While this season was entertaining, I'm starting to think I need to evaluate this show on its own merits and not on how faithfully it follows the books. Season 1 had some deviations and omissions, but Season 2 was only loosely based on the books. While I appreciate all the titties and female nudity, the violence to nudity ratio was low. Battles are hinted at and it smells more like cost-cutting than art. The ones that are shown seem a bit off.
I still recommend this show, but not quite as much as I did during Season 1.