NOTE: TV Fanatic will be taking two approaches to Game of Thrones this season. In one, Matt Richenthal will be reviewing from the point of view of someone who has never read the source material. You can his take on "The North Remembers" now.
I, meanwhile, will be analyzing how the HBO version of this saga compares to George R. R. Martin's masterpiece. What liberties is the show taking? What similarities are most striking? Let's delve into the character comparisons and contrasts below, shall we?