“Game of Thrones” premieres on Sunday, April 1, and after exciting tidbits, cast photos and amazing trailers, fans are chomping at the bit to finally see the episode. We’ve given you a list of must-have items for your premiere parties, tweets from the cast and a new character primer. Now we’ve got a preview of the first episode of Season 2. (Spoilers are extremely mild.)
When we last left Westeros, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was a prisoner. The Jaime we see this time around is not the bright, shining golden boy we’ve gotten used to. He’s in Robb Stark (Richard Madden), his direwolf and his mother Catelyn’s (Michelle Fairley) hands now and if you’re a Lannister, that’s not a good place to be.
Beyond the Wall in the north, covered in giant animal hides we find Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Samwell Tarley (John Bradley). There is someone they need to save when they visit Craster’s hold and it’s not going to be easy.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is Khaleesi of a demolished tribe and wandering the Red Waste. Her dragons are hungry. She has no idea how to feed them, and food and water are running out. What’s a Khaleesi to do?
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) wants to be king and he’s got the Red Priestess to help him do it. Her name is Melisandre (Carice Van Houten), and she’s using religion and magic to her advantage. Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) is loyal to Stannis, and may tip the balance.
Arya (Maisie Williams) is part of a group heading north for the Night’s Watch, disguised as a boy. Hard living and the need to answer the call of nature is going to make that difficult. So will the dangerous prisoners they’re carting along with them.
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is back in King’s Landing as the Hand of the King. Want to guess who’s not too happy about this? Yup. It’s Cersei (Lena Headey). She’s got quite enough on her hands with Joffery (Jack Gleeson). She’s created a monster and she’s just starting to realize how bad it is.
You think you wanted to slap the heck of Joffery before? This is going to make you downright stabby. Not only is he having Sansa (Sophie Turner) beaten for anything she does (or just because he feels like it), but he does something awful that is almost Biblical in scale.
Are you ready? Because the night is dark and full of terrors. War is coming.