So I caved in and watched the leaked version. Spoiler below:
Well I thought it was utter crap lol.
The chemistry between Danny and Jon, surprisingly good. The Ice Dragon obviously awesome.
But the way the writers make stupid things happen purely to reach one of GRRM’s dots is really pissing me off.
Arya - street smart, wily, trained in Bravos to read deceptions and lies, is somehow so fucking dumb that she cannot even read her own sister, or LF for that matter on something as simple as - ‘is my sister a traitor’. Why is she so dumb? There is no reason at all except to facilitate a Sansa take over of Winterfell. It’s the writers desperately trying to get somewhere with no idea how to make it happen logically.
Sansa - after learning from LF in the Vale for a year or so, she absurdly sends away Brienne, the only person who properly cares for her, because? Because Brienne needs to be in Kings Landing to advance Jaimie’s story arch. These writers are truly hopeless.
White Walkers - why do they stand menacingly around Jon and co for a day and a half doing nothing? Oh yes, it’s because the script needs time for Danny and dragons to come rescue them. Why not have them bring a raven in case of emergencies or even have Bran see the trouble they are in in a vision and warg someone to warn Danny. No. Instead they send Gendry whose never been north of the wall before and hasn’t even seen snow before to make a perilous journey back to Eastwatch. It’s horseshit isn’t it lol.
Benjen - why even bother! What was the point of Jon getting separated except to tie up the loose end of Benjen in the most stupid, pointless way possible. I mean seriously, what was Benjen doing all this time beyond the wall. God knows. nothing. Just there so save the day from time to time.
I love GOT, and get enjoyment from watching it, but just like the Walking Dead it’s truly hampered by hack writers.