long enough for this to conclude.