The first publicity photos from season two!
By Winter Is Coming on in Media, News.

HBO has released 17 promo photos from season two of Game of Thrones. And they are amazing!

More after the break!

Jon Snow photo: Oliver Upton/HBO | 2nd Daenerys photo: Paul Schiraldi/HBO | All other photos: Helen Sloan/HBO.

Winter Is Coming: Wow. Where to begin? Everyone looks amazing, especially Brienne. It’s like she stepped out of my imagination. Mel, Stannis and Davos look perfect. Theon looks more badass this season. As does Robb and Jon and Dany and Renly and… Gah! Only 52 more days!

UPDATE: Some interesting info can be gleaned from the metadata of these photos. Below I have listed the episodes each pic is from, as well as the location of the scene.

Stannis & Melisandre – ep204, Near Storm’s End
Brienne – ep204, Renly’s Tent
Jon – no metadata available
Robb – ep201, Stockades in Robb’s Camp
Bran & Hodor – ep201, Winterfell Godswood
Theon – ep205, Lordsport Harbor
Renly – ep204, Renly’s Tent
Balon – ep202, Balon Greyjoy’s chamber at Pyke
Cersei – ep201, Throne Room
Tyrion – ep203, The Hand’s Chamber
Sansa – ep204, Throne Room
Joffrey – ep204, Throne Room
Dany – no metadata available
Davos – ep204, Near Storm’s End
Arya – ep203, Abandoned Tower
Dany – no metadata available
Catelyn – ep204, Catelyn’s Tent in Renly’s Camp


301 Comments

  1. Pete
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    First? Yes First!

  2. Harry The Heir
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    OH MY GAWWDD!

  3. Michelle Peeples
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Amazing pictures. Come on April 1st! Many thanks to Winter is Coming for posting these.

    Michelle

  4. Steven Swanson
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks awesome, better than I ever could have expected.

    Melisandre’s not looking so red, more of a “burnt umber”.

  5. Idaan
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Brienne is spot on.

  6. Kevin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    looks great! can’t wait till April!

  7. Arvin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    *FLAILING*

  8. Mosh
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Brienne! Bran! Yay! And Melisandre looks very red and awesome. Exponential badassery!

  9. scott glennon
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks awesome! Renly’s tent no doubt..

  10. Bob Loblaw
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Brienne is so spot-on. That’s such a good job by everyone involved.

  11. The Rabbit
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    OMG Brienne is perfect!

  12. Gina
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    HODOR!

  13. Tom
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks like a dude~!
    FUCKING AWESOME.
    That’s one fear to cross off my list..

  14. STsauga
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Who’s in the pic above Cersei?

  15. Arvin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Steven Swanson:
    Melisandre’s not looking so red, more of a “burnt umber”.

    Gotta agree that they’ve done a terrible job on the hair colors overall, but Melisandre having red hair would be too “fantasy-ish” for the average tv-audience and maybe repel them. Frankly, I’m not quite sure she will be as “magical” as in the books either.

  16. Lex
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    OH YEAH!!!!! Sh!t just got REAL!

  17. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    These are amazing. I’m so glad that I was wrong and Brienne looks as good as she does. I’m loving all the new characters in costume so far.

  18. Kevin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    STsauga,

    Balon Greyjoy

  19. WolvesWillComeAgain
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Damn, everyone is so lovely. Carice in particular is gorgeous. And the men…oh the men!

    Brienne, finally! And wow, Maisie really does look like a boy there

    Poor Sansa, that scene is going to be so hard to watch

  20. Arvin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    STsauga,

    Balon the mother-effing Greyjoy.

  21. Sanette
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    This is so amazing!! I love you HBO! :D
    Seriously, the second season looks crazy good. Melisandre is perfect.

  22. OhDanyBoy
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Awesome pictures!

    Stannis looking very gray – I like it!

    Brienne is too good to be true! Perfect casting and makeup!

    Bran and Hodor = amazing.

    Theon in Iron Island armour? Me likey!

    Squid carved into the walls of Balon’s room? If there were such a thing as too much awesome, that would be it. But there isn’t.

    Had to wait for these but they are so worth it!

  23. Mean25
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    wallpapers <3

  24. João Amaral
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Theon is looking awesome!

  25. Lex
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    My god, they all look AMAZING! Especially Brienne, Hodor/Bran, and Balon Greyjoy, PERFECT!

  26. XenkanMonk
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    ZOMG so brilliant! But who’s that old dude?

  27. Heather Buckman
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    OMG *falls off chair*

  28. Tyler Marcet
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    holy crap Mel is pale

  29. EvilPicnic
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Brienne OMFG Brienne…

  30. Khal Nick
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    That is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen!

  31. HB
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love the Sansa photo. Absolutely stunning.

    And oh look. Bran still exists.

  32. Nick
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    - very much like Brienne. look forward to her SoS story line very much
    - happy to see Bran in his basket. he is adorable
    - like the look of pyke. nothing like I imagined but it works
    - maisie could totally pass for a young boy. glad they pulled this off. in fact, when comparing the two, her and issac could almost be twins.

  33. Lex
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    EvilPicnic:
    Brienne OMFG Brienne…

    I think that’s the best photo of the bunch… Simply perfect…

  34. gisizzlah
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    *screams loudly* Brienne looks exactly as i pictured her….. April 1st can’t get here fast enough!!!

  35. freyar_88
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    PHOTOS! Wow.
    1. Mel looks smoking hot. Stannis looks great although…he could be balder… Kidding, I really don’t mind. As long as I hear some teeth grinding in the show.
    2. Christie looks amazing as Brienne. Enough with all of this ‘not ugly enough’ stuff. She looks just like Brienne.
    3.I just fell in love with Jon all over again.
    4. Same goes for Robb.
    5. HODOR! And Bran looks really sweet.
    6. Theon…grrr. But Alfie Allen looks very kraken-esque.
    7. Wow, Renly got HOT. And are those peaches I see in the fruit bowl behind him?
    8. Balon…grr. But again, kraken-esque.
    9.I’ve seen some claims that Headey isn’t beautiful enough for Cersei, which is insane. She looks incredible.
    10. It is going to be another great year for Dinklage. So excited for the Tyrion/Cersei scenes.
    11. Ah Sansa…you’re about to make us fall in love with you despite how annoying you were in S1… Turner is so pretty.
    12.Gleeson is one of the best bits of casting for the whole show. He is just so good at making me hate Joff even more. Which I didn’t think possible.
    13.I don’t like Dany that much in the books, but Emilia Clarke is winning me over. She’s fantastic.
    14. Davos is going to be amazing.
    15. Valar Morghulis! I love that girl.
    16.The Red Waste don’t look fun.
    17.I love Fairley as Cat. Again, seen some bizarre complaints about her looks. She looks perfect for Cat.
    Well, that’s me done. Gonna go watch the trailer for the billionth time.

  36. wandaXmaximoff
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Everyone looks amazing, but I’m especially impressed with Melisandre and Brienne.

  37. Katja
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Can not WAIT for April!!

    Oh, and I love the fact that they seem to be putting people in House colours more. :)

  38. Steel_Wind
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Very nice!

    I agree on Brienne. She looks spot-fucking-on. Great casting and costume work there.

    The armor detailing on Alfie Allen’s (Theon’s) armor is great and the Kraken’s Arm in the “stonework” behind Balon Greyjoy surrounding the fireplace is outstanding!

    More problematically, Davos looks more kingly and authoritative than Stannis. I’m sure the dialog and context will sort that out in short order but — just sayin’. Stannis I’m not sure I could bend the knee too, but Davos in that still looks like he would have your balls on a plate with a snap of his fingers.

    The degree to which Arya looks like Arry in that picture is outstanding! You could buy that she was passed off as a boy (at least in that pic). Very nicely done. Seeing as Maisey Williams is such an attractive girl, I’m sure that costume and make-up effect took some serious effort to pull off, too.

    It’s starting to feel a little more “real” now — though I am sure that it won’t be until the Blu-Ray is in my hot lil hands that Season 2 will feel as imminent as it should.

    “Is your sword sharp, Jon Snow?”

    Storm of Swords, my favorite book in the English language is *that* much closer!!

    Great pics!

  39. Brad
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Brienne is spot on for the safe, beautiful HBO version of ASoIaF. It’s a shame they couldn’t have had a genuinely ugly actress play the part, since that is a big part of the character.

  40. Convivial Edd
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I would totally make shadow babies with Melisandre.

    Also, Brienne looks perfect.

  41. Ro
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Awesome. Jaime’s interest in Brienne will be very believable when he sees her without all that armor on and cleaned up after a bath.

  42. Alex
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Everyone looks great!! Melisandre is going to be one of my favorites I can already tell! So glad to finally get a glimpse of the kids as well…..I dieing waiting! They’re doing such a great job with this show! Doing the books justice….GO HBO!!!

  43. Daniel Moitz
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Steven Swanson:
    Melisandre’s not looking so red, more of a “burnt umber”.

    Well this is outdoors. There was an earlier indoor preview shot of her, where both her clothes and her hair had a much stronger, more vibrant red, because of the warm candle/torch light (or whatever they use to fake that)

  44. darquemode
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Simply amzing!

    HBO managed to capture not only beautiful images, but the personality of each character! Brilliant work indeed!

    Brienne looks perfect, but she would been byond perfect she she had a blue tunic on under the aromor… or a blue cloak… Just sayin’ XD

    Never doubt HBO’s casting…

  45. Jonho
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks awesome! Perfect

    And ohmygod Carice is so beautiful what the hell perfect

    And how acan anyone say that Lena isn’t beautiful enough, what a vision!

  46. Hear Me Roar
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    YEAH MAN!

  47. CrannogMan
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Brad:
    Brienne is spot on for the safe, beautiful HBO version of ASoIaF. It’s a shame they couldn’t have had a genuinely ugly actress play the part, since that is a big part of the character.

    Hilarious trolling man.

  48. STsauga
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Arvin,

    Thanks

  49. Nimble Dick
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    I am really hoping that Tyrion loses the “Hand of the King” badge and gains a chain to mark the other chain.

    SWWEEEEEEEEETTTTTT

  50. Deryn
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Dagnabbit, where’s my Asha? :/

  51. Mormegil
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic.

    Have to agree with others saying Arya looks very boylike. We also see Hotpie, Greenhands and I think Gendry sleeping behind her.

    Brienne, what can you say? As GRRM himself said Christie is Brienne.

    Balon, not at all as I imagined him (took a moment to work out who he was) but looks good.

    Joff looks totally evil on the Iron Throne.

  52. Ingemar Svensson
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I love that Theon now has the kraken on his chest. Here’s hoping they do the same with many other characters. That was something that was lacking in season 1.

  53. loco73
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Freaking amazing! The new characters looks so interesting, Stephen Dillane looks like such a badass, Brienne ( a character I’m not yet familiar with, as I’ve just finished the first novel only), as well as Melissandre…cool pics!

    Just saw Liam Cunningham the other night while watching “Centurion”… Also happy to report that both Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glenn) and Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) have starring roles in “The Iron Lady” with Merry Streep!

    I must admit that I’m ashamed that after all these years, as I was watching “King Arthur” (Extended Cut), I just realized that Stephen Dillane was in the movie the whole time…gesshhhh…never occurred to me that he was Merlin…kind of unrecognizable with all the make-up and blue woad paint…Also our Ser Alisser Thorne, Owen Teale, is in the movie, the Extended Cut, as Pelagius, Arthur’s mentor in childhood…boy…I really am getting senile…

    Oh yeah and the casting in “The Iron Lady” was done by one…Nina Gold…

  54. MockingTheFlayedLion
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    These photos are amazing and awesome, but I must say I am a tiny bit disappointed that there are no pictures of Roose Bolton out there yet (in my knowledge). I mean, he is already brilliantly cast so he has to be a part of this season.

  55. Lex
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Ingemar Svensson:
    I love that Theon now has the kraken on his chest. Here’s hoping they do the same with many other characters. That was something that was lacking in season 1.

    Agreed 100%, and I noticed the same thing. There seems to be a little more heraldry (I hope). Look at Stannis’s chest, he’s got the flaming heart!

  56. Maxwell James
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I am beginning to get worried…that I will have nothing to complain about this season. Please, GoT, don’t break my heart.

  57. Constance
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Who is that blond man… OH MY GOD BRIENNE! Perfection.

  58. Bryon Blofstein
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Well if I wasn’t excited, I am now! 52 days can’t come fast enough!

  59. garik16
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks perfect….except two complaints:
    1. Her Armor should be blue, no?
    2. I thought they found gold armor wouldn’t work well on TV, so they didn’t do it for the Kingsguard, but she has gold armor. Odd.

  60. Ser Lemon Cake
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Hot Pie! Sorry. Looks like the budget as been upped and used wisely with more detailed sets and costumes. Interesting that we have seen a few shoots of Brienne but not JH and Asha. guess the casual viewer is not folowing every news item and will be surprised by their reveals none the less.

  61. Arvin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Deryn,

    Presenting her as Yara Greyjoy would spoil the whole Yara/Theon scene. :p

  62. rorschach-
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Would like to give some criticism but… Mel… hot damn. Can’t think with brains for a while. Not exactly what I imagined but… damn.

  63. Rukie44
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Excellent! Bran gets his basket!

    From that shot of Davos, I can totally imagine him giving that distrustful look to Mel as she talks with Stannis.

    I didn’t think think Brienne’s hair would be that short, but she looks amazing! I can’t wait to see her in action!

    And speaking of hair… it may just be the lighting, but I think Theon has had about 2 or 3 different shades of hair color up until this point. I remember it being slightly lighter (for the most part) in the first season

  64. Happy Henry
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    These are FANTASTIC!!!!

    Bran looks like he’s growing up fast. What are they going to do when he’s a teen? With regards being carried by Hodor.

  65. Leonard Zorn
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    The Bran pic makes me suspicious: Doesnt´it show the fleeing from Winterfell? Then the Reeds are out, aren´t they? Give me hope!

  66. OhDanyBoy
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    garik16:
    Brienne looks perfect….except two complaints:
    1.Her Armor should be blue, no?
    2.I thought they found gold armor wouldn’t work well on TV, so they didn’t do it for the Kingsguard, but she has gold armor.Odd.

    White armour – they couldn’t do white armour. That’s why the Kingsguard do indeed have a golden-coloured armour instead.

  67. Lise Bollum
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Woooooowwww!!! Awesomness x infinity!

    First remark: Brienne looks PERFECT! I’m already looking forward to season 3 with this!

    Other thoughts in no particular order; I LOVED seeing Cersei in perfect Lannister colours, and doesn’t Tyrion’s outfit resemble one of those worn by Tywin in S1?
    I think Theon’s Kraken-adorned armour looks fantastic, and I believe the Iron Islands will live up to the Lovecraftian Viking-age feel I get when reading the books!

    Arya really looks like a boy, and I think she kind of resembles Bran in that picture. (loved seeing Bran and Hodor, too)

    As for Melisandre’s hair; I’m quite certain some of the auburn-ness can be explained by the desaturation; I think it looks redder in the trailer if I remember it correctly.

  68. houndlover
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    So excited!

    I can’t WAIT for that Sansa scene, I hope it’s as good as in the book (& includes some SanxSan moments for us Houndlings)

    Brienne is so perfect I want to cry, exactly how I pictured her in the books, well, her hair is a bit shorter but I wont complain, she looks amazing!

    ‘Arry’ looks great, so glad she cut her own hair, & I’m amused how much she looks like me as a child with a bowl-cut haha.

    Davos…. can’t wait, he’s one of my fave characters & I hope they have his sigil right! Onions ahoy!!!!

  69. dizzy_34
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Nothing much to say but those kick ass!

  70. Flóra Ballabás
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I never thought that would ever happen, but I have to say, Joffrey is the best of all the pictures! I love how the actor shows everything about him so perfectly.

    And I have to say that I don’t like Melisandre at all… But she still has chance to convince me with her acting, so I’m hoping!

  71. houndlover
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Flóra Ballabás,

    I’m with you, not a fan of the Red Lady so I hope she’ll change my mind. I don’t like Dany in the books but lover her on the show….

  72. Tessa Leonie
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Finally! These look so good. Carice will make a great evil bitch. Brienne looks great, I was afraid they were gonna keep her as a surprise. The men keep getting hotter (Renly who would have thought). Maisie is the perfect Arya/Arry, she looks a bit like a young Pete Doherty in this picture. Waiting just got even harder.

  73. Epic fishhead
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Lise Bollum: As for Melisandre’s hair; I’m quite certain some of the auburn-ness can be explained by the desaturation; I think it looks redder in the trailer if I remember it correctly.

    She looks like she is wearing an absurd wig in the Shadows trailer. I like her hair here. Please god don’t let them wig her or I shall be forced to resign my top ten fan spot and wallow to purgatori where the GoT unfans live the rest of eternity.

  74. Tickler's Gold
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Awesome!
    Particularly liking the Theon, Davos and Arya pics…
    Theon’s breastplate is a nicely done detail; and Balon’s kraken fireplace.

  75. Rukie44
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    If that’s Lightbringer poking out from Stannis’s belt (which you know it is), I can already tell that the handle looks a bit different than those of other swords we’ve seen in the series so far.

    I love how the armor now has the house sigils on them, including Stannis’s firey heart. Can’t wait for a better (color) view of that.

  76. Hirondelle
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Just got home and saw these. I really needed a surprise of the good kind, but not anymore! This did the trick. Simply stunning! Everyone looks like they walked from the page through my head and onto the screen.

    Brienne!

    Bran and Hodor!

    I hate to wish months of my lifetime away, but can it be April please? Like, right now?

  77. Mimsy
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks GORGEOUS in a manly way.. perfection! Exactly as I envisioned her and wow look at that outfit! To me, both Brienne and the Hound are quiet towers of strength.

    JON.. black is your color… so in love right now..

    I can’t get over the details and the colors. This is going to be an amazing season.

  78. Ed
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t that Craster?

    Nope – it’s Balon?? Wow – looks more like I would expect Craster to look. Huh.

    XenkanMonk:
    ZOMG so brilliant! But who’s that old dude?

  79. Zach
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Very bland picture of Mel. I hope that’s not the best they could show of her. What a muted dress/shawl. Why is the show team so opposed to the vibrant colors of Martin’s books?

    Adding my voice to everyone else, though. Brienne looks fantastic, and I dig that giant squid fireplace like nobody’s business.

  80. Franny Bee
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Jon looks cold. I am here to warm him up ;)

    It’s really great to see the costumes in such detail – Tyrion’s overcoat for example – and really appreciate the richness and texture of it all. Also noted that no one has even a hint of a smile in any of these pics (okay, Tyrion looks bemused). It appears that worried frowns are the expression of choice for book 2/season 2. This is SERIOUS drama for seriousness. Bring it on!

  81. Epic fishhead
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Love all of these. But who is the strung out dothraki prostitute in the rags and bleach blonde wig? I’d say she’s a model for a heroin-chic perfume but her center of gravity is way too low for that.

  82. RR
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Brienne… Wow!

  83. The Kingslayer
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I am not feeling Mel, she just isn’t as attractive of voluptuous as I imagined her. To me Melisandre is a slimmed down version of Christina Hendricks.

  84. houndlover
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Now, dear WIC, may we have some Sandor publicity pics? And Podrick Payne! And Jaqen!!!!!

    I want Tom Wlaschiha/Jaqen pics ASAP! :D

  85. surfKralen
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Brad,

    Royalty agree.

  86. Felagund
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    They all look amazing! Especially Brienne!!! Spot on!

    However, Stannis and Mel are still disappointing to me…
    Stannis has the looks of a minor bank clerk with gastric ulcer, and I am wondering that no one pointed out the striking resemblance between Melisandre and Little Red Riding Hood…
    (Melisandre with a braid??? Seven hells, no way!)

  87. The Kingslayer
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Having recently re-watched John Adams I am more than confident Stephan will make a superb Stannis.

  88. Robbet
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    April never comes!!!!!!!!! Brienne is just like how I imagined her! She is perfect. Also loved Mel (honestly, not as I pictured her, but fine enough), Stannis and Davos. Arya is amazing!
    The only one that is really not as I wanted to is Balon Greyjoy…. But if the actor is good, I will be convinced and happy with it.
    Thanks WiC and HBO! This is what makes time pass faster! :)

  89. Dragolf
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Wow, they nailed it once again! How lucky are we that our series is in such good hands!? I can’t be more excited for April!!!

  90. Franny Bee
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Felagund,

    I would venture that Stannis’ ‘averageness’ is one of the reasons very few are interested in him as King. He’s just Stannis, the loser middle brother, the uninteresting one… also a registered douchebag (imho).

  91. surfKraken
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I mean totaly agree. Brienne looks good and cinematic but in the books she is as ugly as they get.

    Balon looks amazing. Blows my expectations.

    Who is the character after Dany, before Arya?

    Fire is getting stokes!!!

  92. Knurk
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Leonard Zorn:
    The Bran pic makes me suspicious: Doesnt´it show the fleeing from Winterfell? Then the Reeds are out, aren´t they? Give me hope!

    First thing that came to my mind too, it does look like they’re on the run. Maybe they stumble onto the Reeds in season 3 or we’re in for the best kept secret this season.

  93. HouseLark
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    One more for the Brienne love. Perfect.

    Jaqen is going to be iconic, I think they’ll try and keep him under wraps until the series starts.

  94. NewJeffCT
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    What a disaster – the Red Wastes look much too yellow-y brown to me. The whole season is ruined.

    okay, just kidding.

    Pics look great – Davos and Stannis look like they’ll fit into their roles pretty nicely.

  95. Felagund
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    surfKraken:

    Who is the character after Dany, before Arya?

    That, good ser, is Davos Seaworth.

  96. Ninepenny
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Huzzah to HBO for the fantabulous photos.

  97. Ed
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Okay, seriously: Could anyone in the whole world have played Tyrion besides Peter?

    I think not.

  98. Coltaine777
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    everyone looks great but special praise for Brienne, she looks perfect !!..

  99. Steven Swanson
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Brad: Brienne is spot on for the safe, beautiful HBO version of ASoIaF. It’s a shame they couldn’t have had a genuinely ugly actress play the part, since that is a big part of the character.

    In this context she’s ugly enough.

    And ugly women don’t make it as actresses, except in “character roles”, and those are generally reserved for older women. Feel free to bitch about our society at your leisure, but don’t blame HBO.

  100. Knurk
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    BTW, it’s starting to look like they fixed the wigs (though Carice’s wig did look bad in the trailer).

    And Dany is all bloody, I wonder what she’s been up to. What kind of pin does she wear on her leftboob? (frack Emilia Clarke is so hot my monitor is melting, or is it my eyeballs?)

  101. userj
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    ASFDGILJASLDKFJWOEITULJVALKSDJVHLASBHA:LSFJLAKSJF

  102. dizzy_34
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Take a bow Paul Gude!

  103. LoF
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    WOW!!!!!

  104. Mimsy
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I feel faint thinking of what Jaqen is gonna look like. I so wouldn’t mind the wild hair. Just sayin.

    Gleeson.. bravo. If looks could kill.

    Hmm .. what’s going on with Stannis in that pic? I really love his voice so i’m thinking that detail will give him the edge over Davos.. who i’m loving right now.

  105. Stanimira
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Wow, great pics! Brienne looks amazing, just like i imagined her!

  106. Reverse Nielsen
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks fantastic, but the lack of blue in her outfit really is too bad.
    This. Maybe they want to go with a uniform gold thing in Camp Renly scenes, but whatever the reason it’s a damn shame.

  107. Toast
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Love all the pictures, and all the Brienne praise is warranted.

    The only one I don’t like is Balon. Sorry to say, but when I think of Balon, I think of him snapping back at Theon, “Give me!?!?!”. I know he is a minor role, but that scene has to work for everyone to get why Theon has to try so hard to impress.

    Can’t wait.

  108. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I almost had a heart attack when I saw Brienne, as Winter said, It’s like she stepped right out of my imagination. Creepy.

    And finally a good view of Mel :) Look at the size of that Ruby!

  109. Kibble
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Brienne looks just like she does in the AGOT card game from Fantasy Flight. It’s like that painting come to life.

  110. userj
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    ok tempered response, pretty much the same as the other trailers. Everyone looks awesome except melisandre who has the same stupid “look im super evil” expression. I think she looks fine, it’s the portrayal that I’m worried about.

    Also STANNIS AND BRIENNE I CANNNNNNNT

  111. Jenny
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I would like to emphasize on Cersei’s expression. It’s so very cerseiish.
    Wonderful.
    I think Lena Heady is going to shine next season and silence all the critics.
    I can already see her advising Sansa that Payne is going to cut their heads of in case of a lost battle

    Nothing to add about Brienne. I think Melisandre will look redder in the end, this is the well-known grayish preview tint.

  112. Johan Sporre
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Finally HBO came through! Why couldn’t they have doled this awesomeness out over a month or so? Can’t believe how perfect Gwendoline will be as Brienne.

  113. hughso2
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Play this while looking at the photos – awesome
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foDgTn2CS-o&feature=related

  114. Wastrel
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Joan of Arc looks brilliant.
    [Too pretty? Not really. I think people overemphasise how ugly she is in the book - people call her ugly a lot, but I think that's in part to hurt her and in part because, by the standards of the day, she IS hideously ugly. She looks like a boy. Women-who-look-frightening were not in fashion back then.]

    Arry looks like a boy.

    Don’t like the picture of Stannis – doesn’t look authoritative, doesn’t look how I imagined him, and I can’t even recognise him as Dillane. But hey, it’s just one picture, I’m sure he’ll be great in motion.

  115. purplejilly
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow! And to think I used to say Renly wasn’t hot enough, And Gwendoline was too pretty for Brienne. They both look perfect!

  116. Andrija
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Who’s the character between Renly and Cersei?? I know this is a stupid question but if someone could please answer…

  117. Stein Sogge
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    The best pics in top to bottom order:

    1) Theon: Allen depicts him spot on in this picture IMO. Back home, facing his family for the first time in years. Proud and arrogant, he’s bound to learn some rather harsh lessons. Hope they kept the humbling (and funny!) Asha/Yara scenes from the book, and hope they do them right. Theon will have quite a journey in season 2, and is very central for the plot!

    2) Brienne: Kudos to everyone involved for pulling this off! I really like HBO-Brienne, even though I pictured her differently. And from the few clips I have glimpsed her in, she is really big (tall) in the series. Yay! Go Brienne!

    3) Sansa: Although one of my least liked characters in the first couple of books, I can’t help but feel deeply for her in the series! This picture just made my heart reach out for the poor girl.

    4) Renly: Looks goood. Looks kingly. Looks very comfy. Love the new Renly, and look at all the stuff and detail in his tent. He might be playing at being a king, but oh he plays it so well!

    5) Balon Greyjoy: Hohohooo! Like him a lot! Makes Walder Frey look like Justin Bieber, or something. Badass.

    6) Melisandre and Stannis: I am still unsure about Melisandre. I think the actor is great, but I never liked her story arc in the books. Something just … wrong about her. But looks good, a more somber version than in the books. Smart. And for those of you complaining about Stannis not looking kingly or tough enough: We’ll, if you read the books, he never was depicted or described as anything kingly-looking-ish. So I think hes perfect in this picture! :-)

    7) Joffrey: The boy-monster we cant help but love hating. Hope Tyrion will smack him some in Season 2 as well.

    8) Cersei: The mother of the Monster. Looks a real Predator here! She is also a great player of the Game, hope we will see some of that on screen in season 2. You can also see where Joffrey learned to glare. (Actually, they resemble each other a lot in these pictures!).

    9) The Onion Knight: Looks very good. Love the costumes in general in the show, each one have their own distinct feel, like they actually have been worn and lived in by these characters. Actor looks promising also. Go get Melisandre!

    10) Bran and Hodor: Creepy looking boy riding big man. Great casting on Bran IMO, even though he is a bit to old (and big) for the role. Bet Hodor will be having a hard time carrying him around in later seasons hehe. Whats with the weird/scary looks in this picture though?

    11) Arya: Looks boyish, so that is all and well. Her story is fascinating, hope they pick the right moments from the book in Season 2.

    12) Tyrion: Oh, he got himself a hand. Tyrion’s story of doing good and making all the right descisions, although never getting the credit is one of the story points I await eagerly! And I want more of that terrific bro(nn)mance in season 2. And some fantastic moments with Pod! Oh, I cant wait to see a picture of Pod! Give me some Pod!

    13) Daenerys 1 and 2: I am certainly not the only guy out there who are in love with the Khaleesi, non? But in these pictures she looks a bit forlorn and worn out. But things will change, Mother of Dragons! Keep that chin up! :-)

    14) Catelyn: Catelyn is strong, but this picture just didnt make me feel anything. To dark.

    15) Jon Snow: Jon with wind in his hair. Guess we’ll se a lot of that in Season two. The highlight of Season 2 for me will probably be the battle with the Halfhand (so epic!), besides the Blackwater (over the top-epic! Hope they blew half their budget on that :-D).

    16) Robb: Why so glum? There must be some better photos of him than this? Anyway. Robb is the coolest of the Kings.

    omg, this must be the longest post ever, but I just got so damn inspired by these pictures!!!

  118. houndlover
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Mimsy:
    I feel faint thinking of what Jaqen is gonna look like.I so wouldn’t mind the wild hair.Just sayin.

    I hope they do the hair right, so when the whole hand on the face thing happens it’s well, you know if you’ve read the books…. Aaaargh! and the guy playing him…. HOT & german… I love the german accent nom nom x

  119. soap on pope
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    maisie really looks like a boy there, that is great

  120. Monica Y Cruz
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Yayyy! Finally! Thank you HBO and thank you WiC for sharing these amazing images! I agree, everyone looks fantastic and some look even better than Season 1. Is it really just 52 days wait for Season 2?! SO excited…aaaahhh!

  121. andrea
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Malahide, the squid behind him and Cunningham looks great. I didn´t want to see Brienne yet and Yes when I saw the picture I went “who´s he?” Now that I saw Brienne I want to see Jaqen (I doubt it) and Simon Armstrong…although he doesn´t need any kind of rags to look like Qorin.

    I would make a sign with Bran´s face.

    Knurk: What kind of pin

    there´s a huge desert, blue mountains, a bright sunlight, a wig, a few rags and blood all over her and you saw that tiny pin? Eyes melting? really? you´re a tough cookie … c´mon!;)

  122. Victoria Pavlova
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Brienna! Killin’ it! WOW, that’s a really great look. She carries her armor so well. It seems, they decided to drop the whole rainbow guard thing, fine by me.

    Melisandre – hoping for more redness, but I got my paleness :)

    Davos looks more kingly than Stannis, for sure, but that’s OK too.

  123. corbob10
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Brienne looks like she could destroy most men. Perfect.

  124. Jac Bergenson
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    To those saying Carice van Houten doesn’t have the sex appeal/voluptousness to play Melisandre, I don’t know if any of you have seen her movies but um….. she’s got plenty of sex appeal when the clothes come off. I’ll leave it at that. -__-

  125. andrea
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    looking at both pictures I think Stannis´s authority will be strengthened by Davos´s obedience (due to Cunningham´s impressive physical presence). Makes sense?

  126. john
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Awesome pics. Mel looks beautiful (I have not read the books so I can’t comment on how she “should” look). Brienne looks like a man….. All the armor and clothing look amazing.

  127. Abyss
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Great pics! I think it’s time to update the cast page for season 2. ;-)

  128. Bro
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Jesus, look at Brienne! They nailed her completely as far as appearance is concerned. Wow. As for the others, what’s the phrase I’m looking for? Oh yes, “a picture paints a thousand words”. GoT cast and crew, allow yourselves a pat on yer collective backs! I’m well and truely impressed.

  129. Ed
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Is Quorin Halfhand cast for season two?

  130. Dreamlife
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh my! These are amazing!!!!

    Brienne looks SO good! Perfect, even. She doesn’t look at all like the images I had seen of Gwen. Unless they get spoiled beforehand, new viewers are going to believe she’s a man (just like Catelyn did) until it’s revealed that she’s a woman. I’m so happy right now!

    Ahem. And for the rest, they all look amazing!

    -Jon looks so sad and utterly hopeless.
    -Arya looks perfect. In season 1, she didn’t look at all like a boy, so I always found it amusing when characters called her “Boy!” Now she looks like a handsome little boy!
    -What a cute picture of Bran and Hodor. And they actually made a little carrying contraption like in the books! Yay :)
    -My heart aches for Sansa. She’s going to go through hell this season. Sophie looks beautiful, despite it all
    -In the last Dany picture, first thing that comes to mind is, “hungry”. By the way, I really like her outfit.
    -Davos!! Looking great^^ And there’s his “luck” hanging around his neck.
    -Stannis and Melisandre—perfection
    -I love hearing Catelyn speak and in that picture she looks like she’s about to give someone one hell of an earful.

  131. Meg
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Re: Mel’s colors

    I like the muted red. Here’s why: Mel is the most cliched person in the books (female succubus/sorceress? c’mon). Flaming red is just too showy and carnivalesque for her if we’re to believe she’s a real person and not a Disney villain. This color actually warms her up and humanizes her, with the brown-red looking much more earthy and authentic. She looks like a real “Gaelic priestess” that could live in ancient Ireland. Its much better to have her muted so that it’s a surprise when audiences learn that “it’s all a show,” making it up as she goes along.

  132. Coltaine777
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    andrea:
    looking at both picturesI think Stannis´sauthority will be strengthened by Davos´sobedience (due to Cunningham´s impressive physical presence). Makes sense?

    yes it does …

  133. Ed
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    “There’s such a dearth of sacking songs.”

    Jenny:

    I think Lena Heady is going to shine next season and silence all the critics.
    I can already see her advising Sansa that Payne is going to cut their heads of in case of a lost battle

  134. Ours is the Fury
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Ed: Is Quorin Halfhand cast for season two?

    Yes, he’s being played by an actor named Simon Armstrong.

  135. Meg
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Just noticed that HUGE kraken fireplace in Balon’s picture! Awesome!

  136. Grujah
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I had my doubts about Christie. But damn, BRIENE is PERFECT.
    Other pics are great and all (love how Arya really does look like a boy), but Briene takes the cake. Amazingly great, especially as I hated the character all the way till AFFC.

  137. Sam's Pink Mast
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I want a kraken mantelpiece.

  138. Knurk
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Meg,

    correct me if I’m wrong but last year with all the stills and the first teasers all the images had this same ‘gray’ layer over it, in the endproduct everything came out much brighter, so there’s a chance the red will be much brighter on the telly. And why do you think it’s ‘all a show’ with Mel?

  139. imaginescence
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Steel_Wind,

    I think your point about Davos and Stannis can actually play rather well. Stannis is not a man you would want to bend the knee, he’s always been described as not commanding the loyalties of men. He’s scary, not inspiring, and Dillane will hopefully pull that side off beautifully.

    On the other hand, I think Davos’ constant dilemmas and doubts will downplay Cunningham’s natural authority.

  140. Lady Helens Wolf
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Really stunning photographs by the beautiful and talented Helen Sloan. YOU ROCK!…;)

  141. Shinyteapot
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful to see these pictures! It’s really noticeable how much effort has gone into the props and costumes too. Look at the detail on Tyrion’s top or Renly’s crown!

    Speaking of Tyrion, no chain? This has an effect on later scenes.

    Davos and Theon stand out to me as particularly good. But there’s something off about the picture of Stannis and Melisandre. Over photoshopped? Too much makeup? They don’t look real, it could be a still from a computer game. I can’t quite identify what it is, but it’s the same ‘not quite real’ effect you get with cgi people. Or maybe it’s me, the rest of the pictures look great though!

  142. Langkard
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I was on the fence about Christie, thinking she was just too pretty to play Brienne. I have been properly schooled. She looks perfect.

    What do you suppose is going through Arya’s head as she toys with that dagger (or is that Needle)? Could it be a list of names?

    It’s going to be a long 52-day wait.

  143. JohnnyBoy
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    In the Arya picture you get some shots of Hot Pie, Lommy and….is that Gendry with a beard!? Anyways they all look great and I can’t wait to see the actors bounce off each other and bring he story to life! Agreed the Sansa scene will be tough to watch but I think when Tyrion comes and saves the day will be extremely epic

  144. Christopher Broadbent
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink
  145. littlejanet
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Speaking as a person who lives in a place where it gets cold…hasn’t the hat been invented in Westeros? Why do all the men of the Night’s Watch run around in Iceland without anything on their heads?

  146. The Instrumentalist
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    BRIENNE!!! How I love you… Ahem, and Jon too. And Theon. And Arry.

    But I must choose Hot Pie. Obviously. :D

  147. Arya Dunyett
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    The costumes are magnificent! Such quality and detail! Absolutely award winning!

    Brienne’s fine outfit is a layered masterpiece, beautifully designed and colored. We should appreciate it this season because she’ll be wearing the equivalent of a medieval dumpster by season 4. But whatever she wears, (or not) Gwendoline couldn’t be any more perfect!

    Might be an Icelandic sheepskin that Jon is wearing. Appropriate for Beyond-the-Wall Wear.

    Can’t figure out what dead animal Robb has around his shoulders. Too small for a wolf. Maybe a badger or a wolverine, but can’t make out the tail of the creature.

    I’d wondered where all the beautiful furs in season 1, the ones in the costumes, on the beds, etc, came from. Maybe Canada where animals and trappers abound. Makes sense for a British production. Saw bear and wolf pelts on many of the Northmen and the Night Watch.

    The costumes look warm, the actors chests and necks protected against the cold that must seep into their bones in that huge Paint Hall, or standing around waiting and waiting outdoors. Except poor Sansa who must wear breakaway costumes for her storyline. There must be someone waiting in the wings to throw a warm blanket over Sansa between shooting scenes.

    And just think!! There are even MORE great thespians wandering around the planet who will fill the waiting shoes of the new players in future Game of Thrones seasons. So far, the casting has been brilliant and the whole production quality is sterling! A visual delight!!

    And thanks to you, WIC and buds, for sharing all the great news!! You’ve improved the mood of hundreds of impatient folks.

  148. FacelessMan
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! All of them.

    Arry one’s my favorite. She really looks, well, like Arry should. Also, Maisie and Isaac could really pass for brother and sister in those pics.

  149. Ducky
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Awesome Brienne!

    But no Jaime – pouts.

  150. Mimsy
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Knurk,

    Don’t read the following unless you have read the books, but in answer to your question to Meg…

    Mel isn’t as all powerful as she appears, per her “behind the scenes” chapter in the last book. It was interesting to read that she needed powder to enhance/create her bonfires. Although the shadow babies creep me out and what the devil are those things?! Makes for a pretty powerful Mel in my book.

  151. KG
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s lookin’ good all around! And Cersei has a much nicer wig this time around, too. Less straw-like.

  152. Knurk
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Mimsy,

    ah I did read that. But when viewers have seen her poop out shadowbabies and transform people into each other the viewers won’t think any less of her ‘magic’ powder, she’ll definitely be established as the standard fantasy sorceress by then. I personally thought it was one of the many weak points of Dance, she can do all kinds of freaky magic but needs powder for her fires? Come on Gurm, you can do better than that!

  153. the goat
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    OH. MY. SEVEN. HELLS.

    Jousting and crying!

    Shinyteapot,

    Yeah, I didn’t really think about it last year, but does this mean he’s gonna stab her to death?

    Hot Pie screamed “Hot Pie!”

  154. AKLBenjamin
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Stannis has the burning heart on his chest, total BA.

  155. Brad Villane
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Brienne of Tarth!!!!

    I really hope they expand her role from what’s in Book II. Would be great if they took the story from Book IV about the soldiers making a wager to sleep with her and moved it to Renly’s camp. Renly could step in and put an end to it. Would be a great way for them to show why she loves him so much.

  156. Sergio Tavel
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Arvin,

    Do you both realize that her colour is due to the lightning and the photography, right? In the behind the scenes videos she is clearly red as described.

  157. bon
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Look behind Renly that tapestry looks almoust like Bayeux Tapestry. And Greyjoy’s kraken mantelpiece. OMG Awesome, awesome and again awesome, but nobody noticed that Stannis has his new coat of arms on his breastplate is different than that described in the story…

  158. Arthur
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    When will we get a glimpse of the dragons and dire wolves? Really want to see how they turn out!

  159. Pink Dragon
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Re: Dany’s pin — I don’t know what it is, but I believe if you look in the first season, you can see it on her and Viserys a lot. (Maybe on Illyrio, too?) Never got a close look at it. Might just be a fashion statement, because it doesn’t look like any kind of symbol.

    Anyway, everyone looks awesome and now I have to ramp up my Brienne cosplay for Comic-Con. :)

  160. Superdeluxe
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Amazing!!!!

  161. Zack
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    !!!!!

    Thanks for this bounty, HBO. It is glorious.

    Faves: 1.Bran/Hodor is an awesome shot. 2. Can someone kindly confirm if I’m seeing BALON between the shots of Renly and Cersei? If so, damn. He looks totally like Balon ought. Love it. 3. Got no complaints about Brienne. Seems to have been good casting after all.

    I’m not wild about the Mel shot, but I’m sure that in motion she will be a proper Mel. Ijust don’t get much of an impression from that one.

    I think it is about time I read through the books again, also.

  162. Lex
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Theon’s Kraken sigil: it looks like he cut it himself with a knife, maybe while en route to Pyke. That would be an awesome scene in the show.

  163. Hi-Fi
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Great pictures all around! So exciting!

    Mel, Davos, Stannis and Brienne all look absolutely perfect.

    Balon looks younger than I pictured him, for some reason. But I’m sure he’ll be great.

    I want my Asha, though!

  164. Red Viper
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    When will the justice be served?

  165. tysnow
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow! these pics are to much to handle at one time, its like HBO force feeding you. I almost prefer bite size portions, almost! Where to begin.

    1A. Mel, perfection! Carice, thank you for taking the part. I like the fact that she will have a wardrobe, instead of just one outfit. Obviously this is her traveling garb, complete with braid (I likey).
    1B. Stannis, not much new here but I love the burning heart on the armor.

    2. OMG! Gwen is Brienne, period. I also like the slightly prettier HBO version. She is manly, yet still ever so femine too. Much better than Xena.

    3. and 4. For those who need their Jon and Robb fix.

    5. Nice shot of Bran finally as we pictured him on Hodor’s back, about time.

    6. Meet Theon “Badass” Greyjoy, love this shot and the Kraken sigil.

    7. Renly looks more the King than Robert or Stannis from this shot.

    8. Balon! cannot wait for his scenes with Theon and Miss Kraken “warrior goddess”.

    9. One of the best shots of Lena as Cersei, she is so damn beautiful in Lannister red or nothing at all.

    10. “So will I need to clear more space on my mantle for future statues”?

    11. Don’t look so sad and worried San, San will come to your rescue, or will he.

    12. King J-erk-off himself, the actor we all love to hate, perhaps D&D will extend his storyline farther into their adaption so we can hate him even more than we already do.

    13. “Wait! did we make a wrong turn? this doesn’t look like the red waste”.

    14. Cannot wait for Ned 2.0, err I mean Davos, “pass the onions”, you can keep the fingers, well most of them, that is.

    15. Ary is just so cute, looks like Bran, methinks I will have a crush on her in a couple of years, if not already. Can’t wait to see the woman Arya in 5-6 years.

    16. God! Emilia looks hot even when she is starving and filthy (wag the tongue).

    17. I have a crush on Michelle, I think I shall propose, older woman be damned, she is so beautiful in a mature way. Hopefully D&D will alter her storyline somewhat, cause I don’t think I could take it.

  166. Cersei_II
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Great photos. Brienne looks androgynous, but definitely not ugly. Since it turns out that I can deal with a handsome Tyrion, I suppose I can deal with a handsome Brienne. She is certainly striking.

    At least Dany is finally wearing pants. But just looking at that burlap halter top makes my nipples chafe!

  167. Lordexplodeon
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    So cool! All that’s missing is Roose.

  168. OldGran
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Love all the pics, but the one of Bran and Hodor just shows so much with that little tilt of his head (the kid is good).
    And Brienne… think of all the pages and pages of anxious fretting about Brienne we churned out on this site last year. Big sigh of relief, she’s perfect.

    Been trying not to get too excited, but it’s too late for that.

  169. surfKraken
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Felagund,

    Thanks for the clue in. I shoulda known it was Davos! YOWZUM!!

    Looking over everything again….I’m just stoked. The art directors on this show do an incredible job.

    Have to say it again:

    BALON LOOKS BADASS!!!!

  170. G_Lee
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Thats just sooooo good! I don’t think I’ve ever been so amazed by photos before.

  171. FacelessMan
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Cersei_II: I suppose I can deal with a handsome Brienne. She is certainly striking.

    Sarcasm? It looks like someone hit her in the face with a shovel.

  172. cabins
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    These are all amazing- was truly struck with Melisandre when I first saw the post. Brienne looks awesome, as does Renly.

    Marg, Roose, and Gilly next time?

  173. Pink Dragon
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    cabins:
    Marg, Roose, and Gilly next time?

    Agreed! So want to see Gilly and/or Craster.

  174. Ser CountryFriedSteak
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Nobody mentioned

    THERE IS NOT A PICTURE OF JAIME.

    His name will still be high (3rd?) in the credits.

  175. Dark Star
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    These are great. Ive been running the same 30 or so as screensaver since the summer, so it’ll be nice to add some new ones.

    Some questions/thoughts

    Who’s that dude polishing the knife with Lommy and Gendry?

    Dany needs some sunblock and lip balm.

    Could someone please get Joff some wine?

  176. Ren Snow
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Amazing! though Melisandre looks older than I imagined

  177. Alan
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Love the Renly pick, if mostly for the awesome Antler Crown and the bucket o’ peaches in the background.

  178. Ren Snow
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    I want Jaqen, and Yara/Asha, and Jeyne!, and Roose! and Craster! and Gilly and Ygritte … mmmm… Gilly and Ygritte

  179. Jozsef Zoltán Gombi Gombos
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    go-go

  180. Lise Bollum
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Alan,

    You had me “whooooa” for a second there, but at a closer look, I could only see apples and a pear. It would have been a great nod to the infamous peach-scene!

    However, I gotta love that Renly-pic. Even though HBO-Renly never will look like my mental image-Renly, tbat doesn’t matter when he clearly looks like the King of Awesome!

  181. Pepi
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Hm… Davos looking more “kingly” than Stannis could also be attributed to the picture composition. Davos is positioned in front of the army, so he basically gets all the spotlight, while Stannis has to share his with Mel.
    Also; if you think Stannis doesn’t look kingly… how would you describe Balon? Which I think is good, because by the end of the season we’ll find out that it’s not the looks that make you a king. :D
    And besides… Stannis doesn’t need the looks. He has his claim – the throne belongs to him(haven’t you heard? a million times?).

  182. Slynt
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Brienne is perfect.

  183. Reverse Nielsen
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Tywin? Roose? Jaime?

  184. jwzip
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    April is coming!

  185. AikenDrum
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Regarding the color of Mel’s hair: Carice has uploaded a more saturated version of the image to her Twitter: http://yfrog.com/ocu72clj

    (still not bright red of course)

  186. Grujah
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Felagund:
    Stannis has the looks of a minor bank clerk with gastric ulcer,

    He certainly looks like a person who has a personality of a lobster.
    Though he should have a bit more brooding look. But we’ll see.

  187. No-One
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    “Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong[…]And Renly, that one, he’s copper, bright and shiny[…].” (GRRM: ACOK)

    Many notices, that Dillane don’t look kingly or Cunningham looks ‘kinglier’ than Dillane. My first expression was the same. But I think it’s a production trick. Minimal Spoiler: The Stormlords and the rest of the world don’t love Book-Stannis, because he is known for his hard and unyielding sense of justice, and don’t support his claim. Maybe in the show the audience should think that Renly or Robb are ‘better’ Kings than this ‘not-so-kingly-looking-Stannis’, because nobody will tell the audience every 2 minutes “Stannis is soooo evil grim, that’s why I fight for another king.”

    Oh and… I like his Picture especially

  188. Pod
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    This is awesome. Can’t wait to see the Maid of Tarth in action.

  189. Abendstern
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I think the wigs have improved much for this season, especially Cerseis.

    Mel looks cool for me, she has the right evil expression and nice outfit. I like the grey colour of the pictures it give the hole show some darker and more real feel, that maybe the reason why the rainbow guard was dropped, too.

    Brienne looks so great, she will look even better in comparison to other knights. And I think she is ugly enough and more important she looks like a knight.

    Love Bran, he looks a little bit creepy here. Arya is perfect like always, too.

  190. Nick Larter
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Holy Moly these are good! Very impressed with Balon and Theon in these shots. And Maisie could pass for a very young Orlando Bloom in that Arya shot!

  191. Dahn
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Wow! Amazing images. Every single one of them. It looks like season 2 will be great.

  192. Jackie MacPherson
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I like HBO’s tactic of bombarding us with so many photos there’s no chance of a ‘gate’ because of the Thrones overload ;)

    Love the images. Looking forward to seeing more of Iceland in the show. It’ll be spectacular. Loved it when I visited.

    Have to say Brienne is looking stunning (not a phrase you usually associate with her ;).

    Love the pic of Jack Gleeson, I don’t think enough is said about what a great piece of casting that was! You love to hate him that’s for sure!

  193. Hopkins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    One thing I’m nervous about, so far everything I see of Robb Stark is him without a Crown, he’s suppose to be wearing an Iron crown with spikes and runes of the first men. He’s king in the North, he needs to have his crown!

  194. Hopkins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I agree about Jack Gleeson, very very good actor, I was surprised by his performance, but he definitely nailed it. Especially the part where he says “Ser Illyn, Bring me his head” lol exactly how I pictured him in the books

  195. Kelly Rennie
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Arvin,

    I don’t think it’s a hair colour issue itself, looks like a funny filter on the shot because the shadows and sunlight in the background are very muted too – maybe so they can emphasise the redness getting stronger when she’s indoors/near fire where they turn up the reds in the colour balance?

  196. No-One
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Hopkins:
    One thing I’m nervous about, so far everything I see of Robb Stark is him without a Crown, he’s suppose to be wearing an Iron crown with spikes and runes of the first men. He’s king in the North, he needs to have his crown!

    Yes, I ask me the same since ‘Shadow Teaser’. I think it would very sad, if we didn’t see the new crown of the north in the show. In the Books Robb hates his crown the first time and wear it only to official recent events.
    So perhaps we haven’t see the two relevant scenes with crown yet!

  197. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Found some interesting info within the metadata of the photos. Here is the list of what ep each photo is from, as well as the location of the scene.

    Stannis & Melisandre – ep204, Near Storm’s End
    Brienne – ep204, Renly’s Tent
    Jon – no metadata available
    Robb – ep201, Stockades in Robb’s Camp
    Bran & Hodor – ep201, Winterfell Godswood
    Theon – ep205, Lordsport Harbor
    Renly – ep204, Renly’s Tent
    Balon – ep202, Balon Greyjoy’s chamber at Pyke
    Cersei – ep201, Throne Room
    Tyrion – ep203, The Hand’s Chamber
    Sansa – ep204, Throne Room
    Joffrey – ep204, Throne Room
    Dany – no metadata available
    Davos – ep204, Near Storm’s End
    Arya – ep203, Abandoned Tower
    Dany – no metadata available
    Catelyn – ep204, Catelyn’s Tent in Renly’s Camp

  198. Ismael Isak
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I take every i said about Gwendoline being too pretty for Brienne. I mean she is pretty, but the way she looks hits the nail right on the head. Brienne is a big girl who scares a lot of people

  199. dizzy_34
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Seems like episode 4 is going to be a big one.

  200. Ismael Isak
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I think Balon looks like Damphair. With his robe and long hair. I just imagined Balon with Jeor Mormonts body type, short slightly balding hair, and wearing armor all the time like Tywin. Why don’t we see Yara. And i’m totally digging Dillane as Stannis even though he isn’t bald which i’m still disappointed about, and i don’t think there is a more perfect person for Mel than Carice. She is very scary and sexy.

  201. Marko
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Episode 4 should definitely be a big one by the looks of it.
    I really hope the peach scene is in there.

    I fully hadn’t noticed Renly’s Crown in his pic until just now. Looks awesome.

  202. Handmaiden of Dany
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I usually wait and check Wic on my lunch hour, but something was nagging at me to check first thing this morning….and what a surprise! Brienne is my favorite character and I am so excited to finally see her!

    Gwen-thank you, I can’t wait to see you in action!

  203. Ismael Isak
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Pepi,

    I’m glad they don’t make Stannis look so Kingly, because in the books he always wears plain clothes. And the only jewelry he has is his crown. But I always imagined Davos a little shorter, Liam looks great and all but i think he is kind of tall.

  204. Handmaiden of Dany
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Also kudos out to the set and costume departments, friggin awesome!

  205. James Brookes
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Effing Fantastic!

    But still no Ash… er Yara. And no Jaqen. A man is sad.

  206. Andrew
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Metadata, very interesting.

    So the big Storm’s End pow-wow will be Ep 4, as will the Sansa/Joffrey throne room scene in the trailers (which implies Robb’s Oxcross victory will be in Ep 4 or before as well). In my outline I had all of this occurring in Ep 5, so it looks like the action will move pretty fast in the early episodes. Will Renly be dead by the end of Episode 4, or will they stretch this out to 5?

    The other apparent revelation is that Theon will meet Balon in Ep 2 (again, earlier than I put it) and be preparing to leave the Iron Islands in Ep 5.

  207. Pepi
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Ismael Isak,
    Judging by this, Dillane is actually 1cm taller than Cunningham… but ye. I agree. The books describe Davos as shorter and more ordinary looking. That being said, both of them are awesome actors and I’m very confidant, that they’ll have no problem with convincing us, who’s a king and who’s an ex smuggler. And I’m very glad, that they didn’t just make another Tywin out of Balon Greyjoy(which i feared initially). Because the Iron Islands are by no means Casterly Rock. The living is tough there. But again… it will come down to acting.
    And I’m very confidant that Mel will be awesome aswell. She looks sexy as she should. I get why Stannis doesn’t hesitate to make shadow babies with her. And she looks red… but I wouldn’t say she looks evil(which is good IMO). She does, however, look very misteryous(particulary on this picture), which is, I think, a very important aspect of her.

  208. Hopkins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    No-One,

    Yeah I agree, I don’t see how they can leave the crown out. He’s suppose to be King in the North not just lord of Winterfell, so they should make him look somewhat like a King instead of some rebel lord. But the more I think about, I realize theres no way they can leave the crown out, it makes no sense to leave it out. So i’m not too worried I think they’ll have it in there.

  209. Morgan King
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Steel_Wind,

    I think a lot of comments about Stannis here are forgetting what a cowed and manipulated man is underneath his rigid exterior. As they say in the books: “Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He’ll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he’s copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day.”

    He’s tough and dutifully persistent, but he’s really an ineffectual puppet, for the most part.

  210. KG
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Pink Dragon,

    http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/17600000/Daenerys-Targaryen-game-of-thrones-17630408-864-486.jpg

    Dragon-themed. She and Viserys both wore similar pins (not surprisingly!)

  211. KG
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Hey, does anyone have a link to that picture of Jack Gleeson flipping the camera off? I want to send it to my brother (who is just now watching Season 1 and hates, hates, hates, Joff already).
    :D

  212. Hopkins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Morgan King,

    Well not the quibble with you, but wouldnt being Iron (break before he bends) imply he is not cowed and manipulated it? I mean what I get from the analogy is that he would rather die (break) then flake on his principles (bend) I could be wrong though. I’m not saying that he is not manipulated by Melisandre, but I’m not so sure its that clear he is, I think GRRM purposely leaves that ambigious, so were not 100% sure if she is manipulating him or really on his side. But even if she does, I wouldn’t go as far to say he is a cowed and manipulated man, maybe Melisandre does have some control over him, but its only her and no one else, he appearantly trusts her, so again, I would say calling him a cowed and manipulated man might be a litte strong, I’m not completely disagreeing, I just wouldn’t go that far as to say that.

  213. Morgan King
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Hopkins,

    I think the emphasis is on the ‘break’ part. I take it as the appearance of toughness – his incredible willful determination is a front for his own lack of purpose. It’s why Robert sticks him in Dragonstone, why they keep saying ‘nobody has any love for Stannis,’ why he just goes along with the whole R’hllor thing, why Davos has to act as his conscience, etc. I’m not saying he’s being magically manipulated by Melisandre, but just that he’s so wrapped up in overcoming everything that you just need to point him in the direction you want and he’ll go until he’s dead, consequences be damned. It’s kinda why he’s so awesome – I laughed aloud when Roose Bolton said something like ‘Stannis will have turned back – nobody would march through this snow’ because he obviously doesn’t know Stannis like we know Stannis.

  214. Ed
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    No, you’re not wrong.

    Hopkins: Well not the quibble with you, but wouldnt being Iron (break before he bends) imply he is not cowed and manipulated it? I mean what I get from the analogy is that he would rather die (break) then flake on his principles (bend) I could be wrong though.

  215. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Hell yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for.

    Brienne looks perfect.

    Can’t wait for S2.

  216. Epic knows nothing
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    maija,

    The little boy is Arya! Life is sweet again!

  217. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Morgan King,

    The iron description is meant to say that Stannis only has one way to look at things. Because iron is not flexible it’s easy to break and because Stannis won’t budge from his strict view on what’s right he makes himself weak.

  218. Happy Henry
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    maija:
    nothing of arya? MY LIFE IS RUINED!

    Look again..

  219. maija
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    sorry i somehow missed it and scrolled past

  220. mikeintexas
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    That throne room floor is filthy in Sansa’s still. You’d think after they ambushed Ned Stark’s men they would have cleaned up by now.

    Also the metadata in Cersei’s still says it’s the throne room. Looks like scaffolding or some kind of construction going on in there.

  221. mikeintexas
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Edit–the throne room floor–that’s not blood. That’s a lot of leaf litter/dirt. But why?

  222. gary d
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    nothing to do with this topic, but just wanted to mention how ‘game of thrones’ has become part of english culture, last weekend there was a big football (soccer for our friends over the atlantic) match between the two teams that have won the english premiere league over the last few seasons. on sky tv they built the game up as ‘a game of thrones’. in the adverts they had the colours of the two teams in front of a throne, the whole advert was in a ‘game of thrones ‘style.

  223. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Some of these episodes are throwing me…

    In my season/book breakdown, I did have the Stannis’ meeting in Storm’s End in Episode 4. I did have Balon popping up in Episode 2.

    But I had Arry in the abandoned tower in Episode 2. Pic makes it Ep3
    I had Sansa’s Throne Room abuse in Episode 5. Pic makes it Ep4

    And the biggest shocker to me, Theon’s still on Pyke on Episode 5?!?

  224. Steven Swanson
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: Found some interesting info within the metadata of the photos. Here is the list of what ep each photo is from, as well as the location of the scene.Stannis & Melisandre – ep204, Near Storm’s EndBrienne – ep204, Renly’s TentJon – no metadata availableRobb – ep201, Stockades in Robb’s CampBran & Hodor – ep201, Winterfell GodswoodTheon – ep205, Lordsport HarborRenly – ep204, Renly’s TentBalon – ep202, Balon Greyjoy’s chamber at PykeCersei – ep201, Throne RoomTyrion – ep203, The Hand’s ChamberSansa – ep204, Throne RoomJoffrey – ep204, Throne RoomDany – no metadata availableDavos – ep204, Near Storm’s EndArya – ep203, Abandoned TowerDany – no metadata availableCatelyn – ep204, Catelyn’s Tent in Renly’s Camp

    Looks like episode 4 will be epic.

    Public abuse of Sansa/rescuing by Tyrion and friends, Renly/Stannis showdown possibly including shadowbabies?

  225. Davidbc
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I had a feeling, but this confirms that the rainbow gaurd has been cut. Brienne is not wearing her Blue Armor, which she would have had by EP4.

  226. Chris
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    One interesting aside. In the Theon picture, Pike doesn’t look like I imagined it, which was all shreiking winds, monstrous swells, pounding surf smashing the rocks, towering cliffs and pinnacle islands connected by precarious bridges that… you never know… SOMEONE MIGHT FALL OFF OF.
    Okay maybe a bit unrealistic, and actually near impossible to create a functioning society on, let alone a movie. But still. :-)

  227. Mormegil
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Chris: One interesting aside. In the Theon picture, Pike doesn’t look like I imagined it, which was all shreiking winds, monstrous swells, pounding surf smashing the rocks, towering cliffs and pinnacle islands connected by precarious bridges that… you never know… SOMEONE MIGHT FALL OFF OF.Okay maybe a bit unrealistic, and actually near impossible to create a functioning society on, let alone a movie. But still. :-)

    The other side of the Island where Castle Pyke is is like that. Theon is in Lordsport the small town and only harbour on Pyke.

  228. Footballfina
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    These could quite literally not have been better :) I broke down the images and added my own commentary here:

    http://www.footballfina.com/2012/02/10/game-of-thrones-season-2-stills/

  229. mikeintexas
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    SerCountryFriedSteak:
    Some of these episodes are throwing me…

    In my season/book breakdown, I did have the Stannis’ meeting in Storm’s End in Episode 4. I did have Balon popping up in Episode 2.

    But I had Arry in the abandoned tower in Episode 2.Pic makes it Ep3
    I had Sansa’s Throne Room abuse in Episode 5.Pic makes it Ep4

    And the biggest shocker to me, Theon’s still on Pyke on Episode 5?!?

    Meta says “Lordsport Harbor”..not Pyke. I’m not familiar with a Lordsport, I think D&D made it up. Since Moat Cailin wasn’t mentioned in S1, I don’t think there will be a Moat Cailin. Lordsport will be a town on the mainland I guess and a substitution.

    Edit:–okay, Lordsport is an actual location on the Iron Islands. I imagine the series will still skip Moat Cailin and have Theon head directly to his ultimate objective–so maybe they can slow play his storyline early for a bit.

    Season 2 really has me nervous and I fear some really big, major plot altering departures from the source material. Dany’s storyline I’m not worried about–it doesn’t touch upon other storylines nearly as much. But I’m really concerned about the direction the Winterfell storyline is going with no Reeds cast or Reek. And seeing Littlefinger and Caitlyn together in the trailer? Yikes.

  230. mikeintexas
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Davidbc:
    I had a feeling, but this confirms that the rainbow gaurd has been cut. Brienne is not wearing her Blue Armor, which she would have had by EP4.

    I think that’s a good thing. He can still have his Kingsguard but the whole “Rainbow Guard” thing would have been silly given how “rainbow” has GLBT connotations in today society. In the book Renly wore bright colors everywhere so having a “rainbow” guard was more a reflection of his personal tastes in dress than his sexuality, but TV audiences won’t see that way.

  231. Hopkins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    and wow they really made Arya look like a boy, impressive

  232. Tyrion4Lyfe
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Convivial Edd:
    I would totally make shadow babies with Melisandre.

    Also, Brienne looks perfect.

    Is it bad to say I already did? :-P

  233. Tyrion4Lyfe
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Arvin:
    Deryn,

    Presenting her as Yara Greyjoy would spoil the whole Yara/Theon scene. :p

    I am wondering if that part will be in the show. I am hoping with fingers crossed it will be.

    Convivial Edd:
    I would totally make shadow babies with Melisandre.

    Also, Brienne looks perfect.

    Is it bad to say I already did? :-P

  234. Henok Tesfai
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Arvin,

    I think it’s the colours are just dark on this picture. They used some special lens or Photoshop effect imo. I hope so at least…

  235. Morgan King
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Tywin’s Bastard,

    Sure – all I’m saying is that his depiction in Season 2 seems to be getting faulted (by some) for him not being totally stern looking, and that his more-confused here look isn’t exactly misplaced. For all his determination, he’s pretty wishy washy until someone actually pushes him in a direction under the auspice of ‘what’s right.’

  236. Andrew
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    SerCountryFriedSteak, when I tried to do an episode breakdown I had Theon still on Pyke in Ep 5 and the fall of Winterfell ending Ep 7. This is actually quite natural because there are 70 chapters in the book, so if each of the 10 episodes covers 7 chapters, Chapter 47′s fall of Winterfell would be in episode 7. Of course I also assumed that much of episode 7 prior to Winterfell’s fall would be filled with drama re: Catelyn and Edmure blocking Tywin from going west (chapters 40 and 46 in the book), and who knows whether they’ll include this at all.

    Theon’s material on Pyke I assumed would be stretched out a bit. He only has two chapters there in the books. They will need to take some time establishing the Iron Islands setting and characters. So I think it’s natural to have him arrive there in Ep 2 and preparing to leave in Ep 5. Then he can arrive in the North in Ep 6 or the beginning of Ep 7.

  237. Hi-Fi
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    My prediction of Theon’s story breakdown in Season 2:

    Episode 1: leaves Robb’s camp.
    Episode 2: arrives at Pyke. Talk with Balon.
    Episode 3: no Theon.
    Episode 4: meets Asha (this one can change with episode 3, since 4 seems packed).
    Episode 5: leaves Pyke.
    Episode 6: Moat Cailin.
    Episode 7: arrives at Winterfell.
    Episode 8: Asha visits Winterfell.
    Episode 9: No Theon. Blackwater.
    Episode 10: no idea where they’re gonna end his story. Reek arrives?

  238. Andrew
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi, I think they will end his arc at the same place as in the book. The major change will be no Reek. This will entail two plot changes. First, someone else needs to give Theon the idea to kill the miller’s kids — Black Lorren will take over that role (the actor tweeted about beheading children on set). Second, Winterfell has to fall and be burned somehow, and Roose will do this — he will capture Theon and send him off to the Dreadfort, where he’ll meet Ramsay in a future season.

  239. Ed
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    mikeintexas: so having a “rainbow” guard was more a reflection of his personal tastes in dress than his sexuality, but TV audiences won’t see that way.

    UUuuuuhhhhhh, not so sure about that.

  240. Hopkins
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Andrew,

    Actually, you don’t need to change anything about the burning of Winterfell, because you don’t even see Ramsey Bolton in Clash of Kings, Theon just sees Dreadfort men attacking Ser Rodricks Northmen, and at the end of the Battle, a man in Black clad armor aproaches the gate, but his visor is covered, and theon lets him in and we all know the rest, but the important point is, Ramsey has his visor shut during the entire sequence of events, so we never see his face, so they don’t need to change anything about the ending. It wouldn’t make sense if it was Roose, the Ironborn have Moat Cailin at this point so he would not be able to make it north then back to the Twins in time for the RW This is why I keep trying to tell people you dont need anything changed, but no one listens lol.

  241. Skipjack
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Andrew,

    I don’t see how Roose can be the one to do that, he’s needed in Harrenhal. Wouldn’t it be fun if they just never told us that they had cast Reek?

  242. Andrew
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Hopkins & Skipjack, D&D have played fast and loose on time and geography when it has suited them. Maybe Roose will be at Harrenhal in episodes 7-8 and then Robb will send him to retake Winterfell when he hears the news. The Moat Cailin thing could be modified or eliminated so somehow Roose isn’t blocked from returning to the North. I am skeptical that they would have Winterfell fall to a masked man we’ve never met before, and I also don’t believe they’ll postpone the burning of Winterfell till S3 as some have suggested. So the only other possibility seems to me to get Roose there somehow.

  243. Epic The Balls
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I can totally picture Dany muttering “where do whores go?” in those two photographs.

  244. Wastrel
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    “Sure – all I’m saying is that his depiction in Season 2 seems to be getting faulted (by some) for him not being totally stern looking, and that his more-confused here look isn’t exactly misplaced. For all his determination, he’s pretty wishy washy until someone actually pushes him in a direction under the auspice of ‘what’s right.’”

    I really don’t get that impression from the books. Stannis isn’t wishy-washy, Stannis is iron. I don’t think he’s being manipulated, either – he knows fine well what everybody around him is trying to get, and he goes along with whatever will get him what HE needs (the throne). I’ve no doubt he’ll hang Mel in a heartbeat if he thinks it’s expedient.

  245. G_Lee
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Btw what’s going on here? Season 3 casting thread: bam 400+ comments. First official season 2 photos: bam 250+ comments.
    I don’t think we had so many comments 6 months

  246. Elena Amici
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    G_Lee,

    my guess? we’re bored

  247. the goat
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Hopkins,

    Andrew,

    Not sure what you’re talking about, we definitely meet Ramsey in ACoK, he is pretending to be Reek. Of course, they could just get rid of the whole “Reek” thing (although that would totally suck balls), and maybe just mention that the Bastard of Bolton has kidnapped and married Lady Hornwood, then have Ramsey show up at the end/attack Rodrik/burn Winterfell like you mentioned. But it certainly won’t be Roose going back to Winterfell. Aside from the time/Moat Cailin issue, how would Tywin ever approach him about the RW?

  248. the goat
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi:
    My prediction of Theon’s story breakdown in Season 2:

    Episode 1: leaves Robb’s camp.
    Episode 2: arrives at Pyke. Talk with Balon.
    Episode 3: no Theon.
    Episode 4: meets Asha (this one can change with episode 3, since 4 seems packed).
    Episode 5: leaves Pyke.
    Episode 6: Moat Cailin.
    Episode 7: arrives at Winterfell.
    Episode 8: Asha visits Winterfell.
    Episode 9: No Theon. Blackwater.
    Episode 10: no idea where they’re gonna end his story. Reek arrives?

    Ep 6 would be the Stony Shore, Theon never goes to Moat Cailin, Victarion takes it. Unless we’ve got a rumor that this is a change from the book.

  249. Who Is Jacopo Belbo?
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    wow. look at that. they finally took dany out of that stupid grass skirt from season one and put her in some damn pants … much better for a horse tribe queen.

    maybe they’ll fix the rest of the artistic trainwreck that was the dothraki for season 2.

  250. Dreamlife
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    gary d:
    nothing to do with this topic, but just wanted to mention how ‘game of thrones’has become part of english culture, last weekend there was a big football (soccer for our friends over the atlantic) match between the two teams that have won the english premiere league over the last few seasons. on sky tv they built the game up as ‘a game of thrones’. in the adverts they had the colours of the two teams in front of a throne, the whole advert was in a ‘game of thrones ‘style.

    Game of Thrones has repeatedly turned up on Jeopardy, in fact it was referenced as an entire category yesterday. The category was called, “Game of Thrones,” and the questions were about various monarchies throughout history. Also there was a question earlier in the week about what the name of the fictional continent of the seven kingdoms is—Westeros. Pretty exciting.

  251. Coltaine777
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Wastrel:
    “Sure – all I’m saying is that his depiction in Season 2 seems to be getting faulted (by some) for him not being totally stern looking, and that his more-confused here look isn’t exactly misplaced. For all his determination, he’s pretty wishy washy until someone actually pushes him in a direction under the auspice of ‘what’s right.’”

    I really don’t get that impression from the books. Stannis isn’t wishy-washy, Stannis is iron. I don’t think he’s being manipulated, either – he knows fine well what everybody around him is trying to get, and he goes along with whatever will get him what HE needs (the throne). I’ve no doubt he’ll hang Mel in a heartbeat if he thinks it’s expedient.

    I agree…give Stannis some credit , he’s knowbody’s fool !!!

  252. John
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Andrew:
    Hopkins &Skipjack, D&D have played fast and loose on time and geography when it has suited them. Maybe Roose will be at Harrenhal in episodes 7-8 and then Robb will send him to retake Winterfell when he hears the news. The Moat Cailin thing could be modified or eliminated so somehow Roose isn’t blocked from returning to the North. I am skeptical that they would have Winterfell fall to a masked man we’ve never met before, and I also don’t believe they’ll postpone the burning of Winterfell till S3 as some have suggested. So the only other possibility seems to me to get Roose there somehow.

    That’s the lamest fucking thing I have ever heard . I would stop watching the show if they do that shit and everyone who supports this is not a true fan of the books

  253. the goat
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Dreamlife: Game of Thrones has repeatedly turned up on Jeopardy, in fact it was referenced as an entire category yesterday.The category was called, “Game of Thrones,” and the questions were about various monarchies throughout history.Also there was a question earlier in the week about what the name of the fictional continent of the seven kingdoms is—Westeros.Pretty exciting.

    Sean Connery: I’ll take The Rapists for $500, Alex.

    Alex Trebek: That’s Therapists.

    Sean Connery: I’ll get you, Trebek!

  254. Langkard
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Dreamlife: Game of Thrones has repeatedly turned up on Jeopardy, in fact it was referenced as an entire category yesterday.The category was called, “Game of Thrones,” and the questions were about various monarchies throughout history.Also there was a question earlier in the week about what the name of the fictional continent of the seven kingdoms is—Westeros.Pretty exciting.

    The person or persons at Tribune Media Services who write the text for Time Warner Cable’s online show guide would have failed that second question. In a description of “The Kingsroad” episode repeat on HBO this week, it says that “Ned and his daughters leave Westeros” and head south when, of course it should say that they leave Winterfell.

  255. Mormegil
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Langkard: The person or persons at Tribune Media Services who write the text for Time Warner Cable’s online show guide would have failed that second question. In a description of “The Kingsroad” episode repeat on HBO this week, it says that “Ned and his daughters leave Westeros” and head south when, of course it should say that they leave Winterfell.

    That mistake was in the Episode synopsis when it first appeared last year.

  256. Andrew
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    the goat, Of course I know Reek is in ACOK. But he hasn’t been cast. So unless they’re playing things very close to the vest — and I very much doubt that — he’s not in this season. I doubt Lady Hornwood’s name will even be mentioned, as Bran’s limited screentime will likely focus on warging instead of Northern politics. Northern politics as a whole will probably be simplified into two characters, Bolton and Karstark. With that in mind it makes sense for Roose to go to Winterfell at Robb’s command to take out Theon, then we’ll see a big shocking betrayal at the end when Roose’s men burn the place. How Tywin will communicate with Roose about the RW is not a problem, he’ll send letters, as he does throughout ASOS.

  257. Abby Snuffleupagus Garrett
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    melisandre looks nothing like how i pictured she was gonna look like! All the characters look great, I was excited before but now…i don’t know what I’m gonna do.
    :)

  258. bon
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    When I show those pictures to my friend that starts to read 3rd book he asked me: Who is that guy in the golden armor? I answered: It’s a woman… He replied: You are joking… I: No, it’s.. He: No way it’s sheeeeee????? I: Now you know how she could look He: They couldn’t make better characterisation…

  259. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    To everyone else following this Theon plotting for Season 2 conversation.
    The Balon pic is from Episode 2. The Theon pic is from Ep 5.
    I think it’s CRAZY to keep Theon on the Iron Islands for FOUR EPISODES (Ep 2, Ep 3, Ep 4 & Ep 5) because you run out of time for the rest of his story to play out.

    Combined with the “no Reek, no Reeds” casting makes me believe that Theon’s full ACOK story won’t be completed in Season 2.

    In spoiler text, I’ll lay out my breakdown & my guess for how the season will actually play out.

    MY VERSION
    Episode 1: Early in episode: Robb & Theon explain their plan to attack Lannisport via Iron Island boats to dubious Cat. Robb & Theon have heartfelt goodbye — aka have to re-instablish their friendship so TV audience can feel the betrayal later
    EP 2 - Near beginning of Ep, Theon arrives home, gets baptised by Drowned Priest. Ep ‘cliffhanger/shocking ending is Balon announcing plan to attack North.
    EP 3 – Early ep, Theon meets his sister, near ends as Greyjoys plot out war
    EP 4 – Theon plunders coastal towns, decides to attack Winterfell.
    EP 5 – Theon & crew not seen until end of episode conquering Winterfell
    EP 6 - Theon tries to be “just ruler” of Winterfell — fails
    EP 7 – Theon gets help from new peon Reek. Ep ends as Bran & co. escape
    EP 8 - Theon & Reek search for Bran. Ends with ‘dead’ Bran & Rickon
    EP 9 – Because Blackwater takes up most episode, Theon only appears at beginning when his sis shows up to tell him “the jig is up. It’s over.”
    EP 10 – We see that Theon has stayed at Winterfell, gets Reeked. Bran & co. leave as season ending cliffhanger (with Knight’s Watch being surrounded on the Fist as true cliffhanger)

    Okay, my original breakdown won’t happen. No Reek or Reeds. Here’s my guess as to what will happen:
    Same as mine, but Theon won’t appear in Episode 4. In Episode 5, they’ll have Theon decide to go straight from Pyke to seige Winterfell. He will conquer Winterfell at the end of Ep 6. Bran & co. still ‘escape’ in Ep 7. Dead Bran & Rickon show up in Ep 8. Episode 9, his sis tells him “it’s over”. Ep 10 ends with Theon trying to win over the people of Winterfell by going out to capture & kill this new yet-unseen menace of the North called Ramsey Snow. With Theon and most of Iron Men out, Bran & Rickon slip past the few remaining guards to escape.
    This would leave the sacking/burning of Winterfell to season 3…. terrible, yet it gives Alfie Allen something to do in Season 3 aka keeps him busy until he’s needed again for Season 5. — kinda like how Jaime & Robb will get busy work this season to keep the actors attached to the series.

  260. Joshua Taylor
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    2 Things:

    1. Amazing pictures from HBO. Everyone looks great. Especially Brienne and Theon. I love how Melisandre didn’t end up looking like the smutty yet generic Disney villainess that I had visualized in my mind and from what I have glimpsed of various ASOIAF artwork. As people have said, I can’t wait to see the characters in action.

    2. SerCountryFriedSteak, Unless we only see Ramsay in full armour as an extra at the end of season 2 without the twist of the Reek/Ramsay situation, I agree with your assessment 100%.
    Imagine Ramsay incognito in his mail, plate and helm as a Northern Bannerman, suddenly stabs Ser Rodrick in the back? All chaos breaks loose and Winterfell is sacked by these “rebel Northmen” their allegiance left up in the air until season 3 just before the Red Wedding when Roose Bolton’s true intentions are fully revealed? The Unsullied audience would let out a collective WTF !
    With this logic you bring in Ramsay during season 3 as the Dreadfort’s castellan for whomever they decide to cast. Because up to this point if Cillian Murphy or random guest actor was to appear as Reek in episode 6 or 7 of season 2, would have been leaked already. Or not.
    As for your other point I think having Roose Bolton himself take Winterfell in season 2 as someone suggested will take away some of the surprise of Bolton @ the Red Wedding. The separate Point of View narration of the novels allows the Bolton duplicity to run between the lines. But on television it could be painfully obvious. Unless D & D intend the Red Wedding to be a Frey only affair.

  261. StaceyJ
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    STsauga,

    Balon Greyjoy.. Theon’s father.

  262. Joshua Taylor
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    John,

    Or…some of us (who are automatically put on the defensive by your uncompromising accusation) comprehend the fact that the television series is an adaptation of the novels, and certain changes have to be made due to various factors that are common in such undertakings in the great war between authorial intention/artistic integrity versus commerce. If I were you I would prepare yourself for disappointment. No film or television adaptation has ever been flawless. For me as along as the main story and themes are preserved with great acting, writing and technical expertise than I will be satisfied. Will I be disappointed if things I particularly like are left out? Of course! But I placed myself in this mind frame from the get go. Someone is making an ASOIAF television series and so far it is passing muster. After all, as a true fan of Martin’s work I have the original source material to fall back on.
    Just thank the Seven that it’s not Legend of the Seeker. Poor Terry Goodkind fans. :-(

    Signed,

    A True Fan

  263. Shawn Edward Cantu
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Heck sometimes adaptations cull things that outright annoy you (read: Tom Bombadil).

  264. Sarah
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    I must say I am really impressed with Brienne and Renly the most. I also like Bran and Hodor, Cat and Robb actually. These pictures show the qualities we know and love in these characters.
    Now we just need the character such as Yara and Pod, those character would be good to see, oh and better pictures of Margery and Jeyne HBO that would be brilliant.

  265. Magnus
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    John,
    Sorry, you don’t get to decide who’s a true fan of the book.

  266. Joshua Taylor
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Shawn Edward Cantu,

    I agree with you re: Tom Bombadil. From a cinematic sense I agree with Jackson, Boyens and Walsh. It would have slowed the momentum of the story down. Given that they had to stick to a certain time and budget they may also have been told by the studio to chop the scene. Sometimes these factors supersede in adapting these stories from one medium to another. As a Tolkien fan alot of the changes made in the LOTR trilogy annoyed me deeply, but as a cinephile I understand why. Again it’s this creativity/loyalty to the source material versus business aspect of the whole thing.

    It’s unfortunate but it’s a reality that we either deal with or not bother investing our time at all. It’s up to us to make the decision if the changes are too much. However no one should be designated as not a true fan for understanding-tolerating-that in bringing this show to life certain sacrifices have to be made.

  267. Wastrel
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Andrew:

    the goat, Of course I know Reek is in ACOK. But he hasn’t been cast. So unless they’re playing things very close to the vest — and I very much doubt that — he’s not in this season. I doubt Lady Hornwood’s name will even be mentioned, as Bran’s limited screentime will likely focus on warging instead of Northern politics. Northern politics as a whole will probably be simplified into two characters, Bolton and Karstark. With that in mind it makes sense for Roose to go to Winterfell at Robb’s command to take out Theon, then we’ll see a big shocking betrayal at the end when Roose’s men burn the place. How Tywin will communicate with Roose about the RW is not a problem, he’ll send letters, as he does throughout ASOS.

    And how does that fit into the events of Dance, exactly?

  268. Wastrel
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I think, unfortunately, that the burning of Winterfell will have to wait until the next season. It’s a shame, and it’ll cause problems with the rest of the story, but it’s the best choice given what we know.

    I think it’s more likely because I can see why they might do it: a) push hiring Ramsey to the next season, particularly since he’s such a major character and might be a bigger-name (no, probably not Murphy, or any household name, but maybe someone of Dillane-level if we’re lucky, or at least Cunningham level); b) give Theon more time for character development; and c) give the actor something to do next year.

    I can’t think WHAT their thinking would have to be to try to do the story without Reek. You’d lose so much, for the gain of one salary. And although they’ve made cuts in character lists, they’ve actually been pretty expansive so far in that regard.

  269. The Hound Lives
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    So does the picture of Theon in Lordsport Harbor being from episode 5 mean that they will be extending his time on Pyke with his family to at least half the season? Flesh him out a bit so they dont have to do his whole 2nd book story arc in this season and give him something to do in season 3.

    I will be quite annoyed if they don’t have the whole Reek/Ramsay thing, I know it will probably come in next season, but Reek is around for ages before then, hunting Bran and Rickon wont be the same without him.

  270. MetalgoddessAMB
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    wow, I know Kristian Narin is a big guy-but Bran is already looking like he is too big for that basket…

    So happy to see Brienne finally!

  271. Mormegil
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I wonder what are the chances of Theon being killed off for good at the end of this season are?

    The Producers have said/implied that a character that still lives in the book will be killed off in Season 2, could this be Theon?

    It gets rid of the problem of Theon not being seen for multiple seasons without delaying plotlines (Winterfells burning and the killing of “Bran/Rickon”) that affect other things.

    While the Theon chapters in ADWD are great maybe D+D (knowing his ultimate fate) think he can be disposed of early.

    Ramsey can then be mentioned in passing (as seizing Winterfell etc) but does not need to appear till any encounter with Stannis.

  272. Howie
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Remember this is Stannis meeting with Renly and Catelyn, Melisandre knew her place well and did not stand out before her king. She only raise her voice when Catelyn whom was only on behalf of Robb spoke out. What puzzled me is that she was supposed to be carrying Stannis’s banner in this scene, but that’s fine I guess.

    Can’t wait for Asha!

  273. Jess
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    oh everyone looks so badass! i especially love the pics of brienne, theon, renly, joffery (he looks awesomely evil! jack gleeson’s expressions are great), and arya! can’t wait!!!

  274. Hopkins
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    ahh see but you just answered your own question, we don’t see Ramsey we see “Reek” haha, which yeah i guess it nitpicking, but still. We don’t see Ramsey Bolton AS Ramsey Bolton in season 2. Just Reek, then the guy in Black Armor and Visor, so I like it, I think it adds to the buildup of season 3 (for those who haven’t read the books) having a dark masked soldier trotting up to winterfell at the end, it will make everyone guess and wonder who this new masked enemy is.

  275. Rhoswen
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    The 2 photos of Dany are from episode 203 and the photo of Jon is from episode 210. This comes from HBO press info on the photos. See screen capture detail of the press info below:

    http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/6179/danyphotosepisode203.jpg
    http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/6594/jonphotoepisode210.jpg

  276. David
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Mormegil,

    That would make me sick. Alfie Allen’s interpretation of his character’s arc are my most anticipated moments from the show after book 3.

  277. the goat
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Hopkins,

    Nitpicking? Really? Its the same fucking person.

    Do you own horses? Is every single one of them smarter than you, or just most of them?

    Andrew: the goat, Of course I know Reek is in ACOK. But he hasn’t been cast.

    Sorry, I was replying to Hopkins at that point, I should’ve made my post more clear. Regardless, there is no way Roose can go to Winterfell. Cat only learns of Theon taking WF at Riverrun from Rodrik, who is already riding from Torren’s Square to retake WF. How the hell can Roose get from Harrenhall to WF before Rodrik?

    Mormegil,

    It rhymes with weak. I get your argument, but WILL NEVER HAPPEN. Sure, its possible they could write around it, but on top of everything else, we’d lose Theon saving Jeyne (“She has forgotten her name.”)

    Also, flippin through Clash I found the perfect caption for Arya’s pic:

    “A ship now, might have been wiser. No chance of findin men on the way, but still…clever man, he’d go by ship, but me…thirty years I been taking this kingsroad.” He sheathed his dirk. “Go to sleep, boy. Hear me?”

    She did try. Yet as she lay under her thin blanket, she could hear the wolves howling…and another sound, fainter, no more than a whisper on the wind, that might have been screams.

  278. Jason Snodgrass
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Brianne looks awesome, Stanis…… Not so much awesomeness there.

  279. Angela
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Kevin,

    Yes, it’s Balon, notice the Kraken on the wall behind him!

  280. witless chum
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    John,

    As a fan of the books, I don’t really give much of a shit what they do with the TV version. I’m watching more out of curiousity as to how they adapt it than for getting wrapped up in the story the way I do reading them.

    The books are the thing. TV is just a sideshow.

  281. halfmaester
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Liam Cunningham should have played Stannis right from the start…look at the picture…iron! plus he actually looks somewhat like he could share Robert’s and Renly’s features. Nonetheless, I’ll be interested to see how Dillane pulls it off.

    Also, when I read the books I pictured Davos to look a lot more like this image:

    http://www.asoiaf.org/galerie/data/media/59/Ser_Davos_Seaworth.jpg

    My impression was a humble smuggler with a good heart – not the stern looking, short-haired warrior he looks in HBO’s picture.

    Anyway, let’s see what the individual talents of the actors bring to the roles.

  282. Eleanora
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Does anyone think that in her picture, Sansa’s dress looks like the one described on the day she marries Tyrion in A Storm of Swords? I am thinking we will see some plots advanced by tying in elements of the 3rd book…

  283. Tropxe
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I imagined Davos looking a lot like that, but just a little more portly, actually like my dad’s Italian friend – if only I had a pic. Brienne looks really good, but she actually looks pretty badass and kind of attractive in a grizzled, butch way. Like Ripley after being dragged backwards through a hedge by several queen aliens. In the book, I imagined her being a lot more gangly and awkward looking, almost nerdy in the way she’s so incredibly uncomfortable in her own skin. Here she looks quite charismatic and self-assured, if a little worse for wear.

    There are a few other nitpicks, like Mellisandre’s overbite looks a bit… well, not how I imagined her, anyway. But it’s nothing to worry about at all. The only more solid complaint I have is that Stannis kind of looks too nice, too mild. More reticent than frighteningly stoic. He looks like a dad or a postman. However, if I hadn’t seen the first series before reading the first book, I’d have a load more complaints, e.g. Tyrion being handsome, Catelyn being too old and unattractive (sorry, she’s a fantastic actress but visually almost looks more like those children’s grandmother than their mother), Sansa being more average than stunningly pretty, most of the younger characters being too old. I think the only season 1 character I’d have been like “YES, this is him/her from my very imagination!” would have been Joffrey, Jamie, Varys, Littlefinger, Ned and the maesters.

  284. Lady Helen I guess
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Lady Helens Wolf,

    Why thank you!

  285. Thiago Slash
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    awesome!
    these costumes are amazing, too /o/

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  4. [...] just released a bunch of new official pics from Game of Thrones season 2. Most of them are of the characters we met in season 1, without any real appreciative change. There [...]

  5. [...] The story of this season deals with both a reconnaissance force of the Night’s Watch heading North of the Wall, and the start of the War of the Five Kings – a civil war between the forces of Robb, Joffrey, Renly, Balon and Stannis. [...]

  6. [...] UPDATE: For more fan reactions to the images head on over to WinterisComing.net [...]

  7. [...] more var addthis_product = 'wpp-255'; var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true};* The new Game of Thrones characters look fucking great, if you’ll pardon my Tyroshi. I’m giving you the ones you really want to see below; [...]

  8. [...] Click the thumbnails below for two new (awesome) stills of Dany in the second season of Game of Thrones. Check out stills of other characters at Winter Is Coming! [...]

  9. [...] we begin by getting a glimpse at the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. WinterisComing.net has a whole host of pictures from the second season that have reminded me of how much I like the [...]

  10. [...] – And of course, I finish off with the 17 promo photos HBO released of Game of Thrones Season 2. [...]

  11. [...] verlas en grande en Winter is Coming. Share this:TwitterFacebookMe gusta:Me gustaSé el primero en decir que te gusta esta post. Esta [...]

  12. [...] Winteriscoming /* rnum=Math.round(Math.random() * 100000); ts=String.fromCharCode(60); if (window.self [...]

  13. [...] http://winteriscoming.net/2012/02/the-first-publicity-photos-from-season-two/#more-13874 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. « Previous post [...]

  14. [...] za kraj i plameni vrhunac ovog javljanja uputiti ćemo vas na fantastičnih petnaest visokorezolucijskih razglednica što su tek prije nekoliko dana stigle kao pregled najnovijih modnih kretanja Westerosa. Tko [...]

  15. [...] za kraj i plameni vrhunac ovog javljanja uputiti ćemo vas na fantastičnih petnaest visokorezolucijskih razglednica što su tek prije nekoliko dana stigle kao pregled najnovijih modnih kretanja Westerosa. Tko [...]

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