OK, that season finale was very satisfying -- touched bases with everyone and didn't leave so many loose ends that it was frustrating rather than tantalizing. In no particular order:
Brienne putting down 3 armed rogues, finally wiping the smug look off Jaime's face and replacing it with a little respect. Not quite sure how she planned to dig graves for those hanged women -- use her sword? make Jaine dig with his hands? (loved her ordering Jaime to stay, as if he were a dog)
Dany getting her dragons back. I knew those dragons were going to toast the warlocks (or I guess just one warlock with a lot of copies) eventually, but I didn't expect it to be quite that cool. I guess beautiful young women with fire-breathing dragons are inherently cool. Also loved Jorah's bit about taking all the gold and jewels, finally bringing joy to the Dothraki's hearts.
And speaking of the joy of taking what's not yours, Theon's pirates. I guess Theon's miserable old man was right about him being more Stark now than Greyjoy -- looking on death in battle as honorable and noble, esp. with an escape route ready to be taken, is a Stark attitude. A Greyjoy, like any pirate, is just there to grab other people's stuff and take off. Still, Theon's little "band of brothers" speech was a good one and it was nice of his lt. to let him finish before whacking him on the head.
Back to the Dothraki, I was surprised but very glad to see Drogo return, if only for a moment and in a vision. That was a sweet scene between him and Dany, and I loved the look on Drogo's face when he realized she was going back to take care of the living people and dragons waiting for her. A very convincing look of resignation and heartbreak. I'm still annoyed, however, that the series chose to follow that sickening TV trope of rape victims falling in love with their rapists. I understand the book played Dany and Drogo's first night together very differently and I do wish they'd kept that.
I was glad to see Tyrion's little friend apparently faithful to him but I can't help thinking it won't end well -- it just has a feeling of set up about it. Like Robb Stark's marriage to his doctor friend, I'm glad a Stark is finally getting a little happiness in life but I can't believe it'll last.
I might as well mention Sansa here. As much as I dislike both her and the Hound, it makes no sense to me that she would stay in King's Landing rather than leave with him when she had the chance -- true she would have only gone home to a place in smoking ruins but at least she would have been with someone willing to protect her without taking advantage of her. Now she's been offered a chance to escape by Littlefinger and, altho he's not nearly as trustworthy as the Hound where Sansa is concerned, it has to be better than remaining under Joffery's thumb. For that matter I don't understand why Tyrion is choosing to stay either. Because he's good at messing with bad people's heads? He can do that anywhere.
Arya is the only one whose choice to stay when she's offered the chance of something better I can understand. She has to find her mother and brother and, reluctantly, her sister. Once she's satisfied herself that they're OK I imagine it would be right off to Bravos and apprenticeship among the Faceless Men so she can get the training she needs to bump off everyone on that growing list of hers.
I was very sorry to see Maister Luwen (?) die, I was hoping he'd last to the end of the series. And poor Osha, Hodor, boys and wolves, walking north in hopes of safety while the White Walkers are marching south in hopes of who knows what. What in the world do zombies need with conquest anyway? Perhaps they're under the control of the King Beyond the Wall, whom I'm assuming is Benjen Stark.
And am I the only one who's sick of zombies? Isn't their 15 minutes up yet?
I'm a little puzzled about why killing that other "crow" would cause the northern wildings to suddenly trust Jon Snow. I don't understand what difference that's supposed to make.
It was inevitable that Bronn should lose his place when Tyrion lost his but I do hope he's still around. He's a fun guy and Tyrion needs someone to puncture his sentimental bubble when he gets carried away with it.
That's all I've got right now.