Are highly recommended, although, I warn you that it is extremely graphic, so be wary who you watch with and if. , so George R.R. Martin is an engaging and descriptive writer who plunges the reader into a vivid and involved political. as symbolism, character development and emotional depth. Martin is a talented wordsmith but he's got too much going on plot. 1 and 2 before reading the books. It was actually extremely helpful to get the ideas of the characters and all. finished reading all the books that are out and am patiently waiting for the rest of the series to be finished.