It's been a pretty huge two weeks for HBO's fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" already, and it's about to get bigger.
Here's a quick recap: the penultimate episode this season, "Baelor," was the most jaw-dropping episode to date, and its conclusion left you fans pretty divided. Then star Sean Bean got stabbed at a pub and went back for another drink, which is about as badass as they come.
On top of that, the first season finale of "Game of Thrones" aired last night, promising us the glory of dragons and the clash of kings -- except, sadly, it'll be a good little while before winter comes to HBO again.
But fret not: winter is coming. Not only is season two about to get underway, but you'll be able to satisfy your "Game of Thrones" fix in a more immediate way very, very soon. Find out all the details you need to know about the second season of "Game of Thrones" and beyond past the jump!
Episode Title: "You Win Or You Die"
Story: After attacking Ned Stark and killing his men, Jaime Lannister has fled King's Landing for Casterly Rock, the home of his father, Tywin Lannister, who gives him a lesson in getting the job done. Things aren't going very well for his sister Cersei in King's Landing, though, once Ned confronts her about her relationship with her brother. But the situation is even graver for King Robert, who comes back from his hunt with more slaughtered meat than he bargained for -- a grim reality that leaves Ned with some difficult choices to make.
Across the Narrow Sea, Khal Drogo finds himself compelled to win the Iron Throne of Westeros for his wife Daenerys. Up north at the Wall, Jon Snow frets over his uncle's delayed return as well as his disappointing new assignment for the Night's Watch -- until his portly pal Samwell points out a significant silver lining.
Episode Title: "A Golden Crown"
Story: Ned's consolation prize for being attacked by the queen's brother, the so-called Kingslayer Jaime Lannister, is being reinstated as the King's Hand by Robert Baratheon, who just wants to go hunting and not deal with matters of state. But Ned knows that King's Landing is not safe for him, and tells his daughters Sansa and Arya that they must go south. It is only then that he uncovers the secret that the former King's Hand died to keep from telling...
In the Eyrie, Tyrion Lannister fights to save his life from his captors, Catelyn Stark and her sister Lysa Arryn, in a manner of speaking. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen must juggle issues with her increasingly delusional brother Viserys and the coming of her powerful son who is growing inside of her.
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.