I was thinking today what it is, at the very core, that I love about this show and I've come to the conclusion that it's because I find pretty much all of the characters to be interesting. That's a great achievement that the writers and actors (and, of course, GRRM) have pulled off. Yes, there are certain characters I favor more than others but I don't find myself getting impatient when those characters aren't on the screen. I'm genuinely interested in Daenerys' struggle to survive, in Arya's journey on the Kingsroad, Sansa's torment under Joffrey, Jon's adventures beyond the wall, and so forth. It's quite rare for me to invest in so many characters at once like this, and not find myself thinking "I wish they'd show so-and-so" whilst watching a scene taking place somewhere else. They've managed to add new characters this season that have also interested me. Having never read the books, I know nothing about Davos but I'm genuinely interested in finding out why Stannis means so much to him and what Melisandre's endgame is.
Of course, that's only a fraction of the reason why I'm enjoying this show but it's certainly one of the main reasons why I'm tuning in each week.
Hurrah for season three news too!