Gosh, he's still the character I hate the most in all the books, he's just such an epic level douche it's hard to fathom. Good to see the actor can make me hate the character in the TV version as well. ^^
Same goes for Sansa, or nearly. She's just such an unlikeable character, spoiled, arrogant, too freaking dreamy, totally living in her ivory tower. Only very late in the books she becomes bearable, after reality hammers her again and again and again. Her younger sister is already more grown up then she'll probably ever be. Damn brat. Glad the actress is able to make me hate/dislike the character as well.
Likeable characters are easy, don't be a douche, be nice, but playing believable villains or otherwise unlikeable characters... that's hard... I imagine. ^^
Also yeah, I'm fine with most of the things they had to change for the adaption, I'm not loving some of them but most of them are fine - but I'm really disappointed and pretty pissed how they changed the Drogo-Daenerys dynamic. In the books Drogo isn't a super sensitive guy either but he's not the pretty-much-rapist he's in the show. He has a sensitive ... undercurrent under all his gruffness. He's absolutely certain of himself and he will get what he wants, but he knows he does not always have to be brutal about taking it. He knows Dany may not love the situation she's in and he knows he'll get her because he wants her but he also knows he doesn't have to force her, he's trying to get her to cooperate more or less of her own free will.
Not the ideal start, yes, but far more plausible for the, apparently - going by her later actions - real love between them to arise than the not-quite-rape we saw in the show.
All kinds of details about Drogo just got dropped for the show. I can totally see people hating Drogo in the tv version because he really is a douche there. But in the books he is a fantastic character, many layers, not your typical brutal warlord, or hard-but-nice hubbie or any other stereotype.
I really don't get why they changed him that way when just doing it the "right" way would not have been any harder at all. They seem to slowly go back to the Dany-Drogo relationship from the books now anyway, why change the basis, the start of their relationship so horribly?
Also other things about the Dothraki, the khas, the bloodriders, also - dropped. Just a few lines about the relationship between the khal and his bloodriders and how some khals share their wife with their bloodriders but Drogo is not as old-fashioned, could have gone a long way towards making the character more likeable.