Honestly, having read the books, I can understand the disappointment of some but realistically there is no way to turn GRRM's story into a viable series without massive changes by the scriptwriters. I think they have done a phenomenal job, personally, and don't envy them their task. I think the fact that people that are completely unfamiliar with the books can get involved with this story is testament to the skill f the directors and writers. Great fun and wonderful acting. Not perfect but good lord, how could it be? So sad it all ends next wek and months till it starts again.