I gave it a 4. I'm almost done watching the show. I was hoping it would improve from last season but if anything, it's gotten worse. Unnecessary changes, changes for the worse, characters acting out of character from the book, etc. The writing is just mediocre, there's no way around it. It's clear they are targeting a mass audience (which is understandable) but the show and the writing definitely suffers. I just don't get some of the changes, though. Melisandre and Stannis? What the hell, And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
And I'm starting to think the show's producers/writers are just looking for excuses to show nudity, lol. Not that I would normally complain, but, the semen scene, wow.
Oh, any way HBO can work in T&A and sex they do it. Did you catch Tyrion's reference to Varys about Shae's fish pie? At least that was a double meaning and not as in your face as the brothel scene. I don't even think my husband caught that one. The brothel scene I did a double take and said to myself, was that??? Did they??? My husband didn't miss that one.
I do like watching it, despite any changes and since I know GRRM is involved, it kind of gives me clues on who is really important and who isn't for the upcoming books. I've re-read the books 4 times. My husband hasn't read them at all and he keeps asking me questions throughout the episodes - this last one I couldn't explain much because so much of it was different than the books.