I was fully spoiled, and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting, probably because I had time to digest the whole thing for weeks.
Peter Dinklage is a terrific actor and I understand D&D really wanted to give him another shot at the Emmy/Golden Globe, silly 'story'speech and all, but I wish they had cut the longest walk ever so we could have seen:
a) Sansa thanking Brinne for fullfilling her oath and freeing her to pursue whatever she wanted, b) a quick Tyrion-Bronn talk where Tyrion tells Bronn that he, Tyrion, is keeping his promise, but Bronn better deliver, c) a small nod/goodbye wave between Arya and Gendry and Sam and Jon (though I know they already had their goodbyes), d) a small scene before the coucil meeting where Davos is asked about his wife and explain she is coming in a few days, or that she has another husband or whatever, and where someone asks Sam about the baby and Gilly and he gives an update on the kid and says something like "now that I'm a full maester"... you know what I mean?
I also think that the majority of viewers don't remember Robyn, Royce, etc, so they should have found a way for all those people to introduce themselves. That would answer all of those questions about Brienne sitting there.
Kit is one of the weakest actors in the show and I was dreading his scenes in this episode. But I was relieved he delived, both with Peter Dinklage in Tyrion's cell and with Emilia Clarke. People keep saying D&D ruined Daenerys but was they did to Jon those two past seasons was criminal. I understand not wanting to kill the woman he loves, but to keep defending her actions? Like I said, criminal.
They went full Triumph with the Will with Daenerys and it was so beautufully done and acted. I imagine she will get and Emmy nod, but won't win.
Drogon mourning Dany was the only time I've ever felt for the dragons (direwolves>>> dragons). ETA: when they were locked in Meeren was cruel.
That lovely scene where Brienne tells the end of Jaime's tale in the White Book was so poignant, and right there with Jon/Tyrion talk and Jon/Arya goodye the best scene in the entire episode.
I noticed that Bran was not featured in the final 5 minutes with Arya, Sansa and Jon endings, and I'm forever grateful for that. I know it is GRRM ending and that if and when he finishes the damm books it will be properly developed, but right now I'm extremely pissed at that.
Jon was never as happy as he was with the Free Folk, so I hope he heals out there in the far North. He looked devasted in that cell and even more so at the news that he was wouldn't be able to be with his siblings.
But it just seems a stretch that Grey Worm wouldn't kill Jon but would accept that so easily the NW excuse. Also, it is a stretch that no one mentioned in that council that Jon was the heir/king because that should have been taken in account.
I wish they had written a scene were on of those little wildilings runs to march next to Jon, looks up and smile and he does the same. Some little joy, you know? Also, those kids were too cute for words.
Ghost didn't have an ear, snif. Glad to see Ghost/Jon reunited.
I don't mind Arya sailing away, the kid has always been a free spirit. But it seems like a regression that she says she won't (ever) come back to Winterfell. Maybe something along the lines of 'I'm going West and one day I will be back to my family".
Good luck with all those loyal, trustworthy, noble Northern lords, Sansa. You are going to need it.