Sky sent a press kit that arrived this afternoon - includes a DVD of episodes 1 & 2, and just watched the first. Am going to do a write-up for the front end, but in the meantime, a few observations (don't worry - no spoilers): - first 25 mins feels a plod - wall and Winterfell - a little flat and laboured. Had difficulty telling Robb and Jon apart, for some reason - then we see a short Kings Landing scene, which breaks it up and starts a pace that carries through the rest of the episode - There is a lot of nudity in this!! But I guess in our own history we're unnnaturally priggish by comparison, and after a while it's not so much of a shocker and not glorified - Daenerys is brilliantly played - I can appreciate more of the story juxtapostions - for example, one scene we see Sansa excited about marriage to Joffrey - then cut to Daenerys and her trepidation of marrying Khal Drogo - it's an epic book, but the sets don't provide the same epic vision your imagination can deliver, but are still done very very well - I noted a few times when TV adpated scenes and lines came into play, but they helped connect everything very well Overall, it's the first episode of a new series with a helluvalot lot expected of it. It sets the scene and then starts the pace, and no doubt as it grows, so will our associations with the on-screen characters. There are obviously changes and abridgements for TV, but otherwise very faithful to the story in spirit where not in letter. I don't think GRRM fans will be disappointed with the episode by itself - but obviously we have a lot of promise yet to come. Looking forward to the rest of the series now that the level of expectation has been brought to the right level - that's probably the most difficult part if the story has already lived free in your imagination.