And wouldn't that be considered a huge event, especially after the shocker we received in episode 9? Well, one might think, but I for one felt it was a mixed bag. There were some good scenes and the fallout from the event I won't mention for spoiler purposes certainly laid the groundwork for exciting times ahead, but for the most part this episode felt like mostly setup. Doesn't mean it wasn't good, I've taken the stance the entire season that every episode has been at least "good" but this was another example of the TV team not being able to fully utilize the richness of the source material due to time and budget constraints.
In fact, last night after watching the show, three friends and I who have all read the books sat around until about 1am talking about, among other things, our favorite characters from the series. The funny thing is, most of them, if they were in the show at all, would either be severely cut down or cut out entirely, because in most cases our favorites are those characters that aren't main characters with POV chapters, like Bryndon Tully the Blackfish, or Ser Author Dayne, the Sword of the Morning (who Ned had to battle and kill after the Trident). Their stories are being told by other characters, which makes them cooler because other people are speaking their stories in a way that makes them mythical, and even legendary.
So what did I think of Game of Thrones Season 1? In short, it was good. But I can't call it great. That word still belongs solely to the books.
Crap. I did turn it into a "this is why the books are better" post. Plus, I ended up blathering again...