Game of Thrones: Season 2
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The Battle continues in Westeros with feuding families and power hungry rulers. Five Kings vie for a single, all-powerful throne in the all-new season of Game of Thrones--an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph.
Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter. In King's Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. There's Robb Stark, son of the slain Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark; Daenerys Targaryen, who looks to shore up her depleted power through three newborn dragons; Stannis Baratheon, eldest brother of the late King Robert; and Stannis' brother Renly, who has maintained his own claim since fleeing King's Landing. In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the Night's Watch. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, season 2 of Game of Thrones promises to be a thrilling journey through a riveting, unforgettable landscape.
• Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay - See how the epic Battle of Blackwater Bay was brought to life in this exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the climatic episode. The 30 minute feature showcases never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew.
• Game of Thrones: Inner Circle - Actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham talk in detail about their experiences shooting season two in this roundtable discussion moderated by executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
• The Religions of Westeros - Hear author George R.R. Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the competing religions in the series and how they influence the various characters in Westeros and beyond.
• Character Profiles - Profiles of seven major characters as described by the actors portraying them including Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, Theon Greyjoy and more.
• Audio Commentaries - 12 commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and more.
Audio Commentary Participants
- Episode 1 - "The North Remembers" with commentary by executive producers/writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
- Episode 2 "The Night Lands" with commentary by Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)
- Episode 3 "What Is Dead May Never Die" with commentary by Writer Bryan Cogman and director Alik Sakharov. Plus commentary by Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
- Episode 4 "Garden of Bones" with commentary by Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)
- Episode 6 "The Old Gods and the New" with commentary by Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and writer Vanessa Taylor
- Episode 7 "A Man Without Honor" with commentary by executive producers/writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
- Episode 8 with commentary by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark)
- Episode 9 with commentary by co-executive producer/author of A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. Plus commentary by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and director Neil Marshall
- Episode 10 with commentary by Rainer Gombos and Steve Kullback of the visual effects team. Plus commentary by Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and co-executive producer Alan Taylor
Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic drama set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter – the season of the white raven. In King’s Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. There’s Robb Stark, son of the slain Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark, who seeks autonomy in the North and has taken Cersei’s brother Jaime prisoner in battle; Daenerys Targaryen, who looks to shore up her depleted power in the east through three newborn dragons; Stannis Baratheon, eldest brother of the late King Robert, who rejects Joffrey’s legitimacy and aligns with a powerful priestess to raise a naval attack; and Stannis’ brother Renly, who has maintained his own claim since fleeing King’s Landing. In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the order of the Night’s Watch. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, Season 2 of Game of Thrones promises to be a thrilling journey through a riveting, unforgettable fictional landscape.
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The Targaryen family hails from the city of Valyria on the eastern continent of Essos. House Targaryen is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, ruling the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries before being overthrown by House Baratheon killing most of the family in the process. Their house words are 'Fire and Blood', a fitting motto for a family with fire-breathing dragons.
House Stark of Winterfell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, ruling over the vast region, The North. Winterfell, an ancient castle known for its strength, is under their rule. Their family line is one of the oldest of Westerosi nobility, stretching back over 8,000 years. As they are the most influential and notable power in the North, they’ve earned the devotion and respect from the Houses surrounding them. Unlike other House mottos that usually boast or threaten, the Stark’s has one that will always be relevant: ‘winter is coming’.
House Lannister of Casterly Rock is one of the most powerful families and oldest dynasties. As their seat is Casterly Rock, they have access to the most productive gold mine in the Westerlands, making them the wealthiest family in the realm. Their official family motto is 'Hear me Roar!' but what they’re well-known for saying is: 'A Lannister always pays his debts' and usually mean it in a more literal sense.
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The only other element of this season that I will comment on is the superb ending. Without wanting to say too much, as I wouldn't want to ruin it for others, the sense of dread as the scene unfolds is epic. It is something which was introduced to us at the beginning of season 1, but then seemed to merge into the background. This, as well as the new characters and the new developments for existing characters all go towards the promise that season 3 will be just as good, if not better.
I really like the first season of 'Game of Thrones' and I am glad to say that this second season is even better. I still haven't gotten around to read the Song of Ice and Fire novels that the show is based so I cannot say how close the season sticks to its source material unfortunately but watching season two has definitely motivated me to read the books at some point.
The plot of this second season is just as convoluted as the first and if anything this is the only real problem with the series as a whole as there is so much happening in various places that some events and characters don't seem to get the focus that they probably deserve. Despite this however, I still found the series engaging enough to keep watching and I will definitely be getting season three when I have the chance. Most of the characters in the series remain interesting but Tyrion Lannister remains my favourite character in the series by far as he tries to do the best job he can as substitute Kings Hand while navigating the politics of King's Landing. The season also introduces a number of new characters with the female knight Brienne Tarth played by Gwendoline Christie easily being my favourite of these.
The action in this series remains good, if quite bloody, with the Siege of Kings Landing in episode nine probably being the best part of the season as a whole. With the language used in the season remaining somewhat course, along with some sex and nudity, the season probably won't be to everyone's taste but personally I found it very engaging and entertaining.
This second season of 'Game of Thrones' sees the series improve on an already entertaining first season and is well worth a full five stars.