It had potential that it never followed through on because they just weren’t interested in doing that. Even in the better moments of the show I sensed a certain cynicism and sort of contempt for the viewers. A kind of shallowness/cheapness I definitely didn’t sense from a show like The Americans, for an example of a series that aired at the same time... on regular TV, no less.
I know I can’t be the only one. It’s like the gore/porn is what the show was really selling you and any plot/character development was an obligation or simple copy-paste from the books, apparently. Even the dialogue was ridiculously pornographic at every opportunity. Because fantasy shit is for nerds! Lol! Rape everything with my huge cock!!! Very teenager-y and juvenile. Not great HBO series storytelling. I may sound like an old lady here but it’s my honest opinion. People oversold this show a lot and I kept waiting for it but ya know.