(Written For BritScene)
After the release of the fourth trailer for season two of HBO’s medieval fantasy series, Game of Thrones, earlier this week, we now have four new character profiles and the episode synopses for the first five episodes.
The new character profiles re-introduce us to some of the cast that we first met in season one, featuring videos for Robb Stark played by Richard Madden, Jon Snow played by Kit Harington, Daenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke, and Joffrey Baratheon played by Jack Gleeson.
From the behind-the-scenes clips we learn that Robb and his half-brother Jon are dealing with their father’s death in different ways. Whilst Robb’s relationship is changing with his mother with his priorities lying in leading a whole army to steal the Iron Throne, Jon is holding back his emotions so that he can learn how to follow his brother. Meanwhile, Daenerys is caring for her now-hatched dragons whilst keeping responsibility for her people after losing her brother, child and lover in the last series, and Joffrey is fitting into his new-found role as King, doing what he wants, when he wants.
As well as seeing new footage from the new season, the videos also include commentary from the series’ actors as well as other members of the cast. The additional episode synopsis that HBO have released for the first five episodes, as well, provide an even bigger – spoilerific – insight into what we can expect. All in all the new series looks like it has a lot to offer.
Set to premiere on HBO on 1st April, you can watch the character profile videos and read the series synopsis for the first five episodes below, but please be warned that they do contain spoilers!
SUNDAY, APRIL 1 “The North Remembers”
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8 “The Night Lands”
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 “What Is Dead May Never Die”
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 “Garden of Bones”
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 “The Ghost of Harrenhal”
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.