Huge fan of the books here. I was very, very impressed with the first episode. Not flawless, but damn good. I couldn't be more excited for the rest of the series. Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean both are going to hit these roles out of the park.
Originally Posted by sirjonsnow
Things that fell short: Dothraki wedding (by a factor of about 1000), Theon Greyjoy there but not identified for those who don't know the story, unneeded creation of Ned/Jaime conversation.
I expect both Theon and Robb will be more prominently featured in future episodes; they really don't do much in the early part of the book, either. I think it would have been character overkill to have them do much besides stand around and smirk at this point. I didn't really mind any of the little changes and "new" scenes. Some of it may have been unnecessary, but nothing that's happened so far is against the spirit of the books.
And the Dothraki wedding...well, what can you say? The Dany storyline is clearly the most difficult part of the show to pull off: The plot is far removed from the rest of the story, the khalasar (dothraki army) is gigantic and brutal, the locations are exotic and massive, the sex and violence is constant, and, let's face it, some of the material that seems compelling on the page (dancing/sex/fighting during the feast) just doesn't seem like it would work on TV. I'm rereading the first book now, and I was curious to see how the wedding would turn out. It wasn't any worse than I suspected/feared, although I think it lacked any feeling for how damn freaking big it was supposed to be. The, um, marriage consummation was very well done and a pretty powerful scene, I thought. Completely won me over on the Dany & Drogo castings. And I was skeptical of the guy playing Viserys initially but I ended up being impressed with him as well. I think they got the toughest stuff out of the way with that storyline already. It wasn't perfect, but I think it is going to catch up with the quality of the Winterfell/Wall/King's Landing pieces pretty quickly.