I didn't mind this episode. There were a lot of character beats that needed to be cleaned up before the show cleans house with most dead but the victor.
What I liked: Sansa/Dany. That was a productive, realistic conversation. Up until this point Dany's had to conquer the land she took over. This time she has to win over people for them to follow her. I think she can do that because I didn't see anything but respect from her for Sansa for playing hardball. She thought that Sansa was just a jealous or overprotective sister, but she found out that Sansa is really the TRUE representative and leader of the people in the North and that she is, in her way, formidable. Also that she IS trying to protect them, not just be contrary. Danerys is not the first Monarch that Sansa has encountered and frankly she's not impressed by titles nor is she a follower. No disrespect to Tyrion but I thought that Sansa, with her no bullshit style of leadership, would make a fine Hand of the Queen.
Arya/Gendry. I wasn't as bothered as other people - humans are sexual and children grow up. I did hope that Maisie didn't feel pressured to add sex to her resume though. From a creative point of view, I would have liked the blushing virgin to blush just a little bit. I know she's a bad ass but this is her first romance and I would have welcomed just a little softness on her side, that even she has EMOTIONAL needs. I think Gendry deserved a moment to be the man in a sexual situation, to not again have a woman order his penis to do its job. HE had something he could give to the rich girl. She didn't have to take it.
Brienne. Bout time somebody knighted her. I just wish she would have a decent man actually interested in her. Tormund is funny but he is also disrespectful. It just continues to feed into the ugly girl trope that she should be happy with whatever attention she can get, not that she's worthy of a man who is her equal and who loves her.
Sansa/Theon. I didn't tear up like I did when she encountered Jon, but it brought back to me that Theon was also a boy she grew up with. They have a long history and I just got the sense, now that she's safe, has the rest of her family and his worst instincts have been literally neutered, that she just plain missed him - he was the last brother to come home and she is as much his sister as Yara.
Okay but here's where I part ways with most other viewers: while Jon is now the official heir of House Targaryan, I don't think that means anything. Last I checked, House Targaryan had been kicked to the curb by Robert Baratheon - Cersei sits on the throne now on the strength of THAT name. It would seem Gendry would have the most immediate right to the throne, not Jon, unless he wanted to fight for it. Which leads me to, with what army is Jon expecting to fight for the throne? Dany didn't get her army from her name. She is Khaleesi by marriage and conquer. SHE freed the Unsullied who gave their allegiance by choice to HER. SHE conquered Mereen and freed those people. SHE hatched those dragons from eggs given to her and raised them like her own children. They are hers. The armies are hers. Her accomplishments are hers. Are we supposed to suppose that because Jon was her brother's child and has a penis that she should just GIVE him everything, become his concubine, so he can just casually saunter up to the throne? The thought of that pisses me off because it feels EXTREMELY sexist. I'd like to add here that it would seem to me that somebody ruling 7 kingdoms should want to do so. Jon is not a very good leader at all. He's a nice guy and very earnest but he has not successfully led ANYTHING, nor does he seem to care about the fate of his people in general. He's just gotten very lucky and the audience has turned a blind eye to his flaws. I know I'm alone, but I have NO desire to see Jon claim a throne he hasn't wanted or earned. I wish him happiness but a strong ruler he is not.