Game of Thrones - Season 2
|Game of Thrones|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original run||April 1 – June 3, 2012|
|DVD release||February 19, 2013|
|List of episodes|
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.
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.
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"The North Remembers"||Alan Taylor||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||1 April 2012||3.86|
|Deterermined to avenge his father's death, the newly proclaimed king Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters and the boy king Joffrey Baratheon on the Iron Throne. Tyrion arrives in King's Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king's excesses. Meanwhile on the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon claim the throne of his late brother's as well and plots an invasion, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of R'hllor. Across the sea, Daenerys, her three young dragons and khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night's Watch continue their trek beyond the Wall and must shelter with a devious wildling.|
|2||"Nightlands"||Alan Taylor||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||8 April 2012||3.76|
|In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei Lannister for alienating the king's subjects. On the road north, Arya shares a secret with Gendry, a Night's Watch recruit. With supplies dwindling, one of Dany's scouts returns with news of their position. After nine years as a Stark ward, Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon, who wants to restore the ancient Kingdom of the Iron Islands. Davos Seaworth enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King's Landing.|
|3||"What Is Dead May Never Die"||Alik Sakharov||Bryan Cogman||15 April 2012||3.77|
|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.|
|4||"Garden of Bones"||David Petrarca||Vanessa Taylor||22 April 2012||3.65|
|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.|
|5||"The Ghost of Harrenhal"||David Petrarca||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||29 April 2012||3.90|
|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.|
|6||"The Old Gods and the New"||David Nutter||Vanessa Taylor||6 May 2012||3.88|
|Theon completes his master stroke. In King's Landing, the Lannisters send Myrcella from harm's way in the nick of time. Arya Stark comes face to face with a surprise visitor; Daenerys vows to take what is hers; Robb and Catelyn receive crucial news; Joffrey meets his subjects; Qhorin Halfhand gives Jon Snow a chance to prove himself.|
|7||"A Man Without Honor"||David Nutter||David Benioff & D.B. Weiss||13 May 2012||3.69|
|Tywin Lannister begins searching Harrenhal for an assassin. Ygritte continues her attempts to seduce Jon and, after a momentary lapse in Jon's concentration, she escapes him and leads him into a trap. Still shaken from the riot, Sansa Stark is horrified when she awakens to find that she has had her first period. In Robb's camp, a failed escape attempt by Jaime leaves a guard dead and Catelyn worries about the camp's desire for retribution. In Qarth, the warlock Pyat Pree reveals to Daenerys that he stole her dragons, but gives her the opportunity to reunite with them before slaughtering the Council of Thirteen and establishing Xaro Xhoan Daxos as king of Qarth.|
|8||"The Prince of Winterfell"||Alan Taylor||David Benioff & D.B. Weiss||20 May 2012||3.86|
|Theon Greyjoy receives a visitor and holds down the fort. Arya Stark calls in her final debt with Jaqen H'ghar in a way that displeases him. King Robb Stark is betrayed. Tyrion and Varys find common ground. Dany ignores Jorah's advice. Stannis and Davos Seaworth approach their destination, and Davos is offered a reward.|
|9||"Blackwater"||Neil Marshall||George R. R. Martin||27 May 2012||3.38|
|Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis' fleet attacks Blackwater Bay. King's Landing becomes the stage of the most decisive battle of the War of the Five Kings.|
|10||"Valar Morghulis"||Alan Taylor||David Benioff & D. B. Weiss||3 June 2012||4.20|
|Tyrion awakens to find his circumstances have changed. Joffrey gives his subjects a reward. Luwin offers Theon advice while he incites the passion within his men. Jaqen H'ghar bestows a gift upon Arya. Daenerys soon finds herself in a strange place.|
HBO ordered a second season of Game of Thrones on 19 April 2011, two days after the series premiere. The second season obtained a 15% increase in budget in order to be able to stage the war's most important battle, the Battle of the Blackwater, in episode nine.
Filming took place during 106 shooting days. During three-quarters of those, two crews ("Dragon" and "Wolf") were working simultaneously in different locations. Filming took 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.
Casting for Season 2 began in May 2011.
The principal cast is now headlined by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) instead of Sean Bean. Dinklage, who in the first season was featured at the end of the cast list, signed on to the series for six seasons.
Given the very large cast of characters in Martin's novels, the producers had to fill a great number of additional speaking roles – Martin has estimated the second season's cast as the largest on television. The new actors include, in order of their appearance:
- Episode 1
- Tony Way as Ser Dontos Hollard, a drunkard knight.
- Ben Crompton as "Dolorous Edd" Tollett, a man of the Night's Watch.
- Robert Pugh as the Wildling chief Craster.
- Carice van Houten as Melisandre of Asshai, the "Red Priestess" of the foreign god R'hllor and an influential advisor to King Stannis Baratheon. Van Houten was previously asked (but unable) to audition for the role of Cersei in season one. While her character retains her signature red robes and hair, unlike in the novels Melisandre is not portrayed as having red eyes, making her appear somewhat more human.
- Oliver Ford Davies as Stannis's maester Cressen.
- Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, the "Onion Knight", a bannerman of Stannis and former smuggler. Cunningham had already been in talks for a role in season 1. As he is left-handed, his Davos has the fingers of the right hand shortened, unlike in the novels where the left hand is crippled. In an interview, Cunningham said that a lot of new dialogue had to be written for his character, because in the novels Davos, a point-of-view character, is portrayed more through his thoughts than through his actions.
- Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon, the elder of Robert's two younger brothers and one of several claimants to the Iron Throne.
- Kerr Logan as Davos Seaworth's pious son Matthos.
- Karl Davies as Ser Alton Lannister, a character created for the series who replaces Cleos Frey as envoy from the Starks to the Lannisters.
- Episode 2
- Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'ghar, a caged prisoner and recruit of Yoren. Wlaschiha's pronunciation of his character's name, Jack-in, was adopted for use in the show.
- Hannah Murray as Craster's daughter Gilly.
- Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy, an Ironborn captain and sister of Theon. Named "Asha" in the novels, the character's name was changed to avoid confusion with the Wildling Osha, Bran Stark's companion.
- Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy, lord of the Iron Islands and father of Theon.
- Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne, the squire to Tyrion Lannister. The 19-year-old Portman plays Podrick as about 16 years old, instead of about 12 as in the novels. To be able to portray Podrick as awkward, shy and weak, Portman, previously a sportsman, stopped his fitness regimen and gained some weight to appear more endearing.
- Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan, a Lysene pirate and friend of Davos Seaworth.
- Andy Beckwith as Rorge and Gerard Jordan as Biter, the two other caged captives.
- Episode 3
- Natalie Dormer as Lady Margaery Tyrell, a noblewoman from the Reach promised to be the wife of Renly Baratheon.
- Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, a female warrior who joins Renly Baratheon's guard and becomes a follower of Catelyn Stark. To prepare for the role, Christie took up an intense training regimen, adding over a stone (6.4 kg) of muscle mass. So that she could be mistaken for a man, her armor was decorated with lines that slant away from her hips.
- Fintan McKeown as Ser Amory Lorch, a Lannister bannerman.
- Andy Kellegher as Polliver, a Lannister armsman.
- Episode 4
- Oona Chaplin as Talisa, a healer from Volantis. She is Robb Stark's romantic interest, a role played in the novels by the noblewoman Jeyne Westerling.
- Michael McElhatton as the Stark bannerman Lord Roose Bolton.
- Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos, a merchant prince of Qarth.
- Ian Hanmore as Pyat Pree, a Qartheen warlock.
- Episode 5
- Laura Pradelska as Quaithe, a masked woman in Qarth.
- Simon Armstrong as Qhorin Halfhand, a ranger of the Night's Watch.
- Roy Dotrice as Pyromancer Hallyne, an elderly alchemist at King's Landing.Dotrice, a friend of George R.R. Martin, is the reader of the A Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks and was initially cast as Grand Maester Pycelle for the first season, but had to withdraw for health reasons.
- Episode 6
- Episode 8
- Episode 10
Several characters from A Clash of Kings are not known to have been cast for season two. These include:
- Ser Jacelyn Bywater; Bronn takes his place as new city watch commander in the adaptation,
- a pair of Crannogmen siblings, Meera and Jojen Reed,
- two young Freys fostered at Winterfell, known as Big Walder Frey and Little Walder Frey,
- Roose Bolton's bastard son, Ramsay Snow,
- one of Theon's three uncles, Aeron "Damphair" Greyjoy,
- Davos Seaworth's other sons (Dale, Allard, Maric and Devan),
- the daughter of Stannis and his wife Selyse Florent, Shireen and their fool Patchface,
- the mercenary leader Vargo Hoat and his sellsword company, the "Brave Companions."
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said that they would delay the introductions of several key characters first appearing in A Clash of Kings until the third season. They did so because of the large number of characters already introduced in season two, and because they couldn't afford to have people "waiting around" for their characters to become central to the plot.
- Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
- Lena Headey as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister
- Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark
- Emilia Clarke as Princess Daenerys Targaryen
- Aidan Gillen as Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
- Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
- Kit Harington as Jon Snow
- Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth
- Charles Dance as Lord Tywin Lannister
- Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Prince Bran Stark
- Richard Madden as King Robb Stark
- Sophie Turner as Princess Sansa Stark
- Maisie Williams as Princess Arya Stark
- Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
- Natalie Dormer as Queen Margaery Tyrell
- John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
- Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey Baratheon
- Rory McCann as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
- Stephen Dillane as King Stannis Baratheon
- Carice van Houten as Melisandre
- James Cosmo as Lord Commander Jeor Mormont
- Jerome Flynn as Bronn
- Conleth Hill as Lord Varys
- Sibel Kekilli as Shae
The guest cast is listed in order of rank or social importance by the region they appear in.
- At the court of Joffrey Baratheon at King's Landing
- Callum Wharry as Prince Tommen Baratheon
- Aimee Richardson as Princess Myrcella Baratheon
- Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle
- Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt
- Ian Beattie as Ser Meryn Trant
- Karl Davies as Alton Lannister
- Tony Way as Ser Dontos Hollard
- Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
- Roy Dotrice as Pyromancer Hallyne
- Esmé Bianco as Ros
- Sahara Knite as Armeca
- Maisie Dee as Daisy
- At the court of Stannis Baratheon at Dragonstone
- Kerr Logan as Matthos Seaworth
- Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan
- Oliver Ford Davies as Maester Cressen
- At the court of Robb Stark
- Michael McElhatton as Lord Roose Bolton
- Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin
- Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
- Kristian Nairn as Hodor
- Natalia Tena as Osha
- Oona Chaplin as Talisa, of Volantis
- At the court of Renly Baratheon at Storm's End
- Gethin Anthony as King Renly Baratheon
- Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
- Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
- On the Iron Islands
- Bound for the Wall
- Francis Magee as Yoren
- Joe Dempsie as Gendry
- Eros Vlahos as Lommy Greenhands
- Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie
- Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'ghar
- Andy Beckwith as Rorge
- Gerard Jordan as Biter
- At Harrenhal
- Ian Whyte as Ser Gregor Clegane
- Fintan McKeown as Ser Amory Lorch
- Andy Kellegher as Polliver
- Anthony Morris as the Tickler
- Beyond the Wall
- Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett
- Josef Altin as Pypar
- Mark Stanley as Grenn
- Robert Pugh as Craster
- Hannah Murray as Gilly
- Simon Armstrong as Qhorin Halfhand
- Rose Leslie as Ygritte
- Edward Dogliani as the "Lord of Bones"
- Across the Narrow Sea
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.
- HBO teasers: The cold winds are rising.
- HBO teasers: Terror Tease.
- HBO teasers: Shadow Tease.
- HBO Trailer: Power And Grace.
- HBO Trailer: Seven Devils.
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