Sean T. Collins of Rolling Stone ~ he has read the books which makes his reviews particularly insightful. He always makes really interesting op culture analogies (like this week ep to American Psycho)
Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post ~ she is a book reader as well. I enjoy hearing the perspective of women viewers because I think the show gets a lot of undeserved flack for being “anti women”. She’s also really sharp in her observations.
Watching the Thrones on MTV.com ~ this is a super unique panel style review of each episode. I really like the fact that they have a wide range of opinions (including those of Westeros.org founders Elio and Linda)
Last week’s episode of Game of Thrones ended with a straight-up cliffhanger, in which Jon Snow discovers the not-too-surprising secret that incestuous father Craster has been disposing of his infant sons (offering them, it turns out, as sacrifices to the White Walkers). It leads, in the first scene of “What Is Dead May Never Die,” to the perhaps-somewhat-more-surprising revelation that Mormont knows damn well what Craster is up to.
Man it feels good to be back! Just FYI, these recaps are coming from the perspective of someone who has read the series, so do not expect them to be entirely spoiler free. (I’ve decided to break the episode down by geography to make things easier).
It’s finally here. The trailer for the highly anticipated second season of the break out HBO smash Game of Thrones. If you haven’t read the books or seen the first season stop reading this now, click HERE. No seriously, you need to read these books, they’re kind of amazing. Anyway, back to the teaser… It begins with a riddle that fans of the series know well. As soon as I heard it I got chills.
“Three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives, who dies? Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall and a very small man can cast a very large shadow.“
As Varys the eunuch names each player in the riddle we get a brief shot of the corresponding character in Westeros…
The King = Stannis Baratheon (a new player for season 2 played by Stephen Dillane)
The Priest = Melisandre (another new character and one we shouldn’t underestimate 😉 played by Carice van Houten)
The Rich Man = Tywin Lannister (a familiar villainous face played to perfection by Charles Dance)
The Sellsword = Sandor Clegane aka The Hound (look for him to have a much larger role this season, yay for Rory McCann!)
As the riddle continues, the closeups of our main characters continue…
My personal favorite Jon Snow played by the beautiful Kit Harington staring into the white abyss of the wilds beyond The Wall
A defeated looking Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in an unending desert wasteland
That little shit Joffrey Baratheon with his intolerable smirk sitting on his throne; played brilliantly by Jack Gleeson
A heartbreaking shot of Sansa Stark enduring her torment Sophie Turner breaks my heart here
The sinister Cersei Lannister played with icy strength by the always fantastic Lena Headey
Next up is a shot from the prologue… which I wont spoil
Then the return of fan favorite Arya Stark played by the adorable Maisie Williams
Robb Stark looking very much the rightful King of the North in the pouring rain (Richard Madden *sigh* so handsome)
The captured and shamed Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) covered in mud and sporting some impressive scruff
And finally… The Man himself, Tyrion Lannister, the imp, and if Peter Dinklage‘s Emmy and Golden Globe are anything to go by, probably the best character on the show
From here we get short glances of a bunch of different scenes. Renly Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy, Margaery Tyrell, and Brienne of Tarth are all in blink and you’ll miss it moments.
My opinion…this trailer was exceptional. My excitement level is now at a 10 and will probably remain there until premier night, April 1, 2012.
I expect season 2 to be much bigger in terms of ratings and fan reactions. These books have gained an enormous following in a small amount of time thanks to the superb first season. People will want to know why everyone is talking about fantasy again, and once they see the show, well, they wont be able to look away.