Hope you like boobs! Because there sure were a lot of 'em on last night's focused, largely enjoyable episode of Game of Thrones.
A strange structure for this episode, no? We spend almost all of our time with a mere three storylines, bookended by short but eventful spurts of time with Arya and Sam. I loved the shot at the beginning, with the Hound and Arya on their way to the Twins. That Michelle MacLaren sure knows how to frame a shot, huh?
Anyhow, all in all another episode that felt like more setup than execution, but with some great moments throughout. I particularly enjoyed sloppy drunk Tyrion; they've done a good job of regularly reminding us that despite our desire to see the little man emerge as an infallible hero, he's actually just as flawed and human as any of the other characters. His very real threat to Joffrey was a great moment, as was the depressing, necessary way he walked it back. (io9's Charlie Jane Anders agrees and gives Peter Dinklage serious props in her thorough writeup.) (Speaking of props: Happy 21st birthday, Jack Gleeson! You're so good at playing a hateful little shit that most of us take you for granted.)
And of course, I enjoyed the "Sam the Slayer" moment that we all knew was coming the moment Sam picked up those dragonglass daggers at the Fist of the First Men. I thought it worked to place it where they did, all things considered.
Anyway, what did you all think? Talk white walkers, drunken talkers, or anything else, here or over at TAY. And if you're writing about stuff that hasn't happened yet, do use healthy spoiler tags.