I've talked about this show a lot in previous posts, but Sunday night I watched the premiere for the first time, and I'll say it here for the record. If you didn't catch the pilot episode of HBO's newest series adapted from George R.R. Martin's bestselling series of epic medieval fantasy novels, well... you need to correct that.
The pilot essentially met all the expectations I had for the material on the dot. I've said before that you can't necessarily judge a entire show based on the pilot, but if the pilot is incredibly strong (an example of which would be last year's gem "Boardwalk Empire") than you can form a reasonable opinion that you're in for quality-wise week in week out.
Most things though I couldn't have been happier with. The casting especially was spot on, with even minor characters (for now) such as Robb Stark and Ser Jorath Mormont becoming alive
Another minor quibble I had that wasn't related to the casting was that I thought the natural sexuality of the show was heightened a bit more than perhaps was necessary. To use an example, I don't know if we needed to see Princess Daenerys Targaryen, who starts the books out at age 13, fully nude and being fondled by her brother in the outset. I know its HBO, and they are trying to cater to an audience that tunes into the network for risque moments, but I thought in that instance maybe it was a bit much. Her moment with Drogo also felt a bit off, as in the books it seemed more tender and not as forceful as it came off on screen. In these instances I preferred the book's suggestion of sexuality, which I think Martin writes well without veering too heavily into x-rated territory.
Also, on that note, I wish they wouldn't of introduced Tyrion in a whorehouse right off the bat. To me, it made his character come off as a bit of a clown initially, but perhaps thats a subconscious mark I gave it because that scene is not included in the books. It did however serve nicely to introduce the relationship Jamie has with his brother, and the scene later with Jon Snow effectively demonstrated what Tyrion is dealing with on an emotional level. Also, there are several moments in the pilot where Tyrion's wit is on full display, which had me smiling ear to ear. Dinklage, I believe, will pull off this role to perfection.
Now we'll just have to see if they can keep it up.