As I have mentioned before, I am a big Song of Ice and Fire fan, even though I've grown a bit disillusioned with the series. I am also becoming a big fan of the Game of Thrones HBO series; I'd better be, as I signed up for HBO just to watch it!
I like what I have seen thus far. I think the opening title sequence is awesome. I think the casting is largely spot-on. The acting ranges from decent to, in the case of Peter Dinklage, excellent. I know the writers and directors of the show had to make some tough choices about what to add, consolidate, and remove and, I can't complain about much of that.
The only issue I have is that, at times, the show can be a bit confusing with it's cuts from location to location and by introducing and maintaining relationships between all the characters. Some of that is inevitable, given the continent-spanning setting and multitude of important, speaking roles. Given the later, it wouldn't surprise me if entire, fairly significant plot strands do not appear (say The Onion Knight or even Theon and the Greyjoy Rebellion, though I think the loss of the later would lead to fandom mutiny). There's just too much!
The series thus far has been temporally continuous, with each episode showing us what is happening at roughly the same time with lots of different people. That makes sense, even if it does lead to occasional scatteredness. But I wonder if some of that temporal continuity couldn't have been sacrificed for some character/story continuity. Then, you'd have each episode follow one principle character for a certain time period, giving his or her perspective on events, with possible flashbacks to fill in some back story. This, in effect, mirrors the method of the books, where each chapter is a character's point of view. In short, use the Lost method of storytelling. Choose five or six principle characters -- Ned, Jamie and/or Cersi, Jon, Tyrion, Danerys, -- give each one two character centered episodes, then add other character centered ones as necessary. You'd get an Bran episode in season one, a couple of them in season two, etc. And every so often you'd just throw in a larger plot-focused episode around big events, like a battle.
The disadvantage of this is there aren't as many episodes in a season, so maybe too much of the story would be lost. But it does make the series a bit more character-driven. And, as an added bonus, it would inevitably cut down on what I feel became the central issue with the books -- character POV bloat.
My .02. Is anyone else watching the show? I'm a bit surprised I haven't seen much about it on any of the 572 blogs I seem to follow. :)