Well the series is made by HBO so it will include nudity, realistic violence, good drama, screenplay, acting and directing. No other cable channel in world comes close. Just look at Sopranos, Deadwood, Wire, Rome, Carnivale, OZ etc..
Also made miniseries Band of Brothers and not so good Pacific. So it was almost known fact when it was announced that HBO is behind this, it would be made seriously and to adult audiences. Newest Spartacus series is great entertainment but as for drama it pales compared to HBO Rome.
Not sure about Jon's mother, when fifth book is released it could be finally revealed to us. Just managed finish first book again and going through Clash of Kings now.
Last edited by Roninman; 04-07-11 at 08:54 PM.