I got a question - When Poppy Lanister told the little guy to marry the eldest Stark daughter, that way he'd be heir to Winterfell, yes? This means Poppy Lanister assumes that King Rob will be dead, and that the boy Stark with the lame legs is already dead, yes?
There are three Stark sons alive currently (Rob, Bran and Rickon). He believes both boys are dead and Rob, if he falls, would leave Sansa as the heir to Winterfell...
Book 3 was one on my favorites in the series. So far the first 3 episodes this year have been awesome. It makes sense that they are breaking it up into two seasons as so much happens in that book. Books 4 and 5 take place over identical timeframes. GRRM split them up based on which characters they follow. Book 4 follows Cercei, Littlefinger, Jaime Lannister, Brienne and Arya and some new characters not yet introduced. Book 5 (I havent read past 4) seems to follow the Tyrion and Dany and John Snow arcs.
For purposes of the show they will most likely be able to split those two books into 3-4 seasons without specifying which book as it wouldn't make sense to have a season without Dany or Tyrion.
and Samwell Tarly as well. One of my favorite characters in Book 4.