One word -- meh
Look, I'm loving the show. The production is fabulous, it still has one of the coolest opening title sequences ever. Great casting, wonderful performances. But still . . .
Ygritte shooting Jon Snow three times?! Gendry captured by Melisandre to be used as a sacrifice?! I know this stuff all makes for good drama, but it isn't in the books and the books themselves are pretty dramatic and enthralling on their own. So why?
There is still a great deal of narrative left in the third novel that went unused in the series. It makes me wonder how compressed the next season will be, finishing off the third book and covering the fourth.
Oh well, until next year . . . *sigh*