Having tried and failed to read the books. I'm dumbstruck at how much I love this show. The first season introduced a daunting multitude of characters & storylines. I almost gave up, but found the last 3 episodes took all the groundwork and paid off the viewer handsomely.
As 1 reviewer already stated, the 2nd season lagged a bit, but enough happened that I still found myself pining for the next episode.
Now with season 3, we see many of the finely woven plot threads paying off even MORE handsomely. Everything from the writing, to the production values, to the music and especially the staggeringly good acting (EVERYONE is good) is all top notch. I absolutely love that you never know what's going to happen, no matter how much you THINK you might.
This season raises the quality bar even higher, not bad for a show where the bar is already pretty high. This show is one that amazingly just seems to get better and better.
I would usually balk at paying so much for just 10 episodes, but this is no normal show and well worth my investment.