My heart cried for her ... poor girl. She has nothing left in the world but that little sword. So glad they kept it true to the book and it's always remained my 'hope' that she would one day return as Arya Stark with a vengeance. Always, no matter how far down the rabbit hole she goes with the HoB&W, she reserves a tiny portion of her self identity.
The tension and distrust between Roose and LF was very well done. Both of them courteous and surface-talking, while each of them knows the other guy would cut your throat in a second--and each guy knows that the other guy knows that he knows. Like a dance of cobras.
I don't think I've ever voted for Kit Harrington as a winner in any episode. I'm not as harsh on his acting as some critics but there's always actors doing twice as good as him in most of them so it's hard to compare him.
I think this is the first episode I felt he really nailed his scene. Often known for a lack of emotion, he really pulled it all out during those seconds before beheading Slynt - you could see the momentary hesitation and all the thoughts going through his head in his face at that pivotal moment where the boy truly becomes a man. I enjoyed this spotlight from Kit and how he compares it to when Robb had to behead Karstark - YES. Both of them had to go where their Father before them went.
He was great as he is in everything, so that was expected. Sophie and Kit shined brighter tonight IMO. Alfie was fantastic too, even without lines, but that's how most of his chapters are anyway. Rarely any speaking from him.
Lyanna had only been sixteen, a child-woman of surpassing loveliness. Ned had loved her with all his heart.