It's difficult to compare, given the amount of money HBO is working with. It's like comparing a cable show to a Hollywood movie, basically.
Last season of GoT had a $70 million budget overall. This year is even more. It has grown in budget allowance from HBO every year thus far.
I know, that's exactly what I mean by imagining what it would have been like...with that kind of money.
The AMC show is okay, but this last half a season it has cooled on me. Mainly the writing.
Actually, when compared to the budgets of Hollywood movies, I'm even more impressed that they did season two of GoT for $70 million, with it's vastly more expansive cast and scenery.