A specific and simple thread to discuss any negative issues and disappointments with T.V. adaptation of this amazing feat of writing. The epic Malazan series aside, ASOIAF is the best set of books I have ever read and with re-reading and re-e-reading they develop even more depth and just simply get better. I have awaited with eager anticipation and equal trepidation the HBO series adaptation of GAME OF THRONES, knowing GRRM was involved with most aspects eased my fears somewhat. Following watching the third episode I wanted to list and analyse mine and other members dislikes in one place rather than a grey thread discussing the good and bad. My issues so far: i Although very faithful to the book (which is great) all three episodes, bar the opening White walker fright scene, have been, dare I say . . . pretty boring! As a production it is almost falling over itself to get things "to" right at the expense of visual entertainment. This worries me for the longevity of the show, although a second series thankfully has been commissioned. ii: Some "SOME" of the casting leaves a lot to be desired! Namely: Jaime Lannister, I expected a Matthew McConaughey type, dazzling, arrogant yet charming, calculating yet misunderstood, with flowing curly bleach blonde locks etc. Instead we bet a mousy haired, average looking, wooden actor who over works his lines. Ilyn Payne, oh dear . . . looked like he's lost his way from the old folks home. Terrible, where was the fear invoking persona!! Such a shame. Jon Snow, again not a believable/good actor IMO, he's playing the character to straight to morose. One of my personal fave characters to. Maybe as things progress he will improve. Also in the book allegedly the most Ned alike of the children, as the others have more of a Tully look. Not remotely apparent in the show. Catelyn Stark, much older looking than expected, to unlikeable, being played to manic almost. I just haven't related to her as I did in the novels. She is how I would imagine her sister in the Eyrie to be. (So far) Theon, only seen briefly so far, he looks nothing like I hoped, I expected a very good looking, swaggering, quick witted lad, on the surface engaging, charming and friendly, yet with underlying cynicism and a sarcastic attitude as a whole. (Similar to Henry Cavills character in the Tudors!) Obviously he's not played much of a part yet, barely introduce infact, but the little ratty looking lad playing him is a big disappointment. (Lilly Allens brother) Sansa, not nearly pretty enough. Yoren, to clean and standard looking. The Hound, not a fan of the make up or build and posture of the actor. Syrio, opppps, Manuel off Faulty Towers anyone!! Big disappointment. On the fence; Cersie Lannister, love Lena Headey buuuuuuut, hoped for a wicked looking bright blonde seductress, beauty belied with that nasty look in her eye. I think Lena would be better as Catelyn Stark myself. iii At the beginning of the first episode it wouldn't have hurt to hit us over the head with who was who, as the younger cast members all looked very similar, they could have done this by reiterating names during conversations to one another etc. On the flip side certain things were over worked/explained that didn't need to be, leading to clunky dialogue. iv The accents are a touch annoying and some of the cast are clearly uncomfortable with the speech, leading to bad almost hammy acting and makes the exchanges between key characters less weighty. v The initial Jon Snow and Tyrion meet, totally missed the mark for me, in the book you felt a certain bond instantly develop following there initial conversation. In the show if anything Jon's left irritated by Tyrion!! It is also a scene in the book that started to endear me to the imp, yet in the show he almost comes off pompous, very unsatisfactory I am afraid. I'll leave it at that for now, as I say this is simply my negative opinions, I have tons of positives but would rather have a vent thread seperate, please feel free to discuss, disagree, agree, add your own to this thread. Perhaps as an avid reader of the series I can't develop a fully objective view as one who hasn't read the books and would be interested to hear all opinions.