Originally Posted by VisionOn
If you don't like the characters on Thrones then you'll find nothing here because you are not interested in what they do. But if you like those other HBO shows then you should know what to expect, because the only real differentiator is the setting. And for me, that's a huge plus point. It's an interesting world filled with interesting characters.
I've mentioned this before - I was spoiled by more action-oriented medieval tales like LotR and Legend of the Seeker. I was expecting more from this show than a lot of political maneuvering, so it's probably my fault for having the wrong expectations and for not having read the books. It's not so much the characters as it is the mindset that I have about the period based on all that's gone before.
I'm not asking for big battle scenes every other episode, but I would like to see them do more than talk about what they're going to do or who they're going to ally with or backstab every week. For example, at the end of last season a big battle was clearly brewing and I was looking forward to some sort of outcome. Then, expecting this at start of S2, we instead get more gathering of allies. WTF? Same with the Night Watch and the Wall - big expectations as they rode north at end of S1, very little happening as a result so far in S2. And then one of the most interesting sidelines with Daenerys is almost nowhere to be found after that cool dragon ending last season. I'm sure that folks who know the story will explain all this away, but to me it's just more of the same.
I thought Deadwood was outstanding btw, haven't seen the other shows you mentioned.