Originally Posted by DaveFi
I don't think we have to use spoilers discussing generalities in the book- as for dragons they are in the first book- eggs, and such. There are also wizards if I remember correctly, so there is a fair bit of magic even in the first book. There's magic throughout the series, but if they don't want to show much of it I worry that the show isn't going to be true to the books.
Not really. The wizards certainly aren't the Gandalf-type, they are more like alchemists, and arguably what they do has a scientific basis, just one that isn't understood as such. (Any sufficiently sophisticated technology will be seen as magic by a population that doesn't know that technology.)
What other magic are you thinking of? There really isn't much magic at all "seen onscreen" in the books. You have the creatures like the wraiths and such from the north, but that's a bit different.
Let's see how they cover the rampant incest, rape, etc, etc...
It's HBO. Have you seen their shows?
I don't think they've suddenly become prudish.
If anything, I'm more concerned that the series will follow the books *too* slavishly. Not everything that works in a book works onscreen.