‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Character Guide: New & Familiar Faces

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Game of Thrones Season 2 Character Guide

Game of Thrones Season 2 Character Guide [UPDATE: We posted a version of this Guide earlier, but now have many new additions to share. Enjoy!] Finally,Game of Thrones season 2 is upon us, and love for HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series is at an all-time high. Fans of the Song of Fire & Ice book series already know what's in store for the show, but for those who entered the world of Westeros through a television screen, be warned: this world is about to get much bigger. There are many new faces and places that will be introduced in Game of Thrones season 2, and today we have a rundown of some the characters we'll be seeing - including both new faces and familiar faces like Tyrion Lannister and House Stark's surviving members (Arya, Sansa, Catelyn, Robb, Bran and Jon Snow). We've also included a brief synopsis about each character's role in the upcoming season - and it's all SPOILER-FREE.

Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Joffrey Baratheon-Jack Gleeson Joffrey Baratheon now sits the Iron Throne of Westeros. Though he thinks himself the son of the late king Robert, Joffrey was actually born of the incest between his mother Cersei Lannister and his uncle/father, Jaime Lannister. By killing Ned Stark, Joffrey has sparked war with the North, and his questionable lineage has made Robert's brothers Renly and Stannis take up arms in dispute of the boy king's claim. While Joffrey might be fancying his throne right now, the swords are slowly but surely gathering at his gates. And with his cruel nature, Joffrey could end up making enemies out of his subjects, as well.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Tyrion Lannister-Peter Dinklage When last we saw Tyrion Lannister, he had been dispatched to King's Landing by his father, Tywin, in order to rule as Hand of the King. Though Tywin does not favor his dwarf son, he does recognize Tyrion's shrewd intelligence, and hopes to put it to good use at court. But as Ned Stark found out the hard way, the royal court is a different and deadlier battlefield than most expect. Tyrion will need all his wits in order if he truly wants to play the game of thrones... A game where no one is to be trusted.

Shae (Sibel Kekilli)

game-of-thrones-season-2-shae-sibel-kekilli Shae is a prostitute that Tyrion met in his father Lord Twyin Lannister's war camp after being held captive by Catelyn Stark. When Jaime was captured by Robb Stark, Lord Twyin sent Tyrion to King's Landing - with one very specific mandate: Tyrion could not bring his whore to court with him. Ever one to defy his father, Tyrion heads for King's Landing with Shae in tow. However, as Tyrion enters the political dogfight of court life, and tries to keep himself well armored against his opponents, his affection for Shae could be the one weakness that leaves him most vulnerable.

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Cersei Lannister-Lena Headey With Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark dead, and her son seated on the Iron Throne, Cersei Lannister now has a ruling hand in the Seven Kingdoms. Though Catelyn Stark has her twin/lover Jaime as a hostage, Cersei has the scale balanced by claiming Sansa and Arya Stark as hostages (though she doesn't actually have Ayra). With her power consolidated, Cersei will soon learn - as Robert did - that there is a big difference between winning a throne and keeping it. And when Tyrion arrives to manage the kingdom in her stead, Cersei will not take the insult lightly.

Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover)

Game of Thrones Season 2 - Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) Grand Maester Pycelle is the highest-ranking member of the "maesters" - the order of scholars/doctors/scientists/mailmen that are spread throughout Westeros. The Grand Maester answers only to the king - and Pycelle has served five of them (including Joffrey) in both the Targaryen and Baratheon eras. Although appearing feeble and old, Pycelle is actually quite cunning - and as we saw last season, nimble as well. The Grand Maester is used to watching the game of thrones play out, but his allegiance to Queen Cersei will have unforeseen consequence when Tyrion Lannister enters the king's court.

Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen)

Game of Thrones Season 2 Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) Lord Peter Baelish (a.k.a. Littlefinger) is the king's Master of Coin (treasurer) and much, much more. Baelish is a self-made man who runs brothels and many other businesses around King's Landing. As a young man he fell madly in love with Catelyn Tully, but never got her, as she was given to Brandon Stark, and later, his brother Ned. Having helped betray Ned Stark, one can only assume the conniving Littlefinger will continue on his stated mission to beat the other players at their own game...

Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Renly Baratheon-Gethin Anthony Renly Baratheon is the youngest of the Baratheon brothers. Where Stannis is rigid and morose, Renly is lively and vibrant and generally well-liked. Renly is convinced that thrones are meant to be won - the way Robert won his from the Targaryens - rather than passed down through lineage. Through his secret gay lover, Sir Loras Tyrell The Knight of Flowers, Renly has secured the allegiance of Highgarden and the southern lords (via an engagement to Sir Loras' sister, Margaery) in his quest to claim the throne.

Melisandre & Stannis Baratheon (Carice van Houten & Stephen Dillane)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Mellisandre and Stannis Baratheon-Carice van Houten and Stephen Dillane Stannis Baratheon is the eldest younger brother of Robert Baratheon, and was away at the drab command post of Dragonstone during the events of season 1. He is a hard man, rigid about principle and law. He is loved by few - including his own brothers - but Stannis knows the truth of Joffrey's tainted blood, and by "right and birth and blood" will stake his claim to the throne. Through his wife, Stannis came into the company of Lady Melisandre of Asshai, a priestess of the Red Temple, which celebrates "the one true god," R'hllor, Lord of the Light. With her strange magic and strange god, Melisandre is hated and feared by many of Stannis' followers. Nonetheless, slowly but surely Stannis succumbs to the red woman's influence...

Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Davos Seaworth-Liam Cunningham Davos Seaworth is one of Stannis Baratheon's most trusted supporters. Davos was once a smuggler, but during Robert's Rebellion and the siege of Storm's End, it was that same smuggler who snuck past the Tyrell blockade and delivered much-needed food to Stannis Baratheon and his starving men. Stannis made Davos a landed knight (at a steep price) and thereafter appointed him as an admiral of his fleet and a trusted advisor. Davos is stalwart and loyal to his lord, but he does not trust the mysterious red priestess.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Jon Snow-Kit Harington After finding his place on The Wall as a brother of the Night's Watch, Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow headed North beyond the wall in the company of Watch commander Lord Mormont and a team of rangers. Their mission is to locate the missing villages of wildlings, track down the missing Benjen Stark and his rangers, and investigate the mystery of the White Walkers' return. But the night is dark and full of terrors, as Jon Snow may soon find out...

Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)

game-of-thrones-season-2-samwell-tarly-john-bradley Sam Tarly hails from the southern land of Horn Hill and is the son of Randyll Tarly, one of the greatest military commanders in the Seven Kingdoms. Unfortunately for Lord Randyll, his eldest son Sam is a self-confessed coward. Rather than risk shame being brought on his house by Sam's eventual rule, Lord Randyll gave his boy an ultimatum: take the black, or die. Sam made quick tracks for the wall. Having befriended Jon Snow, Sam found his place in the Watch as a steward. But how long can a coward last in the lands beyond the wall is a question that remains to be answered.

Commander Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo)

Commander Jeor Mormont is the father of Jorah Mormont (Daenerys Targaryen's bodyguard) and the latest in a long line of Night's Watch commanders. Known as "the Old Bear," Commander Mormont has grown wary of the continuing string of strange and foreboding occurrences taking place in the lands beyond the wall, and has put together a team of rangers to venture into the wild lands and settle the unrest. Having taken Jon Snow under wing, Commander Mormont will put the bastard boy and his fellow recruits to the test, as they venture into the cold, dark, north to confront all the terrors waiting there...

Ygritte (Rose Leslie)

game-of-thrones-season-2-ygritte-rose-leslie Ygritte is a wildling (or "the free folk," as they tend to refer to themselves) living in the lands beyond the wall. Ygritte is used to a life and worldview based on old ways, old mysticisms, and the old gods of the north. She and her brethren do not understand the minds of those who kneel to a king - nor does she have any love for "crows," the black brothers of the Night's Watch who guard the wall. Jon Snow and his brothers will find in Ygritte a level of beauty, passion, fierceness and cunning they didn't expect in the so-called "wildlings" beyond the wall.

Bran Stark & Hodor (Issac Hempstead-Wright & Kristian Nairn)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Bran Stark and Hodor-Issac Hempstead-Wright and Kristian Nairn Bran Stark was crippled when Jaime Lannister threw him from a tower window for catching the Lannister twins at their incest. With his dreams of knighthood now dashed, and his family scattered, Bran sits as the lord of Winterfell in his brother Robb's absence, studying his books and riding on the back of his monosyllabic protector, Hodor. Bran must now deal with his handicap, as well as the peril facing his family - even as his strange dreams of a three-eyed crow begin to turn into something much more real, and mysterious...

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Sansa Stark-Sophie Turner Thanks to her own girlish naivete, Sansa Stark revealed information to the Lannisters that ultimately got her father captured and killed, and her house pushed to war against the throne. Sansa is now getting a harsh reality check, as the hostage fiance of Joffrey Baratheon. With her brother Robb declaring himself King of the North, Sansa has suddenly become an import piece on the game board, as her highborn lineage could be instrumental in one day controlling the North. If only she can survive Joffrey's "love" long enough...

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Arya Stark-Maisie Williams Arya Stark managed to evade Lannister capture during Ned Stark's fall at King's Landing, and was smuggled out of the city by Yoren of the Night's Watch - a loyal friend of Benjen and Ned Stark. Disguised as a boy, Arya now finds herself on the harsh road North in the midst of wartime. Compared to her sister Sansa, Arya could very well have escaped the pan, only to be lost to the fire...

Gendry (Joe Dempsie)

Game of Thrones Season 2 - Gendry (Joe Dempsie) Little is known about Gendry, other than the fact that he is one of many black-haired bastards fathered by the late king Robert Baratheon. A blacksmith, Gendry worked in King's Landing until his existence was discovered by Jon Arryn, and then, Ned Stark. When the Lannisters seized control, Ned tasked Yoren of the Night's Watch to get Gendry out of the city in order to assure the boy's safety. Now Gendry finds himself on the king's road headed north and in the companionship of "Arry" a strange little boy who is not really a little boy at all...

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)

 Game of Thrones Season 2 Daenerys Targaryen - Emilia Clarke Daenerys Targaryen proved that she was the true dragon when she went into Khal Drogo's funeral pyre and emerged unharmed with three baby dragons on her shoulder. That miraculous act has earned the last Targaryen a small band of followers, including Sir Jorah Mormont and her three bloodriders. However, with a host that mostly consists of the elderly and the feeble, Daenerys faces a hard road home to Westeros - but to win the throne, she'll have to first head further into the strange Eastern lands - confronting all the wonders and horrors that wait there...

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Theon Greyjoy-Alfie Allen Theon Greyjoy was last seen going to war with Robb Stark and the Northern lords. As indicated by the picture above, Theon will be traveling home to Iron Islands in season 2, sent to recruit his people to Robb's cause. However, the iron way is not easily forgotten, and though Theon has been away a long time, Robb's decision to send him home may prove to be folly if the son of the Seastone chair doesn't return.

Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Balon Greyjoy-Patrick Malahide

Balon Greyjoy is lord of the Iron Islands and father to Theon Greyjoy. Balon rebelled against the Iron Throne when Robert Baratheon took it, trying to proclaim the Iron Islands as its own kingdom, and he its king. That rebellion was put down by Robert, Stannis and Ned Stark - who took Balon's son Theon as a hostage to ensure The Kraken's allegiance to the throne. Now, with a new man declaring himself king every day, the time for Balon to stake his own independence could come soon.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Robb Stark-Richard Madden Robb Stark was proclaimed the King of the North, and now leads the lords of the North against the Lannisters and King Joffrey. However, when Stannis and Renly both state their claims to the throne, Robb suddenly finds himself being labeled as a rebel by three would-be kings, instead of just one. With the whole south against him, and an oath of vengeance sworn against the Lannisters, Robb quickly finds the weight of his new crown to be a heavy one...

Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Catelyn Stark-Michelle Fairley With Ned dead, her daughters seemingly captured, and her son leading a war, Catelyn Stark is suddenly understanding that Stark family motto, "Winter is coming." Catelyn will do whatever she can to hold what remains of her family together, all while trying to bring the lords of the Riverlands - including her own crumbling house of Tully - over to the North's side.

Ser Rodrik Cassel (Ron Donachie)

game-of-thrones-season-2-ser-rodrik-cassel-rondonachie Ser Rodrik Cassel is Master-at-Arms of Winterfell and a trusted and loyal friend of the Starks. Ser Rodrik accompanied Catelyn Stark on the road to King's Landing, and then to the Eyrie when she captured Tyrion Lannister, and was still accompanying his Lady lord as she rejoined with her son Robb and his army. With Ned Stark dead, Ser Rodrik will go forth in season 2 to help hold Winterfell against its growing number of enemies.

Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

game-of-thrones-season-2-ser-jamie-lannister-nikolaj-coster-waldu Jaime Lannister is Cersei's twin brother and secretly the father of her three children, Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen. Known as "The Kingslayer," it was Jamie who betrayed his oath as a Kingsguard when he slew "the Mad King" Aerys Targaryen, by order of his father, Tywin Lannister. Jaime served King Robert with seething hatred as he watched the drunken man constantly shame his sister; after Tyrion was captured by the Starks, Jaime once gain heeded his father's wish and rode to war for his family...only to be captured by young Robb Stark. With the Lannisters holding Sansa Stark hostage in King's Landing, Jaime is still of value alive. But even without his sword, The Kingslayer is considered one of the deadliest men in the Seven Kingdoms...with good reason.

Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)

Game-of-Thrones-Season-2-Brienne-Gwendoline Christie Often mistaken for a man, Brienne is a proud knight of Renly Baratheon's Rainbow Guard, and a staunch admirer of Renly himself. However, like Renly and her fellow guardsman Sir Loras Tyrell, Brienne is but a babe of summer, who has no idea of the horrors of wartime. For her and her companions, the game of thrones is just that - a game. But winter, as they say, is coming...

Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)

game-of-thrones-season-2-margaery-tyrell-natalie-dormer Margery Tyrell is a daughter of House Tyrell, a family of the southern lands whose wealth rivals that of the Lannisters. Margery is also the sister of Sir Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers, who happens to be Renly Baratheon's secret gay lover. A newcomer to the game, Margery and her family are backing Renly's claim to the throne. Even though Margery is fully aware of her brother and Renly's relationship, she is nonetheless committed to the idea of seizing this opportunity to advance her family.

Myrcella Baratheon (Aimee Richardson)

game-of-thrones-season-2-myrcella-baratheon-aimee-richardson Myrcella Baratheon is Joffrey's sister and is the second of the three children born of the incest between Jaime and Cersei Lannister (Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, in that order). Myrcella has Cersei's beauty, but is described as being a much brighter soul than her mother. Until now, she's pretty much been in the background of all that has occurred in King's Landing, leading to Joffrey's claim of the throne. However, with her brother's claim being challenged left and right, Myrcella has suddenly become a useful piece in the game: through the right marriage arrangement, the Lannisters can conceivably build strategic alliances with other noble houses. It's just a question of who should get Myrcella's hand...

Bronn (Jerome Flynn)

 game-of-thrones-season-2-bronn-jerome-flynn Bronn took the prudent step of helping out Tyrion Lannister in his hour of need. That loyalty rewarded the mercenary (called "sellswords" in GoT terms) the opportunity to greatly advance his position in life, thanks to Lannister gold in his hand. Like any thirsty man who happens upon a well, Bronn knows to stick close to his diminutive new employer. But Tyrion will have many foes waiting for him in King's Landing, and as The Imp knows, the danger with sellswords is that they are only loyal to whomever is putting the most gold in their hand at the present time.

Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie)

game-of-thrones-season-2-xaro-xhoan-daxos-nonso-anozie Xaro Xhoan Daxos is one of "The Thirteen" merchant lords of Qarth, a city in the eastern lands of the Free Cities. Upon hearing tales of "the mother of dragons" (a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen), Xaro seeks her out in the capacity of a guide and adviser, who may have his own agenda for courting the dragon queen and helping her win the "pureborn" nobles of Qarth to her cause. Known for their dramatic flair, the merchants of Qarth delight in passion and emotion, but are deceptively cunning and clever. They are also beholden to "the Undying," a harem of witches and sorcerers hidden away in an ancient house.

Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha

 game-of-thrones-season-2-jaqen-hghar-tom-wlaschiha Jaqen H'ghar is one of three men imprisoned in a cage that Night's Watch member Yoren  (the man who saved Arya Stark during Ned's execution) took with him from King's Landing's worst dungeon, bound for the wall. While Jaqen's companions in the cage - the vile Rorge and razor-toothed Biter - are pure scum, Arya senses something different from the man who hails from the eastern free city of Lorathi.

Varys (Conleth Hill)

game-of-thrones-season-2-varys-conleth-hill Lord Varys the Spider is probably the most enigmatic and mysterious figure in the game of thrones. The "Master of Whisperers" seems to have a thread stretching to every corner of Westeros and beyond, with little spiders all feeding him the secrets that others would, and do, die for. While Varys may be a plump and powdered eunuch, he is nonetheless one of the most dangerous men in the world. One never knows which side (if any) he's on, what his agenda is, and what secrets he may know. Secrets that could very well change the game entirely...

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  1. Two things:

    1) Drogo’s bloodriders didn’t join Dany. Their duty is to die defending the khal, or die when he dies. Her new bloodriders are younger Dothraki.

    2) Wow. Just wow, for how Brienne looks. Like I said on Facebook, the short hair really is a shocker. Practical yes, but she really looks like a dude with it. I’m interested to see how Gwendoline Christie (so pretty) does acting the part.

    • Number one is most definitely correct good sir. Drogo’s bloodriders proclaimed themselves Khals and left with most of the khalasar. Dany’s bloodriders are her old bodyguards. There duty was to escort Dany to Vaes Dothrak to join the other Khal widows. She won them to her side after she emerged from the funeral pyre with the dragons. Each of her bloodriders is armed with one of the Khal Dogo’s wedding gifts.

    • I was afraid they’d go the route of making her ‘ugly female’ but just looking MASCULINE is the best route & most believable for the character so I’m overwhelmed with joy. Androgyny win. I could only hope Glenn Close was an inspiration for Ms. Christie~

  2. I’m really excited for this now. Great recap Kofi. Just what was needed to whet my appetite!

  3. winteriscoming.net

    Great site for all things “Thrones.”

    I’ve been reading it ever since the adaptation was announced and everyone there is a huge fan of the books. Great resource if you want to dig into the show.

  4. Let’s try that again.

    http://winteriscoming.net/

  5. Once again HBO proves when it comes to quality productions they are in a league all there own…look at the details of the sets and character armor ….WOW. !!

  6. “Winter Is Coming”

  7. One of the best series on television. I am counting down the days until season two.

  8. and no edmure tully

  9. No Edmure…yet. Mayhaps he and the Blackfish will be in season 3?

    • I heard they were breaking up the book into two parts, so I’m assuming he’ll be in the third season

  10. Brienne is PERFECT. Thats is the exact same way I imagine how she looks like in the books. Wow, jsut wow, really.

    • I need to see her (spoiler:: and Jaime’s) interactions and ACTING but
      yes
      yes
      heck yes

      *respectful genderless e-brofist*

  11. This season is going to be stupid.

  12. I think that it was pretty much Catelyn that started the chain of events that will lead to war when she captured Tyrion. I am on my second read of all the books and I’m picking up so much more the second time around, that’s partly due to the fact that I blasted through them like I had the hound on my tail. i actually read the books first and I was pleasantly surprised at how well cast it is. Actually the whole time I was reading it, anytime it was Tyrion I always imagined peter Dinklage. Imagine my surprise!! I still haven’t got that Ser Loras and Renly we’re lovers from ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, maybe it’s more subtle in the books.

    • SPOILER ALERT!

      Catelyn definitely set off a chain of events. BUT, it was all because of what other people (Littlefinger mainly) had told her. She captured Tyrion because of the conversation with Littlefinger about the dagger. Littlefinger no doubt expected this would set the Starks against the Lannisters, and would end with so many of them dead that their would be a power vacuum (and possibly a newly widowed Cat).

      She may have been a part of starting a war, but she was just a pawn.

      Also, the cast is perfect! Stannis looks a little less imposing(?) than the way I read him in the books. But I suppose how he speaks and carries himself will matter more.

      • **spoiler alert**

        I don’t think Catelyns actions caused the war – the Lannisters were waiting for war while King Robert was still alive, I think they used it as an excuse… Secondly, it’s depicted in the show that Cat didn’t want Ned to take the position of “Hand”… but in the books she was the one who convinced him to go, using the letter Lysa sent as proof he needed to be close to the king for his protection… You will see as the series goes on that not all the good guys are good and not all the bad guys are bad, (just like in real life)

      • Spoiler. Exactly. Littlefinger is the mastermind behind the conflict in the South, and the Boltons (mainly Roose) are the masterminds behind the conflict in the North. Both want more secure upward mobility, though neither is actually aspiring to the Iron Throne. Remember, it was the second Reek (Ramsay Bolton) who whispered in Theon’s ear once he chose to take over Winterfell, and it was actually Ramsay that started the first there’s-no-going-back-now violence by killing Sir Rodrick (in the book). The Boltons ensured that they could take out the Starks and maintain the support of the Northern lords by using Theon as a scapegoat for their demise. Baelish took out Jon Arryn and convinced Lysa to write her sister notifying them of Cersei’s supposed involvement with Arryn’s death which really began the Stark’s involvement with the Iron Throne/Lannisters in the first place. Baelish’s plotting is actually responsible for Joffrey’s death as well, as he also secures Sansa (heir to winterfell) through Joffrey’s assasination. There is a lot of similarity between the Bolton’s and Baelish though eventually they will have to clash as both are manipulating the current powers for the same position. (Sansa’s claim to winterfell will be stronger than Arya’s claim and Baelish knows that Arya is alive but not actually marrying the bastard Bolton). Ok I am done, but these are really two of the best plot lines, so I hope that we see Ramsay Bolton/second Reek and his role in manipulating theon very soon!

  13. It’s Joffrey, not Joffery.

  14. In the trailer Robb says he loves someone. In the books there is no such character…who is this mysterious lover of Robb’s?

    • @Anika – Robb gets married in the books. Why wouldnt he tell some girl he loves her? On another note. In no way did I ever read that Loras Tyrell was gay in the books. Did I miss something or is this just Hollywood trying to add gay people into everything that they make? I have nothing against gays, but don’t change the story just to make some sort of point.

      • yes you did miss something…There are hints through out books 1,2 that Renly is gay but it’s a lot more subtle in the books than the show ….Did Not Renly naming his kings guard the ‘Rainbow Guard’ give you an idea that he was gay ? …it’s a pretty big hint George Martin is giving the reader ..

      • Oh and I know your referring to Loras in particular but his reaction to a certain event in book 2 pretty much confirms there relationship

      • Yeah, I agree that there are a lot of subtle hints about it in books 1 and 2. I actually read that between the lines the first time I read the series (before the TV series).

      • *spoiler*

        Anika — I think you missed something… the books are soaked with “read between the lines undertones” regarding Renley and Loras; Even Stannis comments on his inability to father a son…. The show is able to give us a point of view that isn’t in the books, so I think they played that up… and Rob does fall in love with Jeyne Westerling… but she doesn’t come into the picture until the third book, I’m guessing the producers felt like Robb needed something more then war this season.

      • Its definatley implied that Loras and Renly are getting it on in the books i thought.. more through the gossip of court as to how Margaery was probably still a maid after 2 weeks and how Cersei doesnt like Tommen being trained by Loras.. Its all implied though which i think is better.. The Margaery character has been changed quite a bit.. she does not even speak at this point in the books. Another thing implied is Stannis getting Melisandre pregnant with the shadow thing in the books.. something that is show warts and all in the series. My reasoning is that you have so much to cover is such a short time on TV you need to make some plot points more obvious to move it on quicker.. also people who just watch tv are not as bright as those that read so need it all-spelling-out-for-them.

    • In the book there is someone, but I do not want to give anything away if you have not gotten there yet. It does not really become a significant plot line until Book 3 I think.

  15. Did you forget Littlefinger, Screenrant?

    But finally a picture of Jaqen H’gar! A very cool character, him.

    Kofi, I’m interested to know if you write all of these briefs with only the TV show under your belt, or if you have read the books. I guess I’m asking because it would be difficult for me to keep tight-lipped because I’ve read the books. But if you understand this much from just watching the show, congrats. Either way I give you props.

    • No new photo of Littlefinger in season 2, yet. Sorry. Tywin Lannister is also missing.

      I have read all the books, Dan-O – I’m just careful to avoid spoilers in these posts…

  16. And is it just me, or did the actress who plays Myrcella age a good five years? I remember watching S1Ep2 and I thought she looked really young and not as pretty as she looks in that photo.

    • 1st thing i noticed lol, a new actor im guessin

  17. “Monosyllabic” means having one syllable. All Hodor ever says is “Hodor,” which is two syllables. Just sayin.’

    • Monosyllabic – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/monosyllabic?s=t

      1. having only one syllable, as the word no.
      2. having a vocabulary composed primarily of monosyllables or short, simple words.
      3. very brief; terse or blunt: a monosyllabic reply.

      I believe I’m covered by definition #2

  18. No entry on Littlefinger?

    … Just how he’d like it too.

  19. I just watched the teaser for season 2, You Live You Die it was great and i can’t wait for the show to start. Tyrion is the best character.

  20. Does anyone know who Benjen Stark is?

  21. Melisandre has only 1 “L”

  22. You say Daenerys Targaryen is the last Targaryen, but isen’t that old man in the nights watch a Targaryen.

  23. One of the things that really bugs me, besides the lack of the Reeds and Ramsay/Reek in Theon’s ear at Winterfell, is the actress playing Asha. Isn’t Asha supposed to be tall, thin, with long dark hair, and kind of an evil seductress? Instead she is short and plain and that just does not fit. I did not really get that she was a tom boy so to speak in the book, but a woman wanting to rule as a woman (rather than as a man, which is how the actress is playing Asha). This was just a real let down to me, though Asha as a sex bomb with a sword probably would have caused some eye rolling from me as well…ha.

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