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Season 2
Game of Thrones War is Coming
No. of episodes 10
Transmission dates 1 April 2012 to 3 June 2012
Production dates 25 July 2011 to 12 December 2011
DVD/Blu-Ray release 19 February 2013
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Season 2 of Game of Thrones began filming on 25 July 2011 and wrapped on 12 December 2011. The season began transmission on 1 April 2012 in the USA. The season consists of ten episodes. Filming of Season 2 again took place in Northern Ireland, on location and at the Paint Hall studio facility in Belfast. Additional filming, for the Night's Watch storyline, took place in Iceland. Malta was not used for filming in Season 2, with the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia standing in for King's Landing instead and used for the new location of Qarth.[1][2] The production considered filming in Spain but ultimately preferred Croatia for budgetary reasons.[3]

Season 2 has a budget 15% higher than Season 1, putting it in the region of $69 million.[4]

Season 2 is based on A Clash of Kings, the second novel in the Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R.R. Martin. However, some characters and elements from the first novel, A Game of Thrones, were held back for the second season while some other elements were brought forward into the first, and some elements from the third novel, A Storm of Swords, were brought forward into the second season, in particular to give the character of Jaime Lannister more screen-time.

PlotEdit

Season 2 Locations map

A map showing the notable locations featured in Season 2.

Season 2 spans several months on a world where the seasons last for years at a time. The Seven Kingdoms are at war, with the King in the North, Robb Stark, fighting to win independence for his people and those of the Riverlands. Robb decides that he must win the allegiance of the fiercely independent ironborn to his cause, and sends his best friend Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father, who is hatching plans of his own. Meanwhile, Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne with the backing of the powerful House Lannister, but his uncle Renly has also claimed the throne with the support of House Tyrell, whose armies are much larger. As they struggle for the throne, Tyrion Lannister arrives in King's Landing to take matters in hand, only to face opposition from his scheming sister, Cersei, now the Queen Regent.

However, there is another faction entering the picture. Stannis Baratheon, Robert's younger brother and Renly's older, has also claimed the Iron Throne. A proven battle commander and veteran of several wars, Stannis is known to be utterly without mercy to his enemies and will do what is right even if it destroys him. Advising him is Melisandre, an enigmatic priestess from the east, who believes Stannis is meant for a greater destiny, and Ser Davos Seaworth, an honest and honorable man uneasy with the shifts in power at Stannis' court.

Far to the east, Daenerys Targaryen has hatched the only three dragons in the world. Eventually they will grow into terrifying monsters capable of destroying cities at her command, but for now they are still hatchlings and vulnerable. With her khalasar gone, Daenerys and her small band of followers must find a way across a forbidding wasteland and find new allies to support her claim to the Iron Throne.

In the distant north, the Night's Watch has mounted an expedition beyond the Wall, searching for missing rangers and investigating rumors of wildlings gathering in the mountains. For Jon Snow this will be a rite of passage as he is asked to make difficult choices, for the realm and for himself.

Video recapEdit

Game of Thrones - The Story So Far04:55

Game of Thrones - The Story So Far

Season 1 - 2 

ProductionEdit

CastEdit

Main article: Season 2 cast

Starring castEdit

Also starringEdit

Selected guest starring castEdit

CrewEdit

ProducersEdit

WritersEdit

DirectorsEdit

Deleted scenesEdit

A scene was cut from "The Old Gods and the New" which would have depicted the theft of the dragons from Xaro's palace, and would have shown the death of Irri.[5]

EpisodesEdit

# Image Title Airdate Viewers/Rating
11 Cersei 201 "The North Remembers"[6] 1 April 2012 3.86
War grips the continent of Westeros. As Tyrion Lannister tries to take his strong-willed nephew in hand in King's Landing, Stannis Baratheon launches his own campaign to take the Iron Throne with the help of a mysterious priestess. In the east, Daenerys must lead her retinue through a desolate wasteland whilst beyond the Wall the Night's Watch seeks the aid of a wildling.
12 Balon 202 "The Night Lands" 8 April 2012 3.76
Stannis uses Ser Davos to seek out new allies for his war with the Lannisters. On the road north, Arya confides in Gendry. Robb Stark sends Theon Greyjoy to win an alliance with his father and the fierce warriors of the Iron Islands. Cersei and Tyrion clash on how to rule in King's Landing.
13 Tyrion 203 "What is Dead May Never Die"[7] 15 April 2012 3.77
Catelyn Stark treats with King Renly in the hope of winning an alliance. Tyrion undertakes a complex plan in King's Landing to expose an enemy. At Winterfell, Bran's dreams continue to trouble him.
14 Joffrey throne season 2 "Garden of Bones"[8] 22 April 2012 3.65
Tyrion attempts to restrain Joffrey's cruelty. Catelyn attempts to broker a peace between Stannis and Renly. Daenerys and her followers arrive at the great city of Qarth and hope to find refuge there. Arya and Gendry arrive at Harrenhal, a great castle now under Lannister occupation.
15 Theon 205 "The Ghost of Harrenhal"[9] 29 April 2012 3.90
Confusion rages in the Stormlands in the wake of a devastating reversal. Catelyn must flee with a new ally, whilst Littlefinger sees an opportunity in the chaos. Theon seeks to prove himself to his father in battle. Arya receives a promise from the enigmatic Jaqen H'ghar. The Night's Watch arrives at the Fist of the First Men. Daenerys Targaryen receives a marriage proposal.
16 RodrickBeforeDeath "The Old Gods and the New"[10] 6 May 2012 3.88
Arya has a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Joffrey meets his subjects; Qhorin gives Jon a chance to prove himself.
17 Daenerys and Jorah 2x08 "A Man Without Honor"[11] 13 May 2012 3.70
Jaime meets a relative; Theon hunts; Dany receives an invitation.
18 Tyrion and Varys 2x08 "The Prince of Winterfell"[11] 20 May 2012 3.86
Theon holds the fort; Arya calls in her debt with Jaqen; Robb is betrayed; Stannis and Davos approach their destination.
19 Wildfire explosion "Blackwater"[11] 27 May 2012 3.38
A massive battle rages for control of King's Landing and the Iron Throne.
20 Daenerys and dragons 2x10 "Valar Morghulis"[11] 3 June 2012 4.20
Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards to his subjects. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift from Jaqen; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself to Qhorin.

MarketingEdit

HBO has released production featurettes through the Making Game of Thrones website. Cat Taylor took over writing responsibilities for the site from Bryan Cogman for the second season.

Media releaseEdit

GoT Season 2 DVD

The cover of the Season 2 Blu-ray box set.

Season 2 box set gatefold

The Season 2 box set.

Season 2 of Game of Thrones was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on 19 February 2013, and in the UK on 4 March 2013. The set includes all 10 episodes of the second season and a large number of extras.[12]

Blu-Ray onlyEdit

  • The War of Five Kings: an interactive featurette which tracks the movements of the armies and the key characters involved in the conflict, listing the battles and their outcomes.
  • Histories and Lore: 19 animated featurettes expanding on the history of Westeros and Essos, narrated by key characters and featuring artwork by storyboard artist Will Simpson.
  • In-Episode Guide: in-episode resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.
  • Hidden Dragon Eggs: Find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.
  • DVD and Digital Copies: As well as all of the episodes on Blu-ray, there are additional copies of all the episodes on DVD, with them also available via digital download.

Blu-Ray and DVDEdit

  • Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay: 30-minute documentary focusing on the Battle of the Blackwater and how it was created, including interviews with producers, special effects personnel and actors.
  • Game of Thrones Inner Circle: a roundtable discussion about the shooting of Season 2. Moderated by producer-showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff and featuring actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham.
  • The Religions of Westeros: George R.R. Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the religions of Westeros and Essos and the impact they have on the characters.
  • Character Profiles: Profiles of seven characters as described by the actors playing them, including Renly and Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark and Theon Greyjoy.
  • Audio commentaries: Twelve audio commentaries with cast and crew.
    • "The North Remembers": Commentary by producers/writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
    • "The Night Lands": Commentary by actors Alfie Allen and Gemma Whelan.
    • "What is Dead May Never Die": Commentary by writer Bryan Cogman and director Alik Sakharov.
    • "What is Dead May Never Die": Second commentary track by Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
    • "Garden of Bones": Commentary by actors Carice Van Houten and Liam Cunningham.
    • "The Old Gods and the New": Commentary by actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, and writer Vanessa Taylor.
    • "A Man Without Honor": Commentary by producers/writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
    • "The Prince of Winterfell": Commentary by actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Michelle Fairley.
    • "Blackwater": Commentary by writer/producer George R.R. Martin.
    • "Blackwater": Commentary by actors Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey and director Neil Marshall.
    • "Valar Morghulis": Commentary by Rainer Gombos and Steve Kullback of the visual effects team.
    • "Valar Morghulis": Commentary by actor Emilia Clarke and director Alan Taylor.

SalesEdit

The Game of Thrones second season box set set a new record for HBO first-day DVD and Blu-ray sales, breaking the record previously set by Season 1's release a year earlier. On its first day of release the box set sold 241,000 units, which is 44% higher than the first-day sales of Season 1. There were also 355,000 sales of episodes via digital download services, more than twice that for the first season.[13]

Promotional videoEdit

Main: Season 2 Promotional video

Season 2 has been advertised through the release of numerous trailers and featurettes.

Image galleryEdit

Main - Gallery: Season 2

HBO have released a range of promotional images and posters to market the second season.

See alsoEdit

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