As I've mentioned before, one of the (many) great things about Game of Thrones (based on George R. R. Martin's epic, A Song of Ice and Fire) is how deeply political it is, and chock full of complex and self-motivated individuals within various "houses" at that.
As in the novels, which the television series seems to be following thus far (I wonder if that will change as we hit the massive scale of the fourth and fifth books, but we can look at that another time), the second edition focuses on the upheaval and civil war spawned by the death of King Robert Baratheon (Mary Addy) and the revelation that he may not have produced any "trueborn heirs." Of course, we know that there's a wicked scandal at the heart of the series, and one that drives many of its major events: that Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) have been carrying on an incestuous relationship that did indeed produce the children in line to the throne.
Enter Stannis Baratheon, to be played by Stephen Dilliane, a brother to Robert we did not meet but only heard of during Season One (another brother, Renly, a charismatic man with his own secrets and lover, was well portrayed Gethin Anthony during the first season… I told you it gets complicated!). Stannis is ice to Robert's earthiness and Renly's sun, a cold and remote man who seeks to claim the Iron Throne as much because it follows the letter of the law as he sees it as anything else, I'd wager.
Game of Thrones Season Two is set to debut on April 15th, 2012 on HBO, and I for one can't freaking wait. Promotion is just starting to kick off, and this teaser trailer alone is well enough to whet our appetites:
And everything I've mentioned touches on only but a slice of the story. There will be much doings up at the Wall (and beyond), across the Narrow Sea for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) as she comes into her own, and back in Westeros we'll want to see as much of the doings and machinations of Tyrion, the Starks, Jon Snow, Samwell, Theon (much to come from his house!), Varys, Littlefinger, Bron, Hodor, and on and on.
What are you looking forward to seeing in Season Two?