George R.R. Martin on Game of Thrones: A Wonderful Adaption

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George R.R. Martin knows a thing or six thousand about Game of Thrones. He's the author on which this popular HBO series is based.

It can be an awkward situation for someone to be in, but Martin tells Entertainment Weekly he thinks David Benioff and Dan Weiss "are doing a wonderful job." What changes to the novel has he enjoyed seeing on the small screen?

“I loved the interplay between Varys and Littlefinger, which never occurred in the books since neither is a viewpoint character," he says. "I loved the scene of Drogo ripping out Mago’s throat... But that’s going to have ramifications if we go the full length down the pike. This is the challenge the shows face as we go forward... the books are plotted so intricately that you do step on a butterfly in season one and in season four you’re going to have to deal with that.”

Martin does say he wishes the "tournament was much bigger."

What about you, Game of Thrones readers/viewers? How does the show compare to the books after one season?

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Books - 9/10
Series - 6/10 I'm trying to read ADWD and now I have my entire imaginary crew all messed up. In my head, Jon is the chubby actor and Jaime and Cersei are destroyed...
And what they did to Loras and the turney was unforgivable.
The series is good enough if you read the books. You get a clearer picture of the wall at least. Drogo was over the top as a cave man but somehow better. Sean Bean took some of the "boom" out of Ned, but Ned was never really booming. Theon, mangled worse than Loras, imo.
But say what? the novels don't have time constraints, the show obviously does, that and others. But for the little things, like PROPER CASTING, it would have been decent. Not even casting like i imagine it, just the way it was described in copious detail repeatedly...


AHA! Now we know who was killed in season one that would have an impact when adapting the third book comes around. Spoiler! :-) Now, to read the third book.....

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