I must be one of the only people who thought the finale was worthless.
Yeah I get the talk of "penultimate episode was more climactic", but doesn't excuse the finale from being absolutely nothing but setup for next season. almost every single scene. I just watched it again to see if I judged it harshly, but I didn't judge it harshly enough. The only 3 (short) scenes that weren't abject whoring for season 2 were "check out pop's head", Drogo's funeral and Jaime mouthing off to Cateryn (which I did enjoy).
I get that there's a story line to maintain, but things could have been rejiggered to combine the last 2 episodes. IT would have been better as a 2 hour finale with the last 2 episodes mixed (not simply laid end on end)