For all of the things that we love and obsess over on HBO's brilliant "Game Of Thrones", there are definitely a couple elements that we love to hate. Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, is one of them.
George R.R. Martin gets the lion's share of credit here for Cersei's creation, but we also have to hand it to Headey and her wonderfully cold, calculated and often infuriating (in a good way) portrayal. MTV News caught up with Headey recently at HBO's Golden Globes after-party, where she gave a little preview of what Cersei will be up to in season two.
"She loses things that she loves and she loses her mind slowly," Headey said. "And she kind of goes to war with Tyrion."
Don't get attached to any of your favorite characters in the upcoming second season of "Game of Thrones," because star Lena Headey warns that "it can be bye-bye any time."
Her costar Sean Bean found that out the hard way in season one, but Headey teased that her character Cersei is splintering off on a very different path in season two. Westeros's favorite mad queen is on top of the world after she managed to kill off some of her many enemies in season one, and Headey teased that Cersei's power hungry tendencies might start to get the better of her.
"It's intriguing because she's crazy," Headey said with a laugh. "Under the whole stoic thing, she's a little nuts."
Episode Title: "Lord Snow"
Story: After the long journey down the Kingsroad, Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) arrives in King's Landing to begin his work as the Hand of the King. But it turns out that King Robert (Mark Addy) prefers drinking, whoring and hunting to his actual kingly duties, and has somehow managed to get the country 6 million crowns (their form of currency) in debt. While Ned deals with the repercussions of that discovery, his eldest daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner) gets settled into court life and his youngest daughter Arya (Maisie Williams) begins taking sword lessons with her blade, Needle.
Back in Winterfell, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) can't remember the events that led up to his fall, but the fact that the 10-year-old is now paralyzed from the waist down leaves him wishing for death. His mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) reaches King's Landing and voices her fears about the Lannisters to Ned, while the Lannister twins -- Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) -- worry about whether Bran will end up remembering it was them who pushed him. Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) makes enemies before friends with his fellow Night's Watch recruits at the Wall, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has some climactic confrontations with her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd).
Episode Title: "The Kingsroad"
Written By: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Story: Picking up right where episode one left off, the royal court readies to depart from Winterfell and head to King's Landing with Ned Stark (Sean Bean) as the Hand of the King. But no one, especially not Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), are happy to leave the comatose Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) behind before he wakes up and shares why he "fell" out of a high tower. With his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) watching over him at all times, Ned heads south and his bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) heads north to dedicate himself to the Night's Watch at the Wall.
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clark) begins to adapt to Dothraki culture instead of just being a victim to her husband Khal Drogo's (Jason Momoa) brutish ways. Her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) does not find it as easy. Word of her recent marriage reaches King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), who is angered to find a Targaryen still alive and posing a threat to his kingdom. He is less worried about the fate of his son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) after he is attacked by Ned's daughter Arya's (Maisie Williams) direwolf, though it is her sister Sansa's (Sophie Turner) pet that must pay the ultimate price.
Episode Title: "Winter Is Coming"
Written By: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Story: Winter finally arrives as "Game of Thrones" premieres on HBO at long last. A mysterious danger looms from the icy wastes north of the fantastical country of Westeros as the king, Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) rides north to Winterfell. There he is seeking out Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) to replace his recently deceased second-in-command as the Hand of the King. But the king is a lecherous drunk, and the commitment might be more than Ned is willing to take for his old friend.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is soon to be wed to the barbarian horselord Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) as a part of the plan her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) has concocted to steal back the throne of Westeros. It turns out that Daenerys and Viserys might not have to work too hard for the seat of power after all, though, because the queen, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), and her brothers are playing a game of thrones all unto themselves.
Another day, another reason to be excited for the upcoming HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series, "Game of Thrones." HBO released a whole slew of promos for their next couple seasons of shows, and unsurprisingly "Game of Thrones" was among them. This teaser introduces us to the Iron Throne, the seat of power for the ruler of Westeros, and the major players in this struggle for the throne.
Before I go on to introduce to you in better detail the different characters that the promo shows us, here's a bit on the mythology of the Throne. As you can see in the trailer, it almost looks like a peacock in the back with all the swords sticking out of it. The first of the Targaryen rulers, Aegon I, had the throne built at the beginning of his reign from 1,000 swords surrendered by his enemies. It was his belief that a ruler should never be able to sit comfortably on his thrown, but also there is an underlying implication that those who are unworthy to rule will find themselves more bloodied and pricked by the throne than others. Read More...
Winter is coming... in April! Last night HBO showed a 10 minute behind-the-scenes feature for "Game of Thrones" before the season finale of "Boardwalk Empire." In it HBO revealed that its hot new show will be debuting in April 2011. There's also plenty of awesome character reveals (Petyr Baelish!) and scene sneak previews (Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister at the Wall!) for all those of you out there who are fans of the series like we are.
In honor of the 10 minute featurette, we decided to list the 10 reasons we're excited for the show -- and you should be too! So watch the video above and then hit the jump for 10 reasons we can't wait for winter to arrive. Be warned, some spoilers await! Read More...
Winter is coming, and we have never been more excited to freeze our butts off. If you were watching HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" last night, you were already treated to these two awesome sneak peeks at "Game of Thrones" but if you missed them then grab some tissues because you're about to drool all over yourself. Can you handle the Dinklage?
The first clip is a teaser of the series, which introduces us to all the major players in this game of thrones. There's Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), who is honorable to a fault. He explains to his son Bran why he had to behead a man that deserted his post at their Northern Wall. "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword," he said, hoping some of his own good intentions would pass on to his children. But Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) also points out one of Ned's major flaws in the teaser -- "You were trained to follow" -- letting us know that there might be some chinks in this northern lord's armor. Read More...
Confession time: I only got into George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series this past year, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. There are only four novels released of the planned seven so far (damn you, George) and they clock it at an average of 1000 pages a tome, but from the first page of the first novel in the series, "Game of Thrones," you become hooked.
If this is the first time you're hearing the words "Game of Thrones" in a sentence and you're a fan of epic fantasy, go out to your nearest bookstore and buy the novel. Once you're done, plan on subscribing to HBO in the spring, because everything I've heard about their upcoming adaptation makes it look amazing. And since I don't expect all of you to have been keeping religious tabs on their making of website, Entertainment Weekly has made it easy on you by sharing a very exciting first look at photos from the series. Read More...