I couldn't let the series finish, however, without some small comment. Although I have some small quibbles with some of the pacing and structure (this will be the last time I mention Lost-style character centered episodes), I really, really liked the series. It was well done. It looked excellent. And the acting was, by and large, wonderful. The show actually deepened my interest in a few characters that, just in my readings, I hadn't cared for, such as:
- Sansa -- I always thought Sansa was a spoiled, naive girl who, well, sucked. Her romantic naivete got others in trouble (Ned!) and became extraordinarily annoying for this reader. On the show, however, I appreciated her situation a bit more, especially in the final episode. Joffrey is such a little monster that it's hard not to have some empathy for Sansa when her dreams of queenhood turn out all wrong. The look on Sansa's face as she glanced from Joffrey, to the head of her father on the wall, then to the stones beneath the bridge, weighing the choice between jumping herself and shoving the king, was enough to make me like her a little more.
- Robert -- Mark Addy did such a great job here. I gained a lot more understanding and a little more sympathy for Robert as a result of the show. Robert is that guy from college -- your loud, drunken friend who never really grew out of all the partying, whom you still try to be friends with based on a shared past, despite his destructive behavior.