i must admit, this show is full of ups and downs. At one point I almost gave up on it, but i the end it all comes together and you understand that good is rising and winter is coming! The quality of the production is amazing, Blockbuster special effects, and the actors are well cast and good (for a change). One of the most engaging series I have seen in a long time. Because they are following the plot of books, the show never wanders into ridiculous (as so many others have!) It feels like the plot is carefully crafted, intricately woven and going somewhere.
Seeing some of the good characters get beat is hard, but as the plot continues to unfold, you realize the wisdom in that. An old generation is ending so that new can rise up. And in the final episode it all makes sense! Can't wait to see more.
Too bad that HBO doesn't allow you to subscribe to their content online unless with a TV provider. My provider isn't listed so I can's subscribe to their content, which in this modern world just seems wrong. Wonder why HBO doesn't come into the 21st Century? I will have to wait a long time to see the second season. Not a reason to subtract a star from my review, but still !!! Seems like if you are willing to be a paying customer they wouldn't turn you away.