We can agree to disagree on this, or maybe I wasn't making myself clear re: my previous post. I.e., if I had read the novels prior to seeing GOT, I would have already known about a lot of key plot points, i.e. The Red Wedding, Geoffrey's death, etc. - yes, the details would probably have been different - but, I still wouldn't have been surprised by these elements on screen. And, I wanted to be genuinely surprised by the show.