I know there have been a few mentions on other threads and a couple of threads dedicated to individual books in this series, but I wanted to see if anyone was up for discussing the series as a whole. Disclaimer: For those of you who have seen A Game of Thrones on HBO but have either only read up to where the series just ended or haven't read the books, I anticipate there will be spoilers here. You've been warned. I've watched the series since its inception and just started reading the books following the close of the most recent TV version. I told myself I'd only read through the Red Wedding. Yeah, that held up. Just finished a Dance with Dragons and started on Game of Thrones again. A few observations: The TV series deviates some -- and will probably deviate more in coming years -- but still holds up well with the written word. In fact, the Red Wedding had a much more powerful impact on TV than it did on the page, for me. I can't wait for the Purple Wedding just to see that little douchebag choke on air. Tyrion is my favorite character but I don't like him being on the other end of the world. I understand why he had to leave and I'm sure he'll come roaring back when the time is right but I much prefer him in King's Landing. Varys is my second favorite character and I can only hope he doesn't have to disappear from the TV series like he did in the books. The other scenes I really want to see on the TV series include Dany riding her Drogon and Cersi's walk of shame. Tyrion's trial is going to be intense too. My prediction for how the series ends remains largely the same as before I started reading the books. Jon (who isn't dead, btw) will turn out to be Lyanna and Rheager's bastard. The promise Lyanna extracted from Ned on her deathbed was to protect her son and not let his parentage be known until/unless the time was right. Howland Reed is the only living person with knowledge of Jon's true parentage and will play a large part in the upcoming book. Dany will -- finally -- make her way to Westeros with her dragons and a fairly formidable army. I don't think Tyrion will accompany her, though, but rather will make his way back on his own. When Jon learns of his parentage, he will decide to take the Iron Throne himself -- the "assassination" having freed him from the vows. Both he and Dany doubt and fear the claim of Aegon and join forces to destroy him. They succeed and ascend the Iron Throne as equals -- maybe even married. Tyrion returns in the meantime and joins cause with either or both, but most importantly, against his House. When the dust settles, he's named Hand of the Realm. So, we'll end with a Targaryn and Stark on the throne, with Lannister support. Stannis is going to be a problem, though.