Without a doubt, my favorite scene from the finale was Tywin dressing down Joffrey. Sending the King to bed without supper, and having Pycelle give him a sleeping potion? Tywin has really stepped up to handle his monster of a grandson! But then to follow that up with Tyrion & Tywin's exchange? That was fantastic.
The intersection of Sam & Bran's journeys was great. It was great just to see a little of one of the other castles on The Wall, first and foremost. Even if it was a ruin. And the stories of treachery at the Nightfort added to the sense of lore. I will admit: I was a little disappointed in one respect with these scenes, and the fact that one character wasn't included.
Jon Snow's return to The Wall was something I was waiting to see. And Ygritte didn't disappoint in lighting him up before he got there. I was missing that in last week's episode. Maester Aemon's message to Stannis and the other lords of Westeros following Sam's return did appear to be something of a game changer. Especially with regard to Stannis, Davos and Melisandre. Clearly, Stannis's focus will be shifting elsewhere.
I have to agree that the final scene was not something that I found interesting. But it does move forward Dany's story arc as a liberator. Still, I thought that a closing scene with Jon Snow and what's to come in his storyline might have made for a stronger closing scene to the season.