Originally Posted by Ph8te
Stannis with his army going to take Winterfell
Jon going to meet the wildling army to attempt a truce
Tyrion on his way to meet Danny whom is in great need of someone familiar and skilled in the political side of things.
Arya in training with the faceless men
The Sparrows sparking a religious revolution.
It seems we have a number of grave threats and "bullet points" we are leading to.
Did you forget the talks she had about moving forward? People have urged this already, but she does not want to leave only to have the area fall back to what it was. Also think of this time as "training wheels" for Danny.
And as I keep saying, none of those story threads are dealt with as if they were important. The characters talk about them while casually walking around as if it's just something they can get to after lunch.
When Stannis left Black to "beat the winter" he couldn't have looked like he was going any slower. I'm surprised if his army wasn't still in bed because from what we saw of them this season, they had nothing to do and did it with aplomb.
Dany is sitting in her pyramid holding court and dragon spotting. Do we see her making rapid plans for conquest, delegating, assembling her armies, barking orders and having her generals whipping the city into shape? No, she just kind of sits there and occasionally tells someone "maybe we should send out more patrols" and goes back to sitting until something else screws up. "Dear diary, I forgot I was planning to rule the Seven Kingdoms again. Need to do something about that tomorrow. Or at the weekend. I wonder if my army is still here?"
Tyrion is walking. And talking. His entire character motivation this season is just to talk to Dany. Which means he has been relegated from one of the best characters to someone hiking. All for the promise of a discussion. Even if they meet this season the payoff will only be talking about doing something that will not hapoen this season.
Snow is now commander of The Wall and an army of the sorcerous undead is bearing down on them. Or maybe they are just having a nap, because that threat which we saw often for three seasons is non-existent now. And if Snow is rushing off to get reinforcements he is following Stannis' lead too closely because he seems to be dealing with that with no due haste.
Meanwhile in King's Landing a character nobody really cares about is on trial by the religious police while Cersei gets drunk and smirks a lot. If I felt like Margaery was in any danger I might have a vested interest, but even if she is executed the threat to her life has not been given any dramatic build up. So I am ambivalent about her outcome.