For starters, to sharpen our appetites, we have the opening credits which, like the first series with The Eyrie and The Twins, introduces new locations seemingly interconnected by cogs and moving like some giant orrery. As the camera travels over the map we see the islands of Dragonstone and Pyke and the desert kingdom of Qarth and the ravaged fortress of Harrenhal. There are reminders in these sequences that the seasons are important to the story and that winter is coming... The meat and veg of these ten episodes is the developing plot of the North and the battle for the throne at Kings Landing. At last we go beyond The Wall and get an inkling of what those Wildlings have been up to on those long dark nights. For me though, the best storyline and scenes are when Theon Greyjoy returns home to the Ironlands and the inhospitable island of Pyke. His story arc is unpredictable and enjoyable. Well I say that, but Arya has a really interesting journey too. There are dozens of minor characters to enjoy from the kitchen lad Hot Pie to the female champion Brienne. Major characters are consolidated - I found Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance, almost likeable. On the other hand there is an illuminating scene where Tyrion hopes to get King Joffrey to lighten up a bit by losing his virginity with some prostitutes. That reminds me, for dessert we have a bit of rape, infanticide, torture and general all-round deviousness and trickery. The icing on the cake must be the dwarf Tyrion Lannister who is catapulted to the top and somehow finds that he is not only quite capable of playing, but he enjoys, the Game of Thrones.