Yeah, I just started Season one of Game of Thrones as well. We've watched 2 eps so far. I agree about the cheesiness, but it almost can't be helped. It's a beautiful production. Damn, they spent a lot of cash on this. You really get the feeling of scope. They do seem to be latching on to the boobies aspect of the books, but it IS very much in there, so I don't blame them. Sex sells.
Sean Bean is Sean Bean, but he's good at it. I didn't remember Catelyn being such a wuss, but it's been a LONG while since I've read book one. Most of the actors are perfect for their respective parts. The Hound looks wrong, though. Too small and "normal" looking.