Season 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones is closer than ever, and we're starting to see more and more trailers and featurettes tease us with scintillating footage of our favorite knights, ladies and nobles, while also learning about where we'll find them in season 2.
Today we have a hearty mix of GoT season 2 promo materials: two featurettes that update us on Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), as well as a new season 2 trailer, which this time focuses on the theme of love.
Each respective Game of Thrones season 2 trailer has picked a different theme from author George R. R. Martin's second volume, "A Clash of Kings", to focus on. Those themes have included power and the power of perception, while the teaser trailer reminded us that in the midst of this war over a crown, the supernatural threat of the white walkers still gathers in the dark of the north.
As stated, this new trailer examines the theme of love - and what love can cost those who wish to play the game of thrones:
Character Featurettes: Renly Baratheon & Daenerys Targaryen
If you didn't read our Game of Thrones season 2 character guide, these featurettes will help you get re-acquainted with dragon mother Daenerys Targaryen and Robert Baratheon's secretly gay younger brother, Renly, who is staking his own claim to the throne of Westeros :
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:
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:
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Game of Thrones season 2 premieres April 1st, 2012 on HBO @9pm. Check out season 1 on Blu-Ray and DVD starting March 6th.