Watch the First 14 Minutes of Game of Thrones (VIDEO)

We've all been shifting uneasily (fidgeting) in our thrones (couches) as we await news (sneak peeks) of the power shifts in the kingdom of Westeros (HBO's Game of Thrones), and at last our raven (a 14-minute preview) has arrived.

HBO has unleashed fury on the internet today, giving die-hard fans of George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, a preview of HBO's upcoming television adaptation.

And it's pretty cool. (Don't forget to pop this into full-screen mode.)

For those of you who haven't read the books, the takeaway may not be quite as Earth-shattering, but trust me when I say this is a fairly faithful translation with some expected/necessary television antics that condense the wordy books. Some of the dialogue is lifted straight from the pages, and visually, it matches Martin's vivid imagination (did you see The Wall? Oh Em Gee!).

I have no complaints about the casting, either. Sean Bean is a fantastic choice for Ned (Eddard) Stark; he brings the gravitas that's so necessary for the noble lord. Catelyn Tully-Stark (Michelle Fairley) looks a tad older than I would have imagined, but she does "worrisome mother" well. And the kids are great; I'm especially pleased with Arya, who may not have the "horse face" we know from the books, but is so adorable I don't care. Seriously, I just want to wrap her up in a little bow.

HBO has sent me a care package of Game of Thronesscreeners, and I watched the entire first episode last night. A quick review: I think it does the book justice and only the nit-pickiest fans will be disappointed. There is a tiny amount of cheese, but I don't think it's possible to do a TV version of these books without a slight hint of corniness. And yes, there are boobs. Plenty, from what I saw.

Game of Thrones debuts Sunday, April 17 on HBO.

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