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Despite lacking the big action reveals of the previous episode, "Kissed by Fire" is anchored by a devastatingly intimate scene between Brienne and Jamie, and plenty of Lannister intrigue.
The horrors of war in Westeros are quite carefully rooted in real life historical horrors that resonate with human viewers.
The first finale this season to not hinge on a violent showdown, it opens new lines of intrigue, deepens the oh-so-fascinating daddy issues in House Lannister, and to my eye, plants the possibility of a familial mutiny.
If this felt somewhat like a rushed episode of a daytime soap, I'll forgive it just for all enjoyment I'll get from Tyrion attempting to untangle all these threads.
The whole "My name is Jaime" line while he lay in Brienne's arms, her calling for help for The Kingslayer, was perfect.
All in all, while relatively low on real action, this is a strong, densely plotted episode with many story elements and twists.
"Kissed by Fire" lacked a climax as world-rattling and satisfying as Daenerys's emancipation conflagration (though Jon Snow and Ygritte might beg to differ), but it more than made up for it with an hour of deeply unsettling foreplay.
By far the best episode of the season, 'Kissed By Fire' is a compilation of memorable moments for numerous characters, as they exposed their internal fires around the bright orange imagery of the flames around them.
The scenes flow together more nimbly than they often do, and each place feels more connected to the one glimpsed before it.
It was a powerful and unpredictable episode, fraught with tension and treason (real and false) and tragedy.
The bulk of the action here was more emotional than practical, but this week saw major developments for many characters who haven't had nearly the screen time they deserve.
Who knows what kind of destruction and heartache could've been avoided if one young man had been willing to momentarily swallow his pride, and trust a good - if hard - lord of the North with the truth?
We had some very good moments to hold onto with Game of Thrones this week, and I can say with a fair degree of certainty that my enthusiasm for this season has been kindled a bit more.