Just started watching this, very nice so far. However I disagree with this to some extent:
The story is still a narrative construct, not real life. The death of each character has a purpose to propel the story (so I doubt someone would get randomly crushed by a bag of bricks, for example).
You´re right, of course each death has a purpose for the story line, but unlike most high-fantasy series, for example LOTR, you´re never sure if a character will survive the next pages/minutes.
As the story progresses, many "important" and beloved (or hated) characters die. Their deaths often have major impacts on the storyline, but their demise often comes quick and unpredicted.
This makes ASOIAF feel very "realistic", because everyone is mortal and noone is safe from an (often) nasty death.
I also agree with Fuchs. If you didn´t read the books some things can be difficult to understand, especially the R´Hollor cult and Melissandre.
I would be very impressed if you could guess who lives and dies in season 2 when you're watching it.
If people were shocked by Neds death, season 2 will have some nasty surprises for them.
Indeed. For some reason the thing I miss most are Small details..
IMHO the Dothraki don´t look as "foreign" in the TV show as they´re described in the book. I always imagined they look like Mongols, while many in the show just look like tanned westerners. That slightly irritated me, but I can look over such a minor thing, because the rest of the show is top notch.
Especially the environment is just great and I love how they portray the variety in GRRMs world. Especially Pike looked awesome and just as I´ve imagined it.
Can´t wait to see a certain battle in a certain city, which involves ships.