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If you're a fan of "Game of Thrones," the photo you see below should make you very, very happy. Your mind isn't playing tricks on you: that is indeed Jerome Flynn as the sellsword Bronn, taking aim with a fire-tipped arrow at an unseen enemy with Blackwater Bay at his back. That's right: the Battle of Blackwater is on!

It's the first official photo from "Blackwater," the highly awaited episode of "Game of Thrones" season two that finally, finally, thrusts viewers into the thick of an all-out battle (as in on screen, no getting-knocked-out-and-skipping-the-fight trickery) between Joffrey's allies in King's Landing and the forces of Stannis Baratheon. "A Song of Ice and Fire" mastermind George R.R. Martin wrote the episode, only adding to the list of reasons why fans are losing their minds in anticipation of the hour.

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If you watched last night's episode of "Game of Thrones," there are really only two words we need to say: shadow baby. And if you didn't see last night's episode, well, it's as weird as it sounds. Check out our weekly video recap series, "Watching the Thrones," in the player below for more on Melisandre's sorcery, Catelyn Stark's continued grief, some serious changes between the novels and the television series where Robb Stark is concerned, and Daenerys Targaryen's glorious decision to finally do stuff.

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Westeros has seen better days. Franky, it's never been pretty over there, but the Seven Kingdoms are in even rougher shape than usual, as evidenced by the third episode of "Game of Thrones" season two, titled "What is Dead May Never Die." The Arya Stark-heavy affair saw the brutal deaths of two recurring characters, not to mention the reintroduction of Renly Baratheon, now fancying himself a king. With his return came the debut of Brienne of Tarth, the six-foot-four warrior woman now serving as part of the king's Rainbow Guard.

Get more of our thoughts on the latest "Game of Thrones" in this week's episode of "Watching the Thrones," our weekly video recap!

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by Joel Hanek

After last week's Bastard Hunt, I've finally been able to scrub away the seared image of Joffrey's nauseating visage from the inside of my eyelids just in time for the second episode of the second season of "Game of Thrones," titled "The Night Lands."

Check out our recap past the jump!

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by Joel Hanek

A brief preamble: While I can’t claim that I was there from the beginning and have devoured all of George R. R. Martin’s fantastic series in literary form, I have been claiming my right to the throne ever since marathoning the first season of “Game of Thrones” over a weekend. In other words: I’m not an expert, I’m just a fan who now annoys all of his friends by constantly asking them if they’ve watched the show yet and gets frustrated when Auto-Correct messes up all of my texts in Dothraki.

By some miracle divined by the Internet Gods the shocking reveal of Ned Stark’s beheading at the end of season one remained unspoiled for me – so I approached season two not with the question of how would the death of the Stark patriarch effect the characters in the realm but rather how would it effect the show as a whole? To the Westeros virgin, Eddard seemed to be the glue of the show, and without him I was curious to see whether “Game of Thrones” would thrive or languish. Thrive it does.

Warning: spoilers are coming.

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Winter is here! Winter is here! Thank the Seven, winter is here! At long last, "Game of Thrones" has returned for its second season, bringing us our first new trip to Westeros since last year's dragon-birthing finale "Fire and Blood." Tonight, we kick things off with "The North Remembers," an aptly titled episode filled with Stark vengeance, Lannister cruelty and Baratheon plotting. In short: it's everything you know and love about the HBO fantasy series, just with a lot less Ned Stark. (Rest in peace, Lord of Winterfell.)

Our live-blog of the season premiere starts right now, so join in and follow along while we watch winter and war sweep over Westeros!

9:58 PM: And that's a wrap! Hope you guys enjoyed returning to Westeros as much as I did. Check back in a few hours for the first of our new "Game of Thrones" weekly video recaps, and for now, let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments or on Twitter!

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Joffrey Baratheon. Robb Stark. Balon Greyjoy. Renly Baratheon. Who are we missing in the War of the Five Kings? Well, in my opinion, we're missing the big one: the new guy on the street, the man some have called Azhor Azhai Reborn. The final king to enter the ring, ladies and gentlemen, is...

Stannis

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Stannis Baratheon, the last player in the War of the Five Kings, is perhaps the most dangerous of them all. No, he doesn't behead lords for the fun of it, nor does he own a direwolf. But he does have the red woman -- and that is more than enough.

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Winter is coming – and with it comes the season two premiere of “Game of Thrones,” just days away! And you know what that means: incest, murder, and wolves! Being lucky enough to get an early sneak peek at the first episode of season two, our “Talk Nerdy” experts are devoting this week’s entire episode to discuss the series as we move farther into Westeros. What can we expect from season two? How faithful is the show staying to the books? Find all of these questions out and more by checking out the video:

What do you guys want to see from “Game of Thrones” season two? Let us know in the comment section, or challenge our claims to the “Throne” by hitting us up on Twitter @mtvmoviesblog, or send @roundhoward @pharesvswild @joelhanek a message from a raven yourself!

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The War of Five Kings raging throughout the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros features lots of players, not all of them likable. Joffrey Baratheon? Total jerk. Balon Greyjoy? Not as bad, but still pretty grim. Robb Stark is someone we can all root for, but like his father, humor isn't exactly his game. Which is why it's refreshing to have a friendlier face in the mix of this battle.

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Renly

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No stranger to royal blood and the court intrigue of King's Landing, Renly Baratheon of the Stormlands is yet another man running about Westeros calling himself king. Following the death of his elder brother Robert, Renly has taken it upon himself to become the Baratheon that Westeros needs -- but just because he's likable doesn't make him the right man for the job.

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Not all of the would-be kings of "Game of Thrones" season two are familiar faces. We love to hate Joffrey, and we love to love Robb, but there are other players in the mix who are simply too new to get an immediate read on. In our third day examining the War of the Five Kings, we're looking at one of the new characters vying for the Iron Throne...

Balon Greyjoy

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"What's dead may never die." So speak the worshipers of the Drowned God of the Iron Islands. This area of Westeros is ruled by the cold and calculated Balon Greyjoy, yet another of the key players eyeballing a crown in season two of "Game of Thrones." Unlike his competition, however, Balon's a veteran when it comes to playing this particular game.

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