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"War is coming"
―Tagline[src]

Game of Thrones: Season 2[1] is the second season of Game of Thrones. It consists of ten episodes. It premiered with "The North Remembers" on April 1, 2012 on HBO, and concluded with "Valar Morghulis" on June 3, 2012. It is based on A Clash of Kings, the second novel of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

Premise[]

The second season of HBO's smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series Game of Thrones - an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph.[1]

Overview[]

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 brother, 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.

Episodes[]

Episode Image Title Air date
1[9] GOT201 "The North Remembers"[9] April 1, 2012[3]
2[14] GOT202 "The Night Lands"[14] April 8, 2012[3]
3[10] GOT203 "What Is Dead May Never Die"[10] April 15, 2012[3]
4[11] GOT204 "Garden of Bones"[11] April 22, 2012[3]
5[15] GOT205 "The Ghost of Harrenhal"[15] April 29, 2012[3]
6[13] GOT206 "The Old Gods and the New"[13] May 6, 2012[3]
7[16] GOT207 "A Man Without Honor"[16] May 13, 2012[3]
8[17] GOT208 "The Prince of Winterfell"[17] May 20, 2012[3]
9[12] GOT209 "Blackwater"[12] May 27, 2012[3]
10[18] GOT210 "Valar Morghulis"[18] June 3, 2012[3]

Cast[]

Main page: Game of Thrones: Season 2/Cast

Starring[]

Guest starring[]

Also starring[]

Crew[]

Producers[]

Writers[]

Directors[]

Production[]

Filming[]

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.[19][20] The production considered filming in Spain but ultimately preferred Croatia for budgetary reasons.[21]

Deleted scenes[]

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.[22]

Marketing[]

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

Home video[]

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.[23]

Blu-ray exclusives[]

  • 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 William 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 DVD[]

  • 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.

Sales[]

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.[24]

In the books[]

Main page: Differences in adaptation/Game of Thrones: Season 2

The season generally follows the second novel A Clash of Kings, and also consists of scenes based on the third novel A Storm of Swords.

Gallery[]

Videos[]

Trailers[]

Behind the scenes[]

Character features[]

The Story So Far[]

Commentary[]

The Night's Watch Oath[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Game of Thrones: Season 2. HBO. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Game of Thrones. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 GAME OF THRONES (HBO). The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  4. Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).
  5. Charlie Harwood (November 19, 2012). Release Date & Details for Game of Thrones Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 6.31 Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 1: "The North Remembers" (2012).
  7. Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 4: "Garden of Bones" (2012).
  8. Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 3: "What Is Dead May Never Die" (2012).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 The North Remembers. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 What Is Dead May Never Die. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Garden of Bones. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Blackwater. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 The Old Gods and the New. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Night Lands. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Ghost of Harrenhal. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Man Without Honor. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Prince of Winterfell. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Valar Morghulis. HBO. Retrieved February 22, 2023.
  19. Winter is Coming
  20. Westeros.org
  21. Adriasnews.com
  22. Interview with Amrita Acharia at Winter is Coming
  23. Westeros.org
  24. Entertainment Weekly

Notes[]

  1. In "Winter Is Coming," which takes place in 298 AC, Sansa Stark tells Cersei Lannister that she is 13 years old and Bran Stark tells Jaime Lannister that he is 10 years old. Arya Stark was born between Sansa and Bran, making her either 11 or 12 in Season 1. The rest of the Stark children have been aged up by 2 years from their book ages, so it can be assumed that she is 11 in Season 1. Arya is 18 in Season 8 according to HBO, which means at least 7 years occur in the span of the series; therefore, each season of Game of Thrones must roughly correspond to a year in-universe, placing the events of Season 2 in 299 AC.

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