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Guys, there’s only 18 more days until Game of Thrones returns to HBOApril 1st will be here before we know it! Which is great, because with The Walking Dead ending this weekend we’ll need a new series to obsess over, stat.

The internet has been littered with images and trailers hyping the return of the epic fantasy series and now, thanks to The Wrap, we’ve got some details and plot summaries for the first five episodes. They’re not super spoilery, but they do contain specifics so if you’d like to remain untainted, I wouldn’t look at ’em. Otherwise, we have some character profiles for Daenerys, Jon Snow, Renly Baratheon, and Joffrey, as well as a video about the weaponry of Westeros below the cut. Just jump to the end to skip the episode summaries.

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.

Does anyone else feel like events are moving quicker in season two? I guess the second book is a littler longer so there’s more they need to include, but I feel like after reading these summaries for the first five episodes we’re already over half way through the book. I don’t know, maybe I’m not remember A Clash of Kings correctly. But no matter what, I’m expecting another stellar adaptation.

Things I’m really pumped for? The Night’s Watch north of the wall, meeting Brienne, Joffrey being even more of a douche and Dany being assertively awesome. Oh, and BABY DRAGONS!!

 

Here are the slightly less spoilery character profile vids. They still do give some details about what’s coming in season two, but in a prettier, more entertaining yet less specific way.

Whatever you do don’t forget, Game of Thrones returns April 1st. No joke.

Source: Comic Book Movie, Winter Is Coming (2)

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