I was wondering if this might be worth a thread, since there do seem to be a number of fans on the forum.
I found this recent episode, Blackwater, very entertaining and I don't usually care for battle scenes, esp. ones where people are sliced in two or have their heads vaporized by a rock. I suppose I simply liked the continuing character development so much that I didn't mind all the mayhem going on around it.
Tyrion and Bronn. Definitely two of my favorite characters and the light thrown on their friendship (or "friendship" from Bronn's point of view, he being much less sentimental than Tyrion) was my favorite part of the whole hour, esp. when Bronn said "I've seen you kill a man with a shield; with that [battle ax] there'll be no stopping you." And indeed there was not. Tyrion might have to attack people's knees, but he made it a damned effective move.
I also liked how effective Tyrion was as a leader as well as a soldier, the way he got a disspirited, fleeing army to turn back around and rejoin the fight after both their king and one of their most vicious warriors had abandoned it: "There are brave men knocking at our door -- let's go kill them." I just wish I knew who gave that king's guard asshole the order the kill Tyrion in battle so it could be passed off as the enemy's doing -- Joffrey? Cersai? Was the guard doing it on his own out of pure pissiness? He seems the type. And good on that odd serving boy for being willing to run out into a hellscape to come to Tyrion's rescue.
Speaking of vicious, pissy assholes, what is up with the Hound? I don't get why he dislikes Bronn so much, tho I loved Bronn rubbing the Hound's face in how unafraid he was of him by saving the Hound's life in battle. And why is fire still such a big deal to the Hound? I get the unpleasant associations he has with it but really, he's had more than enough time to adjust and in a world without electricity this cannot be the first time since childhood that he's been in close proximity to large flames, esp. since he's spent most of his life fighting and has surely found it necessary to burn down a few things.
And before I get off the topic of vicious, pissy assholes -- Cersai. Her single virtue, her only saving grace, is supposed to be her authentic love for her children but I am just not buying it. I believe she loves them for what they can do for her, but not that she loves them for themselves which I think is what I'm supposed to be buying. If she did love them for themselves, not only would she never have made that extraordinary stink about Tyrion sending Mycella (?) off to safety in marriage to a lord of Dorn, she would have thought of doing that herself and sent little Tommen along with his sister. Instead her plan was to keep them by her to face the probable fate of starvation at best or being hacked to death by Stannis at worst. Why? Because she enjoys having them by her? Of course she does, but a truly loving mother would prefer her childrens safety over her own happiness.
Before I leave the Lannisters, Tywin or as I think of him, Big Daddy Lannister. Loved his ride in on the white horse to finish up the battle and capture Stannis (can't wait to see how he's dispatched), and that he arrived just in time to keep Cersai from poisoning the child she was too careless to send to safety much earlier. Altho I must say the very best thing about Tywin Lannister is his relationship with Arya (and he must know who she is, he's being written way too smart not to), which I understand is not in the books but is a brilliant innovation for the series. They have a wonderful chemistry together and I get the impression that Arya Stark is the grandchild Tywin wishes he had rather than the psychopathic Joffery, the girly girl Mycella or the sweet but vapid Tommen. I read that in an interview about GoT, Dance said that the girl playing Arya was his favorite actor to be in a scene with and it really shows.
Altho they weren't in this episode, I also enjoy Brienne of Tarth and her completely different but equally compelling relationships with Lady Stark and Jaime Lannister. I for one would love to see Brienne and Jaime fight it out -- I have a feeling that Jaime's fighting prowess is confined to what shifty moves he can pull whereas Brienne has more straight out fighting skill.
I feel I should write something about Jon Snow and Robb Stark but, honestly, I have a hard time telling them apart, even now that their storylines have diverged so much. I still can't help thinking of them as Robb Snow.
Among my other favorites who didn't show up this episode is the team of Osha the wildling girl, Hordor the simpleton and the two youngest Stark boys, Bran and Rickon, both of whom seem to have a bit of the fey about them. And it may be my imagination, but I think Osha and Hordor have been flirting with each other despite Hordor's inability (or unwillingness) to say anything except "Hordor".
Finally, the dire wolves. We know where Robb and Jon's wolves are, and apparently Bran and Rickon's wolves are nearby in the woods around Winterfell (I get that they can't come into the castle grounds without giving away that the escaped boys have returned) but where the heck is Arya's wolf? She set it free to save it from that nutcase Joffrey, but I can't help thinking that's not the end of it -- the wolf must have been hovering around waiting for Arya to leave King's Landing so it could rejoin her, so where is it? I'm going to be very disappointed if that wolf turns out to be a forgotten loose end.