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Five Game of Thrones Teasers (to tide you over until Season 2)…

June 20, 2011

SPOILER ALERT:  Do not read if you: 1.) have not seen the last two episodes of Season One of GOT, “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood”  AND/OR 2.) do not want hints and speculations about season 2 to sully your pristine brain.  You’ve been warned…

HBO and creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have cojones.  Not only has this season of Game of Thrones been tense, exhilarating and enthralling, but the creators and writers have stayed true to George R.R. Martin’s original vision.  That includes the shocking (but necessary and inevitable) death of Stark patriarch Ned (Sean Bean) and the visually and emotionally stunning finale that set forth the plotlines and arcs for Season 2.  How does a show continue on after the loss of its central protagonist?  Easily, if you have the GOT universe at your disposal.  Here are five reasons (and a bonus) why season 2 will be even better than the first…

 

1.) Gone, but Not Forgotten:

Ned’s death isn’t just the end of a tale, but the catalyst for an entirely new one.  His demise and the values he staunchly stood for will not be forgotten easily.  From friends to foes, Ned’s legacy will be one that will live on in surprising ways.   Be prepared to challenge what you thought you knew about the rules of the game.

2.) The Son Also Rises:

Tyrion Lannister’s story arc is just starting to get interesting.  How this fan favorite character progresses in season 2 will make your toes curl.   Trust me.  The “Imp”  will rise again.  His tale will take him right into the heart of the hornet’s nest.  As the new Hand of the King, his time at King’s Landing will certainly be memorable.

3.)Out of the Shadows of the Lion and the Wolf: 

Characters such as Sansa Stark and Jaime Lannister seem to be straightforward and simple in both action and motivation.  As teased at the end of  the final episode, however, there is most definitely more than meets the eye to these two. Forget all that you know and get ready to watch them step out of the shadows of their respective houses.

4.) Introducing…

Balon Greyjoy, Melisandre, Stannis Baratheon, Brienne of Tarth, the Tyrells.  You don’t know them yet, but you will be happy you made their acquaintance in season 2, as the War of the Five Kings gets underway.

5.) The Great Unknown:

What’s so wonderful about adapting GOT for HBO is that even the creators admit they’ve got a challenge ahead for bringing book 2 to the screen, especially in regards to who will take center stage.  Several characters prominent in the first season of the show are barely blips on the radar in book 2, but Benioff has a plan.  As he recently said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, ” The book is always going to be our template, our go-to Bible. It’s mainly about the balancing act between keeping the characters the  viewers have spent so much time investing in front-and-center and introducing all these new characters George has come up with and giving them their fair share. That’s what we’re currently engaged in doing.”

Extra Tidbit -Siege of the Stormborn:

 

Now that our little princess is all grows-up and backed by a trio of incredibly effective dragonling allies known as Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon (after her brothers and late husband), what is she going to do next?  She’s got a long road ahead, but with visions of that Iron Throne still dancing in her head, her journey will be even more compelling than the complex arc she’s had this season.  The last image of her naked with her baby dragons adoringly clinging to her, rising from the ashes of Drogo’s funeral pyre to face the future…that was HBO and George RR Martin at their finest, folks.   The Stormborn has her own siege ahead of her. 

 

Season 2 of GOT will premiere in Spring 2012.  Until then, if you are up for a challenge, try reading the books.  The first four, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows, are all currently out in paperback.  The much-anticipated fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, will be published on July 12th.  Reading all five means tackling a mere 12,724 pages in U.S. standard paperbacks.  It is SO worth every minute.  You’d better get started…

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