With a portion of the main characters dead from last series, this series allows us to forget bout poor Ned and concentrate on the rest of Westeros and its people. First of all i need to dish out the first and probably the biggest compliment of this season. Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon, delivers one of the strongest acting performances i have ever seen, he literally forces you to hate him, there's is not a living sole in the world that says "My favourite character is Joffrey because he's so heroic and relatable". A performance that can turn an entire planet against you and make them forget that your actually just acting really deserves a special mention, his character is a spoilt, smarmy, cruel, cowardly and vicious little mummy's boy with a crown on his head and a host of loyal followers to use as toys. Really. well done Jack Gleeson, fantastic job, its just a shame that in real life people forget your just an actor sometimes, doing a job.
Not to forget the rest of the cast Peter Dinklage continues to step up as the ever underestimated Tyrion, traversing kings landing, the King and an impending war the only way he knows how, using treachery, but its an honest treachery, he,s still a loveable rogue with his heart in the right place despite the world being against him. Kit Harrington and Richard Madden also continues to carve themselves as the stories heroes, with their own and very different challenges to over come, Robb continues to fight his war against the Lannisters, facing betrayalfrom both those around him and from whithin himself while Jon marches out across the wall and finally see what it means to be a man of the nights watch and exactly what it is their fighting.
I felt Dany actually had the weakest arc this series, with very little going on as she arrives in the city of Qarth and begins looking for the means to get back to Westeros, Her story does have an amazing finale but shes very underused this series compared to the huge developments she made last series.
Overall another very strong season that builds upon the last, seeming like a very large chess game as the pieces move from place to place, with every major and minor move carefully planned. As the Starks have now become the essential heroes and the Lannisters becoming the villains (Apart from Tyrion), the two fight it out for westeros, with the addition of Stannis Baratheon, the rightful heir to the throne gunning for kings landing, and Renly Baratheon, attempting to usurp his brother and take the throne for himself, means theres plenty going on. for the first time this series we also get a glimpse at the real threat facing Westeros from the north, while the false kings fight amongst themselves, winter is coming.