Anyone who thinks this will be a routine humdrum "Good triumphs over evil - eventually" might get a real shock in future episodes... that's WHY the books are SO good.
"There is no one else in the series like that. If the original book was responsible for his demise then it was a major writing blunder"
1. The books are brilliant.
2. Why change anything in them for the Series?
"the biggest problem i see for the future of the show is filling sean beans shoes. as of now, there are no characters on the show that can carry it"
You ARE kidding, right?
3. The loss of the 1st major character is nothing - if you haven't read the books, remember - "Expect the Unexpected!!"
Enjoy the second series !!