Getting the justification right is every storyteller's goal, and one of the more challenging aspects of storytelling. Aristotle said that the end of an effective plot must be "unexpected but inevitable.
If you enjoyed the way nearly everything pretty much went wrong in this season's finale, you will love the third season. The third book, A Storm of Swords, is legendary in the fan community for the epic proportions of its devastation.
Let's get something straight from the get-go: "Blackwater" is not amazing because it centers around an epic battle with cool effects. "Blackwater" is amazing because it combines an epic battle with beautifully wrought character development.
Was it worth the wait? That is likely the most burning question facing readers of George R. R. Martin's mammoth Song of Ice and Fire series regarding its fifth and latest installment, A Dance with Dragons.