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"The Bear and the Maiden Fair" feels like a bit of a holding pattern as Game of Thrones moves its pieces into place for the final three episodes.
The show has been effective this season in weaving together several plot lines to create a sense of one great flow of forward movement.
It's still a powerful programme, and it's rare that it wastes a scene. But there are now so many characters that some major plot points - Arya's latest misfortune, for example - are squeezed into too little space.
That was a boring, frustrating episode, probably the worst of the season.
They slowed things down, giving room for scenes to breathe and fold out naturally, but also wasted a good chunk of time.
I'm starting to think that the show just hands off those Theon moments to Eli Roth. I actually had to leave the room the last two weeks during those extended scenes of torture porn.
This episode RULED. High fives, all around my people.
The good news is that even the most uneven of episodes is still better than the vast majority of other stories out there, and there were still some terrific moments to be mined from this week's entry.
It's one of the more thorough of its kind, touching on early every plot this season has set in motion.
That Ygritte used the same words to describe her relationship to Jon doesn't exactly bode well for how their story will play out this season. The vast impersonal forces of George R.R. Martin's world keep tearing spouses and lovers apart.
All in all, this was a mediocre Game of Thrones episode. I was shocked when I found out it was actually George R. R. Martin who had written it - the man who initially created all the great characters and setting we've grown so fond of.
Yet while "The Beast And The Maiden Fair" had its moments - and there's no denying it did - it still felt uneven, with storylines piled up too high and payoffs lacking impact.
While I didn't think this was the strongest episode of the season at all and felt a little bored here and there for the first time since the Season Premiere, I still enjoyed watching all the pieces line up.