It was such a high impact episode that meshed well together. It's extremely challenging to develop that many characters in a single setting simultaneously showing multiple storylines all converging into one climactic moment. Each clan has their own back history and claim to the throne. Actually watched the episode again.
I think Rob Stark has really shown his qualities in this episode. I marvel how the author/writers/actors are all able to bring to life a genre that has been done many times. HBO now knows that it was a mistake to discontinue "Rome" so they came up with "The Game Of Thrones." A true masterpiece of storytelling...
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.