Littlefinger won that round, he thwarted Varys' plot to have Sansa marry Loras, and he ferreted out Varys' spy and gave her to Joffrey to kill which elminates her as a spy and wins Littlefinger favor with Joffrey. Plus I loved the Chaos is a ladder speech.
What I want to know is what Varys really means when he says he did what he did for the "good of the realm." He said the same thing to Ned Stark in the dungeons in Season 1, and I just don't know if I believe him, or what the word "realm" really means to him. Littlefinger's motives seem obvious and are pretty much self gain. Not so sure what Varys' motives are.
I enjoyed the Melisandre/Arya scene. Arya is a tough and fearless little thing, and Mel's looking into her face and seeing the eyes of people Arya will kill was just creepy as hell and very intriguing! They will meet again? Hmmm... And telling Gendry he will make kings rise and fall. Interesting.
Agree that Tywin talking to Lady Olenna was awesome. Those two actors are doing just a tremendous job, and seeing them together in a scene was fun. I hope they get some more scenes together.
It was kind of odd seeing Cersei and Tyrion talking peacefully and actually somewhat getting along. But I wish they had shown Tyrion actually tell Sansa and Shae that Sansa has to marry Tyrion, that would have been an entertaining scene.
I enjoyed the visuals on the Wall and the action on the climb, very tense. Good stuff. I hope Jon or Ygritte takes that Warg guy (Orell?) out. He's been after Jon all along.
And Edmund was funny. "What?" Can't blame the guy for being nervous about the hideous wife the Freys are trying to foist on him, but still, he's got to do what he's got to do.