Game of Thrones Series 02 Overview


The second season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones premiered in the US on HBO on 01 April 2012, and concluded on 03 June 2012.

It was broadcast on Sunday at 9:00 pm in the US, consisting of 10 episodes, each running approximately 50-60 minutes.

The season mostly covers the events of A Clash of Kings, the second novel of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, adapted for television by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. HBO ordered the second season on 19 April 2011, which began filming in July 2011, primarily in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland.

Game of Thrones features a large ensemble cast, including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley and Emilia Clarke. The season introduced a number of new cast members, including Stephen Dillane, Natalie Dormer, Carice van Houten and Liam Cunningham.

Critics praised the show’s production values and cast. Viewership rose compared with the previous season. The second season won six of the twelve Emmy Awards for which it was nominated. It received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage) and Outstanding Drama Series. US viewership rose by approximately 8% over the course of the season, from 3.9 million to 4.2 million by the season finale.


The story takes place in a fictional world, primarily on a continent called Westeros, with one storyline occurring on another continent to the east, Essos. Like the novel, the season follows up the dramatic death of Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, with all of the Starks being separated across Westeros.

Season two mainly centres around the War of the Five Kings, fought among the leaders of Westerosi factions who are either staking a claim to the Iron Throne, or seeking independence from it.

King Robert’s widow, Cersei, stays in the capital as queen regent; her twin brother Jaime is Robb Stark’s prisoner, and her other brother, the dwarf Tyrion, acts as King Joffrey’s Hand, until the siblings’ father, Tywin Lannister, returns to help defend the capital.

Meanwhile, in Essos, with three newborn dragons by her side, Daenerys Targaryen works with religious certitude to find allies and resources to help her to fulfill her perceived destiny to win the Iron Throne.

The season ends beyond the northern Wall, with the first glimpse of the army of the dead.


  • Main Cast:
    • Starring:
      • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
      • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.
      • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister.
      • Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark.
      • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.
      • Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.
      • Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont.
      • Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
      • Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth.
      • Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark.
      • Richard Madden as Robb Stark.
      • Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark.
      • Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
    • Also Starring:
      • Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo.
  • Guest Cast:
    • The recurring actors listed here are those who appeared in season 02.
    • They are listed by the region in which they first appear.
    • At and beyond the Wall:
      • Simon Armstrong as Qhorin Halfhand.
      • Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett.
      • Mark Stanley as Grenn.
      • Edward Dogliani as the Lord of Bones.
      • Rose Leslie as Ygritte.
      • Robert Pugh as Craster.
      • Hannah Murray as Gilly.
      • Ian Whyte & Ross Mullan as White Walkers.
    • In the North:
      • Art Parkinson as Rickon Stark.
      • Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin.
      • Ron Donachie as Rodrik Cassel.
      • Peter Ballance as Farlen.
      • Kristian Nairn as Hodor.
      • Natalia Tena as Osha.
    • In King’s Landing:
      • Callum Wharry as Tommen Baratheon.
      • Aimee Richardson as Myrcella Baratheon.
      • Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle.
      • Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt.
      • Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant.
      • Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister.
      • Wilko Johnson as Ilyn Payne.
      • Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne.
      • Tony Way as Dontos Hollard.
      • Roy Dotrice as Wisdom Hallyne.
      • Andrew Wilde as Tobho Mott.
      • Esmé Bianco as Ros.
      • Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen.
      • Sahara Knite as Armeca.
      • Maisie Dee as Daisy.
      • Josephine Gillan as Marei.
    • In the Riverlands:
      • Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr.
      • Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton.
      • John Stahl as Rickard Karstark.
      • Paul Caddell as Jacks.
      • Aidan Crowe as Quent.
      • Tyrone McElhennon as Torrhen Karstark.
      • Fintan McKeown as Amory Lorch.
      • Ian Gelder as Kevan Lannister.
      • Ian Whyte as Gregor Clegane.
      • Karl Davies as Alton Lannister.
      • Anthony Morris as the Tickler.
      • Andy Kellegher as Polliver.
      • David Fynn as Rennick.
      • Francis Magee as Yoren.
      • Joe Dempsie as Gendry.
      • Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie.
      • Eros Vlahos as Lommy Greenhands.
      • Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H’ghar.
      • Andy Beckwith as Rorge.
      • Gerard Jordan as Biter.
    • In the Stormlands:
      • Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon.
      • Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth.
      • Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell.
    • On Dragonstone:
      • Kerr Logan as Matthos Seaworth.
      • Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan.
      • Oliver Ford Davies as Maester Cressen.
    • On the Iron Islands:
      • Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy.
      • Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy.
      • Ralph Ineson as Dagmer Cleftjaw.
      • Forbes KB as Black Lorren.
      • David Coakley as Drennan.
    • In Essos:
      • Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
      • Ian Hanmore as Pyat Pree.
      • Nicholas Blane as the Spice King.
      • Slavko Juraga as the Silk King.
      • Laura Pradelska as Quaithe.
      • Steven Cole as Kovarro.
      • Elyes Gabel as Rakharo.
      • Roxanne McKee as Doreah.
      • Amrita Acharia as Irri.


HBO ordered a second season of Game of Thrones on 19 April 2011, two days after the series premiere. The second season obtained a 15% increase in budget in order to be able to stage the war’s most important battle, the Battle of the Blackwater, in episode nine.

Filming took place during 106 shooting days. During three-quarters of those, two crews (“Dragon” and “Wolf”) were working simultaneously in different locations.


David Benioff and D.B. Weiss serve as main writers and showrunners for the second season. They co-wrote six out of ten episodes. The remaining four episodes were written by story editor Bryan Cogman, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, and new series writer and co-executive producer Vanessa Taylor, who wrote two episodes.

Alan Taylor was promoted to co-executive producer and directed four episodes, including the season premiere and finale. David Petrarca and David Nutter each directed two episodes, while series cinematographer Alik Sakharov and filmmaker Neil Marshall directed the remaining two.


The casting for the second season began in May 2011. Although a large portion of the first-season cast were returning, the producers were still faced with a huge number of new characters to be cast. The producers decided that several characters from A Clash of Kings, including the Freys and Crannogmen Reeds at Winterfell, Frey bannermen of the Starks, the Tullys, Stannis’ wife and daughter, Theon’s uncle Aeron Greyjoy and the bastard Ramsay Snow would not be cast despite appearing in the novel. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss commented on this saying that certain character introductions taking place in A Clash of Kings would be delayed until the third season. This was done due to the large number of characters already introduced in season two, and because they could not afford to have people “waiting around” for their characters to become central to the plot. Having to fill so many speaking roles, the showrunners not only “postponed” the introduction of several key characters, but they also merged some into one, or certain plot-functions were given to different characters. Many physical traits were also altered, such as the ethnicity or age of characters. The cast was estimated to be the largest on television. Scattered around two fictional continents characters include, by order of importance:

Emerging as the fourth claimant to the throne is the estranged brother of the late king Robert, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). The foreign priestess Melisandre, portrayed by Carice van Houten poses as an influential, yet manipulative advisor to Stannis. Van Houten was previously asked (but unable) to audition for the role of Cersei in season one. While her character retains her signature red robes and hair, unlike in the novels Melisandre is not portrayed as having red eyes, making her appear somewhat more human. Liam Cunningham stars as Ser Davos Seaworth, the “Onion Knight”, a bannerman of Stannis and a former smuggler. Cunningham had already been in talks for a role in the first season. As he is left-handed, his Davos has the fingers of the right hand shortened, unlike in the novels where his left hand is crippled. In an interview, Cunningham said that a lot of new dialogue had to be written for his character, because in the novels Davos, a point-of-view character, is portrayed more through his thoughts than through his actions. These three characters headed a new storyline set on a different location, that by the end of the season merged with the main plot.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), a main cast member from the first season, but with lesser importance than the others, came to prominence during the second season, as his story unfolded and his character became more central. Gemma Whelan appeared as his sister, Yara Greyjoy. Named “Asha” in the novels, the character’s name was changed to avoid confusion with the Wildling Osha, Bran Stark’s companion. “Asha” is portrayed as a fairly provocative and independent woman, a captain of thirty ships, as opposed to her television counterpart Yara, who did not retain “Asha’s” traits, although her rivalry with Theon remained intact. Their father Balon Greyjoy was played by Patrick Malahide. Many of the characters involved in the Greyjoys’ storyline weren’t introduced, most notably Balon’s brother Aeron Greyjoy. Nonetheless, the storyline received enormous praise, with the alteration of Yara’s name and persona being the only criticism.

Tom Wlaschiha is cast as Jaqen H’ghar, a mysterious prisoner who develops a murderous relationship with young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Wlaschiha’s pronunciation of his character’s name, Jack-in, was adopted for use in the show. Natalie Dormer, best known for her portrayal as seductive Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors, was cast in a similar role as Margaery Tyrell, a noblewoman and the wife of the third claimant to the throne, Renly Baratheon. Gwendoline Christie played, to much praise, Brienne of Tarth, a female warrior who joins Renly Baratheon’s guard, but later becomes a follower of Catelyn Stark. To prepare for the role, Christie took up an intense training regimen, adding over a stone (6.4 kg) of muscle mass. So that she could be mistaken for a man, her armour was decorated with lines that slant away from her hips. On the other side of the fictional world, two female roles with rising prominence were added to the cast: Skins star Hannah Murray filled the role of Craster’s daughter Gilly, a love interest to Samwell Tarly; while the second role, the one of Ygritte, Jon Snow’s love interest among the Wildlings, was played by Rose Leslie.

Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) stay at Qarth, opened the way for several recurring characters. Nonso Anozie played Daenerys’s host at Qarth, Xaro Xhoan Daxos. The character differed a lot from his novel counterpart. Xaro’s homosexuality, femininity and caucasian origin were overshadowed by dark skinned Anozie’s masculinity and heterosexuality. Acting as one of her suitors is the treacherous warlock Pyat Pree portrayed by Ian Hanmore. Her third and final suitor was the masked priestess Quaithe (Laura Pradelska). Specially created for the television series was the so-called “Spice King”, a rich merchant from Qarth, played by Nicholas Blane. Also an original creation of the show is the character of Talisa (Oona Chaplin), a healer from Volantis and a romantic interest for Robb. She fills the role of another female interest of Robb’s, called Jeyne Westerling, who has no similarities with Talisa whatsoever. In addition to Talisa, Michael McElhatton joins the cast in the role of Roose Bolton, an important character in Robb Stark’s storyline. Lastly, Simon Armstrong plays the legendary Night’s Watch ranger Qhorin Halfhand.

Others were also added to the cast, either in a small recurring role or with reduced prominence. The most notable example is Tony Way’s Ser Dontos Hollard, a drunkard knight, who had a pivotal role in Sansa Stark’s storyline that ran in the course of two novels, while in the series the role was reduced to a small scene in the opening episode. Others include: Ben Crompton as “Dolorous Edd” Tollet, a man of the Night’s Watch. Robert Pugh as the Wildling Craster, father and husband to Gilly. Kerr Logan as Davos Seaworth’s pious son Matthos. Karl Davies as Ser Alton Lannister, a character created for the series who replaces Cleos Frey as envoy from the Starks to the Lannisters. Daniel Portman took the role of Podrick Payne, the squire to Tyrion Lannister. The 19-year-old Portman plays Podrick as about 16 years old, instead of about 12 as in the novels. To be able to portray Podrick as awkward, shy and weak, Portman, previously a sportsman, stopped his fitness regimen and gained some weight to appear more endearing.[39] Lucian Msamati played Salladhor Saan, a Lysene pirate and friend of Davos Seaworth. Finally, Edward Dogliani appeared briefly as the “Lord of Bones” (or “Rattleshirt” in the novels), a Wildling leader and Oliver Ford Davies as Stannis’s maester Cressen.

All of the recurring characters from the first season returned, with one notable exception: Conan Stevens, whose role of Gregor Clegane was recast with Ian Whyte, did not return. Roy Dotrice, a friend of George R.R. Martin, known for reading the audio versions of the novels and having previously rejected a role due to health reasons, appears this season as Pyromancer Hallyne, an elderly alchemist at King’s Landing.


For the second season, the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, was used instead of Malta for scenes in King’s Landing and Daenerys’ scenes in Qarth. For example, the Minčeta Tower in Dubrovnik was used as the House of the Undying. Scenes set north of the Wall were filmed in Iceland in November 2011. The main locations are the Vatnajökull glacier, the Svínafellsjökull glacier near Skaftafell, and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier near Vik used as the location for the Fist of the First Men with Höfðabrekka as the Frostfang Mountains. New shooting locations in Northern Ireland include The Linen Mill Film & Television Studios in Banbridge, Ballintoy Harbour and Downhill Strand. As the story in the second season required that the Winterfell set be expanded, a new set for Winterfell was built at the Moneyglass Estate near Toome village.


The music for the second season was again composed by Ramin Djawadi. It contains a rendition of a song often mentioned or sung in the novels, The Rains of Castamere, by the indie rock band The National.

The soundtrack for the season was released on 19 June 2012.


HBO released numerous teaser trailers for the second season, beginning on 11 December 2011. The second trailer, published on 29 January 2012, was viewed 3.5 million times in the first three days after publication, a record for HBO promotional content. Other trailers were released on 24 February and 03 March (set to Florence and the Machine’s Seven Devils) as well as subsequently.

HBO also published other promotional material, such as cast photographs and teaser posters, prior to the airing of the first episode. The second issue of Entertainment Weekly in March 2012 had four alternative covers dedicated to in-costume photographs of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey (Jaime and Cersei Lannister).[


Thanks to the critical and commercial success of the first season, as well as HBO’s marketing efforts, the second season received intensive media coverage well before it started airing. Sunday is Coming, a two-minute short film for Funny or Die, satirised viewers’ excitement about the return of Game of Thrones.

Several media outlets reviewed the season’s first four episodes before they were broadcast, and rendered almost uniformly positive verdicts.


The second season was nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, which included Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage. It won six awards, for, Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour), and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.


The second season of Game of Thrones was broadcast on HBO in the United States from 01 April 2012 to 03 June 2012.

Home Media

DVD/Blu-ray box sets and digital downloads of the second season were released in North America on 19 February 2013. The DVD set contains a 30-minute feature covering the production of the episode “Blackwater”, actor interviews, character profiles, twelve audio commentaries by cast and crew, and a discussion about Westerosi religions by the showrunners and George R.R. Martin. The Blu-ray set additionally contains a feature about the “War of the Five Kings” that breaks out in season two, as well as 19 animated histories of the mythology of Westeros and Essos.

Game of Thrones Series

You can find an overview of the Game of Thrones franchise here.

You can find a full index of the Game of Thrones TV Series here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Alan Taylor, Alik Sakharov, David Pertarca, David Nutter, and Neil Marshall.
  • Writer(s): David Beioff, D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, and George R.R. Martin.
  • Release Date: 01 April 2012 to 03 June 2012.
  • Running time: 50-60 minutes (approximate, per episode).
  • Rating: 15/18 (depends on season).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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