Don't' really know that saying this is necessary in this thread, but just in case Spoilers.... I'm going to try and keep it vague, but you have been warned. Read at your own peril!
I think I may have said this on this site before, but I'll quickly mention it one more time to make sure. I'm not complaining that the show isn't mirroring the books. Just pointing it out. The show is very entertaining, and follows the story (so far) close enough to resemble it more than most other adaptations I've seen. In fact I enjoy some of the differences, as they are more surprising when I don't see them coming.
This is assuming the show will follow the book fairly true. We are now half way through the season. Theon should be in Winterfell. In order for the events to take place there that are supposed to take place they will need to move quickly. Of course they could circumvent this problem by shifting the Bran time line a bit, and have a bit of the CoK Bran stuff happen at the start of next season.
Let the audience have the big death cliffhanger at the very end of the season? I felt like I spent the better part of CoK thinking that the two of them were dead. Suppose that is why I feel that Theon should already be there. Two boys should be covered in tar and feathers and hanging from the wall in the next episode or so. Of course with all the streamlining going on it is possible that something like that will happen the instant that Theon takes the castle.
I agree about the Reeds. They haven't been cast yet, and the filming for the season is over as far as I know. Hopefully they will be cast and added for next season and didn't get the axe completely. It would work to pull some trick like having one of the boys mention them, or have Old Nan tell a frog man story, to introduce them a bit before they show up. No reason they couldn't infer they already knew each other. No reason they couldn't meet up on the road anywhere above the neck and have them convince the six of them to part ways with the princes in separate parties.
I mentioned this elsewhere, but I found it odd that HBO didn't jump on the chance to have all the noble women dressed in the Qarth dresses with the exposed breast. They add all the sleazy stuff, and keep so little of the real nudity. It could have been done classy, they could have had 20 or so single exposed breasts, and it would have actually been the way it should have been. It might sound a bit gross, but I hope that the Undying female mummy thing is at least dressed that way. I would call this a major oversight in the costume department.
My biggest gripe so far? It happened in the latest episode. Jaquen killed the Tickler? WTF? What purpose could they possibly have for doing this? Are they planning to skip over the Arya and Hound bit in Storm? If they do still have them together will Polliver still be there when the Hound is mortally wounded? Will Arya be getting Needle back before that?
The Tickler and Polliver were the first people on Arya's prayer that she took out herself? Why would they change that?
Oh well. Great episode. Had me thoroughly entertained and wanting more. Especially since I now have questions about the show that I can't possibly have the answers for yet. Very refreshing as a viewer who has read the source material a few times over now.