Oh yes, season 3 will be pure solid shiny gold.
I mean... I'll watch season 2 this month, but my fav book was the 3rd one, and this could be really amazing.
I didn't watched Rome yet, everyone say it's one of the best TV series ever, should I start watching it?
Rome is one of the best series I have ever seen. In my opinion, and although I LOVE Game of Thrones, it is even better. Of course you've got to be prepared for the fact that there are only two seasons, and that they couldn't finish the story properly because of financial problems. That's definitely frustrating.
But otherwise, I think this series is pretty close to perfection. I love the entire cast. I hadn't seen any of them before, apart from maybe James Purefoy. But seriously, I find every single actor in this series to be breathtaking. The two main roles are just really endearing in their own ways, Ciaran Hinds as Caesar is amazing, there are some really strong female roles too with great actresses (Polly Walker...)
I also love the way their intertwine fiction with historical events. Not very believable sometimes, of course, since Pullo and Vorenus keep being there when shit happens, but who cares?
Just like Game of Thrones, it has quite a lot of sex and violence, but unlike Game of Thrones, I thought it felt less contrived. Honestly, I don't mind violence and sex at all, the problem is, I don't like it when I feel it's being overdone, as a cheap way to attract more viewers. Game of Thrones sometimes gave me that impression, especially in the second season.
There's already plenty of sex and violence in the books, but somehow, they seem to think that they need to seize every damn occasion to put even MORE sex and violence in it. I think that's a bad choice and it makes an otherwise awesome adaptation look a little cheap. Game of Thrones doesn't need to be turned into a titty show in order to be attractive. It is already pretty damn awesome as it is.
It also means they feel compelled to make everything that is left a little mysterious or unsaid in the books absolutely explicit (Renly/Loras, Renly/Margaery, Stannis/Melisandre...) and I don't like that. I think it dumbs down the show. Martin is not afraid to make explicit sexual intercourse scenes very explicit, so when he decides to leave something unsaid, I think it would be a good choice to respect that aspect.