Okay, first things first: I haven't read the George R.R. Martin novels that Game of Thrones is based on. I say that up front because every time I mention my love for the HBO show, someone jumps all over my ass about how I can't call myself a fan if I haven't read the books. THIS ISN'T A HIPSTER ARIEL COMPETITION, PEOPLE.
Anyway. Whether you just started with the TV series or you're a (culturally superior, possessing a higher appreciation for the oeuvre) fan of the books, you know that we met a LOT of characters in season one, and naturally, there are more to come in season 2.
Season 2 of Game of Thrones begins on Sunday, and HBO has released some videos to help you get excited for the premiere. You can re-familiarize yourself with everything that went down in season 1—and best of all, you can get a sneak peek at the faces you'll be seeing in season 2. (No promises on how long you'll be seeing them for, of course.)
In this video, series producers David Benioff (who, ah, isn't exactly hard on the eyes) and D.B. Weiss—as well as members of the cast—discuss some of the places and faces we'll see in GoT season 2.
Take a look:
There's going to be quite a selection of new heroes and villains in this season, and we'll see at least eight of them in the first episode that airs on Sunday. Interested in a rundown? Don't keep reading if you want to avoid any and all potential spoilers, otherwise, here's who we'll be meeting:
Stannis Baratheon. Stannis is the younger brother of late king Robert and older brother to would-be-king Renly. He's one of five men competing for the Iron Throne.
Melisandre. Stannis' powerful adviser, the red priestess from Asshai, worships a deity called R'hllor, the Lord of Light. She thinks Stannis is a prophecy-fulfilling hero reborn.
Davos Seaworth. Seaworth is a former pirate turned knight in Stannis' service. Very loyal and happy to take up the fight against the Lannisters (yay!) and others challenging the Throne.
Maester Cressen. Cressen has been been in the Baratheon family's service since before Robert, and he strongly wants to aid Stannis and his cause — but given his training as a maester, he's not too sure about that red priestess.
Ser Dontos Hollard. Ah, another drunken character! I love those! Ser Dontos is a lush of a knight and prefers ale to swordfighting.
Janos Slynt. Slynt, Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing, briefly appeared in the first season, but has a much bigger role in the second. Betrayed Eddard Stark, rewarded for his loyalty by King Joffrey. A total shitweasel.
Craster. A nasty wildling discovered by the Night's Watch. His many wives are actually his daughters. Mmmm, incest-erific!
Gilly. Gilly is one of Craster's many daughter/wives, and pregnant. Freaked that it will be a boy (which Craster obviously has no use for), she turns to the Night's Watch for help—specifically, the adorably cowardly Samwell Tarly.
Of course, the awesome thing about Game of Thrones—and the books, okay?—is that you're never quite sure which characters are going to hang around, and which are going to end up with, say, their head impaled on a stick.
Are you excited for season 2 of Game of Thrones? Will you be watching this Sunday?
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