I think this might be one of my favourite episodes ever - a time of reunions before the Day of Doom for the North, some of which were so poignant they made me cry.
It was lovely and awful all at the same time, a day of frantic preparations by characters, many of whom are favourites I just know will perish next week in the battle with the Night King's army.
One who I fear won't perish and will be there, boring us rigid until the bitter end - Barbie the Unburnt - stood out like a beacon of wooden acting.
So who turned up?
Jaime Lannister, no longer the golden lion and sporting a hairstyle similar to one of the Three Stooges, but still handsome enough for Brienne to stand up and vouch for when Barbie wanted to execute him. I was pleased that she was instantly backed up by Sansa - I've warmed to Sansa this series, mostly because of the thinly-veiled contempt she has for Barbie. Mind you, I was more than a bit surprised when Theon Greyjoy turned up and she - Sansa - greeted him so warmly, what's she up to?
Podrick Payne - improved beyond belief by a decent haircut and revealing a previously hidden talent for singing beautiful, wistful songs.
Thormund, the Hound and Beric Dondarion - Thormund still googly-eyed over Brienne and an absolute scream with his tall tales and barbaric habits.
Dolorous Edd - the scene on top of the Winterfell battlements with him, Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly, the last of the Brothers of the Night Watch, was funny and heartbreaking.
Arya and the Hound - also funny and heartbreaking - he had the funniest line of the night when Beric turned up to have a drink with them and he grumbled, 'It's like being at a f-king wedding!'
Ser Davos - such a great actor - and the little girl with the scarred face - I just knew that he was thinking of Princess Shireen.
Gendry and Arya - well - if you knew you were likely to be killed tomorrow and you were still a maiden, wouldn't you have wanted to spend the night with such a strapping lad?
It was all lovely apart from Barbie, the uneasy calm before the storm - the tender moments between the survivors-so-far, perhaps the most tender scene, for me, was when my mega-favourites - Tyrion, Varys, Podrick, Brienne, Davos, Thormund and Jaime were sitting around the fire in the Great Hall, drinking and talking.
Somehow the talk came around to 'knights', Thormund saying (as a compliment) that if he were a King he would knight Brienne 'ten times over' and Jaime stepping in to say that any knight could make a knight.
Then he did and it was beautiful and she's now Ser Brienne, Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and I cried like a fool because she loves him so much, but that sort of concludes her arc and I fear for her.
Drying my eyes and crashing on, Lady Mormont tore Jorah the Explorer a new one, Lord Tarly (well, he is, isn't he?) inexplicably gave J the E the Tarly family sword to cheer him up and Aegon Targaryan, formerly Jon Snow, told his lover/auntie who he really
She wasn't thrilled - and no, it wasn't the incestuous aspect - it was the anger that he was actually the last male Targaryan and rightful King. At that point the horns sounded to signal the approach of the Army of the Dead - she gave him a funny look before they dashed off to leap on their dragons!
Let's all hope he's impervious to dragon fire, eh?
Rats - this was going to be short and it isn't and I've only skimmed what happened and left tons out - next week's episode will be 80 minutes long and I fear that all I'll be writing after it is a tearstained list of the dead!
On a lighter note, while discussing this yesterday with the senior nephew, he did point out that he's slept with me - which is true - he was three years old at the time. He's well named 'Michael' - he certainly likes taking it!