Along with many others, I have been waiting eagerly for the HBO series Game of Thrones. From George R R Martin’s epic and as yet incomplete book cycle A Song of Ice and Fire (still waiting dear sir), the good folks at HBO in America commissioned a series. Apparently the almost-equally-good folks at Showtime here in Australia have bought the series but won’t be showing it for another couple of months.

As with any book enjoyed, casting a TV or film version is very important to the readers. I think in most cases they’ve got it right.

I mean, Sean Bean.

And Peter Dinklage. Who won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams as Bran and Arya Stark respectively are also very much as I hoped. Also the Dane Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister and Scot Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont.

From the opening scene of the first episode, through the opening credits (is that stop-motion or whatever, they’re awesome), the costumes, the sets, the realisation of a world from the books to the screen…