HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: Right about now, in the thick middle part of this season of Game of Thrones, is where all of the rocks the people kicked in the early part of the season start rolling downhill real fast. Renly wants to treat with Robb Stark, but, despite Catelyn's best efforts, won't make peace with his own brother (and, despite that stubbornness, you get the feeling that Loras is right -- Renly would make a good king). Theon hatches a cockeyed plan to go with his cockeyed face. Magaery, who I think is loosely based on Elizabeth Woodville, shows once again that adaptation is an excellent skill. But nobody else learns any lessons -- Winterfell hasn't learned to trust Bran's dreams; Dany hasn't learned to distrust rich weirdos; the Night's Watch hasn't learned to wear earmuffs when camping on an Arctic cliff. The only one learning anything is that dragon, who can now flambe on command.
Of note: the show is doing a great job of making it clear how utterly nuts Brienne is. Also, and this confused me in the books, too, is wildfire supposed to be magic, or is it just green napalm?
MIA: Robb, Jaime, Joffrey, Sansa.