I thought this was by far the best episode this season. Finding out about the GRRM universe not including the COTF being at Dragonstone is a bit of a bummer, but not the same kind of show killer as Euron and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Float (illa). There may be some reasonable explanation of how those cave drawings could be there, how they added blue to the eyes of the White Walkers, and how that color lasted thousands of years.
A few notes:
- The front of the supply train carrying the gold had already entered King’s Landing, so the Dothraki only had to cross Blackwater Bay and come around the back side of the city. If a raven carrying the news of Highgarden’s sack was sent to Varys, the time and distance required to march from Highgarden to King’s Landing was probably similar to the time and distance required by the mounted Dothraki to make their journey from Dragonstone.
- Sam Tarly stole Knightsbane from his father the night he left Horn Hill. We haven’t seen it. Nor has Randyl Tarly sent men to Old Town to get it back (another very convenient plot hole).
- I have a very different theory about Bran’s lack of humanity. As an inexperienced Greenseer, I think there is a very good chance that he is picking up on the energy and core thoughts of each person he meets. The reason he doesn’t talk to Sansa about feeding Ramsay to the dogs is because her rape and abuse and the probable PTSD that goes with it is the thing that haunts her and shapes her being all the time. If you recall, Bran mentioned Arya’s list and the decision not to go to King’s Landing to kill Cersei. In addition, Bran repeats Littlefinger’s most fundamental belief about chaos being a ladder. Finally, Bran told Dolorous Ed about Hardhomme, the event that marked him, Jon Snow and every member of the Night’s Watch who was there.