In case you all didn't know, first episode aired last night. I thought it was a fairly strong opening episode. A few rambling thoughts: - The scene where Arya massacred the Freys felt kind of shitty and anti-climatic. I just think it was a bad idea to start the season out that way. It needed more build up after the show had been off the air for a year. - Dorne has been absent from the plot for a long time. I hope they go back there soon. I still think the way Doran was overthrown was sloppy and not at all believable, but whatever. - Jon is getting kind of boring. Least interesting of the main characters in my opinion. - Daenerys is finally in Westeros! Fuck yeah, about time. - Did we really need an extended montage of Sam cleaning shit pots? Seriously? - Speaking of Daernerys, how does she not crush anyone in Westeros opposing her? At this point she has the entire Dothraki hoard, thousands of unsullied, a bunch of slave soldiers, a good number of iron born, plus three dragons. Who the fuck is going to win a fight against that? Also, it seems kind of odd that while the Kings Landing characters haven't totally ignored her, they've barely prepared at all, which is kind of ridiculous considering she's been massing her army together for years now. - There should be a lot of good battles this season. I hope they splurge and do them right. The battle of Kings Landing was fucking awesome. The battle for the North against Ramsay, not so much. I'm still torn on whether or not I'm glad the show deviated from books. I think there is a lot of things they fucked up, but I'm glad it's different plot lines so it won't be the same if/when Martin finishes the books. Do you book readers like most of the changes or think they should have stuck closer to the source material? I guess it's kind of irrelevant at this point since the series is well past the books now.