I have HBO and have never seen an episode...........
I watched the very first two episodes over the weekend, so am just getting into it. A bit gory at times but very well-made and entertaining.
No HBO here, but the books have been read.
I am a huge fan of both the show and the books, though the books are taking me a very long time to read - not a function of the books, but of a long-lasting battle with reader's block, which I thankfully seem to be victorious in at last.
Anyway, I dig the show, too, although I do wonder why they insist on departing from the books in some instances,
In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is some of the best-done television ever. An incredible amount of care is lavished on sets, costumes, and art. Not to mention languages, which are well-developed and believable. The acting is good, the story complex (some would say too much so), and the characters are memorable and in a few cases even sympathetic. Try as I might not to get attached to them, I find myself with an unwilling emotional connection with Arya and Tyrion. Oh, I know...
But I can't help it.
I am a huge fan of both the show and the books. I highly recommend them to everyone.