‘Game of Thrones’ returns April 1, and HollywoodLife.com got a sneak peek at the first four episodes!
Bundle up, kids! The winds of winter are blowing in April 1 when Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its second season, and to prevent your brains from totally exploding during the premiere, HollywoodLife.com is here to cushion the blow with a few teasers of what’s to come. For those of you who read A Clash of Kings, the second book in George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series, most of the premiere will seem pretty familiar — and it’s just as awesome as you expect it will be.
1. Daenerys’ baby dragons are out in full force: Firmly perched on the khaleesi’s shoulders like fire-breathing parrots, Deanerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons are forces to be reckoned with — or at least they will be once they’re fully grown. While fans get a solid glimpse of the little guys on the season premiere, they sort of disappear until a little later on, when Daenerys reveals exactly how she plans to use them to her advantage.
2. Stannis Baratheon (aka your new favorite character): Would you expect Stannis Baratheon — brother of the late King Robert and true heir to the Iron Throne — to be anything other than totally bad-ass? Good, because that’s exactly what he is. But is Stephen Dillane‘s character the new Ned Stark in terms of fandom? Almost. I think we can all agree that honor goes to Kit Harrington‘s Jon Snow.
3. Melisandre (aka your second favorite new character): Known as the “red priestess” in the original book series, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) first appears at the right hand of Stannis on the season premiere, but her motives — both political and sexual — are gradually revealed as the episodes unfold. Trust me, you’ll want to keep an eye this one.
4. Joffrey still sucks, but now he’s getting punished for it: If you merely disliked Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) in season one, you will absolutely despise him in season two. Power has unsurprisingly gone straight to his head, and everyone suffers as a result — especially poor Sansa (Sophie Turner). Fortunately, not everyone in Westeros feels like putting up with Joffrey’s crap, and someone ends up planting a well-deserved slap on the king’s pasty little face. Trust me, it’s just as fulfilling as when Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) backhanded Joffrey in season one, which you can watch over and over (and over) below:
5. What’s really beyond the wall? There’s been a whole lot of yammering about the “terrors” lurking beyond the wall, and season two finally gives us a closer look at what’s out there. But maybe we should be careful what we wish for, because the dangers are more twisted than any of us could have predicted — and I’m not even talking about the monsters! Jon Snow had better watch his pretty little back.
What are YOU most excited to see when Game of Thrones returns April 1? Watch the latest trailer below, then drop us a comment with your season two wishes: