The night is dark and full of terrors.
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie
Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
This will contain spoilers to Season 1, you have been warned, so make sure you have read that review (and watched that season) first.
Synopsis: Back we return to Westeros where the beheading of everyone’s favourite character Ned Stark (Sean Bean) has stirred up war between the regions and caused multiple claims of King-ships. This is fuelled by the plotting and scheming of almost every key player in this so called game and a slight alert from the Wall that things are also stirring to the North. Meanwhile, across the seas, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) now has 3 dragons, a small following of people and even more determination to get ships & an army to reclaim the Iron Throne. So, drink up your wine, enjoy your food and head on into King’s Landing for season 2.
Opinion: Okay first mention is of course the death that shocked everyone in season 1…..poor, loyal, honest and way out of his depth Ned Stark. Yes, King Robert had died just before him but Ned’s was way more upsetting and violent and honestly so shocking. The Stark family are key players, Ned was a main character in the show and yet he wasn’t safe so now we as an audience know, nobody is safe and thus the tone and feel of season 2 is much bleaker right from the start.
The best part about any second season is the fact that there are a number of characters that are all well established and that you care about, point in case Arya (Maisie Williams) who is now outside of King’s Landing and with an interesting group of people on her way back to the north. Or Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) who is back in King’s Landing and is now Hand of the King. Yes, these two are already firm favourites in my mind and continue to be so through the whole season. It’s really great seeing them also evolve and grow through the various difference scenarios that are thrown at them and even though I know what happens in future seasons, it’s still so great re-watching and remembering all the little things I had forgotten.
Also, the introduction of a number of new characters happens this season with the biggest ones being Stannis (Stephen Dillane), Renly (Gethin Anthony), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) and Lady Melisandre (Carice van Houten). These aren’t the only ones of course but they are the dominant ones and the ones you know straight away are important to the story. Every single one of these characters is portrayed in the outstanding way we have become used to from Game of Thrones with love, hate and uncertainty being evoked easily in you from the performances of this incredible cast.
This show continues to also be visually outstanding with some really incredible scenery especially at the Wall and over the seas to where Daenerys is. That combined with the amazing special effects that are used throughout for things like Dragons, Dire Wolves and a green flammable substance makes it a hell of a watching experience.
Favourite Episode: Once again this would be episode 9 – Blackwater. I had completely forgotten was so intense from start to finish and even though I knew the outcome, having seen it before, I still could feel the uncertainty and tension that was being built. And that incredible sequence that starts on the water and ends on the land, well it’s fantastic viewing from start to finish.
Extra Stuff: The adult content in this season is not as intense as some of the stuff in season 1 but it’s still very much there with lots of nudity, offensive language and violent deaths. Everything fits in with the show so it’s relevant to the creation of the world and viewing experience in general. One fun thing to note though is, even though it’s a little lengthy, the opening credit sequence is fun to watch every now and then as there are subtle little changes that happen to match events that occur in the story. It’s obviously not a must watch or you miss key plot points kind of thing, it’s just a really cool and creative aspect that the creators have included.