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I didn't mind JRM for the first couple of seasons, but I can see now how he has been pretty one dimensional. This fourth season hasn't been as good as the others. I really liked the first and second seasons, the third was ok, but the first few episodes of this years I thought were downright boring. With that said though, this past Sunday's episode (which we're discussing here) really picked it up a few notches and by the end I was saying to myself "this was a pretty good episode." Then I thought there was something wrong with me that it took all that violence and people losing their heads for me to finally like it! haha

I have to agree with you George about the scene when Katherine is dancing interspersed with the others being tortured and executed was brilliant. But what I am going to say now some people aren't going to like but it's just my opinion...When Katherine lost her head and the episode ended I felt some relief... I said to myself "Good, now I don't have to look at Tamzin Merchant ever again, and thank god she is out of AGOT!" I really couldn't stand her, she rubbed me the wrong way in the third season, I didn't like her acting, and I didn't like her looks at all. I was extremely disappointed when I heard she was cast as Dany, didn't like it at all. When I heard she was out and the part of Dany was being recast, I just about threw a party. at this point I think ANYBODY would please me more than her. I for one, think the recast is a good thing.

Rome was excellent, I could have watched a few more seasons of that. I liked the Tudors, but it was no Rome. I think the Tudors is ending though because the following stories (mostly, Elizabeth's) has been told a million times. Could they break new ground in that storyline? I doubt it. Better to end it now.

A lot of people are saying that Spartacus series "got better." Those first two episodes were excruciatingly bad. I'm not going to wait 5 or 6 episodes for something to "get good." I just don't have the time.

I'm looking forward to Pillars of the Earth also, but the trailers aren't doing anything for me as of yet. Ian McShane is a clincher for me though.

But what I'm really looking forward to is your series, George. How much do you want to bet that Showtime will put their new period piece (The Borgias) up against AGOT? I hope that doesn't happen. Of course I (and everybody here) will choose AGOT. I'm just worried a bit of potential audience who aren't familiar with your work, and what choice they would make. Jeremy Irons vs Sean Bean... Hmmm

Well, no use worrying about all that now, but Television is so fickle...great shows get canceled, and lousy ones stay. But I did say to myself recently, I will NEVER watch another Law, Cop or Hospital drama ever again, and that is all the networks can ever come up with...so it's a breath of fresh air that the cable stations are not following those trends. A toast to HBO and long live A Game of Thrones!

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