It was certainly hard at times, especially the first episode of season 7 but it's worth it. I'm often criticised by April for never knowing the names of most of the peripheral characters in half of the shows I watch so now am pretty sure I know most of them... Although i'm not volunteering to go on Mastermind any time soon.
The second half of the new season starts on Monday night. Fingers crossed for a little retaliation after the turmoils of the last set.