'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Poster Offers Gore & Spoilers (PHOTO)

Even though I'd never seen a single episode, nor had I read the books, I was so convinced I was going to love Game of Thrones I went ahead and bought the first season when it was released earlier this month. Not only did I get a nice discount on the DVD set (Amazon's still offering it for 43% off, last I checked), I was right: I LOVE THIS SHOW. I love it so much I'm trying to make it last, instead of barreling through all 5 discs in one epic viewing marathon.

Which is to say, I'm only up to episode 6, but I know what's coming. I accidentally got spoilered on the big season one shocker last year when I read about it online—but if I hadn't been spoilered before, HBO's just-released poster for season 2 certainly would have done the job.

In fact, here's your official warning: if you haven't finished season one, don't read any further! And by all means, do NOT look at the (incredibly awesome) season 2 poster!


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Yep, that would be Lord Stark's head on a stick. Starksicle! You've got to love how HBO has not only been fearless about killing off major characters in Game of Thrones, they've apparently decided that if you haven't caught up with the first season, TOO BAD FOR YOU. The network can do as it likes.

While I already knew that Sean Bean's character wasn't long for the world, it's still pretty shocking to see his disembodied head. Since I haven't actually watched the penultimate Ned-killing episode yet, I didn't know how he died—but I guess I do now. Sheesh.

The second season premiere is coming right up, since Game of Thrones returns on Sun., April 1. HBO has released descriptions of the first five shows in season 2, including this blurb about the April 1 episode titled “The North Remembers."

As Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion arrives in King's Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king's excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother’s throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of a stranger god. Across the sea, Daenerys, her three young dragons and khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch must shelter with a devious wildling.  

Yeah, there's no way I can wait another year for season 2 to come out on DVD—which means I've got to add HBO back into our entertainment budget. Damn you, wily network executives, with your quality programming, impressive acting talent, and adorable direwolves!

Are you excited for season 2 of Game of Thrones? Do you think HBO should have picked a less-spoilery image for the poster?

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