A few things before we jump in.
1. Do not read this if you haven't seen Game of Thrones yet. Watch the series, then come talk about it because it is great.
2. DO. NOT. POST. BOOK. SPOILERS. Assume that everyone has seen up to the latest episode and has not read the books. You can reference things from the first two books (like the fact that they changed Theon's sister's name from Asha in the books to Yara in the series) but if you spoil any future deaths, I will cut off your manhood and feed it to the goats. Shagga likes axes.
3. Rec this Fanpost so it stays at the top of the Fanpost section.
So I just watched 21 hours of Game of Thrones. It was fantastic. I am barely exhausted -- and that's only from all the food I ate over the past two days. I've got everything fresh in my mind, so fresh that it's blending all together in a hodge-podge of horse hearts and vagina monsters for me.
My favorite recap site is The Playlist on IndieWire, so here's a link to that if you want to remember what just happened.
Initial reaction to the episode: Pretty good. It set the table for a lot of other awesome things to happen, but I felt a few of the scenes weren't entirely necessary (Davos/Sallador) and missed out on Arya/Bran/Jamie/Theon and their respective cohorts. I'm being greedy. Also it felt like the Tyrion/Tywin scene didn't use Charles Dance well. The best parts of season 2 were Arya/Tywin because it gave Tywin depth while allowing Dance to act his ass off with Maisie Williams. This scene where Tywin just unloads on Tyrion turns him into an overly antagonistic two-dimensional character that's more black and white than how we saw him last season.
But the re-introduction of Ser Barristan Selmy joining the Targaryen camp easily redeemed the whole episode for me. Having just watched season one, where Barristan gets dismissed from the Kingsguard from Joffrey and almost fights his way out of the Red Keep, I'd just yesterday voiced my hope that Barristan would join up with Robb Stark against the Lannisters. Having him latch on with Daenerys is even better.
Think I'm in love with Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) though.
What do we think? Also I'm legally required to write Sixers at some point in an article so there. Sixers.