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.
Know Your King
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.
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...
Know Your King
"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.
The War of the Five Kings is set to explode during the "Game of Thrones" season premiere, and we'll be here all week to familiarize you with the key players in the fight. We kicked off yesterday with cruel boy king Joffrey Baratheon, one of the vilest, most loathsome characters in the entirety of "Thrones." Today, we'll examine someone considerably more likable...
Know Your King
King in the North and Lord of Winterfell, Robb Stark represents everything that Joffrey does not: honor, loyalty and mercy -- to those who deserve it at least. With his father dead, Robb has been forced to grow up well beyond his years to wage war against the Lannisters... but even he has his boyish weaknesses.
"Game of Thrones" returns for its second season next Sunday (April 1), bringing a big mess of a war along with it. No fewer than five individuals have crowned themselves king in the great fantasy world of Westeros, each of them with their eye on the Iron Throne. All week long, we'll look at each of these would-be kings and catch you up on everything you need to know about them going into season two.
To kick things off, who better than the
man boy currently ruling in King's Landing?
Know Your King
You know him well by now: the cruel boy king Joffrey Baratheon. (Though he has no real claim to that last name, as you also know.) He sits upon the Iron Throne and rules King's Landing with ruthless, reckless abandon. Despite being surrounded by very capable (and very shady) advisors, Joffrey subscribes to the great Eric Cartman's "whatever, I do what I want" philosophy; he is the king, after all, and if he wants heads to roll, roll they shall.
Want some new "Game of Thrones" season two photos to go into the weekend? Of course you do. Click on The Dink's face to see a huge gallery of all kinds of "Thrones" goodness. You'll see new faces—Melisandre and Jaqen H'ghar, for two—and plenty of familiar ones as well including Dany, Jon, Tyrion (of course) and more. Not a bad way to pass the time until the "Thrones" season premiere on April 1, just over a week away.
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Well, this is awful. Or awesome. Depending on how you look at it. Either way, it's pretty darn grisly.
HBO has released a brand new "Game of Thrones" poster as part of the build-up to season two, premiering on April 1. The marketing for the new season has been all about the impending War of the Five Kings, and today's poster squares firmly on the actions of the deplorable Joffrey Baratheon... and exploits the greatest tragedy of "Game of Thrones" season one in the process.
Yeah, if you've seen the first season, you know what I'm talking about. See the bloody evidence for yourself beyond the break. But if you're not caught up on "Thrones" and plan to fix that before season two, warning: HUGE SPOILER ahead. Tread lightly!
Winter is coming, you win or you die, yadda yadda yadda. Enough with the slogans, let's get to the episodes already! "Game of Thrones" fans are rightfully foaming at the mouth for their impending return trip to Westeros on April 1, and while we're still a few weeks away from the hotly anticipated season premiere, here's something to make the wait a little less painful: official descriptions for the first five episodes, courtesy of HBO!
Keep reading for the five episode synopses, but be warned, spoilers lurk ahead!
Season 2, Episode 1: "The North Remembers" (April 1)
"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."
You shouldn't worry about getting your hopes up for a movie based on the "Friday Night Lights" TV series. It may be more likely than you think.
MTV News recently caught up with Connie Britton, one of the stars, and she said that director Peter Berg isn’t just shooting his mouth off when he talks about plans for an "FNL" movie. In fact, when she last spoke to him, she learned that he 100 percent plans on making the film come together.
"I actually just saw Pete this week and he is full-on serious about it," Britton said. "I love the idea. I think it's a great idea and I love those characters and listen, I think if they put a movie together, they're going to do it right. I really have faith in that."
Just when you thought that a "Game of Thrones" season two trailer couldn't get any more badass than "You Win or You Die," HBO just released one that is. The newest teaser is set to the Florence + the Machine song "Seven Devils" and features some of the scenes fans have most been looking forward to in the HBO show's upcoming season.
"Game of Thrones" season two doesn't premiere until April 1, but there's more than enough in this trailer to keep fans sated for the next 27 days. The trailer, which debuted courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, includes plenty of new footage of everything from the Battle of Blackwater to the riot at King's Landing, so there's plenty to get excited about. Read on for a look at five key scenes from the latest look at "Game of Thrones."
Holy Westeros, that's a lot of "Game of Thrones" goodness!
HBO has released 17 new stills ahead of the second season premiere of "Thrones," airing on April 1. In the new batch of photos, you'll get acquainted with newcomers Stannis Baratheon, Melisandre of Asshai, Davos Seaworth and more. You'll also see familiar faces like Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and the Imp Tyrion Lannister.
Check out the whole gallery by clicking on Dany's exhausted face below, and check out our rundown of all the new "Game of Thrones" characters while you're at it!