Somewhat of a mixed episode for me.
Side note, anyone else got scared when they saw Dorne in the intro theme? I know I did.
There were some very good scenes but the teleportation was just too much for me.
Back in season 4 it was such a big deal for Arya to sail to Braavos and we even saw her on that ship.
Now it's all like ~Boom~, Arya's in Westeros now and don't even get me started on Varys poofing from one continent to the next in the same episode.
Also not sure whether I like the new Cersei. Some people are rooting for her, really? This show was always about showing the viewer all the different sides. There is no good or bad. Only different people with different motives.
Yet here we are watching Cersei's storyline unfold into becoming a stereotypical Disney villain. She even looks the part.
I really thought this episode would follow up on wildfire's "unpredictable nature" and have the entirety of King's Landing burn to the ground.
Also, leading Lancel to the wildfire and then stabbing him there made no sense story-wise.
Ah well. Maybe I was expecting too much from a season finale. They tend to wrap things up, the wowza moments are always in episode 9.
I did really enjoy the library scene though. Didn't think Sam's story would be the highlight of this episode for me but it was done really well.
Good god, forgot about that super important scene.
It was nice following up on Bran's vision of the Tower of Joy.
...But it felt off and a little rushed.
I expected something more grim and a poetic moment between Ned and Lyanna.
Instead it was a bright, sunny room and a few maidens around.
They missed the chance at a big reveal. Instead they made it so that many viewers don't understand the revelation and it's not like they can have a go at it again at a later point.