Calling it above average television is hardly gushing praise, and I've never disputed that DnD like A Song of Ice and Fire. They were fans before they even got the job. That's actually what makes most of these changes so irritating. If this was a completely unfaithful remake then it wouldn't irk me as much. It's the fact we'll go from one scene being incredibly faithful, like Jaime in the Harrenhal bathhouse, to weird character assassination like Stannis in Dragonstone, or Catelyn calling herself the worst woman in the world for not loving Jon.