DelPen wrote:Does everyone agree Storm of Swords is the best book?
SOS is definitely the best book. It's not often when a book can make me happy, sad, angry to the point of wanting to punch a wall and such. It legitimately affected my emotions in a profound manner, which is something that does not happen often for me in a book. Sure, plenty of books have their ups and downs but this is really unlike anything else I've read. (Not saying it's my favorite book, or greatetsbookever but I have to give mad props to GRRM on this one)
for material keeping in line with minimal character and plot introductions outside the main characters we still have this after season 4 wraps up:
That seems like a fairly solid condensation of the "important" stuff. I would add:
I forgot about a couple of those until I read your list. Question is, how much of these do they start to touch upon next season, and do they intend to stretch this part of the story over more than Season 5? They certainly have the material, but if they truly are targeting 7 seasons, I am expecting them to cover most of 4/5 during season 5 and then devoting 6 to "book 6" and 7 to "book 7"... where they could very well be going off of notes/hints from GRRM because there is no chance in hell that the final book is out by 2016 (when Season 6 would happen and they would need to start shooting 7).
We'll see how it goes...