Season 2 of Game of Thrones consists of 10 episodes and began filming on 25 July 2011 and wrapped on 12 December 2011. Season 2 has a budget 15% higher than Season 1, putting it in the region of $69 million. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss returned as executive producers and show runners.
The season premiered on 1 April 2012.
Season 2 is mostly based on A Clash of Kings, the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.
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, 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.
|11||“The North Remembers“||1 April 2012||3.86|
|War grips the continent of Westeros. As Tyrion Lannister tries to take his strong-willed nephew in hand inKing’s Landing, Stannis Baratheon launches his own campaign to take the Iron Throne with the help of a mysterious priestess. In the east, Daenerys must lead her retinue through a desolate wasteland whilstbeyond the Wall the Night’s Watch seeks the aid of a wildling.|
|12||“The Night Lands“||8 April 2012||3.76|
|Stannis uses Ser Davos to seek out new allies for his war with the Lannisters. On the road north, Aryaconfides in Gendry. Robb Stark sends Theon Greyjoy to win an alliance with his father and the fierce warriors of the Iron Islands. Cersei and Tyrion clash on how to rule in King’s Landing.|
|13||“What is Dead May Never Die“||15 April 2012||3.77|
|Catelyn Stark treats with King Renly in the hope of winning an alliance. Tyrion undertakes a complex plan inKing’s Landing to expose an enemy. At Winterfell, Bran’s dreams continue to trouble him.|
|14||“Garden of Bones“||22 April 2012||3.65|
|Tyrion attempts to restrain Joffrey’s cruelty. Catelyn attempts to broker a peace between Stannis and Renly.Daenerys and her followers arrive at the great city of Qarth and hope to find refuge there. Arya and Gendryarrive at Harrenhal, a great castle now under Lannister occupation.|
|15||“The Ghost of Harrenhal“||29 April 2012||3.90|
|Confusion rages in the Stormlands in the wake of a devastating reversal. Catelyn must flee with a new ally, whilst Littlefinger sees an opportunity in the chaos. Theon seeks to prove himself to his father in battle. Aryareceives a promise from the enigmatic Jaqen H’ghar. The Night’s Watch arrives at the Fist of the First Men.Daenerys Targaryen receives a marriage proposal.|
|16||“The Old Gods and the New“||6 May 2012||3.88|
|Arya has a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Joffrey meets his subjects; Qhorin gives Jon a chance to prove himself.|
|17||“A Man Without Honor“||13 May 2012||3.70|
|Jaime meets a relative; Theon hunts; Dany receives an invitation.|
|18||“The Prince of Winterfell“||20 May 2012||3.86|
|Theon holds the fort; Arya calls in her debt with Jaqen; Robb is betrayed; Stannis and Davos approach their destination.|
|19||“Blackwater“||27 May 2012||3.38|
|A massive battle rages for control of King’s Landing and the Iron Throne.|
|20||“Valar Morghulis“||3 June 2012||4.20|
|Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards to his subjects. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift from Jaqen;Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself to Qhorin.|
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