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Mar 22 2012 10:00am
Five Things I Can’t Wait to See in Game of Thrones Season 2

Winter never really came to New York City this year, but spring is here and that means one thing: the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Finally! I can’t wait to get back to the world of Westeros and see if the TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings goes as largely great as the first ASoIaF novel.

Because I took to the novels so quickly, the events of A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords tend to blur together in my mind a bit. But after a refresher, here’s a list of the five things I can’t wait to see in season two of Game of Thrones.

Please note: there will of course be spoilers for the events of season one and two. Major spoilers. Please check out the season one episode reviews and Leigh Butler’s lovely read of ASoIaF.

 

5) Jaime Lannister

Jaime, captured at Riverrun, remained on the sidelines for the bulk of A Clash of Kings, but I can’t imagine they’d do that to actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. So what’s in store for the Kingslayer after Catelyn frees him? Will he make it through the season all in one piece? I can think of few other moments in Jaime’s story that made me think “season finale material right here.”

 

4) The House of the Undying.

With her brother, husband, and son all dead, Daenerys has nothing left but a ragged band of followers and her three newborn dragons. After much wandering, she at last comes to the city of Qarth and within it, a temple. No matter how corrupt the priests may be, their prophecies foreshadow many of the events in the series. Every fan seems to have their own theories on what some of the strange images mean (a blue flower in the Wall? Lyanna’s son Jon Snow?) so it will be interesting to see what the showrunners interpret and how they choose to represent this big defining moment for Dany visually.

 

3) Renly’s shadow.

I almost replaced this with Melisandre giving birth to another murderous shadow in Storm’s End, but I don’t think that’s the kind of thing one looks forward to actually watching. (Just ask Davos.) Honestly, I can’t wait to see Renly’s wedding night with new bride Margaery, who also happens to be the sister of Renly’s boyfriend. We all knew why their marriage was unconsummated, but HBO’s been much more explicit than the books. I wonder if they will play it seriously or for laughs? I’m also really looking forward to meeting Renly’s other shadow, Brienne. I can’t wait for the spooky scene that leaves the clash short one king and puts Catelyn Stark and The Maid of Tarth on the run.

 

2) The Ghost of Harrenhal

Arya has always been one of my favorite characters in the books and her chapters were my favorite in A Clash of Kings because of her dogged determination to survive no mater what horrors come. And the horrors keep coming and coming. When the bad times only start with Gregor Clegane, you know you’re in for it. At Harrenhal, overrun with Amory Lorch’s men and the Bloody Mummers, Arya’s bargain with released prisoner Jaqen H’ghar was equal parts shock and smart. Little children shouldn’t have to be so devious, but Arya’s cunning use of the last “wish” on her hit list was a classic turnaround on her creepy as hell genie. From the mouths of babes... “Valar morghulis.”

 

1)One... Two... Three.”

The Hand of the King doesn’t seem to stick around long, but if anyone can handle the least-coveted job in King’s Landing, it’s Tyrion Lannister. I particularly loved the chapter where Tyrion arranges a Dornish marriage for Myrcella while springing a trap for Maester Pycelle, Littlefinger, and Varys. Unlike honorable but dumb Ned Stark, Tyrion is right at home among this den of snakes and instantly plays to his rivals’ flaws. I can’t wait to see Tyrion’s smugness — and frustration — as he tries to reign in his snot-nosed nephew Joffrey and clear out the castle’s biggest rats. And prepare for one hell of a heated battle. With Sean Bean gone from the cast, I think we can finally admit that this was Peter Dinklage’s show all along.

 

What are you hoping to see this season? Do you think the Battle of Blackwater can be pulled off on a TV show budget? (Rome fans, now would be a time to speak up.) Sound off in the comments.

Game of Thrones premieres April 1st at 9PM E/PT on HBO.


Theresa DeLucci does not sow. House Greyjoy all the way. Follow her on @tdelucci

16 comments
johthohar
1. johthohar
While I am super pumped for Season 2... What I really can't wait for is Season 3. As I understand it, they decided to split A Storm of Swords into two seasons and I think we can all guess what the third season finale is going to be. After seeing how severely fans reacted to Ned's execution I can't WAIT to see how they react to the Red Wedding.
Mordicai Knode
2. mordicai
Um, these are exactly my picks. Jamie is probably my favorite character of the series. The best thing about Dany's chapters is that, to counterbalance the plausible & well realized Westeros, GRRM goes nuts making Esos a weird place. Yes.
Scott Silver
3. hihosilver28
@1 johthohar: Yeah, you should white the last part out since that's a definite spoiler for season/book 3. Or at least put a spoiler tag on it.
Joe Vondracek
4. joev
Because I took to the novels so quickly, the events of A Clash of Kings and A Sword of Swords tend to blur together in my mind a bit.
A Sword of Swords? Is that like one big sword made of a bunch of smaller swords?!
Theresa DeLucci
5. theresa_delucci
@4 Someone edited the Xzibit joke out of my #1 but they didn't catch that? D'oh. That would be a truly mighty sword indeed.

@1 and @3 I don't think that's a major spoiler. S/he didn't say what happens. I heard there was an event called the Red Wedding and I had no idea what it meant. I thought it involved the comet. Maybe crashing into King's Landing and taking out my least favorite Lannisters. Yeah... I was a bit off.
Andrew Danielson
6. wonderandy
I thought I read somewhere that the producers wanted to make it to the Red Wedding by the end of season 2. I could be wrong tho.
Scott Silver
7. hihosilver28
@6 Absolutely positive that they won't do that this season. Episode 9 is the Battle of the Blackwater. So there won't be nearly enough time for that. However they said that they may bring some things into this season that's at the start of ASoS. Also, I know that there will be stuff with Robb that happens in the timeline of ACoK, but you don't find out about it until ASoS. My personal thoughts are that this season will end with the prologue to ASoS.
Vincent Lane
8. Aegnor
wonderandy@6,

That is a misinterpretation of their comments that seems to have spread some. What they said is that if the series itself lasts long enough that they could show the Red Wedding, that they would feel they had accomplished something (paraphrase). They never suggested that the Red Wedding would take place in season 2.

hihosilver28@7,

I think season 2 will end with Book 3 prologue as well. My reasoning for that is that one of the first trailers for season 2 ends with 3 long blasts of a horn. As everyone know, 3 horn blasts means Others.
Michael Pauli
9. Michael Pauli
Apart from events, I'm looking forward to see the performance from many of my favourite supporting roles from CoK.

If you have seen Heather Morris (Gilly) in the GB original version of Skins or Natalie Dormer (Margary Tyrell) in The Tudors you might understand, why I'm eager to see them in GoT.
Add characters like Roose Bolton, Ygritte, Jaqen H'Ghar, Balon Greyjoy or Rickard Karstark to the mix and you have a lot to look forward.

We're also going to see more from Joe Dempsie (who is also a former Skins cast member) as Gendry.
Theresa DeLucci
10. theresa_delucci
I am a big House Greyjoy fan. I actually didn't mind AFFC as much as others because of all the Iron Island chapters. I'm looking forward to seeing Balon and Damphair. I wonder if they'll leave Aeron out of season two in favor of a random dude as Aeron doesn't have much of a role until Book 4.

I'm curious to see the new Gregor Clegane. Ian Whyte played the White Walker in season one. The original actor left the show to film The Hobbit and one bit part in Spartacus. Too bad. But I think the two men are the same height: 7'1". I'll still read Conan Stevens' amusing blog, though.
Pritpaul Bains
11. Kickpuncher
@11 Whoah, wait, the original Gregor left? Did not know that. At least he didn't get a tonne of screen time in season 1, so there's still a lot of flexibility with the character.
johthohar
12. Jeffykins
Those are all solid points, but the scene I really would like to see comes much later in the book, and I would not be surprised if they glazed over it a bit. The parley between Theon and Rodrik Cassel outside of Winterfell was such a powerful scene for me. Not even the violence and other Bolton-related misdeeds could stir my emotions as much as the way Rodrik spoke to Theon. Re-reading it closer to season 2 only does it more justice.
Mordicai Knode
14. mordicai
10. theresa_delucci

Of COURSE you are a Greyjoy.

11. Kickpuncher

If you are gonna leave, leave to do The Hobbit, at least.
Theresa DeLucci
15. theresa_delucci
@14 My love of reaving office supplies gave it away, huh? I'm setting sail for your highlighters RIGHT NOW.

Conan had a memorable moment on Spartacus at least. (That reads so weird.) I guess since he was in Australia, popping over to New Zealand is no big thing.
Mordicai Knode
16. mordicai
15. theresa_delucci

FIRE & TONER! You'll never defeat my armies of Unsullied Interoffice Envelopes.
johthohar
17. Lisa Fender1
I'm looking forward to Jon Snow north of the wall and Ayra's struggles to survive in this unforgiving world!

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