This was a pretty good episode. Not my favorite of the season (that still remains Ep 6- “The Old Gods and the New), but I was by no means disappointed. I personally felt that it generated an impressive amount of spectacle, suspense and emotional investment. As such, the hour felt vital and compelling for me in the moment. For that reason, I would hesitate to call the episode ‘pointless’ the way Deer did. That said, I can understand why he described it as such. I figure that it is because the status quo was more or less restored by the episode’s end, instead of the whole show being fundamentally altered the way it was in Season 1′s penultimate episode ‘Baelor’. While ‘Baelor’ was indeed a better episode from a better season, I thought there was still a lot to love in Thrones tonight. The lack of game-changing consequences for anyone in King’s Landing may have taken the wind from the sails of ‘Blackwater’ a bit, but I still think the hour delivered big-time as a self-contained, super-focused roller-coaster ride.