Right before my birthday month’s closing, I get one of my most anticipated gifts…
Last year’s finale left us in tears- speechless, so what do we have to look forward to this season? War, blood, tears, secrets, lust, death, anguish?
Oh yes, please!
Game of Thrones never dropped off my radar but it’s first season did end— Tragically, I must say but that is to be expected with any epic fantasy based story. The first full length preview dropped only a couple days ago and it looks wonderful. There are many changes coming for the entire set of characters and the preview pretty much shines light on all of them. Our favorite characters, including the ones we curse in our dreams, make their return for the adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s second novel of the best selling series A Song of Ice and Fire— A Clash of Kings. Still plenty of questions and no doubt spectacular adventure awaits once we enter this world once again.
Below are the initial teasers and the wonderful appetite whetting official trailer for the much anticipated second season.
The one thing that I’m kind of digging about this preview is the transition from Season 1 to 2 seems unrecognizable. Filming commenced summer 2011, however, they have kept the initial feel and quality of the first season, also changing/adding venues and locales without feeling that jarring of completely fresh and new. It complements the idea that this story is linear and the audience has a glimpse into a piece of stanza of each character’s life, not that the life or character is created for the story.
Though a couple Season 1 cast members will be sorely missed, along with a new season comes new characters and HBO has announced several of the new faces that will be seen across the Four Kingdoms. Stephen Dillane (Hamlet, John Adams), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, Captain America: The First Avenger) Gwendoline Christie (The Seven Ages of Britain), Patrick Malahide (Victoria & Albert, Brideshead Revisited), Dutch actress Carice van Houten (Valkyrie, Repo Men), Roy Dotrice (voice actor for the entire Martin book series and Robin Hood TV series), Rose Leslie (Downton Abbey, Case Histories) and Hannah Murray (Skins-UK, Above Suspicion: the Red Dahlia) are only a few names added to the list.
I have to admit I am most excited about Dillane, Malahide and Dormer for they are actors that are not only solid and compelling but they delve so far into their roles, they’re best remembered as some of the best villainous characters around. Leslie was quite convincing as the determined housemaid in last year’s hit Downton Abbey and Murray will never be forgotten as the starved spacey Cassie Ainsworth. GoT is probably the most anticipated return of the year and it’s headed by a seasoned and outstanding cast. April will definitely get here faster than expected but I’m still on the edge of my seat.
Game of Thrones premieres on HBO April 1 at 9 pm (The series will air on Sky Atlantic-UK April 2).