I guess because I knew what was coming, those lost their intensity a bit for me
although I can imagine those being quite intense for a non-reader
I knew what was coming in both, but I heard before season two that they were making some supposedly big changes for season 2, and you know how big of a turning point Blackwater was so I thought something could have changed (other than Tyrion keeping his nose).
Heard the same damn rumor with Season 3 and even was buying into it at the beginning with the changes regarding Robb's wife. As soon as they played the music I was half excited half screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
The Season 3 finale of BE was pretty intense too.