Looks like I don't have to be worried about whether or not I'm missing out by not finishing A Game of Thrones. Variety reports that HBO is turning it and the entire Song of Ice & Fire series into a TV show. The idea is for each novel in the seven-book series to be adapted over the course of one television season.
A TV drama seems like the perfect way to digest this story that I didn't have patience for as a book. Give me some cool scenery and special effects to look at and I'll be all there. I'm not subscribing to HBO for it, but if I could preorder the DVDs right now, I would.