I find the 'read the books' argument rather interesting actually. I've read them all, and still really didn't enjoy the last two episodes.
It's okay to claim patience, and I agree, but let's not pretend that the quality of writing and that of the books is even close.
Some of my favourite GOT episodes have been dialogue led, but actually to an aim. Here it just seems we've had a ton of 3 minute scenes just making sure absolutely everybody has talked to each other and it genuinely just seems super lazy to me.
Then next episode is going to be almost all battle it seems, so it's jusr like going from zero to a hundred.
Not being a **** here, I'm just genuinely curious as to what you've been enjoying? Just so I can watch it back with that in mind because I REALLY want to like this season, but it's been so underwhelming (and I'm talking purely from a conversational perspective here).