I joined into this show late, on purpose, because I knew there would be so many cliffhangers and a change from the book plot - that I decided to wait. My waiting has paid off, it seems like 'Winter is Finally Coming' and the show is as good as everyone has been raving about for years. You fall in love with the characters, the settings and the plot. I love the direction that they choose to go with for some of the female characters (Cersei). Everything about this show is great. Catch up, because HBO has really outdone itself with this fantasy series.