(My own copy)
The thing that astonishes me, continually, is the fans who cannot see it and, in some cases, cannot even perceive that the quality has fallen off disastrously as he got mired in unimportant sub-plots. He reminds me of a story told by one my bosses I used to have a long time ago. This guy was head director. When I started working in that department I found none of the rest of the staff would speak to him because they had decided he was completely incompetent. He wasn't. He was good at certain things but not all the things he had to do (such as managing people) as head director. Work piled up and up and his desk was a vast pile of papers which stuff disappeared into. As the time went on things got worse and worse. He did almost nothing as far as running the Business Unit went. The rest of the staff organised it themselves, getting more and more pissed off with him as they did so, while he went off to conferences on Management and things like that. Things where he could play being head director but didn't actually have to do the work that needed doing.
There's just no let up from those sorts of things Martin uses as plot devices. It's just bleak, dismal 'twist' after bleak, dismal 'twist' with no let-up or variation in tone. The book sometimes marginally works because in amongst the horrors there's humour, humanity and history (alliteration not intended). In the show it's just death, rape, death, death, rape, death. The people who adapted the show clearly just like the shocks and gore, and aren't really interested in anything else. My bet is that Jon Snow and the gang kill the night’s king but they get thrown back in time and become the last hero and his gang of Chums. They rig up a time machine and jump throughout history to fight evil and show off their nude parts.