Wow. The list of characters upon whom I wish a slow and painful death has increased exponentially with this episode.
After the first episode I wasn't sure about this show. The beginning and ending were great, but every thing else in between I felt dragged.
Enjoyed the 2nd ep much more after I realised how the show works. Its heavily character driven and now I see it's all about the different families and characters and all of the secrets and lies (I haven't read the book(s)).
That little girl (Sean Beans daughter) is a brilliant little actress.
Can't wait for the next ep and can't wait to see those monsters/creatures in the woods again, they were savage.
It's extremely character driven yeah, each 'house' is vying for power. Nearly ever character has hidden agenders (the Starks are by far the closest to being the protaganists in the series)
The opening episode's first omen summed it up pretty well, with the Direwolf killing, and in turn being killed by, the Stag. The former being the house sigil of the Starks, the latter being of house Baretheon.
It gets FAR deeper, and more ****ed up than you could believe. And it does delve deeper into the 'fantasy' element as the books go on. Although you're not going to see Elves and Orcs and all that stuff, or powerful mage wars.
There are TONS of story arcs, plots, sub plots, character plots, secrets, twists etc to come. It's going to be a crazy season that's for sure.
Plenty of deep characters to come as well. I can honestly say there isn't one character in A Song of Ice and Fire (book series name) that is one dimensional, and that makes the books extremely special as there are TONS of main characters.