Over at Westeros there is an interesting thread that poses the question of sword fighting and how it will be translated to the screen. There are a couple different schools of though, is it better to make it historically accurate to the time period the series is based on? Or should HBO Hollywood-ize it, a la the film 300? Check out the whole thread for some interesting discussion and cool videos of medieval swordplay.
Winter Is Coming: I’m not as knowledgable as some of the folks in that thread when it comes to medieval fighting styles. Although the videos looked pretty cool. In my opinion, Benioff and Weiss need to find a middle ground between accurate, realistic sword combat technique and something with a little more stylistic flair and showmanship. Even more important is they need to differentiate between the different fighting styles. Sandor, for example, will fight much differently than Jaime or Ned.