This is a question I saw posted on Facebook yesterday by one of my friends. Most people said yes. I totally disagree.
(Bear in mind I haven't watched yesterday's episode. I accidentally played Bloodborne until 1am.)
To begin with, I feel like people have forgotten how a Game of Thrones season is typically paced. First eight episodes: politics, intrigue, Cersei delivering sick burns whilst sipping on a sumptuous glass of red. Daenerys making difficult 'leadery' decisions in moral dilemmas straight out of Mass Effect — she's going for a mix of renegade and paragon this season. Jon Snow being boring as shit.
This is the first two thirds of practically every season of Game of Thrones. And I actually like these parts. Lean, smart, great acting, great set-ups. I think this show does such an incredible job of juggling multiple different characters. It's actually an incredible feat of writing.
But those 'OMG DID YOU SEE GAME OF THRONES LAST NIGHT' moments? Those cheap 'OMG BLAH BLAH BLAH DIED' shockers? Those tend to come towards the tail end. Actually, more typically they come the episode before the last one, with the final episode of the season being more of a gentle come down. That's just how Game of Thrones does things. And I like it.