The second consecutive episode without a Jon Snow appearance. Under normal circumstances this wouldn't fly in a show; he's gained quite a following and those that have became a fan of the Night's Watch storyline would be upset. But this is Game of Thrones based off of a novel series that some say surpasses Lord of the Rings. There is so much story development going on that those that lack with patience could be fed up with the show by now, but it offers a nice dose of shock value to balance things out.
The first of course is Tyrion's trial at the Eyrie. Tyrion Lannister is a guy known for his sharp tongue and wit to wiggle himself out of any situation, and we watch it unfold in front of our very eyes from the dreaded sky cells to the trial by combat. It goes without saying that a show without good actors isn't a good show at all, and Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion, is the finest actor in the whole show. A battle of wits is always the most satisfying battles to watch; the way he humored the court with his crimes, and put himself in a position to win the trial; through his brother Jaime Lannister, one of the strongest knights in the seven kingdoms. When Lysa denied him that right, Bronn stepped up to the plate. A fine work of suspense.
The other storylines weren't anywhere near as dramatic, save for the crowning of Viserys, though they added development. Daenerys is hinted to being the true dragon when her hands failed to burn from the coals for a reasonably long time, yet her servant who touched it for just a second got burned in a second. And then there's Ned Stark's detective story that is finally making a full circle. The little nuggets of hints really makes it engaging to see him work. Robert's bastard sons who all have black hair, as well as his entire house, yet all of his children to his wife have golden hair?
While the story is rounding out nicely and progressively, it's six hours in; these small little "breaks", such as the capturing of Tyrion, his trial that won his freedom, battle between Jaime and Ned. It's all too much now and we need a big splash.