With just weeks left until the highly-anticipated season 2 premiere, HBO’s Game of Thrones media onslaught is in full-force – with interviews, images, featurettes, trailers galore, and more, more, more to tide you over.
Today, we have plot summaries for the first five episodes of the forthcoming season. Needless to say, for those who’ve yet to read the books and would rather watch season two unspoiled, there are MASSIVE SPOILERS in these summaries. Read further at your own peril!
Check out the Game of Thrones season 2 plot summaries below, courtesy of The Wrap:
Episode #11: “The North Remembers”
Debut: Sunday, April 1 (9-10 p.m.)
As Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion arrives in King’s Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king’s excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother’s throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of a stranger god. 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 must shelter with a devious wildling. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.)
Episode #12: “The Night Lands”
Debut: Sunday, April 8
In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei 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 enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King’s Landing. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.)
Episode #13: “What Is Dead May Never Die”
Debut: Sunday, April 15
At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own. But King Renly, his new wife Margaery and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans. At Winterfell, Luwin tries to decipher Bran’s dreams. (Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Alik Sakharov.)
Episode #14: “Garden of Bones”
Debut: Sunday, April 22
Joffrey punishes Sansa for Robb’s victories, while Tyrion and Bronn scramble to temper the king’s cruelty. Catelyn entreats Stannis and Renly to forego their ambitions and unite against the Lannisters. Dany and her exhausted khalasar arrive at the gates of Qarth, a prosperous city with strong walls and rulers who greet her outside them. Tyrion coerces a queen’s man into being his eyes and ears. Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal, where their lives rest in the hands of “The Mountain,” Gregor Clegane. Davos must revert to his old ways and smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove. (Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Petrarca.)
Episode #15: “The Ghost of Harrenhal”
Debut: Sunday, April 29
The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger to act. At King’s Landing, Tyrion’s source alerts him to Joffrey’s flawed defense plan and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove he’s worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H’ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night’s Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient fortress where they hope to stem the advance of the wildling army. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by David Petrarca.)
Apparently, the first half of the season will focus on Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) attempting to rein in the imbred insanity of his adolescent nephew, the dictatorial King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson).
It’ll be interesting to see if the television version of Tyrion becomes more of a focal point of the story than the literary version was in A Clash of Kings – which would make sense, given Dinklage’s critical acclaim and popularity in the role. There’s also the fact that the previous headlining character (Ned Stark as played by Sean Bean) got his head lopped off and impaled on a pike.
There has been concern amongst some fans of A Song of Ice and Fire that A Clash of Kings is a much more difficult book to adapt than the first installment (A Game of Thrones), and thus, the second season will have a much harder time of being awesome. If the promotional materials are anything to go by, they’ve done an excellent job so far — though trailers (and what not) can be, and have been, misleading in the past.
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Game of Thrones season two premieres Sunday, April 1st @9pm on HBO.
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Source: The Wrap