MHS wrote:I'll say again that I don't know how people who haven't read the books could enjoy the show. I don't think I could, because I would never feel like I was getting enough information about anything. Maybe that's only because I know what I'd be missing though.
My wife is watching with me, and she never read the books. She's enjoying the show well enough, but she has no idea who anyone is most of the time. She just refers to people with descriptions - "the dwarf", "the girl dressed as a boy", "the guy with the wolf", "the queen", "the bald guy", etc. Her main complaint is that they don't use people's names often enough, given that they're "weird fantasy names". In the first two episodes of Season 2 there was quite a bit going on with Melisandre, and yet I don't believe anyone ever actually said her name.
Right after watching episode 3, I mentioned that I thought they made Yoren a bit more of a badass than in the books. Naturally her response was "who's Yoren?". She would recognize Petyr Baelish, but she has no idea that his name is "Petyr Baelish", or probably even that his nickname is Littlefinger.