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Revision as of 07:11, 16 April 2012

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Release
Original run 1 April 2012 – 3 June 2012
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Season 2 of Game of Thrones is the second season of the series. It began filming on 25 July 2011, with production expected to last until December 2011 or January 2012. The series is due for transmission in Spring 2012. The series will consist of ten episodes.

Season 2 is closely based on A Clash of Kings, the second novel in the Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R.R. Martin. Some characters and elements from the first novel, A Game of Thrones, have been held back for the second season and some other elements were brought forward into the first for production reasons. In addition, some storylines and events that happened off-page in the book will be depicted on-screen for the series, and some elements from the third novel, A Storm of Swords, will be brought forward into the second season, in particular to give the character of Jaime Lannister more screen-time.

Plot

Season 2 spans several months on a world where the seasons last for years at a time. The Seven Kingdoms are at war, with the King in the North, Robb Stark, fighting to win independence for his people. Robb decides that he must win the allegiance of the fiercely independent ironborn to his cause, and sends his best friend Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father. Meanwhile, Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne with the backing of the powerful House Lannister, but his uncle Renly has also claimed the throne with the support of House Tyrell, whose armies are much larger. As they struggle for the throne, Tyrion Lannister arrives in King's Landing to take matters in hand.

However, there is another faction entering the picture. Stannis Baratheon, Robert's younger brother and Renly's older, has also claimed the Iron Throne. A proven battle commander and veteran of several wars, Stannis is known to be utterly without mercy to his enemies and will do what is right even if it destroys him. Advising him is Melisandre, an enigmatic priestess from the east, who believes Stannis is meant for a greater destiny, and Ser Davos Seaworth, an honest and honorable man uneasy with the shift in power at Stannis' court.

Far to the east, Daenerys Targaryen has hatched the only three dragons in the world. Eventually they will grow into terrifying monsters capable of destroying cities at her command, but for now they are still hatchlings and vulnerable. With her khalasar gone, Daenerys and her small band of followers must find a way across a forbidding wasteland and find new allies to support her claim to the Iron Throne.

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Locations

Filming of Season 2 will again take place in Northern Ireland, include The Linen Mill Film & Television Studios, Banbridge, Ballintoy Harbour in County Antrim, Gosford Castle, outside Markethill in County Armagh and also at Downhill Strand in County Londonderry and at the Paint Hall studio facility in Belfast. Additional filming, particularly of the Night's Watch storyline will take place in Iceland, on the Vatnajökull glacier, in November 2011. Malta will not be used for filming in Season 2, with the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia standing in for King's Landing and Qarth.[2][3]

Promotion

HBO released three brief teasers for the second season. The first was released on 11 December 2011, carrying the tagline "The cold winds are rising". It featured Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon announcing his intent to seize the Iron Throne in a voice-over to brief shots of scenes from the new season. The second teaser, published on 29 January 2012, had the eunuch Varys pose a riddle to Tyrion Lannister, again accompanied by brief scenes from the second season. It was viewed 3.5 million times in the first three days after publication, a record for HBO promotional content. The third teaser, published on 29 January 2012.

Main Cast

List of actors that are expected to return:

Two characters from the first season have been replaced for the second season:

Episodes

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 The North Remembers Alan Taylor David Benioff & D. B. Weiss 1 April 2012
Deterermined to avenge his father's death, the newly proclaimed king Robb Stark continues their war against the Lannisters and the boy king Joffrey Baratheon. But there are more claimants to the Iron Throne, including Stannis Baratheon, who will be supported by a priestess of a strange god. Meanwhile, Jon Snow and The Night's Watch continue their trek beyond the Wall, and Daenerys and the remains of her khalasar will be forced to cross the Red Waste.[4]
2 Nightlands Alan Taylor David Benioff & D. B. Weiss 8 April 2012
Tyrion Lannister, the new Hand of the King, tries to control the situation in King's Landing by oposing Cersei and her purges. The Stark ward Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon at the Iron Islands. Arya and the rest of the Night's Watch recruits continue his travel to the Wall. Davos Seaworth hires a pirate to help King Stannis in the war.[5]
3 What Is Dead May Never Die Alik Sakharov Bryan Cogman 15 April 2012
Lady Catelyn Stark arrives at King Renly's camp to negotiate an alliance. Tyrion also tries to gain supports for Joffrey's cause by proposing three different marriages. At Winterfell, Bran Stark will need help to decipher his dreams.[6]
4 Garden of Bones David Petrarca Vanessa Taylor 22 April 2012
Lady Catelyn Stark arrives at King Renly's camp to negotiate an alliance. Tyrion also tries to gain supports for Joffrey's cause by proposing three different marriages. At Winterfell, Bran Stark will need help to decipher his dreams.[7]
5 The Ghost of Harrenhal David Petrarca David Benioff & D. B. Weiss 29 April 2012
In Harrenhal, Arya Stark is promised help by the mysterious Jaqen H'ghar, one of the three caged prisoners during his trip to the Wall. The new situation at Renly's camp forces Catelyn to flee. Theon sails from Pyke prepared to prove that he is a true Ironborn. The Night's Watch arrive at an ancient fortress called the Fist of the First Men, where they intend to make a stand. [8]
6 The Old Gods and the New David Nutter Vanessa Taylor 6 May 2012
7 A Man Without Honor David Nutter David Benioff & D.B. Weiss 13 May 2012
8 The Prince of Winterfell Alan Taylor David Benioff & D.B. Weiss 20 May 2012
9 Blackwater Neil Marshall George R. R. Martin 27 May 2012
King Stannis attacks King's Landing in the Battle of the Blackwater.
10 Alan Taylor 3 June 2012

References & Notes