I highly recommend reading the first book, it provides extra context on characters which spring up later as well as the main characters and is sincerely an effortless read. I would have been lost going into Clash of Kings if I had not read the first one.
Yea I'm the same way, first season got me hooked so I've been reading the books
Definately looking forward to the next season
Also Matt you need to get around to watching this, it's even got puppies
Question: So did you read the first book even though you had seen the show or did you skip it? I've only read the books, but a friend watched the first season and asked me if she could jump straight into the second book. I, not having seen the show, couldn't answer. Let me know. Thanks.