Well welcome to my first [Game of Thrones](series:201531) review, remember this will possibly feature spoilers for the books and will definitely carry spoilers from the episode. I will break it apart through POV which seems to be the best approach.
If I am not wrong we only got two scenes with Arya this time around, her naming everyone she is going to kill and her practicing water dancing before stabbing the Hound and failing to kill him...or do any damage at all. These scenes work very well, specially for developing the dynamic and interaction between the Hound and Arya, she learns so much from him even though it's nothing directly and toward the end of the season we will see the role that all this buildup has been leading to.
Not much happened in King's Landing. Firstly we have Cercei talking to Margery regarding upcoming weddings and the continuation of their alliance; what was great about this scene was seeing how they can easily be good together but they will never join forces, instead we see Margery making a great comment on how they she is going to call her sister or mother, this gives fruition for what will happen in the next seasons. The rest of the scenes are Cercei "talking" to two of the judges but she is really just trying to convince them into convicting Tyrion, from the way she is starting to act, I'd say this is the beginning of her downfall.
Sansa and Petyr finally reach the vale and here is where we get one of the most shocking pieces of news of the series. Upon talking to Lysa, Sansa finally feels a little safe and we learn that Petyr has been plotting all this since the beginning of the series, or rather nothing would have ever happened if it hadn't been for his scheming, him and Lysa killed John Arryn the Hand of the King and set into motion the story. Petyr and Lysa are wed, and loudly bedded. This is a very important scene, we not only see how far ahead Petyr can think but what he is willing to go through to achieve what he wants; his dynamic with Sansa has always been creepy and from here on out it will get worse. One of the parts I am dreading and hopefully they don't do this in the show is changing Sansa's hair color to fit Alayne, even though it probably will happen, I just really like seeing her fiery red hair, kissed by fire.
Her story-line has never been very interesting to me, it was okay up until she gets to Mereen and then it just goes downhill; I feel it is happening with the show just the same, she might be the rightful heir to the throne, but I think she is so unfit to rule. Anyway, in this episode we see her making a very important decision, sail to Westeros or stay and rule to try to maintain the order she created. Jorah (I love him, one of my favorite book and show characters, even though he makes some terrible decisions sometimes) points out the pros and cons of everything that is happening, him being the most loyal and close advisor stays with her when she decides to stay and rule. At this point, Jorah shouldn't be with Daenerys if I am not wrong and him remaining there does change a little of her decisions around, you can't deny their interactions are great to see, but what makes me wonder is how will Jorah get banished what will push Daenerys to do this and I hope that it's something that happens before the issues with the Second Sons. Overall that might be the only interesting story here in Mereen. Another thing, where are the dragons?!?!?!?!
I am combing this one since they were so very close and also it's the biggest departure from the books we have seen so far. The small battle at Caster's makes a good mid season event to tie in what happened at the beginning of the season to the last couple of episodes, also putting Bran so close to Jon it makes him actually make the decision between family and his mission and he chooses to keep going north, but that is after we see him warg into Hodor and break the neck of the guy working for Roose Bolton, little by little Bran is becoming stronger with his ability and Jojen keeps having visions to which they keep getting true, people shouldn't doubt him anymore. Jon is finally reunited with Ghost, after the direwolf destroys one of the deserters of the watch; not only this but we keep seeing Jon's leadership skills and this will play an important role once they get back to Castle Black and eventually the battle versus Mance Rayder. The last couple of episodes will be amazing and they seem to be very north centered given their names "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children" (which I only read this last name this weekend and I am very excited for the children to show up...if it's the children I am thinking of).
Overall a great episode, specially if you look at the end and omit Daenerys story, next episode "The Laws of Gods and Men" we'll see the return of Tyrion while his trial happens and there are some very good events happening here.