I thought the first episode was pretty damn good. Like some other folks mentioned some scenes were rushed, but overall it was awesome.
I kinda want a direwolf pup now...those little guys were way cute.
I watched the show with a couple of newbies, and I had to do some explaining here and there, but when Jaime shoved Bran out the window and nonchalantly delivered the "The things I do for Love." line they were both gasping and shocked. They're hooked. So am I.