Now that I've watched the finale, I'm eager to hear what everyone else thought! I thought it was one of the best finales I've seen. The final two scenes - the Night's Watch heading out beyond the Wall and Dany with the dragons - had me practically giddy! The dragon scene isn't the way I pictured it (they left one important part out, I think) and you couldn't see Drogon very clearly, but I'll take it! Those few scenes with Pycelle were terrific! Lots of people at King's Landing pretending to be something they aren't.
This was definitely both a kick-a$$ season finale AND a prologue to the next season and (hopefully) beyond!
I have to say, the casting director on this show deserves major kudos! Yes, there were a few well known actors on the show but, for me, the stars have been the unknowns - Sophie Turner (who really nailed Sansa during that scene with Joff tonight), Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke, especially. I know Emilia was a recast but I can't imagine anyone else as Dany (even though her resemblance to Piper Perabo was slightly distracting at the start of the season). She has shown so much depth this season and GROWTH. I know she'll be able to handle everything else that Dany faces down the line.
This video just makes me really happy:
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