Game of Thrones (season 2)

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Game of Thrones Season 2
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No. of episodes10
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Original runApril 1, 2012 (2012-04-01) – June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)
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Game of Thrones Season 2
Game of Thrones season 2 key art.jpg
Season promotional art
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Broadcast
Original channelHBO
Original runApril 1, 2012 (2012-04-01) – June 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 1
Next →
Season 3
List of Game of Thrones episodes

The second season of the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones premiered in the U.S. on HBO on 1 April 2012. Like the first season, it consists of ten episodes. It mostly covers the events of A Clash of Kings, the second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin, of which the series is an adaptation.

Where the first season was very faithful to the novel, the second one is much looser, although these changes do not alter the main scenarios.

Contents

Production

HBO ordered a second season of Game of Thrones on 19 April 2011, two days after the series premiere.[1] The second season obtained a 15% increase in budget in order to be able to stage the war's most important battle,[2] the Battle of the Blackwater, in episode nine.

Filming took place during 106 shooting days. During three-quarters of those, two crews ("Dragon" and "Wolf") were working simultaneously in different locations.[3]

Casting

Casting for Season 2 began in May 2011.[4]

Returning characters

With the exception of Conan Stevens, whose role of Gregor Clegane was recast with Ian Whyte, all Season 1 actors whose characters are still alive returned for Season 2.[5]

The second season's main cast is headlined by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) instead of Sean Bean.[6] Dinklage, who in the first season was featured at the end of the cast list, signed on to the series for six seasons.[7]

New characters

Given the very large cast of characters in Martin's novels, the producers had to fill a great number of additional speaking roles – Martin has estimated the second season's cast as the largest on television.[8] The new actors include, in order of their appearance:

Episode 1 - The North Remembers
Carice van Houten (Melisandre)
Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon)
Episode 2 - The Night Lands
Episode 3 - What Is Dead May Never Die
Episode 4 - Garden of Bones
Episode 5 - The Ghost of Harrenhal
Episode 6 - The Old Gods And The New
Episode 8 - The Prince of Winterfell

Uncast characters

Several characters from A Clash of Kings such as Freys and Crannogmen Reeds at Winterfell, Frey bannermen of the Starks, the Tullys, Stannis' wife and daughter, Aeron Greyjoy and the bastard Ramsay Snow among others, were not cast for season two. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said that they would delay the introductions of several key characters first appearing in A Clash of Kings until the third season. They did so because of the large number of characters already introduced in season two, and because they couldn't afford to have people "waiting around" for their characters to become central to the plot.[36]

Locations

The walled city of Dubrovnik stands in for King's Landing in season 2.

For the second season, the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, was used instead of Malta for scenes in King's Landing and elsewhere.[37] Scenes set north of the Wall were filmed in Iceland, on the Vatnajökull glacier, in November 2011.[38] New shooting locations in Northern Ireland include The Linen Mill Film & Television Studios, Banbridge, Ballintoy Harbour,[39] Gosford Castle, outside Markethill in County Armagh and at Downhill Strand.

Promotion

HBO released numerous teaser trailers for the second season, beginning on 11 December 2011.[40] The second trailer, published on 29 January 2012,[41] was viewed 3.5 million times in the first three days after publication, a record for HBO promotional content.[42] Other trailers were released on 24 February,[43] 3 March (set to Florence and the Machine's Seven Devils)[44] as well as subsequently.

HBO also published other promotional material, such as cast photographs[45] and teaser posters, prior to the airing of the first episode. The second issue of Entertainment Weekly in March 2012 had four alternative covers dedicated to in-costume photographs of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey (Jaime and Cersei Lannister).[46]

Music

The music for the second season, again composed by Ramin Djawadi, was published as a soundtrack album in June 2012. It contains a rendition of a song often mentioned or sung in the novels, The Rains of Castamere, by the indie rock band The National.[47]

Reception

Thanks to the critical and commercial success of the first season, as well as HBO's marketing efforts, the second season received intensive media coverage well before it started airing. Sunday is Coming, a two-minute short film for Funny or Die, satirized viewers' excitement about the return of Game of Thrones.[48]

Critical response

Several media reviewed the season's first four episodes before they were broadcast, and rendered almost uniformly positive verdicts. The season holds a Metacritic score of 88 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".[49]

Entertainment Weekly rated the new season "A-" and praised the "vivid, vital, and just plain fun" storytelling. In the reviewer's opinion, the greatly enlarged cast did not feel like bloat and the show remained accessible to those who had not read the novel.[50] The Huffington Post called the start of the second season "far more elegant and engaging" than that of the first, and appreciated the show's maturation, increased assurance and momentum as well as the visually improved settings and the new actors' performance.[51] Newsday's review gave it an "A+", calling it the "best show on television" and warranting the preparation required by viewers.[52]

The Hollywood Reporter also wrote that Game of Thrones made a "strong case for being one of TV's best series". Impressed that the series continued to improve in quality as it breathed life into its vast web of interconnected storylines, the reviewer considered that, unlike other genre shows, Game of Thrones had gravitas such that it should not be considered dramatically inferior to shows like Mad Men or Breaking Bad.[53] HitFix's Alan Sepinwall gave the new, "bigger and better" season an "A", praising its increased confidence and smoothness despite its even greater use of "sexposition".[54] New to the series, the Chicago Sun-Times's reviewer found the season premiere "engrossing" and praised the "top-notch" acting, writing, sets and storytelling.[55] The New York Times was the only major publication to publish a mixed review. It criticized the lack of complexity in the characters apart from Dinklage's, the confusing multitude of characters and the meandering plot.[56]

Ratings

Game of Thrones: Viewers per episode (in thousands)
  • Season 1 (2011): Viewers of the first airing on HBO in the U.S. on Sundays 9:00pm.
  • Season 2 (2012): Viewers of the first airing on HBO in the U.S. on Sundays 9:00pm.
Ep. 1Ep. 2Ep. 3Ep. 4Ep. 5Ep. 6Ep. 7Ep. 8Ep. 9Ep. 10
Season 12,2202,2002,4402,4502,5802,4402,4002,7202,6603,040
Season 23,8583,7593,7663,6543,9033,8793,6943,8643,3844,200


Awards

The second season has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, which include Outstanding drama series and Outstanding supporting actor for Peter Dinklage.

Cast

Main cast

Peter Dinklage
(Tyrion Lannister)
Lena Headey
(Cersei Lannister)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
(Jaime Lannister)
Aidan Gillen
(Petyr Baelish)
Kit Harington
(Jon Snow)
Richard Madden
(Robb Stark)
Alfie Allen
(Theon Greyjoy)
Also starring

Guest cast

The guest cast is listed in order of rank or social importance by the region they appear in.

At the court of Joffrey Baratheon at King's Landing
At the court of Stannis Baratheon at Dragonstone
At Robb Stark's camp
At Winterfell
At the court of Renly Baratheon at Storm's End
On the Iron Islands
Bound for the Wall
At Harrenhal
The men of the Night's Watch beyond the Wall
The Wildlings beyond the Wall
Daenerys' khalasar
In Qarth

Episodes

#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
111"The North Remembers"Alan TaylorDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissApril 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)3.86[57]
To Cersei's dismay, Tyrion takes up his post as acting Hand at King's Landing. At Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon proclaims allegiance to Melisandre's new god and lays public claim to the Iron Throne, revealing Joffrey's bastardy. As this news reaches the capital, the Gold Cloaks slaughter Robert's bastards. Having won three victories, Robb Stark offers the Lannisters peace in exchange for the North's independence, sending Theon to gain Balon Greyjoy's support and Catelyn to seek Renly Baratheon's. Beyond the Wall, the Night's Watch find shelter with the Wildling Craster and his daughter-wives. In Essos, as her people slowly die in the Red Waste, Daenerys sends out riders to look for help. 
122"The Night Lands"Alan TaylorDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissApril 8, 2012 (2012-04-08)3.76[58]
Returning to his home of Pyke after nine years as the Starks' ward, Theon Greyjoy is reunited with his sister Yara and his father Balon, who despises Theon for his Northern ways and intends to win back his crown by force. Cersei rejects Robb Stark's terms and Tyrion exiles Janos Slynt, head of the Gold Cloaks, to the Wall and promotes Bronn to commander of the watch. On the road to the Wall, Arya reveals her true identity to Gendry. North of the Wall, Samwell Tarly is approached by one of Craster's daughters, Gilly, who is pregnant and fears for her unborn child, but Jon is reluctant to help her despite Sam's pleas. In the Red Waste one of the horses returns to Daenerys with the decapitated head of its rider in a pouch, a message from one of her enemies. On Dragonstone, Davos Seaworth recruits the pirate Salladhor Saan to Stannis's side, and Stannis has sex with Melisandre to obtain the son his wife could not give him. Jon discovers that Craster sacrifices his sons to the White Walkers. 
133"What Is Dead May Never Die"Alik SakharovBryan CogmanApril 15, 2012 (2012-04-15)3.77[59]
Catelyn Stark arrives at King Renly's camp to negotiate an alliance. Tyrion also tries to gain supports for Joffrey's cause by proposing three different marriages. At Winterfell, Bran Stark needs help to decipher his dreams. On the road to the wall, the band of Night's Watch recruits are attacked by Lannister soldiers. 
144"Garden of Bones"David PetrarcaVanessa TaylorApril 22, 2012 (2012-04-22)3.65[60]
Catelyn tries to convince the Baratheon brothers to abandon their quarrel and unite against the Lannisters, while Sansa is abused by Joffrey in revenge for her brother's victories. Tyrion intervenes and in return, Joffrey is cruel to his "gifts". Arya and Gendry are taken captives to the castle of Harrenhal. After her exhausting journey through the desert, Daenerys arrives at the gates of the prosperous city of Qarth. Melisandre gives birth. 
155"The Ghost of Harrenhal"David PetrarcaDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissApril 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)3.90[61]
In Harrenhal, Arya Stark is promised help by the mysterious Jaqen H’ghar, one of the three caged prisoners during her trip to the Wall. After Renly's sudden death at the hands of a shadowy assassin, Catelyn is forced to flee from Renly's camp. Theon sails from Pyke prepared to prove that he is a true Ironborn. The Night's Watch arrive at an ancient fortress called the Fist of the First Men, where they intend to make a stand. 
166"The Old Gods and the New"David NutterVanessa TaylorMay 6, 2012 (2012-05-06)3.88[62]
Princess Myrcella is sent away from King's Landing. Theon Greyjoy's plans succeed. Robb and Catelyn receive important news. At the Fist of the First Men, the ranger Qhorin Halfhand gives Jon Snow the opportunity to prove his worth. 
177"A Man Without Honor"David NutterDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissMay 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)3.69[63]
Tywin Lannister begins searching Harrenhal for an assassin. Ygritte continues her attempts to seduce Jon and, after a momentary lapse in Jon's concentration, she escapes him and leads him into a trap. Still shaken from the riot, Sansa is horrified when she awakens to find that she has had her first period. In Robb's camp, a failed escape attempt by Jaime leaves a guard dead and Catelyn worries about the camp's desire for retribution. In Qarth, the warlock Pyat Pree reveals to Daenerys that he stole her dragons, but gives her the opportunity to reunite with them before slaughtering the Council of Thirteen and establishing Xaro Xhoan Daxos as king of Qarth. 
188"The Prince of Winterfell"Alan TaylorDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissMay 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)3.86[64]
Robb Stark learns that his mother Catelyn has secretly freed Jaime Lannister, now escorted by Brienne of Tarth, in order to ransom her daughters Sansa and Arya; he also enters into a romantic relationship with the healer Talisa. Tywin Lannister leaves Harrenhal to attack Robb, which leads Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie to attempt an escape with Jaqen H'ghar's help. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister attempts to blackmail Tyrion by abducting the whore Ros, who Cersei believes is his secret lover. The capital prepares for Stannis's assault, who underway to King's Landing promises to make Davos Seaworth his Hand of the King. Beyond the Wall, the Wildling leader "Rattleshirt" leads the captured Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand to his king, Mance Rayder. In Qarth, Jorah Mormont agrees to accompany Daenerys into the House of the Undying to retrieve her dragons. 
199"Blackwater"Neil MarshallGeorge R. R. MartinMay 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)3.38[65]
Stannis Baratheon's fleet assaults King's Landing in the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Leading the defense, Tyrion Lannister destroys many of the attacking craft with an exploding ship full of wildfire, and is forced to lead a counterattack as King Joffrey and his bodyguard Sandor Clegane each desert the battlefield. Meanwhile, Queen Regent Cersei, holed up in the fortress with Sansa Stark and the other ladies of the court, succumbs to wine and despondency as she believes the battle lost. In the nick of time, as she is about to poison her son Tommen, Tywin Lannister's forces, joined by Loras Tyrell, arrive to repulse the attackers. 
2010"Valar Morghulis"Alan TaylorDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissJune 3, 2012 (2012-06-03)4.20[66]
The aftermath of the Battle of the Blackwater sees Joffrey set Sansa aside in favor of marrying Margaery Tyrell while Tyrion fears for his and Shae's safety now that his father has replaced him as Hand of the King. Melisandre gives a defeated Stannis a new hope. Brienne runs into trouble while escorting Jaime to King's Landing. Catelyn tries to convince Robb that his romance with Talisa is dangerous, but he defies her and the two are married. In Qarth, Daenerys ventures into the House of the Undying and successfully retrieves her dragons. She then seals the traitor Xaro Xhoan Daxos inside his own vault and claims his riches for herself to buy a ship. In Winterfell, Theon is betrayed by his own men in the face of an inevitable siege while Winterfell is put to the torch. Osha and Hodor sneak brothers Bran and Rickon away from the smoldering ruins and take them North toward the Wall. Arya, having escaped Harrenhal with Hot Pie and Gendry, receives the gift of a valuable coin from Jaqen. North of the Wall, Qhorin Halfhand forces Jon to kill him to prove his loyalty to the Wildlings and an army of White Walkers surround the Fist of the First Men. 

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