It's very clear- the early returns are enough.
Indifference about Game of Thrones, despite much dragon foo.
But watch them all genuflect when Lord of the Rings comes on.
It is wanted.
It's not even close. People are keyed, waaaay keyed, up.
Game of Thrones jumps years between episodes. Still not good enough.
The anger / disbelief at my corner market when I trot out the idea that Frodo was actually the Lord of the Rings...