I’m going to try to forget my troubles and look forward to Sunday’s season premiere of Game of Thrones. I’m eager to see how the writers adapt the second volume of series, which is a good deal bloodier and bigger in scope than the first book. Dragons and fully grown direwolves also feature more prominently, as well as Tyrion Lannister–one of my favorite characters. Early reviews are glowing and it seems likely HBO will renew the show for multiple seasons, so I hope George R.R. Martin has a plan for finishing the sixth and seventh volumes in the next few years.