It’s getting a bit daft now. Mackenzie Crook as a seer. Paul Kaye as a bandit. Iwan Rheon as… Well, we’re not quite sure yet. But it’s getting to the point where we’re wondering what jobbing British actors did with themselves before ‘Game of Thrones’. The arrival of Diana Rigg as Margaery Tyrell’s plain-speaking grandmother is merely the icing on the cake of an episode that’s heavy on the talk and high on intrigue; fans of swordplay will have to wait until the final minutes, but a showdown that’s been a long time coming proves well worth the wait.
We also catch up with those neglected in the opener, with Jaime and Brienne maturing into a spectacularly entertaining double act and Arya leaping nimble from frying pan to fire. Slow-burning excellence.