You should watch it and come join us in the GoT thread. They aged up all the kids to make some of the things they do less offensive and to get actors who won't look old too fast (although Bran had a growth spurt and is now comically tall). Overall though, it is an excellent adaptation.
Most of the posters in the GoT thread have read the books and half the content is contained within spoilered posts talking about why the directors made certain changes from the books and hypothesizing about where the story will go (since GRRM is involved with the show and has told the showrunners how it all ends, you can probably infer that things that are cut from the show will not be important to the overall story).
Thanks for the invite, but the bolded part is really what I am trying to avoid
Also, dark brown goatskin is really nice!