Not the television series- I have missed it anyway. It showed after the movie premiere on a Sunday night, and then I usually go to sleep.
The first one was so good for me, I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. It was something new, an original idea (I do not usually read high fantasy). The plot sounded so good. Different families having a struggle to gain the Throne, made of a lot of vanquished enemies’ swords. Some bad people got the power through devious ways. and some good people lost their heads or gets mishandled in different ways. The first book was really good- in my view. And it left a lot of unfinished business- a good setup for the second book.
SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read on if you want to read the books!
At the end of the first book poor Ned Stark has lost his head. His daughter Sansa is a very irritating character, who first plays the Judas role by ratting out her father’s plans- that is why he is headless. She has no backbone, and says everything to please everybody. What a wimp! Her younger sister Arya is missing. And in House Lannister, only the dwarf, Tyrion, shows any character whatsoever.
I also borrowed the rest of the books from a friend. Fortunately I did not buy them!
The second book came and went- A Clash of Kings– guess what- Sansa is still an irritating person, Arya is still missing, and everybody is running around in circles in the land… a LOT of pages of reading, with nothing happening, sounds just like our South African soap operas… And Tyrion is the only one making any sense…
Then came the third book. A Storm of Swords– Finally- some people die. Some is thought dead, but is not dead… they will also be missing in action like their sister for the next… eternity… Arya is still missing, Sansa is still irritating on a road trip.
I am now nearing the end of the 4th book- A Feast for Crows. This is my problem in life- I just want to know how everything turns out. I want to see everybody happy ever after, or dead as they deserve. But it still does not look as if it is possible. Now the regular fans must help me out. Do I have to read another 20 books of 1000 pages to find out if Sansa ever gets some backbone, if Arya is ever going to be found, if the youngest Stark boys will ever be seen alive again, if Tyrion gets to be king… I am now tired of reading Game of Thrones sequals and going around and around and around and around in circles.
This is just my opinion- you are most welcome to disagree.
I am eagerly waiting to start the new Nelson de Mille book- now there is an author who really knows how to tell a story!