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Six clips from Ep. 11 The North Remembers

HBO has just released to the media six clips (six!) from the season two premiere, “The North Remembers”, to help whet the fans’ appetite even further. I’ve uploaded them to our Youtube account and embedded them here. Enjoy!

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  • This is the first time this year I’m contemplating not watching something Game of Thrones-related, maybe it’s better to wait? So soon!

  • That’s like six minutes of the episode… I’m definately gonna skip watching even though I want to.

  • Tyrion looks amazing in that armor.

    And that dragon! Dang that’s one cool looking CGI dragon! I can’t wait to see the direwolves now!

  • Awesome dragon. By the way, I’d prefer if you referred to it as episode 201, as is a standard for the hollywood, as calling it episode 11 just looks wrong.

  • Not gonna watch them :)
    Looking at the countdown clock gives me the required strength.
    Are you gonna keep the episode count like this? So season 2 episode one is episode 11, season 2 episode 2 is episode 12?
    Just so I don’t start to confuse things.

  • Love the Stark clip! Gonna make it that much harder to watch season 3. Cried like a baby at that point in the book…I think maybe I’ll be crying again next season too!

    Craster’s Keep looks perfect!

  • How awesome is it that they actually rendered one of the other dragons (could be either) in the top box even though it’s not the focus of the scene.

    You can see it’s tail hanging from it’s cage. Hard to tell if it’s yellow or green. Could be either dragon.

  • I couldn’t resist! Best ones: the dragons, Tyrion talking to Cersei, Robb’s terms. This all keeps getting better and better!

  • I too will be strong and wait til the actual episode airs, six different scenes are too much!

  • Fab dragon CGI – I’m impressed. Loved it when Dany tells Doreah that Viserys knew nothing about dragons and Doreah sort of looks askance for a moment. And Tyrion just owns his scenes.

  • Oooh… Gotta stay strong here!

    Come join me at the weirwood tree.

    The previews gathers, and now my celibacy begins. It shall not end until the premiere. I shall watch no trailers, no clips, and no teasers. I shall see no new characters and learn nothing of the new locations.

    I am the averter of eyes. I am the coverer of ears. I am the one who covets no more
    information, the resister of temptation, the one who simply scrolls down. I pledge my life and honor to the Brotherhood Without Previews, for this preview, and all the previews to come.

  • Awesome clips. I’m surprised they released so many. It’s more than 10% of the whole 50 something minute episode. The one with Tyrion coming into the small council meeting is my favorite though

  • I am ashamed of my weakness. I watched the first two.

    I can only hope that I am strong enough to hold off on the other ones until Sunday!

  • I find myself joining the ranks of those who feel VERY shortchanged over the virtual exclusion of Valyrian steel in the show’s lore. Seriously, it can add so much to the show for so few resources! Think of all the non-sexual exposition and the wonder it would bring! You can spend a good ten minutes of runtime having a few choice characters talk about Valyria and its arcane marvels and tie it to this season’s investment in the dragons.

    WHY WOULDN’T ROBB DEMAND THAT THE LANNISTERS RETURN ICE?!

  • I REALLY don’t want to watch these, but *it is known* that I’ll cave before Sunday.

    uggh self D:

  • Conor:
    How awesome is it that they actually rendered one of the other dragons (could be either) in the top box even though it’s not the focus of the scene.

    You can see it’s tail hanging from it’s cage. Hard to tell if it’s yellow or green. Could be either dragon.

    Good catch!

  • I’m a Cersei fan!!!!
    (In just seven kingdoms… she will make you a maaaaahahahahahannn)
    *Frank n Furter off*

  • The necks of the dragons seam longer this season – and no, that´s not a nit-pick I just find it interesting. – Maybe they a bit like swan babys? They necks are shorter when they are born and grow significant when they get older.

  • spacechampion:
    Awesome dragon.By the way, I’d prefer if you referred to it as episode 201, as is a standard for the hollywood, as calling it episode 11 just looks wrong.

    Yeah, that’s how I had been doing it. But HBO numbers their episodes this way, so to remain consistent and avoid confusion, I will be doing the same.

  • Wow,

    The CGI looks amazing. Of course all the acting is great.

    That dragon CGI was just as good as any recent big budget movie I have seen.

    Very impressive…

    I also noticed that Robb never asked for the return of the Stark Family sword “Ice”.

    Hope they let its importance be known in some other way…

  • Arthur:
    I also noticed that Robb never asked for the return of the Stark Family sword “Ice”.

    Hope they let its importance be known in some other way…

    Why be surprised? They have not mentioned any ancestral house swords in S1, nor have they named “ice”. So don’t expect to hear it referenced again.

    Not much point to it as in the story it gets melted down anyway. It’s last use on the plot was to be used an the sword to behead Ned.

  • Exciting, but… nothing could possibly make me watch this! We’re only 4 days away!

    Holy crap, I can’t believe we’re only 4 days away!!! How did it creep up like this?!?

  • Might be the greatest CGI in TV history, although I haven’t seen every example I think it is a fair assumption. I’m also incredibly biased…

  • I think I can avoid watching these before the premiere….
    I think I can…
    I think I can…
    I think I can…

    I guess I can’t….
    Wow I am loving the CGI of the dragons this year!

  • You know, if HBO were a Man instead of a TV network, and I were a Woman instead of a Man, I’d totally have HBO’s babies.

  • I wish I could resist the temptation, but it is too strong!!! The videos are awesome!
    The acting is sooo good, so are the sets and the CGI!!!

  • Hm … can anyone help me? Watching the small council clip. There are 4(Varys, Slynt, Littlefinger, Pycelle) people present, beside Cersei and Tyrion. Yet, when Cersei sends them out, there’s five of them leaving … who’s the fifth one(the last one to leave, 1:15)? At first I thought it was a random Lannister guard, but it would seem strange, a guard being present at those meetings … neither does he look like a a member of the kingsguard.

  • While reviewing court documents at work I keep reading “your hodor” instead of “your honor.” Thankfully I don’t need to appear in court before the premiere, so I don’t need to worry about accidentally verbalizing my mistake.

  • That was awesome! Tyrion strolling into the Small Council meeting was definitely the highlight. Cersei’s indignant scoff as Varys reads from the scroll that names Tyrion the Hand and the twinkle in Tyrion’s eyes as Cersei yells at everyone to leave are pitch perfect.

  • Must.. not… click play.. must… resist….. the temptation…. then:

    maybe just one video… ok it didn’t show THAT much…

    maybe another…

    Ended up watching all…

  • Hey, Rakharo’s still around? I thought Elyes Gabel was off the show this season?

    That’s the only reason I watched that clip. The others can wait until next week :)

  • I won’t be able to get HBO for several more weeks , so I will miss several episode premieres…*sigh*

    I will also miss all of you as I can’t come on here until I can see them. Until then happy watching!

  • Biased or not – this just looks stunning.

    Ted furthman:
    Might be the greatest CGI in TV history, although I haven’t seen every example I think it is a fair assumption.I’m also incredibly biased…

  • Pepi:
    Hm … can anyone help me? Watching the small council clip. There are 4(Varys, Slynt, Littlefinger, Pycelle) people present, beside Cersei and Tyrion. Yet, when Cersei sends them out, there’s five of them leaving … who’s the fifth one(the last one to leave, 1:15)? At first I thought it was a random Lannister guard, but it would seem strange, a guard being present at those meetings … neither does he look like a a member of the kingsguard.

    It’s Janos Slynt innit?

  • So close to the premiere, I am skipping these but am starting to resent being made to skip more and more stuff. Who can possibly be excited starting just now four days out that wasn’t already going to watch? Stop tempting us HBO.

    That said however I would like to see the Sky Atlantic Thronecast interview with much of the cast, but it’s region locked to the UK and Ireland. I finally feel it in reverse! Is there anyone who can put it up on YouTube? Somehow I’ve rationalized seeing an interview with cast members as opposed to actual footage.

    Here’s the link to the Sky clip:

    http://skyatlantic.sky.com/game-of-thrones/game-of-thrones-season-2-cast-interview-special

  • sjwenings:
    Oooh… Gotta stay strong here!

    Come join me at the weirwood tree.

    The previews gathers, and now my celibacy begins. It shall not end until the premiere. I shall watch no trailers, no clips, and no teasers. I shall see no new characters and learn nothing of the new locations.

    I am the averter of eyes. I am the coverer of ears. I am the one who covets no more
    information, the resister of temptation, the one who simply scrolls down. I pledge my life and honor to the Brotherhood Without Previews, for this preview, and all the previews to come.

    HAHAHA best Night’s Watch oath parody ever! You should be Lord Commander of the BwP.

  • Oh sh&%t! I just thought of something! What if that clip of The Hound whacking somebody over the edge of the wall is Bronn??!!

    What if Tyrion pisses off the Hound and the Hound comes at him, and Bronn defends him and… Holy Crap that’d be crazy! Bronngate it would be known as!! Heee heeee… I’m getting delerious in the remaining 4 days!

  • Shi%%$$&&! Now I may have to watch the one clip with the CGI dragons.

    Must….

    resist…

    can’t….

    stop…

    myself….

  • spacechampion,

    Well except HBO doesn’t follow that model with any of their shows, all the HBO episodes are listed in their On Demand service or on HBOGO with just what episode it is in the whole series….

  • Pepi,

    could be a servant, although I always thought those meetings to be a bit more classified than that.

    I thought it to…

  • I like Tyrion´s scene with the kids, how he changes his sarcasm towards Joffrey for a loving tone to talk to Myrcella and Tommen (in a second). A small thing, but really nice.
    Oh, I love Cosmo.

  • Lina: HAHAHA best Night’s Watch oath parody ever! You should be Lord Commander of the BwP.

    I think we need someone a little more stronger-willed for that position, as I myself didn’t rejoin the BwP until just now. I could be Oathkeeper of the BwP or something. Though I think we need to be a little lenient on the rules, or members will be beheaded in the hundreds each year. I myself will only reutter the words when i feel the call, before each season. I felt it strongly now…

  • I watched them all. I have no willpower!

    On the Small Council clip,
    I winced when Tyrion told Cersei all her decisions were foolish. While true, it strikes a chord with me because I’ve often felt like an idiot when I fail at something my brothers can do better (video games, baseball, politics). It made me really feel for Cersei at that moment, and chaffe at Tyrion’s obvious relish in her screw-ups. That scene portrays a very realistic brother-sister situation.

  • HERP-DERP,

    That was definitely Doreah. She’s just never had her hair in braids like that so it looks weird compared to what we’re used to.
    I love Tyrion’s line about death in the name day clip! His wit and smart-assery never cease to make me smile haha.

  • Loved the Robb Stark clip. All hail the king in the North!! I still mourn Robb, it actually broke my heart to watch him in that clip. I dread to think how I’m gonna feel watching Red Wedding next season. “sob”

  • Lars: Why be surprised? They have not mentioned any ancestral house swords in S1, nor have they named “ice”. So don’t expect to hear it referenced again.

    Not much point to it as in the story it gets melted down anyway. It’s last use on the plot was to be used an the sword to behead Ned.

    Am I misremembering but they did give Jon ‘Longclaw’ the Valyrian steel sword belonging to the Mormonts in season 1…

  • sjwenings:
    Oooh… Gotta stay strong here!

    Come join me at the weirwood tree.

    The previews gathers, and now my celibacy begins. It shall not end until the premiere. I shall watch no trailers, no clips, and no teasers. I shall see no new characters and learn nothing of the new locations.

    I am the averter of eyes. I am the coverer of ears. I am the one who covets no more
    information, the resister of temptation, the one who simply scrolls down. I pledge my life and honor to the Brotherhood Without Previews, for this preview, and all the previews to come.

    This is great. I remember someone wrote a BWP oath last year that was really good. Was that you? Is this the same one?

    I am pledging. Not going to watch these.

  • I did not like how Tyrion says “cell” when he says “I slept in a sky cell”.. does anyone else agree?

  • Skipjack,
    I can’t upload it myself but I’ll let you know there isn’t much new footage in there, perhaps one quick flash. In terms of the interviews themselves, though, they’re pretty cool. A couple of quotes I thought were particularly interesting (which I’ll spoiler just in case):
    Michelle Fairley, “There was one scene with Renly that involved a lot of special effects.”
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, [On what to look forward to] “Episode 7. My favourite scene I’ve ever filmed.”

    As for these 6 new clips, I must admit I gave in. I reasoned to myself that I watched the 15 minute preview for Season 1, and this isn’t that bad. But anyway, everything just looks awesome. I can’t think of a single thing I’m worried about this season, everything just looks perfect. Craster’s Keep especially has been ripped right out of my mind.

  • damn you hbo for releasing these, I can’t control myself, I MUST watch them, but I really don’t want to. SHIT

  • Skipjack:
    So close to the premiere, I am skipping these but am starting to resent being made to skip more and more stuff.Who can possibly be excited starting just now four days out that wasn’t already going to watch?Stop tempting us HBO.

    That said however I would like to see the Sky Atlantic Thronecast interview with much of the cast, but it’s region locked to the UK and Ireland.I finally feel it in reverse!Is there anyone who can put it up on YouTube?Somehow I’ve rationalized seeing an interview with cast members as opposed to actual footage.

    Here’s the link to the Sky clip:

    http://skyatlantic.sky.com/game-of-thrones/game-of-thrones-season-2-cast-interview-special

    Uploading to youtube as we speak!

    Edit: here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxL8SbZzM4A

  • Rakharo is there in the first clip but doesn’t appear anywhere in the clips where they reach Qarth. Spoilertastic. :P

  • The compositing of that dragon shot is pretty bad. I probably wouldn’t notice in the context of the episode, but here where its the only thing I am looking at it is noticeable. Maybe they still have some cleaning up to do?

  • @ andrea – lol!

    I guess I just have a soft spot in my heart for women who try to do things just as well as men yet fail miserably at it :)

  • I love how Ser Rodrik is so proud of his prodigy Robb. He should have taught him to keep his thing in his pants too, God dam Robb, you brought this to yourself

  • HERP-DERP: I did not like how Tyrion says “cell” when he says “I slept in a sky cell”.. does anyone else agree?

    I also noticed a little twitch to the left of Tyrion’s nose when he said that, ruined the scene for me. Plus he doesn’t swing his arms enough when he walks, completely takes me out of the world.

  • Conor,

    Benniof and Weiss have said from here on out they won’t necessarily be sticking to the one-book-per-season format, and more just start telling the whole story so they’ll be shuffling around some of the stories a bit as they see fit, so I wonder if it’s the conversation between Jaime and Catelyn, before she sets him free with Brienne. I remember that conversation being pretty awesome.
    I hope hope hope Myrcella’s best line at the name-day tournament is in the show.
    Joffrey: You’re acting childish!
    Myrcella: We’re children, we’re supposed to act childish!
    Hahahaha

  • Hollyoak: This is great. I remember someone wrote a BWP oath last year that was really good. Was that you? Is this the same one?

    I am pledging. Not going to watch these.

    It was me. I rewrote the oath from memory, though. I think this is probably a slight improvement.

  • One of my favourite minor characters from the books is Dolorous Ed. Looks like his humour will again tickle me in the TV series :)

  • Oh, 7 Hells!! What to do.. what to do! On one hand, it’s HBO issued, so it can’t really spoil me for anything right? On the other hand, those are 6 minutes or whatever that I’ll not get to enjoy later. Oh, balls!

  • The Greatjon isn’t present at Robb’s council. Please someone tell me he’s still on the show!!

  • that last scene was one of my favorite in early book 2 so it’s so exciting to see it! i totally did not have the self-control to not watch these… XD can’t wait for sunday!!!

  • Huh… at the end of the video of Jon Snow, he looked eerily like Robb from that camera angle. Kinda cool, never really saw a resemblance between them until now.

    And as usual, Peter Dinklage absolutely kills. Anyone else see Emmy #2 being lined up for him?

  • I’m not watching either …the ep is so short to begin with I want savor every minute ! …oh and I also think the ep title should read 201 not 11 lol…

  • Michael Harper,

    I believe Greatjon is indeed out for the season … as far as the Stark bannermen go, this season will focus on Karstark and Bolton. He’ll probably be back by season 3(like some of the other characters, currently absent), with his absence attributed to him fighting on another front, or something …

    I think so, at least …

  • Dolorous Edd! And so appropriately doleful. Oh, and the dragons look fantastic. Actually, everything looked fantastic. :D

  • another review…
    This 1 is from non reader…so his one speculation made me laugh…poor nonreader critic!

    kansascity.com/2012/03/28/3520025/game-of-thrones-covers-more-ground.html

  • NCW said that his favorite scene (as an actor) of all time occurs in Ep 7 of Season 2. I’m guessing Episode 7 is when Jaime loses his hand. It feels early, but they’ll make it work, and it must’ve been a helluva scene to act!

  • Help me: In the small council clip, there sitting 6 persons, right? Cersei, Tyrion and Littlefinger, Pycell, Slynt and Varys. But when they leave the small council 5 persons left the room, or?

    Left side: Pycell + Slynt and after LF, right side Varys as first person and someone I don’t see the rest of the scene? Pod?

    Edit: I’ve seen Pepi note the same.

  • Hodor: Uploading to youtube as we speak!

    Edit: here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxL8SbZzM4A

    Thanks, Hodor (my WoW Orc warrior is named after you, btw). Some interesting stuff there, although I could have done without the background “music”. Looking forward to NCW’s scene in episode 7 now, if it beats his scenes in Black Hawk Down and season 1 of GoT it must be something special.

    Can I just say, as someone who’s probably a bit older than most of you, that Michelle Fairley is a particularly fine looking woman, in my opinion…

  • sjwenings: It was me. I rewrote the oath from memory, though. I think this is probably a slight improvement.

    LOL, I think your previous rendition said I am the one who just scrolls down, which was great, because it ended the refrain and had a certain resigned finality to it!

  • Damn you HBO,
    Worst than drug dealers giving out a taste/sample and making you crave for more! Now I’m twitching waiting for Sunday….

  • Lars: Why be surprised? They have not mentioned any ancestral house swords in S1, nor have they named “ice”. So don’t expect to hear it referenced again.

    Not much point to it as in the story it gets melted down anyway. It’s last use on the plot was to be used an the sword to behead Ned.

    it will be reforged

  • Correct me, if I’m wrong but – Tyrion Scene with Joff & Siblings – shouldn’t Tyrion lie in bed without a nose? “After the battle” and stuff. Maybe my memory is wrong but this seems somewhat strange to me.

  • “I will litter the South with Lannister dead”.

    Awesome line.

    Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve read Clash, but I don’t recall that line being in the book. Love it, though, either way.

  • Johanna:
    Correct me, if I’m wrong but – Tyrion Scene with Joff & Siblings – shouldn’t Tyrion lie in bed without a nose? “After the battle” and stuff. Maybe my memory is wrong but this seems somewhat strange to me.

    You are confused. This is a clip from the season premiere episode. The battle he is referring to is one of the many Stark/Lannister battles going on in the war, I presume.

  • Johanna,

    What you’re talking about comes much later, i.e. after the Battle of the Blackwater, which I believe will either be the last episode, or the 2nd to last episode of Season 2. All of these scenes are from the 1st episode of S2, so that’s a ways off. It’s been years since I’ve read Clash, but if I remember correctly, Joff is celebrating his name day when Tyrion returns to King’s Landing, after Tywin names him Hand of the King. I think we meet Dontos Hollard at that same tourney.

  • It’s not completely clear, but it looks as though the mystery guy in the last clip is the first to leave through the door, so it might just have been a guard that was stationed by the door.

  • I agree, she is very good looking. Probably get some good discounts with her on dates too, thanks to AARP. (ducking)

    Johanna:

    Can I just say, as someone who’s probably a bit older than most of you, that Michelle Fairley is a particularly fine looking woman, in my opinion…

  • I sent a message to WiC.Net with EMPIRE Magazine’s article on Game of Thrones: Season 2, which had interviews with Liam Cunninghamg, D&D, and Neil Marshall – with a lot of talk about Blackwater – they all basically claim that the battle is incredible Neil Marshall says that there is a scene as they storm the beach and it’s like Saving Private Ryan. Dunno if WiC is gonna post it or not, but it’s an awesome read!

  • Juan:
    The Greatjon isn’t present at Robb’s council. Please someone tell me he’s still on the show!!

    Well, imdb (I know, I know …) credits Clive Mantle (who plays The Greatjon) with only 3 first season episodes. He’s been cast in a comedy series called White Van Man on BBC for 2012. HOWEVER, wikipedia says he has an “ongoing” role as The Greatjon.

    //aside// I find myself torn with imdb because imdb has Esmé Bianco (I love her) appearing as Ros (I hate her) in only 5 first season episodes. I’d love to see Esmé in another HBO series (and, let’s face it, we probably will) but I hope, with Ros, imdb is up-to-date and accurate but that it’s wrong with Mr. Mantle as The Greatjon. //end aside//

  • Mike Chair,
    Sadly I don’t think the Greatjon is going to be in this season, I’m pretty sure thats already been confirmed. If he is not in this season he probably won’t be in future seasons either so it looks like the Greatjon is gone for good.

  • I have no self control.. I watched them all. :(

    .. but they were sooooooooooo good!

    Aww.. poor Dany.. her baby won’t eat.. what’s a mommy to do?! Baby dragon coos are so precious.

    Robb’s scene was very Kingly. I thought he was gonna shapeshift into Grey Wind at the end there.. Cersei underestimates the “boy.”

    Tyrion better get his Emmy suit dusted off, cuz he is mesmerizing! One of the BEST written (and acted) characters ever!

  • Looks distinctly like Dany isn’t looking directly at the dragon on her shoulder. Guess they didn’t do one of those mounted-tennis-ball deals.

  • I’m not watching them. The actual episode is only days away and I know I will be happier then if I don’t spoil anything more than I already have.

    They are very tempting though, so it’s not without effort that I abstain.

  • JamesL: Sadly I don’t think the Greatjon is going to be in this season, I’m pretty sure thats already been confirmed.

    **wiping away tears**

    The only consolation would be confirmation that Ros is done and Esmé will be cast in a new HBO mini-series called “9 1/2 Weeks of Gratuitous Immodesty.” It would be full value for your entertainment dollar, I’m sure. ;-)

  • saluk,

    Yeah the eyelines are off completely. Hopefully this scene was one of the earlier ones they filmed and it got better…

    Pete A.,

    I read an interview previously where Emilia Clarke mentioned one of the hardest things for her was acting like there were dragons she was looking at – the inference I gathered from that interview was that they didn’t do the tennis-ball thing. Y can tell Clarke’s having a hard time acting like there is something there. Hopefully they’ll take these things into account for next season.

    Other than that though, the clips look excellent. Man I hope Alan Taylor doesn’t bail on Season 3 and 4 due to his commitments to Thor 2.

  • No-One:
    Help me: In the small council clip, there sitting 6 persons, right? Cersei, Tyrion and Littlefinger, Pycell, Slynt and Varys. But when they leave the small council 5 persons left the room, or?

    Left side: Pycell + Slynt and after LF, right side Varys as first person and someone I don’t see the rest of the scene? Pod?

    Edit: I’ve seen Pepi note the same.

    I think we see 7 separate figures in the room. There are only five people sat at the table when Tyrion enters. They are:

    1. Cersei
    2. Pycelle
    3. Varys
    4. Littlefinger
    5. Slynt

    6. Tyrion

    At 1:09 we get a good wide shot of the room as silhouetted figures exit.

    First out looks to be Varys due to the long sleeves. Slynt strides rapidly overtaking Pycelle to be second out despite being on the far side of the table. He is recognizable by his bald head and the helment tucked under his arm. Pycelle is third out recognizable by his robes and beard. Littlefinger rounds Cersei’s end of the table and looks likely to be fourth out, he is clearly visible in the light by Cersei. From Tyrion’s end of the table comes the last person. He is wearing a cape. He looks to be carrying a helm under his right arm. Probably a kingsguard, goldcloak or Lannister man-at-arms extra. Hopefully Mandon Moore but doubtful.

  • JamesL:
    Mike Chair,
    Sadly I don’t think the Greatjon is going to be in this season, I’m pretty sure thats already been confirmed. If he is not in this season he probably won’t be in future seasons either so it looks like the Greatjon is gone for good.

    Clive Mantle has not been confirmed as appearing but equally he has not been confirmed as absent. Check the cast listing here on Winter is Coming which is still speculating that he will appear.

    He was cast in White Van Man but I’m unclear when that shot and if it would have blanked his availability for the whole season.

    I thought Elyes Gabel was going to give up his role as Rakharo due to his commitment to World War Z and was told several times that it had been confirmed that he would not be back. Today we see him in a promo clip. Mantle may yet return as the Greatjon for a limited number of episodes. Even if he is absent for this season it hardly precludes him returning later – have him leading a splinter force or the outriders for a season and reporting in by proxy. Who knows – we may get the silver lining of them casting the Smalljon!

    Also not present for the reading of the terms are Mark Coney’s Galbart Glover and the featured extra playing Maege Mormont. Roose isn’t there either and we know they had Michael McElhatton on set playing him this season.

  • sjwenings: Oooh… Gotta stay strong here!The previews gathers, and now my celibacy begins. It shall not end until the premiere. I shall watch no trailers, no clips, and no teasers. I shall see no new characters and learn nothing of the new locations. I am the averter of eyes. I am the coverer of ears. I am the one who covets no moreinformation, the resister of temptation, the one who simply scrolls down. I pledge my life and honor to the Brotherhood Without Previews, for this preview, and all the previews to come.

    awesome dude! just awesome! :D

  • Hello Lars,

    Why be surprised? They have not mentioned any ancestral house swords in S1, nor have they named “ice”. So don’t expect to hear it referenced again.

    The background story involving Ice should not be ignored, overlooked or eliminated. This is a sword of rare Valyrian steel that has been passed down from generation to generation in House Stark for thousands of years. As you know, it also has a greater meaning in the story further on down the road.

    Without the TV series showing how important Ice is to the Stark family, or how rare and powerful Valyrian steel is. A significant void will be left out in the whole Westeros Mythology. Let alone the power and meaning behind Jaime giving “Oath Keeper” to Brienne, and having her swear she will search for and find Sansa Stark. That moment will be so weak to the TV viewer, if the background of Ice and Valyrian steel is left untouched.

    Valyrian steel is like the classic Vorpal blade all AD&D players (fantasy dorks) long for, for their characters. It is such a cool element in the books and a fantasy role playing aspect lots of people enjoy. Also, Valyrian steel is like kryptonite to The Others because it is made from dragon fire and old lost magical spells. I think it deserves some attention from the TV series so later on the heroic feats and hacking off of limbs by warriors with these rare blades can be more easily explained.

    If this makes any sense to say, if you follow my logic… It makes it a more believable fantasy element if a Jon Snow or Brienne (or any other warrior with a Valyrian steel weapon), hacks through 5 soldiers leaving corpses with severed heads and limbs behind them.

  • Owen Parker,

    Nothing like taht there were only 5 persons leaving + Cersei and Tyrion… That guy with a cup had no helmet it was Littlefinger’s acount book shining…

  • I’m avoiding the comments, because I don’t want to be spoiled. Can someone tell me if these are the first part of the episode, or random clips? If they’re releasing the first 5 minutes or something I would watch. I don’t want to see random clips, though. Thanks.

  • bon:
    Owen Parker,

    Nothing like taht there were only 5 persons leaving + Cersei and Tyrion… That guy with a cup had no helmet it was Littlefinger’s acount book shining…

    I didn’t say I saw anything shining I said he had his arm bent as though he was carrying something in the crook of his elbow. I also didn’t see a cup in the fifth man’s silhouette. Time code?

    Dreamlife:
    I’m avoiding the comments, because I don’t want to be spoiled.Can someone tell me if these are the first part of the episode, or random clips?If they’re releasing the first 5 minutes or something I would watch.I don’t want to see random clips, though.Thanks.

    No identifiers but they are definitely not the first 5 mins of the episode because there are 2 involving Jon that are obviously non-consecutive.

  • Arthur,

    Wow. That was a well written, concise, informative and accurate treatise on the importance and power of Valyrian steel. Notwithstanding the foregoing … Natalie Dormer is so hot she’d melt it.

  • Owen Parker,

    Well- we saw Rakharo in a preview clip in the Red Waste. He looks to me like the person we’ve see riding on a horse away from the khalasar, and we haven’t seen him in Qarth photos. So it’s still up in the air, how much he’s in the season.

  • Ours is the Fury: to me like the person we’ve see riding on a horse away from the khalasar, and we haven’t seen him in Qarth photos. So it’s still up in the air, how much he’s in the season.

      

    I’m not saying otherwise. I fully expect him to be absent for the rest of the season, it was apparent from the casting of Michael Cole as Kovarro that they didn’t have Rakharo as much as they wanted him. I’m just glad they managed to schedule some shooting time with him and keep that continuity from the first season to the second. If he stated that he doesn’t want to return then they can have him die/disappear while scouting. If he is open to doing later seasons then have him delayed.

    I cited him as an example of me being told someone was 100% confirmed not coming back and that being proven untrue at a later date. That stands.

  • Lord Commander- And who are you?
    Jon Snow- Jon Snow
    Lord Commander- Who are you?!
    It would have been funny if Jon replied “no one”

  • Owen Parker,

    I don’t recall Gabel ever being 100% confirmed as not coming back. It was speculation based on rumors and his other projects. But yes, I think they have arranged it so he can come back at some point. I hope so!
    And no, I don’t really want spoilers! Erm, except ones that are the same as the books. Those spoilers I already know. :)

  • JamesL,

    Lord Commander- And who are you?
    Jon Snow- Jon Snow
    Lord Commander- Who are you?!
    It would have been funny if Jon replied “no one”

    Lord Commander Mormont had a lot of balls doing that, or he was just plan stupid. Or maybe he knows the intelligence of Ghost is great enough to know it was a little aggression among friends…

    Otherwise why would he threaten Jon Snow, knowing a 400lb Direwolf could emerge from anywhere and rip his head off…

  • I NEVER thought i’d say this, but i can’t wait for the weekend to come and Sunday to come quicker. CAN”T WAIT!!!

  • I decided to watch one, and randomly clicked the Robb clip. His “Oh, is he?” delivery was delicious. Well done.

  • It’s going to be hard to beat SoA on Hulu, as all the one percenters and wannabe’s will vote for the show. If GoT wins, I might be concerned, mayhaps they send a certain group of one percenters across the pond to burn Belfast down.

    Natalie Dormer is so Hot, the devil relocated from Hell to her nether regions.

  • I love the last clip…

    Cersei’s reaction to the letter from Tywin is just so golden… When she realizes what is written, she tenses up and lowers her head. Then she explodes. :-)

  • Zach Z.,

    They sure did. It’s just maddening how they’re half-assing lore that adds so much flavor to the books. The swords are prized, they embody an aspect of Valyria’s legacy that Westerosi nobility openly acknowledge and value. It’s a real shame the writers have skimmed over that so far, despite all they’ve accomplished with the show.

    Also, not naming Ice and highlighting its importance to the Stark family dulls the tremendous irony of its use in Ned Stark’s execution.

  • nightsbridge7,

    Meh to that. It’s far from unreasonable. From what the web has gathered, the overall runtime of most episodes this season is a bit less than season one episodes, perhaps to save money for “Blackwater.” Furthermore, the logistics of having a few principle characters expound upon the storied nature of Valyrian steel is a good deal simpler than most conceivable scenes. You don’t need a new set, you don’t need new characters. Just a handful of people we like to hear talk and the Ice prop weapon. Tywin or one or more of his children would be perfect for this bit of exposition, with some mention of his dissatisfaction with the fact that the Lannisters have lacked a named blade since his brother lost it on his expedition.

    For all the love I bear this series, it lacks some of the trappings and detail that make the books brilliant. The real sticking point for me as a can is knowing Valyrian steel is actually within the means and ability of the production to realize in the show. The hardest part is probably producing the weapons themselves. While it’s not vital to the plot, it carries weight with the lore and history of the world. I’m so glad the show has a cast that can help us believe in the world their characters live in, but what they carry is also important to our understanding of their world.

  • tysnow,

    Natalie Dormer is so hot, if she were to rub her thighs together repeatedly the heat created would cause a tear in the time space continuum causing the entire multiverse to collapse within itself leaving a void of nothingness.

  • WompWomp,

    I totally agree with you. I also am a little disappointed that Robb didn’t demand the return of Ice. Not only is it important for the lore, it also gives the story a good way to explain some awesome hack and slash scenes that may be in the future for Jon Snow or Brienne or anyone with Valyrian steel as I already commented on here…

    Arthur,

  • WompWomp: While it’s not vital to the plot, it carries weight with the lore and history of the world. I’m so glad the show has a cast that can help us believe in the world their characters live in, but what they carry is also important to our understanding of their world.

    I don’t know if I agree with this… think about any other TV show you watch. If it was a character drama about say… golf, would you want them to spend several scenes describing the advantages/disadvantages of various golf clubs they use? I’m sorry but honestly I would change the channel.

    Or a closer example. Let’s say you’re watching a gang/mafia show. They could have a scene where all the characters discuss the pros and cons of the various murder weapons they’ve used, e.g. how do different types of ammo work with different guns? It’s potentially informative, it adds “lore” that the characters would be aware of and the audience wasn’t, but… what doe sit add to the story? I’d argue nothing. People are going to get shot and die, or not die, as the story requires. They die or they don’t, whether the steel’s valyrian or not.

    I do expect that they will in the future mention a valyrian steel blade again (remember they did it once – Jon recognized that longclaw was valyrian steel), but it should really only be done in passing like in that instance. For example, Brienne is given Oathkeeper and gasps in wonder, saying “Jaime, this is Valyrian steel”, Jaime laughs derisively and says “you wouldn’t be so impressed if you knew it was melted down from Ned Stark’s own blade and given to the likes of me.” In the example I gave, it’s still not the lore that’s important – it’s the connection to the character and the story.

    And finally, even in game of thrones, would you really want them to spend hours discussing the different types of clothing they wear, and why? Or the food they eat in different circumstances? No! They can show that stuff, they don’t have to spend valuable screentime explaining it.

  • Lex:
    Exciting, but… nothing could possibly make me watch this! We’re only 4 days away!

    Holy crap, I can’t believe we’re only 4 days away!!! How did it creep up like this?!?

    I agree 100%!

    Renewing my membership in the Brotherhood without Previews.

    I’m avoiding these new clips like the plague now. The little seconds-long snippets in the trailers and teasers were enough to wet my appetite; but clips like these expose too much. I can wait 4 days to be awed and amazed.

  • I decided to watch one, and randomly clicked the Robb clip. His “Oh, is he?” delivery was delicious. Well done.

    That’s what I was going to post. His delivery gave me goosebumps.

  • Holy shit… I’m speechless. I didn’t know how hey could keep up the quality o season 1, but some of this is more venomous and brilliantly written. A round of applause for the almighty HBO!

  • I never thought I’d say this, but I’m joining the Brotherhood without Previews on these and the ones from episode 12. I can totally wait 3 days and 14 hours :D

  • tek,

    tek,

    CTRL + F will let me search for my Name and take me to any replies to my comment. Anyway, I got my answer. I shall wait until the episode airs.

  • I didn’t notice this before the seventh viewing of the clip or something, but when Tyrion says “So much to be thankful for”, he shares a quick glance with Littlefinger as to say “I’m onto you”. That is so well directed.

  • I know it’s hard but I think it’s a pity to watch so many trailers so close to the date of the first episode…then when you are gonna watch it “for real”, you’ll have already seen a good part of the episode and most of the magic will have faded away.
    Of course everyone is doing as he wants but i think it’s kind of a waste.

  • They’ve actually confirmed (one of the D’s) that the Greatjon will be out of season to. Not out of show, just season two.
    Btw, I too pledge my life and honor to to the Brotherhood without previews. Warrior give us strength.

  • Well, I held out one day at least.

    But honestly, if I were capable of resisting watching these clips for more than a day I’d be emperor of the world by now.

  • Valyrian:
    They’ve actually confirmed (one of the D’s) that the Greatjon will be out of season to. Not out of show, just season two.
    Btw, I too pledge my life and honor to to the Brotherhood without previews. Warrior give us strength.

    Can you point me to your source. I’d like to add that to the cast listing at gameofthrones.wikia.com

  • Aww, Rakharo and Irri’s walking side by side. And Doreah as the dragon-fangirl is just cute.