If like me you are a sf/fantasy fan sick and tired of waiting for George Martin to get off his butt and finish the ASOIAF books, the good news is that we no longer need him:
No longer tethered to faithfully recreating Martin’s novels, the show is now free to tear through major events with confidence and get on with the story it’s so carefully built up these past five seasons.
No more unnecessary side plots, excess POV characters, plodding narration. Instead, another couple of seasons of improving (we hope) TV to be capped by a satisfying (we hope) finale.
But if Game of Thrones ends with somebody playing a Journey song and a cut to black, I'm going to be seriously annoyed.