Alright, finally finished (just before my long ass flight too ughh).
Let's say say, 5 years is a LONG time for me to forget a lot.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1.) Jon Snow dying. Yeah wtf? Obvious he's not "dead" but the part was slightly confusing. Will read again, otherwise I was just getting slightly interested. I mean, the book opens with the White Walkers and it's going to end with them and finally we see some action in that direction beyond "blah blah wildings are dangerous"
2.)Quentyn. Wow. For a second I almost imagined he would pull it off and he, along with Aegon, would become the 2nd and 3rd riders. Guess not. Fucking moron. Seriously, all I could picture throughout the entire scene was him going "Derp derp me ride dragons"
3.)Aegon still being alive, a nice twist actually.
4.) Arya's training is awesome. I see her playing a pivotal role towards the end but the greater question is who is she going to kill? To be honest many of the original antagonists are dead/worse off the the Stark children really.
5.) Stannis is not defeated, obviously. Though I'm really curious as to what the hell is going on.
6.) Yeah, Greyjoys, Zzzzz. Anyone else roll their eyes when Victarion's chapter came about? 2/3'rds through the book and another plot line shows up to further complicate things. Perhaps this is continuing from the previous book, I honestly don't remember or care.
7.) Whose the new Kingsguard? Is it supposed to be the Mountain? I really need to re-read the series to pick up on the little things, but honestly it's the most interesting part about Cersei's plote.
8.) No Littlefinger, boo.
9.) Dany.... hmm, well, it's nice to see her actually starting towards using her dragons. I like her character a lot, and in a cruel world she's fairly compassionate. But she's too compassionate and a lot of her choices were just "Ughh". Seriously, you have dragons, use them already, don't chain them up and let them rot. That's how they became extinct in the first place. Honestly I just want her to man up and start her inevitable march towards Westeros already but I fear she'll spend most of the next book dicking around.
10.) Tyrion as always is fun to read but mostly I'm just thinking "Wtf does he have to do with anything right now?" My thoughts is that he's probably leading the siege, or contributing a lot. We'll see how they plays out.
All in all though while nothing was "resolved" it's nice to see the plot moving towards a resolution at least. To me, the final conflict is going to be heavily about the White Walkers and Dany's Dragons, Fire and Ice. Yet it seems like these are the two slowest moving plot lines, so little is revealed as each book passes by yet in the first book it makes it clear how important both elements are. Well, either way, at this rate I'll be 30 when/if the series finishes which says a lot considering I started reading at fucking 16. Ughh, well at least it's not Berserk.