Game of Thrones Season Two Blu-ray Review
By Winter Is Coming on in Merchandise, Reviews.

Game of Thrones Season Two Blu-ray setGame of Thrones: The Complete First Season was the fastest selling home video release in HBO’s history. Part of that was due, of course, to the show’s popularity. But a lot of that was because it was just an awesome set, with amazing production values and lots of great bonus features. Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season, releasing on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 19 in the US, seems to duplicate that successful formula. But is this a case of “you can never have too much of a good thing” or “just more of the same”? Read on to find out.


Packaging

The set comes in a smallish box and it is kinda hard to believe how much they fit in there. There are the five Blu-ray discs, which are housed in a five-folded, flip-out container that feature character photos on the back (from season one, strangely enough). Inside of that you will also find a paper insert that folds out to reveal a handy episode guide on one side and a beautifully illustrated map on the other. There is a separate cardboard sleeve which houses the two double-sided DVD discs. There is also the code and instructions for downloading your digital copy of season two. All of this is slotted into a hard cardboard shell, which features the Game of Thrones logo against a subtle black-and-grey background of the various major houses’ sigils. The whole thing is covered with a slipcover featuring the familiar image of Robert Baratheon’s crown (sans hand). All in all, some nice packaging with my one minor nitpick being they should have used season two photos for the characters.

Picture & Sound

I’m not qualified to say much on this subject on account of not having that great a set-up and, to be honest, I just don’t care. It has the episodes in digital quality and that is good enough for me. If you want some more detail than that check out Blu-ray.com’s review or HBO Watch’s review.

Bonus Features

Now to the good stuff. The season one Blu-ray set was packed with extras and this year’s set is no different. In fact, they have added even more. Here is a rundown (Note: the first five features listed here are found on the DVD set as well, the rest are Blu-ray exclusives):

Character Profiles
Short video profiles on the characters of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon and Theon Greyjoy. You’ve already seen these.

Religions of Westeros
George R. R. Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the religions of Westeros and the roles they play in the story. You’ve seen this, too.

Episode Commentary
This year we get twelve (count ‘em, twelve!) episode commentaries. Not every episode is covered, but some are covered multiple times (see here for the complete list). The commentaries range from pointless yet funny, to highly informative and revealing. All of them are entertaining in their own way and well-worth a listen, but for me I enjoyed the ones that gave you a lot of interesting info.

Game of Thrones: Inner Circle
A roundtable discussion moderated by writers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and featuring Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham. While there are some funny and interesting bits of info in here, overall it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped.

Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay
This 30+ minute look into the making of episode nine features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage galore. Fascinating to see all the aspects of production that had to come together to make this episode work. Oh, and Liam Cunningham is truly having the time of his life on this show. Definitely my favorite feature in the set.

In-Episode Guide
A little pop-up guide that stays on screen while you watch each episode and gives you contextual information on the Characters, Locations and History in whatever scene you happen to be watching. All of this information is much more easily accessible in various other sections of the Blu-ray, however (War of the Five Kings for Characters and Locations and Animated Histories for History).

War of the Five Kings
A whole compendium of information on the places, people and events of season two presented via an interactive map of Westeros and Essos. Not the most compelling feature, as all of the information is presented in text form and, for me, was kind of hard to read. Not only that, but navigating this section via a standard remote is kind of a pain. The most interesting aspect was the “Battle Plans” that were available for Robb Stark, , Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon and Joffrey Baratheon. Each major battle and tactical move was animated on the map and provided a much better overview of how the whole War of the Five Kings played out than one would get via just watching the show.

Histories & Lores
Animated histories of the various factions, houses and events narrated by the characters themselves (see here for the list of histories and who narrates them). This was one of the best features on last year’s set and remains just as good this year. The animations are beautiful, the narrations compelling, and you learn some cool stuff to boot. I think my favorite was the history of House Greyjoy, the art style and animation was very “Iron Born-esque” and Alfie and Gemma’s narration was spot-on.

Hidden Dragon Eggs
The hidden dragon eggs contain deleted scenes from season two. So far I’ve found one, thanks to HBO Watch’s help, a deleted scene between Loras and Margaery shortly after Renly’s death. I spent almost two hours last night clicking around trying to uncover more, but came up empty. Frankly, I agree with Westeros.org, the hidden dragon egg feature is an exercise in frustration more than anything. I didn’t even bother finding all of them last year, I found a couple and then just looked up the rest on Youtube. This season, it seems they’ve made the eggs even harder to find. It is just not a good user experience to have some of the most interesting content (last season cast auditions, this season deleted scenes) perpetually hidden deep within the menus or episodes. If HBO wants to keep the hidden dragon eggs, they should have them contain something really “bonus-y” like concept art. Or at the very least, once you’ve found the egg, it should unlock a regular top-level menu item so you can then easily access the content multiple times. But my vote is to do away with them all together.

Wrap-Up

So is the season two Blu-ray set worth buying? Do I even need to answer that question? It has the second season of Game of Thrones on there, of course it is. The pretty packaging, the high-quality picture and sound, and all of the bonus content is just icing on the cake. The one major gripe I have with the set is I wish I could watch all of the deleted scenes easily. But I have no doubt once it releases and hundreds of thousands of viewers are poking around for those eggs, they will be found fairly quickly. That aside, everything else about the set is top-notch. Any Thrones fan should be ashamed if they don’t pick this set up. And with both Best Buy and Amazon selling it for only $35, you really have no excuse not to. Buy it.


94 Comments

  1. Michael
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow

  2. Christy
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    No frickin’ way.

  3. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Give us some details about the deleted scene please… Should it have been cut?

  4. The Dragon Demands
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Is the “War of the Five Kings” feature separate and different from the War of the Five Kings interactive map on the HBO viewer’s guide website?

  5. D'Arcy
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    *whistles and twirls his thumbs as he waits for the trailer*

  6. Dave
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    “So is the season two Blu-ray set worth buying? Do I even need to answer that question? It has the second season of Game of Thrones on there, of course it is. ”

    LOL, pretty much

  7. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    SerCountryFriedSteak:
    Give us some details about the deleted scene please… Should it have been cut?

    Loras was mourning Renly’s death while Margaery was consoling him but also trying to get him to focus on the future of their house. I can see why it was cut as the scene that made it in the show of them with Littlefinger over Renly’s body is similar and delivers much of the same information and character development.

    The Dragon Demands:
    Is the “War of the Five Kings” feature separate and different from the War of the Five Kings interactive map on the HBO viewer’s guide website?

    It has some duplicate content but is different. Especially the “Battle Plans” section. I don’t see anything like that on the Viewer’s Guide website.

  8. Jason Nichols
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Just set my money away for it.. Cannot wait to get these in my hands. Bluray.com’s review is absolutely outstanding.

  9. Caro H
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    When someone uncovers the one with Sansa and Sandor mentioned at the westeros.org review, could they please tell us what happens in it? Thank you! (:

  10. Zack
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I will buy every one of these Blu-ray sets and then only ever get them out to try all the audio commentaries, and then put it on the shelf forever. Discs are practically irrelevant with HBO Go. Sounds like a good set for people who don’t subscribe year round though.

  11. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    I will buy every one of these Blu-ray sets and then only ever get them out to try all the audio commentaries, and then put it on the shelf forever. Discs are practically irrelevant with HBO Go. Sounds like a good set for people who don’t subscribe year round though.

    Maybe you are just using a bit of hyperbole here, but if you all do is watch the audio commentaries, I think you are missing out. The Blackwater feature is great, the histories and lore are fantastic, the Inner Circle feature has some cool nuggets of info and the deleted scenes are definitely worth a watch (once we find them all). HBO Go is a great service and very convenient for quick access to the episodes, but don’t miss out on the great bonus content in this Blu-ray set.

  12. Seven Hells Bells
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Disappointed that the Blackwater making of is exclusive to Blu-Ray (my Xbox is my DVD player and it’s not Bluray of course). 30 minutes with interviews? Oh well, the commentaries will have to do. At least the histories can be accessed online.

    As for the deleted scenes, these will probably end up online too. I doubt any will show anything too interesting to make up for the apparent effort to get them and a hidden ‘weasel soup’ scene is too much to ask for.

  13. Grijnwaald
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ll buy it for sure, but I’m not wasting time looking for eggs, I’ll look them all up.

    In the mean time, I’m still trying to figure out how I’m gonna watch season 3 as I don’t have Sky :-(

  14. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this detailed review! A woman was trying to decide whether to get the DVD or bluray since we don’t have a bluray player yet, but since the DVDs are on separate discs this seems like an easy decision. Get this set now, and watch the bluray bits later when we upgrade to a bluray player. Win win. It is known!

  15. Abyss
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Off-Topic:
    Funny video interview with Finn Jones. He talks a bit about future seasons and the books as well, so some of it is a little on the spoilerish side of things. Spoilerish is not an actual word, isn’t it? – Is there an adjectival use of “spoiler”? I don’t think so, but what do I know, Englisch ist not my first language.^^

  16. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Seven Hells Bells, the Blackwater feature is available on the DVD set.

  17. Zack
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Hm. Thanks! I am used to just going for audio commentaries when I buy discs anymore, in my experience the rest of it’s a lot of filler because they don’t like shipping them with nothing on them. But I do love commentaries. I had figured most of the extras on this set would be useful for people who don’t necessarily obsess about this stuff like we do, or are non-readers. If book readers are finding the material worthy, then I’ll give it a look.

    You’ve convinced me to dig out my S1 set again now, too…

  18. Elia
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m sure everything will end up online. But if you like the show you should buy something to give them money to continue with it.

    I really want to see the deleted scene with Sansa and Sandor.

  19. Richard
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Blu-Ray $34.99 at Amazon.com right now…

  20. Richard
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Elia:
    Yeah, I’m sure everything will end up online. But if you like the show you should buy something to give them money to continue with it.

    Especially if one is pirating their viewings. The show doesn’t run on air, sun and water.

  21. Richard
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    I will buy every one of these Blu-ray sets and then only ever get them out to try all the audio commentaries, and then put it on the shelf forever. Discs are practically irrelevant with HBO Go. Sounds like a good set for people who don’t subscribe year round though.

    I enjoy the 1080p quality on my big screen as well as uncompressed audio. Plus, I won’t be subscribed to HBO forever. And it’s a means to support the show.

  22. Nick_Scryer
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to watch Season 1 & 2 back to back in full, delicious HD with my friends and family just before Season 3 starts. Thanks for this write up!

  23. Zack
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Richard,

    Yeah, if I had a nicer setup I’d probably care more. All I have is an aging 40″ TV (It is 1080p, but it’s about 6.5 years old) and no surround sound. For people who have put good money into an A/V setup, I don’t imagine streaming could hold a candle to disc HD, currently.

  24. Jake
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    The whole ‘dragon’s eggs’ thing is pretty gimmicky. Other than that, can’t wait to pick up my copy on Tuesday!

  25. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    Richard,

    Yeah, if I had a nicer setup I’d probably care more. All I have is an aging 40″ TV (It is 1080p, but it’s about 6.5 years old) and no surround sound. For people who have put good money into an A/V setup, I don’t imagine streaming could hold a candle to disc HD, currently.

    Depending on how many hours you watch tv per week, your tv may be on its way out – which would give you the excuse to purchase the new LCD’s which use less electricity, are lighter weight, and have a clearer picture. This woman’s old 1080p tv died the night before Thanksgiving in 2011 after 5 years of use, which of course meant a quick purchase of a new LCD at the local store (after research online of course). The new tv was so much clearer that we watched the whole S1 of GoT again right away to see all the lovely detail! You won’t be sad to say goodbye to the old energy-hog when it finally goes, the newer ones are so much clearer.

  26. Ned
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I obviously don’t have Season 2 yet (until Tuesday), but I am already frustrated by these eggs. I can’t imagine anyone enjoys trying to find them for hours and hours on end. It’s cheesy and tacky. It is beneath the Game of Thrones (HBO) brand. We’ve spent months waiting for the DVDs/Blu-Rays and dropped $70 … let us enjoy the deleted scenes without all the fuss.

    I completely agree with some of your sentiments, if you truly enjoy Game of Thrones you have to do one of the following things: 1. Subscribe to HBO 2. Purchase Season 2 on DVD or Blu-Ray. Ideally both, but atleast one. Otherwise what good are you? You don’t help ratings, you don’t help pay for it, you’re nothing.

    Is anyone concerned by Peter Dinklage getting the role of the “main villain” in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Don’t get me wrong I’m excited to see him get such an awesome gig, but also pessimistic that it could impact GoT shooting schedule. He’s a talented guy, I just don’t want his HBO contract to become secondary to feature films.

    Lastly what do people realistically expect for “initial ratings” for Season 3, Episode 1 f or the first broadcast (not counting re-runs, HBOGO, OnDemand, etc) …. Season 2 finale ended at 4.2 million viewers …. I would like to see them break through 5 million, which I think is realistic, officially making it HBOs #1 show and flagship program …. new seasons for as long as GRRM can write.

  27. Dark Star
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    So the Blu-ray set ALSO has the standard DVD’s included? Am I understanding that correctly?

    If that is so, it really makes it a no-brainer.

  28. Zack
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    Sounds win-win, especially in your case. Prices keep going down while the tech keeps improving. I try and hold out until I can’t stand it any longer so that I can then upgrade to the nicest thing I can afford and have it last that much longer. But there’s something to be said for just upgrading when you see something you want (because there’s always something better and cheaper coming up)

  29. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Dark Star:
    So the Blu-ray set ALSO has the standard DVD’s included? Am I understanding that correctly?

    If that is so, it really makes it a no-brainer.

    Correct. The only issue is that the DVDs that come with the Blu-ray set contain only the episodes. So if you don’t yet have a Blu-ray player you won’t be able to watch ANY of the special features.

  30. Juju Budkeson
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Do you have a computer around to check if the discs are region free?
    I’d love to order the US Version. The German Blu Ray comes without the DVD and without the digital copy but is twice as expensive. :-(

  31. Words Are Wind
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Regarding the direct download version. Is this available through UltraViolet, or iTunes?

  32. ChristineMarie
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Are the special features spread throughout the discs again? That was the only thing I didn’t like about S1 … I’d select something off the menu and it’d tell me to put in disc x. I’d prefer they put all of the features on one disc. Smallish gripe though. I’ll still be buying this first thing on Tuesday.

  33. Juju Budkeson
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Juju Budkeson: Do you have a computer around to check if the discs are region free?

    Winter told me on twitter that the Discs should be region free because the test on westerors.org was done with an region B player.

    So let’s go Europeans! Let’s order the sh*t out of this disc! ;)

    Thanks for the help, again!

  34. Reverse Nielsen
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Will we get a heads up when the Dragon Eggs make their way to YouTube, or is HBO not okay with that?

  35. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    ChristineMarie:
    Are the special features spread throughout the discs again? That was the only thing I didn’t like about S1 … I’d select something off the menu and it’d tell me to put in disc x. I’d prefer they put all of the features on one disc. Smallish gripe though. I’ll still be buying this first thing on Tuesday.

    The character profiles are on disc 1. All the rest of the features are on disc 5.

    Juju Budkeson: Winter told me on twitter that the Discs should be region free because the test on westerors.org was done with an region B player.

    So let’s go Europeans! Let’s order the sh*t out of this disc! ;)

    Thanks for the help, again!

    You misunderstood me, I said to check with Westeros to see if they were able to play the US discs in their Swedish Blu-ray player. I assume that that was the case, but it is possible that they were sent a European copy of the Blu-ray set or that they have a US Blu-ray player. So, just double-check with them on that.

    EDIT: Westeros has tweeted that the US Blu-rays will play in a European Blu-ray player. Yay!

  36. Ross
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    To be honest, even though there’s a load of amazing stuff on there and really we can’t complain – as a buyer of dvds I can’t help but feel short-changed. It feels like I’m buying half the product.

    The deleted scenes should a) not be dragon eggs and b) be available on both formats – it’s probably the one element absolutely everyone wants to see.

  37. Sky Aero
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Don’t have the money to buy a) a Blu-Ray Player and b) a full HD tv. So i’m sticking with the dvd! The rest i’ll just find on YouTube!

  38. Katrine
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Do we know if the player that Westeros.org uses is a region free one though? Or would a PS3 be enough?

  39. ser_skwisgaard
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Ross,

    You are buying half the product. You are buying a product with poorer video quality, audio quality, and much less storage capacity.

  40. Grijnwaald
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Sky Aero,

    Good plan, nothing wrong with that. Quite sensible actually, if the Blu-ray costs more than the DVD’s.

  41. WildSeed
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Sweet Betsey, this post is making a lot of people happy. Better than sex methinks…
    well almost *>*

  42. Matt P
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    For the episode commentaries you say in your review:

    but for me I enjoyed the ones that gave you a lot of interesting info.

    Can you say which ones you found to fit that description you laid out?

  43. BeavertonSteve
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    It appears Target will have it in store for 29.99. The Target edition will also include an extra GRRM interview and some extra behind the scenes vids.

    http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.php?p=7123230&postcount=1

  44. Juju Budkeson
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is ComingYou misunderstood me, I said to check with Westeros to see if they were able to play the US discs in their Swedish Blu-ray player. (…)
    EDIT: Westeros has tweeted that the US Blu-rays will play in a European Blu-ray player. Yay!

    Yeah, I was too excited to read your tweet properly. ;) Also the guys from bluray-disc.de did confirm that the disc is region free. Everything is great.

  45. Juju Budkeson
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Sky Aero:
    Don’t have the money to buy a) a Blu-Ray Player and b) a full HD tv. So i’m sticking with the dvd! The rest i’ll just find on YouTube!

    You could buy the BD Package, keep the DVDs and sell the Blu Ray Discs and the Digital Copies. In the end you’d make money…

    (BTW: You can get a good blu ray player for less then $50… Just sayin’ )

  46. Hexonx
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I bought both the DVD & BR last year b/c I knew eventually I would get a BR player. I just got one for xmas so I will be buying the combo this year. But a little trick I did last year was buy a BR player and watched the special features & then returned the BR player for a full refund. This only works if you have enough funds available for the BR player up front though.

  47. Omar Brown
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Think of maybe getting a capture card so you can illustrate points of the review better? For future seasons of course. ;)

  48. garyd
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    I have my blu-ray set ordered in the UK from play.com, only problem is it is not realesed this side of the pond until march!!!

  49. Lex
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: Loras was mourning Renly’s death while Margaery was consoling him but also trying to get him to focus on the future of their house. I can see why it was cut as the scene that made it in the show of them with Littlefinger over Renly’s body is similar and delivers much of the same information and character development.

    I always thought Loras wasn’t upset enough, in the show. He just comes across as slightly sad and annoyed. Would you say his grief/mourning is more pronounced in the deleted scene?

  50. ebevan91
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I just ordered the Blu-Ray/DVD combo. I don’t have a Blu-Ray player yet (can’t afford both player and season 2). At least I’ll be able to watch it on my DVD player until I get a Blu-Ray player.

  51. Hollyoak
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Would you believe I only now just watched the Season One Easter–I mean Dragon–Eggs on Blu Ray? I bought the Blu Ray when it was released, of course, but never watched everything until today. I only got around to all of the commentaries a week or two ago!

    I had no idea that “The Butler of Kings Landing” is an assistant to the casting director, Nina Sharp! I’m sure you all saw this ages ago in the Making of Game of Thrones Feature.

    The casting auditions were nice. Really thought Jason’s was cool. Did he have to just make up nonsense words for his audition? I’m sure they hadn’t invented the Dothraki language by then.

    Rory’s was cool, too. How I wish we would have heard that speech in an actual episode!

    I thought Miltos Yerolemou’s was good, too. You can really see he has a lot of talent. Sophie was great, of course, and all the others.

    I think I’ll head over to Amazon and order the Blu Rays. Then we’ve got a real trailer to look forward to, and all the extras on the Blu Rays, and then, finally, Season Three premiers the day after my birthday!

    Awesomeness is coming.

  52. Hollyoak
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    LOL, I said Nina Sharp, which is a character from one of my favorite shows, Fringe! I meant, of course, Nina GOLD.

  53. Joshua Taylor
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Hollyoak,

    RIP Fringe :-(

  54. Carne
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I’d like to see some “making of” videos for scenes in other episodes as well, not just Blackwater.

  55. John W
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Does the set above include both blu ray AND dvd?

  56. Hollyoak
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor:
    Hollyoak,

    RIP Fringe :-(

    Indeed. Such great show. It wrapped up well. John Noble as Walter Bishop should have gotten a little more respect. He should have won an Emmy or at least have been nominated.

  57. Joshua Taylor
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Hollyoak,

    Both Noble and Torv. I hope we get either of them on GoT. Torv would be an awesome Val.

  58. Abyss
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Hollyoak: The casting auditions were nice. Really thought Jason’s was cool. Did he have to just make up nonsense words for his audition? I’m sure they hadn’t invented the Dothraki language by then.

    No, he is dancing the Haka. ;-)

  59. tweedie
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    For me it’s an absolute no brainer to buy the blu-ray set. I really enjoyed the commentaries on season 1, my favourite being PeterDinklage, Nickolai and Lena Heady (despite frequently pardoning her French). I also thought the one by Maisie and Sophie was really good too. I gotta say tho that the blu-ray for Boardwalk Empire beats it pants down for the interactive picture-in-picture experience

  60. Tom O' Sevens
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Seven Hells Bells:
    Disappointed that the Blackwater making of is exclusive to Blu-Ray (my Xbox is my DVD player and it’s not Bluray of course). 30 minutes with interviews? Oh well, the commentaries will have to do. At least the histories can be accessed online.

    As for the deleted scenes, these will probably end up online too. I doubt any will show anything too interesting to make up for the apparent effort to get them and a hidden ‘weasel soup’ scene is too much to ask for.

    My PS3 is my blu-ray player :-)

  61. Abendstern
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    I remember I tried to find the dragon eggs on the season 1 bluray, but gave up frustrated. Thought maybe the german bluray don’t have them. Can someone explain how to find them?

  62. xFire and Bloodx
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    i have to wait till the 6th of march for it to come out in australia :(

  63. Arristan the Old
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait for my copy to arrive – my wife pre-ordered it for me as a birthday gift, but my birthday was in mid-January so the wait is sort of slowly killing me.

    Soon…

    PS. Agree, the S1 dragon eggs are just way too hard to find, even for someone as obsessed as I am – youtube is the only way.

    PPS. You want the blu-ray set, not the DVD’s, folks. It comes with all the episodes on DVD anyhow, they’re not much more expensive, and when you do upgrade your AV harware to blu-ray/HD you’ll regret being stuck with the DVD’s. Just my opinion though. Do what you want, but don’t say I never warned you.

  64. Juego de tronos
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I hope that it comes soon to Spain.

  65. Jambo
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Abendstern:
    I remember I tried to find the dragon eggs on the season 1 bluray, but gave up frustrated. Thought maybe the german bluray don’t have them. Can someone explain how to find them?

    You’re probably better off just looking them up on youtube….I remember spending a ton of time looking for them before finally giving up.

  66. Azad Injejikian
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I just ordered my copy through bestbuy.com for the Greyjoy Sigil packaging.

    I’m in Canada, but I ordered through US and sent it to a friend in MA because its $15 cheaper than buying it up here, PLUS, they stick french logos on top of the packaging which makes it look like crap:

    http://www.futureshop.ca/multimedia/Products/500×500/M22/M2203/M2203708.jpg

  67. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I just received my Lannister sigil BR/DVD in the mail a day early. I guess pre-ordering last Thursday was smart. The Lannister sleeve is great. I can’t wait to watch the extras tonight.

  68. Nick_Scryer
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    I just received my Lannister sigil BR/DVD in the mail a day early. I guess pre-ordering last Thursday was smart. TheLannister sleeve is great. I can’t wait to watch the extras tonight.

    Go find the Dragon eggs and post the details!

    I’m so tempted to buy it from the american Amazon.com because it would only cost me 22 euro but it would be a region 1 Blu-Ray. I know Westeros said it would work but that may only be on his Blu-ray player :(
    I don’t know whether to risk it or not…

  69. Russ
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Is the Menu-system the same as before? I found it really irritating that the Season 1 menu showed you items that were on other disks. It should at least indicate the disk number in the menu or something.

  70. Clob
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Is anyone concerned by Peter Dinklage getting the role of the “main villain” in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Don’t get me wrong I’m excited to see him get such an awesome gig, but also pessimistic that it could impact GoT shooting schedule. He’s a talented guy, I just don’t want his HBO contract to become secondary to feature films.

    I don’t think it will be an issue. I’ve read that production of X-Men is starting this month. His involvement in shooting should be well complete before GoT s4. At any rate, shooting for GoT is a rather small window and should be easily avoided. Example being Emilia just mentioning that her work for season 3 covered just six weeks.

  71. ebevan91
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    You people getting your season 2 early are lucky.

    I paid for a delivery date of 2/19 and my package is still over 6 hours away, which is weird because it was barely 5 hours away yesterday. I better get it tomorrow.

  72. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Russ:
    Is the Menu-system the same as before? I found it really irritating that the Season 1 menu showed you items that were on other disks.It should at least indicate the disk number in the menu or something.

    The menu shows all of the special features on each disc, but does show what disc each special feature is on. Disc 5 has pretty much all of them anyway, so if you just want to watch the features, pop in disc 5.

  73. ebevan91
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    What’s the menu track this time around? It was King’s Arrival for season 1.

  74. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    ebevan91, Mother of Dragons.

  75. Russ
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: The menu shows all of the special features on each disc, but does show what disc each special feature is on. Disc 5 has pretty much all of them anyway, so if you just want to watch the features, pop in disc 5.

    Thanks. That sounds improved.

  76. ebevan91
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    ebevan91, Mother of Dragons.

    Ahh. Hopefully it fits the menu then. Season 1′s was perfect.

  77. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    One thing I noticed on the paper insert with the episode guides and map is that Daenerys is one of the 5 listed claimants to the throne and not Balon. Given that they marketed and mentioned this season as ‘The War of the 5 Kings’ it is odd that they include Dany and not Balon. Dany is not a part of the war. I wonder if Balon will even name himself king on the show? Also, I don’t see Volantis or Astapor on the map of Essos and Slaver’s Bay. Meereen and Yunkai are listed, but Astapor is missing.

  78. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Nick_Scryer,

    Found my first dragon egg! And it is one I don’t believe has been reported. I found it while watching the ‘Histories and Lore’ videos. After watching the one about Harrenhal I noticed a circle in the bottom right hand corner when I arrowed down on my remote.. After looking a bit closer I realized it was a dragon egg.

    The deleted scene is one with Varys and Littlefinger in the throne room, likely deleted from the finale ‘Valar Morghulis’. It starts with a shot of Littlefinger touching the iron throne and feeling for himself the sharpness of the swords. Varys congratulates him on his new title and castle. Littlefinger tells him that he is always welcome to visit. Varys says that it is kind of him to offer, but he is afraid of the curse. He mentions the fates of those who have ruled over the castle. Littlefinger cuts him off and informs him that he has more important things to attend to. He has a meeting with the hand of the king, the real one, Tywin Lannister, not the”mutilated dwarf” that Varys has cultivated an aliance with. Vary responds that he has not aligned with him. Littlefinger then quips about Ned Stark and the Imp as Hands and how Varys knows how to pick them. He supposes that there is a sort of brotherhood among the mutilated. He wonders who out of all the grotesques at court has the worst wounds? The Hound? Lady Ginnia?(It sounded like he says Ginnia but the CC reads “Jeyne”) The Imp? Though he has yet to see his wounds. Or Varys himself. He says that he would bet on Varys because he “always bets on his friends.”

    It is a fun scene that hearkens back to the great war of words that these two had in season 1. I wish they could have found room for this scene, but I suppose it isn’t critical to the plot and they ran out of time in the finale.

  79. Kingslayer
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    OHHH so thats what the Egg that popped up in the corner during one of my S1 episodes was. . always wondered about those.

    Can someone tell me how you will know a dragon egg? does it always show up on the corner of your screen once you’ve found it. Im gonna be having a nice little scavenger hunt tomorrow when i pick up the s2 blu.

    They should just scrap the eggs altogether though and give us diehards what we want :)

  80. the goat
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap: Also, I don’t see Volantis or Astapor on the map of Essos and Slaver’s Bay. Meereen and Yunkai are listed, but Astapor is missing.

    Interesting. Lots of speculation that Yunkai would be excised, but maybe it’s Astapor (i.e. she gets the Unsullied & meets Daario, Prendahl & Mero at Yunkai, then goes to Meereen).

  81. skip
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know if a collectors edition box set has been announced for the season 2 set yet?

  82. Thorrgal
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Azad Injejikian:
    I just ordered my copy through bestbuy.com for the Greyjoy Sigil packaging.

    I’m in Canada, but I ordered through US andsent it to a friend in MA becauseits $15 cheaper than buying it up here, PLUS, they stick french logos on top of the packaging which makes it look like crap:

    http://www.futureshop.ca/multimedia/Products/500×500/M22/M2203/M2203708.jpg

    I see that logo is both in english and french…and very similar to the UK logo wich is only in english.

  83. JohnnyBoy
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    The commentary with the kids is pretty funny of ep 3 but the commentary of ep 4 with Liam and Carice…..hilarious. Anybody else find any dragon eggs?

  84. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    JohnnyBoy,

    I’ve found two. One with Littlefinger and Varys in the throne room and one with Loras and Margaery after Renly’s death. I have heard of one with Irr and Doreah and one with Sansa and the Hound, but have not found them yet.

  85. JohnnyBoy
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I’m really looking forward to that Sansa and Hound scene!

  86. the goat
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the Irri/Doreah scene:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ls-iBaQcA

    and the Sandor/Sansa/Tyrion scene:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WVRmuOMI7cI

    No idea where to actually find them on the discs tho (links from Twitter)

  87. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    You can find the Littlefinger/Varys scene by going to the ‘Histories and Lore’ section and selecting the feature on Harrenhal. Once you are on the screen for the video, arrow down with the remote and a dragon egg will appear on the lower right hand corner.

    The Loras/Margaery scene is in the ‘War of the Five Kings’ feature. Select Renly as the king you want to read about. Go to the ‘Battle Plans’ section and scroll through them until you get to ‘Killed by a Shadow’ or ‘Death by a Shadow’(Don’t remember the exact title). Once you select that, arrow up with the remote for the dragon egg to appear.

  88. Jess
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  89. Igloo
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Is the blu-ray region free? I hope so, as I’ve just ordered it…

  90. Zack
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Having spent an evening with this set, I have to say it is easily worth the price for the Blackwater video and those histories narrated by the characters. But I also really loved the section in the character bios detailing the steps of each of their battle plans. Fantastic set, those 3 features are enough that I would try and sell a person on this set on their merits alone.

    And I haven’t even had a chance to try the commentaries yet.

  91. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Zack, awesome! Glad you decided to check out some of the other special features. Once you are done with the S2 commentaries, you can pull out your S1 set and watch the bonus features there too. :)

  92. Zack
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Oh, now that I’ve seen the standards these people set for special features, no doubt. Probably going to spend a very fun Sunday night with Season 1′s Blu-ray!

    The great thing is that these are features I can imagine wanting to revisit occasionally, not just forget after the one viewing. They dealt quite a lot with lore that a person could never know if relying solely on the TV show, and I found a lot of it fascinating even as a book reader who’s supposed to know all that stuff already. Finding out how various Houses came to power, the mythology behind Harrenhal…

    info packed, in a very entertaining way.

    Kudos to the crew. You guys are rather fantastic at what you do. Thanks.

  93. Half man
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Zack,

    I wonder if they will ever decide to film more with the purpose of providing special extended editions with more footage, ala LOTR? Everyone wants to see longer episodes and there seems to be tons that they can film. With at least 3 more seasons that can be done, yu can’t help but wonder what the future of these DVDs will evolve to.

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