Alfie Allen and Emilia Clarke just killed me. I sobbed like a baby in spite of watching after being spoiled, as always. Jorah honorable and knightly until the end, Theon's face when Bran called him a good man (damn, I have something in my eye again) Lyanna Mormont going down at an Olenna level of awesome...
What had me cheer the most? Arya defending Davos like a fucking badass. He looked so impressed. Please give me a Team Stormlands with Arya/Gendry/Davos/Brienne, thank you.
I had a feeling that the Lord of Light people would have a connection with Arya, but I sure didn't expect this one.
Yes, it's anticlimatic that the threat over 7 years + was dealt with in one episode; and didn't invade all of Westeros or almost. OTOH, it's extremely ballsy and probably the most subversive option the show could have chosen, imo. There were so many hints in S7 of how Arya was going to kill the NK, in hindsight. Bran giving her the dagger, the left-right hand trick during her fight with Brienne, Beric's purpose speech. The "blue eyes" back in S3, too. I wonder if I'll find others.
It isn't new that the NK brings the storm, so using it to impede the dragons even for Plot was OK with me. It didn't come out of nowhere either.
I liked that every fighter did they part in the battle. Everyone was useful, in their own way and within their own capacities, everyone took one for the team, everyone had a moment to shine. It might not have been "in your face", but Jon and Daenerys annihilated a shitload of wights and the defense of WF wouldn't have stood without their intervention; same when fighting Viserion or the NK, they earned time that was crucial for everyone's survival. Arya's biggest strength is stealth, the way she killed the NK was right in her alley (reminiscent of Lyanna Mormont with the giant half an hour before, and weirdly I didn't see the same objections...). The Hound floundered but saved Arya with Beric -LOL at the Mary Sue thing, she is clearly not invincible. Greyworm stepping it and the Unsullied protecting Melisandre to light the trenches. Jorah, Jaime, Pod, Brienne, Tormund, Gendry got the brunt of the assault and sustained it vs the main body of the AOTD. It was teamwork, and they can all be proud of themselves...I know I am.
Well, everyone but Sam. Boo. Talk about biting more than you can chew. Too bad that Edd had to bite it, period, because of that craven moron. The more I think of it, the more pissed off I get. I don't think there's anyone dead in the alliance whom I wouldn't exchange for Sam right now, including Melisandre. He better not be a whinging little shit after this battle.
I'm glad that no one I liked and who was in the crypt was killed off, since I was very afraid for Missandei in particular, but the red-shirt trope was strong in that part of WF. Missandei was fierce and delivered a well-deserved smackdown, so much for her detaching from her queen. Tyrion, like in the previous episode, was touching.
Going from the insane noisy action outside to the horror movie-like silent eeriness inside, with Arya, was fabulously done. Like in 7x06, though, at times one couldn't see who was doing what; not even because it was too dark, more because of the smoke. I guess it was on purpose, to convey the confusion?
Also, Gendry made it yaaaas! Sex doesn't kill, trope averted! Well, it seems to be love anyway...