Last year Game of Thrones ended its first season with dragons, a booming declaration that the show’s ambition was only going to grow as it moved forward. After a second season full of more characters, bigger storylines and deeper, darker themes, it would take a lot to make things even bigger. With “Valar Morghulis,” the show does just that, reaffirming its place as the biggest series on television, and knocking us flat right before the long wait for season three.
“The Prince of Winterfell” feels very much like a calm before the storm episode. We know from trailers (and from what the characters are saying and doing) that “Blackwater,” the much-hyped battle we’ve been waiting for all season, is on the way next Sunday, putting this week’s hour, by default, into prelude mode. So, with all the anticipation built up over what’s going to happen next week, how do you keep this week’s episode relevant and compelling and more than just a placeholder? Answer: don’t try. Just tell your story.
“A Man Without Honor” might seem at first glance to be rather tame and dull compared to the plot-heavy Game of Thrones episodes we’ve seen the last few weeks, but looks can be deceiving. With a few exceptions, the hour is a string of extended, emotive conversations between key characters. They chronicle realizations, denials, shattered dreams and ambitions, and they do it (mostly) without the benefit of a high-fantasy plot device to propel things along. And yet it’s still compelling, so compelling that it’s proof that even if the dragons are absent, Game of Thrones continues to fascinate.
It was a week of disruption on Game of Thrones. All the things we got used to seem to be suddenly and dramatically shifting, which only makes things more interesting. The same brutality that made the show notorious last season (and popped up again last week) is rearing its ugly but captivating head again, and characters are being forced to make daring new choices and face hard new truths. Like “The Ghost of Harrenhal” last week, “The Old Gods and the New” is a plot-heavy whirlwind of an episode with plenty of juicy details to talk about, and plenty of blood to soak your brain in.
Last year, the big question surrounding Game of Thrones was whether or not it could truly capture the epic scale, brutality and moral complexity of George R. R. Martin‘s novels and be reliably entertaining television at the same time. We all know how that turned out, but the question for season two now becomes whether or not the show can keep it up. This time around the world gets bigger, the characters more numerous, the drama more intense and the story even more complex. Can Game of Thrones gain scope and ambition without losing focus?
WARNING: The following review contains spoilers from season 1. If you’re still finishing up your DVD, read on at your own peril.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” In exactly one week from today, HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones‘ will return for its second season with the echo of swords clashing throughout the realm. As the second season prepares to debut, are you caught up on all the shenanigans of season 1? If you don’t have the time to sit and watch every episode of the 1st Season, then luckily for you HBO has put together a 22-minute video recap narrated by show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, as well as by actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow),Emilia Clark (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister aka the ”Imp”) and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister).
If you were hiding under a rock all this time on the backstabs and politics of season 1 then this video is perfect for you, but if not then just watch it for the small spoilers and glimpses of Season 2.
Game of Thrones Season 2 is adapted from George R.R. Martin’sA Clash of Kings, the second book from his A Song of Ice and Fire saga
HBO has released their longest teaser yet for season two of Game of Thrones… and it is joyous. Seriously, my adrenaline just spiked.
As you might expect, the trailer is full of action (war is coming), drama, new characters (Stannis Baratheon has arrived) and snippets of performances that demand your attention.
Wow, I am just so pumped. I can’t believe how emotionally pulled in I am to these characters. I want to join the fight.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, the show has become one of HBO’s biggest hits. Season two is slated to include 10 action-packed episodes (oh so short, but oh so worth it). It will premier on April 1st.
The first in what will certainly be a series of teasers, behind the scenes, cast interviews, and what ever other promotional gimmickry that HBO’s talented promotional staff can come up with for Game of Thrones has hit the net and all I can say is . . .
BRING IT ON!!!!
I want to see every morsel and scrap that HBO is willing to feed me. I will gladly follow that breadcrumb trail throught he forest right into the HBO promotional witch oven while singing old Germanic nursery rhymes.
This NerdBastard loves him some Game of Thrones. Don’t care what the medium, video, books, music. it’s all good. Even this pathetically short teaser just wets the whistle of desire. So now the new catch phrase is out for season two. Don’t worry spoiler haters, won’t let that out of the bag until you get a chance to watch the video. This NerdBastard was kinda hoping the one below would catch on.
“Fall is coming”
The voice in the teaser is that of Game of Thrones character Stannis Baratheon (Brian O’Byrne).
Forget the things in the night, what about that blond horror sitting over there on the throne of swords? That little nightmare is gonna cause some serious havoc in season two.