Some great performances I must concur, I thought some real nuanced life was given to Jamie's character that had probably been missing, Peter Dinklage however stole the episode.
I really didn't like the Greyjoys at the Dreadfort thread, I appreciated that it showed how Theon had now truly become the broken creature that is Reek, but I thought that the whole scene or scenes from the reading of the letter onboard the ship and onwards was a little rushed. As a vehicle to moving the story forward I thought it was a little badly handled, apart from cementing Reek as Reek it didn't do justice to anyone else, bearing in mind that includes two fairly important characters Yara and Ramsay, that's an oversight in my opinion.
Everything in Kings Landing was handled brilliantly, the tensions, the elements of hope that all the characters had, good or bad was portrayed wonderfully. What really was wonderful for me there was the concept of controlled rage, Tyrion taking blow after blow after blow, and finally unleashing his utter contempt on the whole proceedings and the padded out element from the books as to why Tywin was so angry that Tyrion had called for trail by combat and by doing so smashing Tywins plan to shreds. One step too far by Tywin, he really had to rub the 'whore' into Tyrions non-nose didn't he, superbly done and I was appreciative.
The best bit for me however and what was almost lost to those I watched it with was that you got to see the utter horror on Jamies face in that not only did he fear for his brother with Tyrions call for trail by combat but that he realised that was the death knell to him being able to escape his honourable prison of his own making - the kings guard. For me this was so beautifully handled, a very slight departure from the books because we never get Jamies feelings as regards the deal from Tywin because we never get to see that, but you could see in that one look that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau shot a Peter Dinklage the death of all kinds of redemption, powerful stuff.