HBO continues the campaign for Game of Thrones season 2 with a new trailer and some new spots that are each dedicated to one of the "Houses" (i.e., noble familys) who will be vying for the crown of Westeros in season 2.
This upcoming season of GoT tackles the second volume of series creator George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" book series, which is entitled "A Clash of Kings". As the title would imply, the vacuum of power left by King Robert Baratheon's death in season 1 will be the focal point of season 2. As would-be usurpers rise in the various corners of the land, the Lannister family tries to keep young Joffrey established as the rightful king.
First, check out the latest season 2 trailer, which continues the thematic patterning of previous trailers - this time centering on the ideas of fate and sin:
The notion of the love/wrath/power of the god(s) becomes a larger thematic thread the deeper you go into the Game of Thrones series, and it certainly plays its role this season in the show.
Next, take a look at the spots for the various Noble families of Westeros who will be going to war for the throne. Which one is YOUR favorite? The spots ask you to 'pledge your allegiance' to one of them:
If I had to guess, I'd say that the two things that fans of HBO's Game of Thrones (who have NOT read the books) need to keep in mind, are:
- Robert has two younger brothers (in order of age): The hard and cold Stannis (seen with the flaming sword) who follows the monotheistic beliefs of the Red Priestess; and Renly, the vibrant (and secretly gay) youngest Baratheon, who has raised the southern lords to his cause in the belief that his political appeal makes him better-suited to rule than Stannis.
- Ned Stark's ward Theon Greyjoy is actually a prince of the Iron Islands, a nestle of small land masses off the coast, where the hard iron ways of "The Drowned God" rule the pirate culture. Theon's father Balon rebelled once against the Baratheon throne, and with things in uproar, the Iron Islands have the opportunity to strike again.
Game of Thrones season 2 premieres on April 1 on HBO.