Well, its first chapter, at any rate. Still, things have been quiet around here for a bit, I may as say something about HBO's Game of Thrones preview.
It's... a big maybe. The sequence north of the Wall was brilliant. I'm not sure it needed Cliche Creepy Girl to make it work, or why the Others thought it was a good idea to spend hours putting together the most fucked-up collage this side of Jeepers Creepers just to spirit it away the instance a ranger saw it, but still, a very effective opening (and one that felt genuinely cold).
After that, though? I get that the people of Winterfell are supposed to be as cold as their surroundings, but that's the sort of idea that really only works in books. On screen, it just looks like a whole mess of people who all look either massively bored (Jon) or under heavy sedation (Eddard).
Still, that might have just been a directorial mis-step that won't really matter when we get to King's Landing. Or I might get my head round the presentation and not be bothered at all after another ten minutes (it certainly felt like it has it's own atmosphere, which is critical I think for fantasy TV). It's far, far too early to tell.
Plus, it did its job, from my perspective at least - it didn't put me off seeing it. Which, in my case - and that of many others - is all it had to do