RE:"Suddenly my interest level in Game of Thrones is increased ... I might even read one of the books - but watching it ... that's a bridge too far at this point."
Beware. I resisted this pathetic fad until season 3 had ended. I looked with pity and condescension, and a small amount of derision, upon all those gullible fools who sat glued to their TV screens and filmed themselves doing so. I watched the viewer reactions to the "Red Wedding" episode with amazement and incomprehension. WTF is wrong with these people?
Then, out of curiosity, I watched episode 1 of the first season. Hmmm. Just one more perhaps. Before I knew it I was at the last episode of season one and desperately seeking the rest.
This thing is extraordinarily involving and addictive. Now I watch season 4 as it happens then go and read what other afflicted have to say about it on my favourite Guardian blog. Oh, the outrage when spoilers were emitted after... And the joy of those who have read the books watching the reactions of their spouses to certain events and claiming it as the highlight of their week. And... Ahem.
Beware. Its a virus and it will infect your brain regardless of your resistance to such societal phenomena. I am a pathetic husk of what I used to be and will sit discussing it with my wife, who has read the books, trying to goad her into spouting spoilers and sticking my fingers in my ears when she bursts and cannot help herself any more...Very sad.