A) I’m not a fan of the dude-bro commentary style. B) The script should be disqualified alone for the ensure/insure error. Insure is what the man in Bravos that Arya sold the oysters to did. Everyone else ensures.
Moving on. My top 10 thoughts on the story/character revelations and other stuff:
1) Jon is an written as a dolt. Clueless and looking to others. (And, sidenote, we finally have the definitive, final answer to the "dolt brother" dialogue.)
2) Qyburn appears troubled at Cersei’s order to the Mountain about the order of killing? I kinda remember a glance exchanged between Jaime & Qyburn, but I see Qyburn as so capable of depravity that it didn't register to me that Qyburn could be troubled by anything. I absolutely love the way Anton plays Qyburn. He puts my stomach in knots but yet keeps me captivated at the same time.
3) Interesting that they refer to the Lannister officers killed in battle as “murdered.”
4) Jorah comments on the fact that dragons kill children; and that point completely flies by Tyrion, who is all “poor dragons, getting all sickly and small at the end, and weren’t they wondrous in the beginning.” I didn’t pick up on this being another piece in the puzzle that is Tyrion’s admiration of and fascination with dragons.
5) Tyrion “(I’m) supporting the enemy, no less.”/Pod: “Hard to blame you.” Me: NO! No, it isn’t hard at all (copy & paste all prior rants about how ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS isn’t a good leader; is self-interested; is clueless; and her “breaking the wheel” is the equivalent to the Twilight Zone’s “How to Serve Men.”
6) Ha, love Bronn. I mean, I know I couldn’t love a real life Bronn. But I loved his whole, “I got this whole thing worked out” vibe. I can’t help it, but I want him to make it until the end and get his castle and his (willing) wife.
7) It’s interesting to me how much focus they put on Cersei thinking about her family – about her father especially, but her mother too. They mention her thinking about her father twice, in places where there's no dialogue about him. I also love how the script adds even more to the Cersei/Tyrion dynamic. I love their scenes.
8) I still hate the cheap moment of Cersei complaining that they had been waiting. Cersei’s the hostess. She knows the importance of being the last to arrive. She has the house advantage, in that she can stay in her castle until the entire party arrive. Ergo, all logic dictates she doesn’t arrive until she’s informed ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS shows up. Just stupid. Lazy, lazy, lazy, lazy writing.
9) Interesting that they have the Mountain react to the undead creature unleashed on to Cersei, but Jaime doesn’t. I like to think of Jaime a little more quick to the draw (even just left-handed) than that. I like the idea of him and Brienne being the two best warriors out there (only Barristan in his prime was better). Jaime's flat-footed reaction to this disappointed me.
10) Jon values Davos’s and ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS’s opinions more than Tyrion’s? I mean, I get Davos. He’s now the sage, old man ("No one listens to me. All I've even done is grow to old age.") Always level-headed. But ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS in all her Veruca Salt-iness over Tyrion? Whatev.
11) I’ve watched the Jaime/Brienne exchange so many times, that I can’t read the script without hearing in my head how the actors interpreted it. I wish there was more. I agree with whoever said yesterday (Koops?) that Season 7 appears to be a set up for Season 8. The Jaime/Brienne moment is meant to just whet our appetites. But like an amuse bouche, I’m left ultimately unsatisfied and wanting more. Bring it, Season 8, bring it!
12) Interesting that they switched out having Cersei drink the wine offered by Tyrion by not having her drink it.
13) Cersei: “You said she’d destroy King’s Landing.” Writers: “She makes a fair point.” Yes, yes she does. That’s one of the reasons why I like Cersei. I mean, I know I couldn’t love a real life Cersei. But, to my mind, she calls out Olenna, Margaery, and ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS for who they are. And she’s not just hurling false accusations (as D&D say, she has a “fair point”). She had Sansa’s number, too, and she didn’t falsely accuse Sansa of treachery or conniving to win the game of thrones.
14) There are two points in this single script that Tyrion has been shown a hard truth, and both times he deludes himself and completely ducks it. First, as noted above, dragons are destructive. They can’t be controlled, and they’ll kill humans indiscriminately. Second, ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS is impulsive, violent, and indifferent to those she harms. She will not be checked and reined in, ultimately. Stupid Tyrion for thinking she can be.
15) Dang, for once I may buy into the Tyrion will betray ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS and Jon and re-align himself with the Lannisters theory. Where they cut the Cersei/Tyrion scene and Tyrion’s later “troubled for many reasons” moment suggest … maybe? … there’s something more going on in his mind? Or am I just so bored by the idea of a straight wight fighting in Season 8 that I want there to be more double-triple crossing in order to be entertained?
16) ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS’s “When dragons grew small, we grew small as well. We weren’t extraordinary without them. We were just like everyone else” is a
moment I totally missed. Did that make the final cut? I’ll have to re-check. Because there it is, in black and white: ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS ain’t nothing without her dragons. Even she, if she’s truthful with herself, knows it. She’s no governor. She’s no savior. She’s no leader. She’s a woman with two weapons of mass destruction that can make men cower before her. That’s it. And Jon's, "no, no, no, you're special" is the milquetoast at best. Yeah, we already know just how knowledgeable Jon is (though at least he knows where to put it).
17) The writers’ note: “Jon scores a small smile.” Okay, I have to take back my criticism of all the fleakers. The writers do put things in like “Jon smiles.” Oy.
18) Another reference to a marriage alliance for ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS. Don’t hate on me (I mean, go ahead and hate on the idea, I’m not enamored with it, but I call them like I see them), but I have a hunch that the marriage alliance that may wind up happening is ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS and Jaime (causing angst for Brienne & Jaime, but not an insurmountable obstacle). ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS doesn’t need to marry Jon, as the North recognizes him as their leader and they seem now to get the threat that is the WW. But to get the Lannister forces on their side, and away from Cersei, they may need the alliance to tout to them. I dunno. I just can’t get that idea out of my head as a possibility. Of course, if that means Jaime, as AA, kills ICE QUEEN dAEnaRYS, here's me watching that: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now go get your real Lady and have a seriously good fuck and a seriously good life with her and your Braime Bunch."
19) Hahahaha, D&D compared Sophie to Streep (or at least Sansa to the French Lieutenant’s Woman). Okay, that’s funny. But “Dark Sansa” is an interesting reference. As opposed to austere. Stern. Mature. Stateslike. Nope. “Dark.” Is that just for the fake out effect when she turns on Littlefinger? We're supposed to imagine she may take Petyr's bait and preemptively kill Arya?
20) Dang, two references in Season 7 to people being slow learners who eventually get it: Sansa and Jaime. Yikes about what that might mean (they are the tortoises who win the race in the end -- and go off to their separate corners of the country -- is my kindest guess).