I finished season 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones tonight. The finale was light on plot, heavy on emotion. I think I would have intertwined last episode's close with the finale's close for one super season ending.
Season one is an incredible production by HBO. I love that they were able to make an entire season of high quality fantasy and make it appealing AFAIK to the general public. I'm glad that season two is already on the way, but I'm not sure if I can wait before I start reading the books. I'd love to know, in a spoiler-free response, how much the main plot points have diverged from the books, if at all.