So when Season 4 started I picked up the show through HBO's marathon, then I started the books about a day after. I'm just started A Storm of Swords this morning (that's just how big this damn series is). What does everyone think of it? Personally I love it, and I wish my writing was somewhere near George R.R. Martin's. He's now my favorite author, despite his bloodthirsty murder of our beloved characters. I love the complexity of it. There's an innumerable number of characters and houses. There's things added to it that aren't even a part of the books/show. Everyone remember the song from the Red Wedding? It's called "The Rains of Castamere" and there's like 20 different versions. For the Red Wedding version, go onto Youtube and type in "Red Wedding Song". It'll pop up. I love that George R.R. Martin created all these races and cultures (Valyrian, the Free Cities, Braavosian, Westerosian (???), Dothraki, etc. There's four different languages used in the show: English (Common Tongue), Dothraki, High Valyrian, Low Valyrian. It's just immense. He's created this huge world, and it doesn't feel like cliche fantasy. I love that no one is safe, although I know a lot of people hate that. SPOILERS (duh). Eddard Stark dies. Catalyn Stark, Robb Stark, all of Winterfell, Sandor Clegane, Jeoffry Baratheon/Lannister, etc. Too many people to name. There's probably more but I'm only up to what came out with the Season 4 finale and the beginning of A Storm of Swords. I love how it all intertwines. I like how Margerie's mother (or grandmother, that old woman who walks around with her in the show. Haven't gotten that far in the books and I didn't catch a name) was supposed to marry Maester Aemon Targaryen, then she said "haha nope" and found another guy. He jumped to the Night's Watch quickly. I like how (this is all in theory) apparently Rhaegar raped Lyanna Stark and she gave birth to Jon Snow. Ned covered it up saying that Jon was his bastard instead of telling the truth. Kinda makes the Daenarys (I botched that one bad) and Jon shippers just that awkward. Danny would be his aunt, although we've had more gruesome relationships in the past *coughs* Jaime and Cersei. That's all I got. My fingers are kind of sore for some reason, so I'll let someone else go on and on for a while.