Today we have news on the second season of Game of Thrones, HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s popular fantasy series.

Season One of HBO’s break out hit was filled with intrigue, adventure, beautiful women, dashing men, and a turn by Golden Globe nominee Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) as the irascible yet lovable imp, Tyrion Lannister. It also included controversial moments of incest, child murder, brother-sister love and the eventual shocking (and some would say infuriating) beheading of the show’s star, Sean Bean.

Unsurprisingly, expectations are incredibly high for season two. How will show-runner David Bennioff and his team top  the excitement and double-dealing of last season? Well, to tide us rabid viewers over, HBO has set up a production diary to keep fans informed.

The whole Game of Thrones production has moved to Northern Ireland in an effort to obtain the harsh wind-swept scale of the books’ locations. From the featurette seen below, we learn from Mr. Benioff that the vastness of the region suited the production perfectly, although reaching some of the ideal spots proved a bit tricky. Location Manager Robert Boake speaks glowingly of the fact that amazing locations were within a quick car drive of Belfast. Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) tells us of how “vast the locations are as well.

Jaime Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau agrees that the new locations “look amazing.”  And judging from the video, the setting couldn’t be any more beautiful or appropriate.  Check out the featurette and judge for yourself:

Northern Ireland looks like the perfect stage to bring the worlds of Westeros to life onscreen.

Games of Thrones returns to HBO in April 2012

Source: HBO