I honestly don't see why people disliked S2, other than the ending. The series has a lot of filler/joke episodes, but so did the first series.
They pretty much followed the same pattern of love comedy episodes with the back ground of a brewing war, which comes to a head later on. The only significant difference I was was the ending, S1's was epic, S2's dropped the ball big time.>>11324506
If they went with the novel's endings that would pretty much be a 13 episode series on it's own from what the novelfags said.
I'm personally hoping they write the ending from S2 off as a dream at the beginning and actually make S3 the stuff they skipped in S2's ending. I doubt it will happen that way though.