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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Paying The Iron Price For
Game of Thrones Season 2 takes on the series from the outstanding Season 1, keeping it firmly as the best fantasy show on television and in competition for the best television show of any genre. Season 2 follows on directly from the previous season, building the various factions amid an outstanding world of intrigue, politicking, and battle.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great books why change the plot
The second series started well and is as good as the first. With the same high levels of production. I was pleased that the series continued for the first few episodes to follow the books. Why then did the producer/director decide that from about episode six that the best selling books were actually not very good and completely rewrite some of the plot. The dragons were...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Paying The Iron Price For, 13 Jun 2013
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Game of Thrones Season 2 takes on the series from the outstanding Season 1, keeping it firmly as the best fantasy show on television and in competition for the best television show of any genre. Season 2 follows on directly from the previous season, building the various factions amid an outstanding world of intrigue, politicking, and battle.

What has set Game of Thrones apart is the sheer breadth of ambition. The best of US television shows have been ensemble. Nothing has come close to producing the range of cast assembled here. While one faction does disappear from Season 1 as those who inhabited the Eerie play no role but the addition of more groups just makes this so much more fascinating than traditional television for those with short attention spsns.

The factions are largeiy the same as in Season 1. The Lannisters retain control of the capital of Westeros, King's Landing. They are at war with the Starks who are pushing south from Winterfell following the execution of Ned Stark towards the end Season 1. Further north, beyond the wall are the Wildlings and the Knights Watch. Far away but still seeking to return are a faction of Dothraki led by the Targaryen claimaint to the throne of Westeros. New for Season 2 are two different factions of Baratheons angling for the kingship, the wealthy and ambitious Tyrells, and the warlike Iron Islanders.

With so many factions it can at times be hard to keep track. That is especially when seemingly important characters turn out not to have a real role. This is particularly the case with the very brief apperance of Lucian Msomati who viewers will recognise from No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency but who only appears in one scene. The arrival of a known actor seemingly heralds someone to follow so it is strange when that character is not referenced again.

It can also be a bit confusing when defining features of factions lack distinction. The Tyrells are described as being the richest family in Westeros. As the Lannisters were described in exactly the same way in Season 1 it makes it a bit difficult to follow.

Of course the continuing difficulty of the name Westeros which sounds far too much like Wester Ross spoils the suspension of disbelief.

Still, Game of Thrones sometimes gets it more right than anything that has come before. This is so amazingly the case in the form of the Iron Islanders. As a group of people living on islands to the west of the mainland and who make their living by raiding they demonstrate such incredible understanding of British history by Americans. The Iron Islands geographically seem to be the Isle of Man but more completely they are of course the representation of both the Kingdom of Mann and the Lordship of the Isles. That they have their own culture and beliefs is such a pitch perfect representation of those two raiding societies with a strong sense of independence from the mainland. Being so close to reality yet being clearly fantasy is such a spectacular success of this season.

Other quibbles include accents. The idea of using different British accents to represent different types of people is genious. It is not executed perfectly. The Wildlings for instance should surely not have the same accent as those of Winterfell. The accent of Theon Greyjoy was excellent in Season 1 because it clearly marked him as being from the North but not being of Winterfell stock. It turns out he doesn't have the same accent as all of those from his homeland in Season 2, most particularly his sister which is a bit of a shame. Also, Theon's actions in Winterfell receive scorn from his family yet represent exactly the success they claim to have wanted so it is never clear why his actions should be considered a failure.

Those quibbles are minor compared to the scope of excellence. Most particularly what works well is the depth of characterisation on show. So many of these characters are fascinating in their own right. There really are no weak links in either the characterisation or the acting. The leading characters are largely the same as in Season 1 and they remain excellent. Tyrion Lannister in particular is an amazing character. Peter Dinklage's performance is undoubtedly the best ever produced by a dwarf and arguably the most positive representation of a disabled person the television screen has ever bestowed. Tyrion's machinations and his brilliance are delicious. His clever moves to survive as The Hand and to fight off his enemies are just superb because they play so well into the story so far. The intenal feuding within the Lannisters, most particularly between Tyrion and Cersei is great. The moment in which Tyrion displays unbelievable leadership against the threat from Stannis Baratheon and then moments later sees Cersei's defining move is breathtaking. It really does take a couple of reflections from a viewer to grasp the gravity of what transpired. Almost no television shows have produced something quite so mesmerising.

Tyrion's foil Cersei is really unlikeable. She is clearly the bad guy in many ways and Lena Headey is so easy to dislike. She's not even likeable during the Extras when she takes part in a roundtable with several other actors and is the only person to try and use scorn to get her point across. The edge Headey has makes her scenes feel sharp, when she pushes Tyrion it feels impactful.

The men of the North are a bit less impressive during this Season. Rob Stark and Jon Snow are both gritty, reliable, and honourable. Stark and Snow both grow as people during Season 2, discovering more about the world around them and the people they can be. In Stark's case it is his leadership and the tough choices he has to make. He is a great leader, warm and engaging with his people. He contrasts so much with the unpleasant Joffrey Lannister. Snow loses his innocence in the harsh land beyond the wall, finding the compromises others put up with being too much for him and having his eyes opened to the potential horrors that lie beyond.

It is perhaps the second tier of characters that turns Game of Thrones from excellent into amazing. Daenerys Targaryen is a long way from Westeros and her story does not tie in with any of the other characters. The siloed story still works well because it is a reminder of this faction and also builds a sense of potential through the dragons. Not knowing whether they are likely to be a source for good or ill makes them fascinating. The experience of Daenerys in the city of Qarth is at times beautiful. The Qarthaginians have an interesting governance structure as a free trading city, a nice nod to the powrful merchant cities of European history. The magician of Qarth is horribly creepy and the reveal of the source of the wealth owned by Qarth's richest is really well structured. The lack of screen time and twist for Daenerys' assistant Doreah played by the very attractive Roxanne McKee is a disappointment. On the other hand the scene in which Daenerys has to choose between a life of comfort with the light of her life and her ambition is absolutely beautiful.

The new factions of Baratheons are very interesting in their difference. Renly is such a sympathetic character and seemingly quite popular with the ladies despite being gay. Perhaps Gethin Anthony has a charm that really works. He is so different to Stannis played by Stephen Dillane. Of all the characters in Thrones, Stannis seems the straightest - he issues not one moment of comedy and hardly any emotional scenes at all. The stoicism his chief assistant Davos in the face of the single-mindedness of Stannis is very moving, aided by Liam Cunningham's outstanding acting. Of the Stannis faction the most eye catching is of course the witch Melisandre, a devastating combination of exceptionally sexy and so very dangerous. For all the flesh on show, Carice van Houten is arguably the most eye catching woman on display.

In this reviewer's opinion the most eye catching male chatacter is Jaqen H'Ghar. Like Melisandre he has a very memorable turn of phrase that marks him out as foreign. Jaqen is a relatively minor character but is so very interesting in his own right. The interaction between Jaqen and Arya Stark is terrific. Arya the tomboy is seemingly defined by her companions - her fencing teacher in Season 1 was the source of Arya's characterisation then while Jaqen fills that role in Season 2. As an assassin, Jaqen is a potential cliche but his phraseology and value system are both fascinating.

With these and so many other engaging people on display, Thrones Season 2 is really interesting because of their interaction. Like the very best of US television it is mainly about the way those people react to one another and changes in their environment. Still, this is a fantasy show which means visual effects and battles. There are some draw dropping moments in Thrones Season 2 on that front. The naval battle scene with the greek fire followed by the sequence in which The Hound becomes transfixed by a burning man etch their way into a viewer's long-term memory. The use of sorcery by Stannis and Melisandre is disturbing.

There are surprisingly few battle sequences in the Season. It is mostly dialogue and actually very little action, just the way a great show should be. Unfortunately the lack of action is supposedly made up for by unnecessary repetitions of sex scenes. It becomes a little boring trying to work out which woman will be naked by the end of an episode. Pretty much all the female characters are on full or partial display which is fine but seems aimed at that less experienced segment of the audience for whom such visions represent something new.

The other visual elements are great. The scenery continues to be terrific. The scenery beyond the wall is Iceland and of course it is incredible. Iceland seems to just be one giant film set and it looks great here. The use of Dubrovnik makes a lot of sense as Kings Landing. Malta did a fine job in Season 1 but Dubrovnik is one of the great wonders of the tourist world.

The costumes of course are exellent. Whether that be the vivid red for Melisandre, the outstanding warrior garb of The Hound, Joffrey's regal attire, or any of the so many great costumes they really add to the sense of people and place.

Musically, Thrones is hard to recall. The main element is the opening sequence where attention is drawn heavily to the map. That map continues to be excellent.

The DVD Extras are good, not great. Some of the main players do not really give much. There is not a huge amount from Peter Dinklage for instance. The roundtable discussion is ok. There is extensive coverage of the naval battle which does make sense as it is the main set-piece in the series. Very interesting that battle is not the conclusion of Season 2, and a great piece of directing to avoid that result. There is a brief coverage of the religions but it acts more as a resume of what has already been seen rather than any additional insight.

Game of Thrones Season 2 is among the best of US television. It builds on the excellent Season 1 and is arguably better. The factions are riven with more internal dissention, the motivations and machinations of so many different aspirants are fascinating to follow. The acting is uniformly excellent. The pacing and focus on dialogue is terrific with the use of language and witty retorts filling the show with brilliance. Game of Thrones is fantasy but it could easily pass for altenative history, it really is one of the most interesting shows television has generated.
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235 of 267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing on TV right now, 15 May 2012
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Bronn "Sellsword" (Westeros) - See all my reviews
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I won't beat around the bush here, Season 2 is superior to Season 1. This show
is quite extraordinary and just gets better and better as it progresses. You know
you're watching something special when 50min episodes feel like 25min shorts - time
just flies by when watching Game of Thrones, and although the climax of each episode
means the end, it's not without some amazing cliffhanger which makes you crave for more.

Season 2 covers the whole of the second book, 'A Clash of Kings', and it progresses the
story forward at a decent rate whilst introducing plenty of new faces, making the battle
for the Iron Throne very intense. Not all of the people you'd expect to see in Season 2
are here yet, the show's creators stated that Season 2 introduced enough new faces, so
several key characters that appear in 'A Clash of Kings' have been delayed until Season 3.

We're at a good point now though, where most of the show's foundations have been set in Season 1,
so the story is free to steam forward. As always, the acting for the series is just top notch, and
the sets look superb, although the big battles usually have to fade to black because of budget and
man power issues i suspect, other than that the show is almost perfect. Just like Season 1 there
are some great twists, even more nudity, even more fighting and a little bit of love & laughter
with a splash of tears - it's the complete television show and right now, the best thing on TV.

If you watched and enjoyed Season 1 then this is an obvious purchase. For anyone new to the
series, pickup Season 1 and 2, clear your schedule and prepare to watch some damn fine
television, then join the rest of us in the year long wait until Game of Thrones Season 3.

P.S if you haven't read the books yet (like me), then the temptation to do this after watching
the show will likely be great. However i've personally found the show is infinitley more enjoyable
if i don't know what's going to happen next; the suspense and surprises are definitley a big part
of the experience for me now. So definitley consider this notion when watching the show, & before
embarking upon the books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'ONE OF THE GREAT T.V SERIES CONTINUES IN STYLE', 7 Mar 2013
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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The series again, addictive viewing.
The once proud Kingdom has become fragmented after the death of 'King Robert'
leaving a young 'King Joffrey' to succeed driven by his power seeking mother
'Cerse' (The 'late' King's wife) who's family are the ambitious 'Lannister's)
The young King had sent shock-waves throughout the Kingdom when he ordered
the execution of 'King Robert's' loyal 'Hand' 'Ned Stark'
This coupled with the rumours regarding 'Joffrey's' rights to the throne is causing
an uprising against 'Kings Landing'
The scheming, always planning and wheeling-dealing talents of the lustful 'Lannister'
Imp 'Tyrion' should really be heeded by the young King in the light of what is to come.
There are now five Kingdoms within what had been one.
The 'now' King of 'Winterfell' and the north 'Rob Stark' is driven by the need to avenge
his father's death and heads his army south toward 'King's Landing'
He is supported by his mother 'Catelyn Stark's' wisdom and the joint need to rescue
the siblings who are now scattered around the kingdom but thus far surviving, and of
course daughter and sister 'Sansa' who is being groomed for 'King Joffrey' in 'King's
Landing'
The deceased 'King Robert's' brothers 'Stannis' and 'Renly' also lay claim to the Throne
and head army's of their own.
'Rob Stark's' army is fighting it's way toward it's objective, however this leaves 'Winterfell'
with little in the way of defences, the 'Greyjoys' see the opportunity to claim the territory.
Just to deepen the plot, and perhaps confuse matters, 'Mother-of-Dragons' 'Daenary
Targaryen' who's father once sat on the 'Iron Throne' before it being seized by 'Jamie
Lannister' and subsequently snatched by 'Robert Baratheon' also has a claim to the Throne.
'Daenary' perhaps having the strongest claim to the Throne by rights, now waits to raise
an army and aquire ships needing the finance to do so, and of course having to wait for
the three Dragons to grow and do her bidding in battles yet to come.
The story again delivers 'treachery' Greed' 'Jealousy' and plotting, couple with 'graphic'
battle sequences and again containing an adult-theme.
This remains a terrific series, certainly right up there with some of the best TV series made
down the years.
(Here's hoping all the books are filmed, it would, perhaps be a crime not to)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resistance is Useless, 12 Jun 2013
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Game of Thrones continues to receive overwhelmingly popular reviews (heading the yearly "best of" lists of Time and The Washington Post among others) while its plot lines make the front pages of the newspapers.

DVD sales are stratospheric: 241,00 copies of this second series box set sold on the first day of release. On television millions anticipate the next episode on Sky.

"Arya" is the fastest growing girl's name in the States and indeed "Game of Thrones" itself has now become a widely used term for political power-play.

Why? What is it about this cod-medieval drama which has hit the spot for so many people?

Locations are unusual and somewhat unlikely, ranging from Northern Ireland to Dubrovnik; the cast contains few stellar names; the budget, though massive, doesn't allow for grand action scenes on the scale of the movies.

However, underpinning the series are the books, the as yet unfinished collection of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin. The narrative drive which the books provide means the viewer is gradually immersed in the world of Westeros, and once hooked is then a captive witness to the unfolding drama.

The pace of the storyline is deceptive and unpredictable; long periods of dialogue will be interrupted by a sudden and occasionally shocking event. Characters which one has come to know will meet a brutal end seemingly before their time. The endless capability to surprise means that the story maintains a strange kind of reality, despite its somewhat melancholic other-worldliness.

Production values are beyond those which one might think strictly necessary for a TV epic. A whole new language was created for the Dothraki, entailing months of linguistic development. Costumes and sets reference the medieval and are at times exquisitely beautiful, helping this make-believe pageant to become a functioning totality.

The on-screen detail is such that I at least am content to watch one episode several times before moving onto the next.

If you've resisted so far then I envy you. A fantastic journey lies ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romp through a complex plot, 24 Feb 2014
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Bernardette Lugner (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Compared to Season 1, there is loads more plot, more characters, and a wider fantasy world is depicted, as rival kings manoeuvre for victory. The special features help immensely in understanding who's who and what's going on. As an adaptation of the huge books, it is a triumph. The way you tell a story on-screen is different from on-page. So much that the books describe has to be shown us through the actions of characters and the acting out of events. Settings have to be taken in completely visually. The writers and directors succeed brilliantly. I had to use will power to restrict myself to watching just one episode at a time, and was truly saddened to reach the end of them all. I'll be there to buy Series 3, and I bet you will be, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat unfairly maligned, 14 Oct 2014
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Mr. J. W. Campbell "Jim Campbell" (A World Of My Own) - See all my reviews
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Ahh… Season 2 of GoT. Somewhat unfairly maligned, I feel, having got some pretty mixed reviews when it aired. It's true that it does feel slightly less focussed than the first series, but that's only because the audience has to readjust from the expectations of Season 1 (which did SUCH a good job of convincing us that this was going to be Ned's story) to the adventures of a more ensemble-based cast…

Once you get past that, there's a lot to like here… the series starts to expand a little geographically, introduces us to the icily magnificent Tywin Lannister, gives us a splendid double act in Tyrion and Bronn, and arguably the best hour of TV broadcast in 2012 in the form of 'Blackwater'.

And, this season, like all the seasons of GoT so far, richly rewards multiple viewings.
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61 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the books, 15 May 2012
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Trevor John Drury (Qatar. Middle East) - See all my reviews
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I totally agree that this is a 'must see' series that captures the harsh realities of human nature, despite its fantasy setting. It is uncompromising in cutting down key figures whom you have grown to like and admire, so that others may be introduced in their place. However, your enjoyment will be enhanced by reading the books first. We live in an age that increasingly craves instant gratification with little effort, but the books of Geirge R.R. Martin are brilliantly crafted with a prose style that draws you in and deals with the characters with even greater deftness than the T.V. series. If you are having withdrawal symptoms the books have reached number 5, so you can see how the story develops - and I guarantee you will still enjoy season 3 next year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, 3 Aug 2014
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This is just amazing.
I didn't actually get into this even though hearing all the hype at the time it was on TV.
But this show is amazing i started watching when Season 4 finished on TV and brought season 1 & 2 which both have just finished and wow.

I have to get season 3 ASAP it just annoys me i have to wait until FEBRUARY to get season 4 but the wait will be well worth it.
I don't need to describe in depth how great this is as every review shows it's amazing just buy it.

TV shows have come a long way and this is my favorite along with Breaking Bad
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great books why change the plot, 8 Aug 2013
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The second series started well and is as good as the first. With the same high levels of production. I was pleased that the series continued for the first few episodes to follow the books. Why then did the producer/director decide that from about episode six that the best selling books were actually not very good and completely rewrite some of the plot. The dragons were never stolen from Daenerys, the attack on the wildings lookout on the mountain took place at night, Jon let the girl go, did not chase her and get separated from the rest of his party. I realise that somethings must be left out as the series is ten episodes long and the books are quite long with many plots. Why then did they feel the need to add occurances that were not in the books. I found this a bit frustrating and can see no benefits for the viewers. The books are very good and do not need altering for the TV.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm afraid season two was boring. Season one had characters that you cared about, 23 July 2014
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At the risk of heresy, I'm afraid season two was boring. Season one had characters that you cared about, a least a few. Not season two. Like a second album, the oomph had gone, narratives spun out and you became uncomfortably aware that there were too many story lines, many you didn't care about, with leaden dialogue. No question, the visualisations were quality and believable. If only the characters and the plot had lived up to them.
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