Some housekeeping ... On spoilers, it's always been convention that once it's aired, it's fair game. No discussion of previews. Only what airs in the episode. There's no easy way to give a few days' grace period to watch an ep (and not fair to everyone who is anxiously awaiting the initial airing). The easiest bright line rule is you can post after it airs. I also agree with spoilerizing anything from the books. Last season, I was in the group that hadn't read the books and it was frustrating reading through all the comparison posts. I've now read all five books, but I can still sympathize with those who haven't. It's not much trouble to spoilerize with a quick reference that it's a book spoiler and it keeps everyone happy. To McPaul, Matt's simple description is accurate. If it looks like something you'd enjoy, watch the first season first. Watch at least the first two eps before you decide whether to stick with it. The story is an intricate weave of deception, honor, intrigue and betrayal. You can't pick it up in season 2 without missing some major underpinnings that serve as the basis for later hate, revenge and major plot lines. The dvds are out if you don't have access to HBO Go or On Demand. The author has written five books of epic length and there are at least two more to come before the series ends. No reason to jump in at season/book 2. Re the production, DirecTV (and I'm guessing the other providers) has a number of 2-3 minute previews available on demand that go into the various set locations, like Croatia, Iceland and Ireland. It's pretty interesting stuff and goes to show how much HBO is investing in this. The shots in Iceland (used for scenes beyond the Wall) are incredible where they have to move the cameras, set pieces and equipment onto the glacier every morning and bring them back down every day just so they can have frozen mountainscapes in the background. Great stuff. As for the ep, so glad to have this back. I'm rereading book 2 to refresh and could not be happier with the on screen portrayal. The screenplay does a great weave of the various story lines as GRRM's shifting perspective writing style would not work so well on screen. Loved how much Grey Wind has grown and the signs of intelligence the direwolves show. Also loved Bran's dream of seeing himself as Summer when he looked into the pond.