This is obviously a convo from several years ago ( 3?), but I wanted to weigh in that I think bingeing is better than waiting a week, it makes the season smoother & you don’t forget about what happened 5 episodes ago but is now back in play. I did the first 2 seasons within 3-4 weeks. ( I read the books after that). I also never questioned a lack of intimacy in season 2 ( although I think there was much less sex shown), & their parting at the end was of that season was gut wrenching. I also think that those of us that watched it more than once paid more attention to every detail of their relationship than those viewers who only watch once.
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I think everyone involved with the show ( producers, writers, actors, etc)pays attention to the viewer complaints as season 3 had many more sex scenes than season 2. And the big complaint of season 4 was Jamie’s wig bangs, & I note that in our first pics from season 5 those bangs are MIA!