We live in a world where the Lord of the Rings has been filmed well, there was a Watchmen movie that came from a major studio, and even the Walking Dead has been made into an episodic television series. Lengthy, intense dramas from science fiction and fantasy are now being made for both the big and small screen, and it's a wonderful thing.
The problem is that these properties are hard to translate. The pilot for the Walking Dead was amazing, but the rest of the season fizzled spectacularly. Many fans of George R.R. Martin's books were afraid the same was going to happen to the Game of Thrones series, and the books seemed unfilmable. In a surprise twist, the first season of the show hasn't been just good for a fantasy series, it's been an amazing piece of storytelling, full stop. We're going to talk about why it has succeeded, and why you need to be watching.
A few notes: I have not read the books, and it would be great if those that have read the entirety of the series stick to discussing the show, without posting spoilers from the later books. Also, I am assuming you have seen all ten episodes, so there will be heavy spoilers from this season, and I won't be re-introducing every character that's being discussed.