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"The Gift" is a jam-packed installment that delivers long-awaited plot turns in a satisfying manner, even though it continues a disturbing theme from the previous episode.
I don't expect things to end well for Cersei over the next three episodes; her list of heretical sins is longer than Lancel's hair used to be.
We're not really sure what Olenna Tyrell's plan is going forward, but having her on the scene, and Dianna Rigg playing her with verve, makes any episode of Game of Thrones infinitely better.
I'm reluctantly sticking with the show to see where it takes these new storylines through this season's finale, but this week didn't do much to restore my faith in the showrunners.
Finally, all of Cersei's crimes and deviances are coming home to roost, and it was glorious to get a first taste of her comeuppance.
We hopscotched from King's Landing to Castle Black to Meereen and back again. Pretty much the only character missing was lovable galoot Podrick.
Stuff happened Sunday night. Lots of stuff. Stuff that hasn't even happened in the books yet. So much stuff that I'm not even going to complain that the showrunners actually crammed entirely too much stuff into one episode.
On the whole, "The Gift" was a far more satisfying and effective episode.
The writers chose yet another in-our-faces scene of a woman being assaulted (and nearly raped*), and the gratuitous display of Tyene Sand.
I wasn't impressed. The whole thing felt like that weird brawl in the water gardens in episode five: rushed and half-assed.
It was the most compelling episode of the HBO drama since the beginning of the season, and with just three episodes to go we should be prepared to see some serious action.