I haven't been able to watch any of the new season yet, but I really enjoyed the first way more than I was expecting to. The books are sitting in my nook waiting for their turn, which needs to be soon. (I have to finish “Wheel of Time” first — I cannot handle two epics at once. My brain is not that sharp anymore.) It is my goal to get through the first two books before I pick up the second season on DVD/whatever. We'll see how that pans out (I still have 5 WoT books to go, plus the new one in January… oh my).I'm anxious to see how the characters in the books compare to what I've seen on the screen. I've heard a range of opinions from fans regarding the similarities/differences.