After the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, there was utter dismay as the wearily noble Ned Stark (Sean Bean), the show’s main character, was beheaded upon request of King Landing’s menacing and newly crowned King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). In addition, there was a jumble of characters with bizarre names, such as Drogo, Viserys and Littlefinger, making it a headache for fans to keep track of everyone. However, despite Game of Thrones’ absurd ambition, it remains a captivating fantasy series that really looks set to have a wildly entertaining second season.
Based off George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, an ongoing series of epic fantasy novels, Game of Thrones has a solid foundation to be adapted from. Other fantasy literature works which have been adapted from novel to film, such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, have been riveting successes. With most of the groundwork already established in the first season of Game of Thrones, the grueling process of figuring out family bloodlines, character relationships and geographic locations is very much alleviated. And without a main character to hone in on, season two has the potential to portray a multitude of different storylines.
Aside from the upcoming war between Robb Stark’s (Richard Madden) avenging army against King Joffrey and the Iron Throne, there is much mystery shrouding the battles. The Haunted Forest beyond the great wall in the north, which is being investigated by the ominous members of the Night’s Watch, is blistering with wild beasts and unexpected dangers. Down south, there is the quest of Queen Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and the Dothraki soldiers, along with her newly-hatched baby dragons, to overthrow the Iron Throne and King Joffrey. In a setting where almost anything seems possible, there is no telling what kinds of new surprises will unfold this season. Certainly, there is much intrigue to the new season of Game of Thrones. Having already been nominated for best drama in both the Emmy and Golden Globe awards, the series has a devoted fan base and has received praise from critics around the TV industry. With a significant lack of these kinds of medieval fantasy shows on TV, expect Game of Thrones to continue with its rich storytelling, plethora of characters and outrageously delightful twists and turns.