There is absolutely no reason to have a council if you're not going to listen to them anyway. The reason Robert Baratheon had one was because he was too lazy to govern his own kingdom. He even said so himself.
I don't recall seeing Lyanna Mormont's council anywhere at all when she was speaking for her people. Or when she was the first to name Jon king in the North. Think she asked her council their thoughts on it before she said it?
PS. Jon has his advisors and he actually listens to them (and they never undermine him in public either).
Oh, please, let's be honest. Sansa was being so-so about Jon returning and her having to give up her role as lady of winterfell. It wasn't until Arya called her out on it that she reluctantly, defended Jon (as little as possible though) to the lords.
As for Lord Royce, he's free to leave at any time. Let him go and take his army back to the Vale. Will there be any food there? Don't think so unless Lysa's intellectually-challenged son (forgot his name) suddenly grew a brain.
And even if there's food, what will he do? Align himself with Cersei? Yeah right. He'd be lucky to survive the trip back to the Vale and that's not even including the risk of the NK and his every-growing army (thanks to all the dead from the war of 5 kings) moving south and possibly intercepting them.
If he's the luckiest man alive, he and some of his people, might survive the war or even the long night - assuming the Vale is left alone. Then what's to stop Dany from flying one of her dragons up to it and taking it for herself once all the fighting is over?
For me it wasn't so much the hype as all the waiting. It just didn't feel worth it, to me.
As for Cersei, I agree mostly with the quote below. She did seem reluctant to let him into her bed, as if she had to lower herself to do it. She'd have preferred to stay on her high horse, proven by telling him to get himself a whore... yet she gave in anyway. She needs his support and, most likely, him to assume paternity of her unborn child if she really is pregnant. Not sure if her comment about him intriguing her or whatever was genuine or if she was just searching for anything positive to say so he (and his fleet) wouldn't walk out on her.
If only she'd had her elephants...
Yes, couldn't agree more!
To be fair to Sansa though, she was never raised to "use her words". As a highborn lady she was more likely taught to be seen, not heard. And in KL she learned to stay quiet lest she'd get beaten/tormented by Joffrey. She wasn't lying during LF's final scene though; she is a slow learner and she doesn't really seem all that open to developing her skills. Someone here compared her journey to the other Stark kids and what they didn't mention that they all went in search of a purpose, a way to better themselves (be that for revenge or survival) and Sansa just let people push her around until others took care of those who hurt/manipulated her. She didn't even off LF herself, Arya did it instead (I did love that scene, but would've appreciated it more if they'd stuck to Ned's "the one who passes the sentences, executes it as well").
The scene where Dany was talking to Sam was so well acted. You could tell the moment Dany and Jorah went "damn" as Sam they realized who he really was. Jorah looked full of sympathy as Sam heard the news about his family and Dany looked like maybe it was a turning point for her. At least, that's how I interpreted her body language & facial expressions during the scene. Like being confronted with the consequences of her actions made her possibly rethink some of her strategy against the living.
Also, I thought it was very telling back when Dany returned from attacking the Lannister army and Jon didn't ask any questions after she said she had fewer enemies today than yesterday (paraphrasing). He didn't want to know. Or he possibly didn't care because his focus was on the north/NK.
Pretty sure Sansa would've blamed her bastard brother for letting Rickon died if he'd just kept his horse standing there, watching impassively as Rickon ran to them for safety. As a matter of fact, Jon seems to care more for his "siblings" than Sansa does, even the full-blooded ones.
I must have missed the part where Jon was telling everyone to refer to Dany as "Queen" or "Your Grace"? There were quite a few people bumbling about and he never said anything, nor did Dany for that matter.
And let's not forget that it was Davos who corrected Dany about referring to Jon as a lord back when they first met. Jon couldn't have cared less what she called him, despite being king in the north.
Seriously, winter is the big threat? Pretty sure it's all the dead people rising and killing everything in sight. What use will they have for food once all the living are (un)dead? There's no real purpose to think long-term (I do believe Sansa asked the new maester to look up how long the longest winter lasted for food-purposes) when the short-term is that you'll most likely die. Unite and stick together and some of you might actually survive. Then we can see about food. It's not going to be a war that lasts months, it'll be weeks at most.
Considering a lot of Westerosi, including loads of northerners, died in the war of 5 kings, the Dothraki might still be more effective than the remaining northerners. I do worry about their horses surviving the harsh climate though...
Anyway, even if the Dothraki turn out to be crippled by cold, they'll still make good cannon fodder against the wights. Someone's just gotta make sure to burn them before/when they die.