Gaara has matured into one of the strongest and most reliable ninjas this series has ever had. Comparing from when he was first introduced up till now is amazing. He's become quite the respectable Kazekage, Naruto done good in reforming him.
I really want Naruto to meet up with Haku. I'm sure he'd impart some words of wisdom upon our hero, and would most likely bring up Sasuke as well. Sure there's the whole power difference but the plot implications alone would make their meeting great. Haku is still one of my favorite characters in Naruto, and his arc is what got me hooked. I personally can't wait to see what Kish has in store for him and Zabuza.
Also, bickering Deidara and Sasori pissing on Akatsuki and Sasori threatening to kill Deidara, only for him to state the blatant obvious "We're already dead" moment was hilarious. Damn it's gotta feel weird for Deidara to see the ADD Spaz he used to partner up with change into the AntiChrist of the Naruto Universe. Wait corrupter, Sasuke fits the AntiChrist archetype better.
War's shaping up nicely. Can't wait to get to the action.