Season 5-6 were stellar compared to this mess. Literally nothing happened. The Ramona/Bethenny stuff seemed as real as Ramonas new face. Any other "drama" centred around left over storylines from season 8 and a the Tinsley Sonja stuff just wasn't interesting. At we had an iconic leg throw in season 6 as contrived as it was.
The cast this season is a billion times better than S6, which was absolutely shite. Kristen, Heather, Carole and a barely present Aviva made for an appallingly dull season, a charisma vacuum that would make a black hole look inviting. At least this season you've had kinetic players like Bethenny, the brilliance of Dorinda and solid enough showings from Lu, Sonja and Ramona. Plus, the cast actually have a good chemistry among each other which makes even their base interactions interesting.
This elevates the season even though - as you say - absolutely nothing bloody happened.