Figured I'd necro this thread instead of starting a new one. I picked up Season 1 on blu ray and am through episode 3. I am completely unfamiliar with the books or the story and have to say that these are EXCELLENT. I am going to watch the entire season before reading the books, but I love the way they weave traditional fantasy elements throughout, but they are so low key that the political machinations take the front seat. I haven't read the entire thread for fear of picking up spoilers, but I'm trying to watch one episode each night, after the kids are in bed. So far, I am completely hooked.