Overall I liked the finale. It was less good than the penultimate episode, but we have become used to that. The before-last episode is always the most epic. Strengths: - The scene in the dragon pit. It was very cool to have all these main characters together in one place. You could really feel the tension. - Cersei was again very cool in this episode. I liked how she easily manipulated the rest of the lords and ladies. Can't wait to see how she will manage the Golden Company. - The unfolding of the Sansa vs Arya ploy. I didn't like this story arc at all, but it turns out Sansa and Arya were playing Littlefinger all along. I was cheering when LF bit the dust. - Sam. This dude has become one of my favorites. A real achievement, as I hated this character in the books. The actor is awesome though. I particularly liked the scene between him and Bran. Creepshow Bran: "I can see everything now". Sam: "That's nice". Weaknesses: - Theon. I didn't care about the scene between him and Jon and I hated the scene where he reclaimed command over the iron islanders in order to rescue his sister. I'm more than through with Theon's repeated redemption character arc. - The "fight" at the Wall. The visuals were stunning, but the scene didn't make much sense. So the entire plan of the Night King would have been in ruins if he didn't have a zombie dragon? That's great strategy... Personal meh's: - So we knew about Jon's real pedigree, but now we know for sure. It will take some getting used to calling him Aegon now. The relationship between him and Dany was quite predictable. I didn't dislike this revelation per se, I had just hoped GRRM and the B&B would have gone for a less predictable approach. Sure, my wife and her friends loved it ("yay, finally they hook up" --> disturbingly condones incest right there by the way), but to me it was a bit of a let-down. - Cersei letting Jamie and Tyrion go. She should have ordered the Mountain to cut off their heads. I really can't understand why she didn't. Totally out of character if you ask me.