Game of Thrones: Season 2 – Winter is STILL Coming!

If you’re still coming to terms with the end of season one, then don’t worry. Filming of the second season of Game of Thrones is now under way! The first episode of which is due to air on April 15th, 2012.


Casting

The Tudors’ Natalie Dormer has been cast as Margaery Tyrell, the sister of Loras Tyrell (aka Knight of Flowers, and Renly Baretheon’s lover and supporter in his quest to take the throne from King Joffrey and the rightful heir, his brother Stannis). Dormer played Ann Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, and after 21 episodes was beheaded in The Tudors so she should used to the brutality of this show. She’s also appearing in this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger as Private Lorraine.


Author/Screenwriter/Producer

George R. R. Martin, the author of ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series of books on which the show is based upon, is also a co-executive producer of the show and wrote episode 8: “The Pointy End“. He’ll be writing another episode, the finale of season 2 which will depict an important event that appears in the second book, A Clash of Kings. [Source]


Location, Location, Location

Although the first season was filmed in Northern Ireland and Malta, Croatia and Spain were scouted as possible locations for scenes in season two although it has been confirmed that Northern Ireland will remain as the headquarters and the base of operations for filming. The casting call for extras able to live and work in NI has gone out so if you’re a strong, rough and tough male with long hair and a beard or a lady with long locks go for it! You don’t just have to be a pretty face either, those with skills in archery and sword-fighting, as a butchers, blacksmiths, farmhands and sailors are also wanted.


Interviews

In an interview available on HBO’S website, the creators of the show David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have given some hints as to what we can look forward to when the second season airs next year:

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**


BENIOFF: “[…] we’ve got all sorts of worlds to introduce the audience to. From Harrenhal, this legendary and haunted old castle, to Qarth, the city where Daenerys spends much of the season. And on and on.[…]”

BENIOFF: “A lot of season 1 is about characters figuring out who they are and what they’re after. So in Season 2, you see them starting to fulfil their destinies. Daenerys Targaryen started out Season 1 as this timid little girl and ends it as a warrior queen. Now she’s intent on winning back what’s rightfully hers – the Seven Kingdoms. Jon Snow is marching north with the Night’s Watch to find out what the hell is going on up there and unravel those mysteries. His brother Robb is now the King of the North, and he’s on a mission of vengeance to march south and avenge his father’s death.”

WEISS: “And also Tyrion Lannister, along with his sister Cersei, are two of the most central figures in the second season. He’s always had the privilege of being the wry, sardonic presence who stays on the margins of things and doesn’t need to participate in the exercise of power. And now his father Tywin has thrust him into the position where he has to assume power and rule in his father’s stead, which is probably the last thing he’d want for himself. A lot of this next season details the way that he copes with that and perhaps comes to enjoy it to a certain extent. And I think Cersei is under a lot of pressure, as things are spiralling out of control. Her brother Jaime is Robb Stark’s prisoner, and she’s trying to hold her family together and protect her children, as war hurdles ever and ever closer to their doorstep.”

BENIOFF: “And with the birth of the dragons, magic has kinf of returned to the world. We saw glimpses of it in the first season with the white walkers north of the Wall and obviously the dragons being hatched. This is a world where people haven’t seen much magic in the past few centuries, and they’re starting to think it’s just superstition at this point. And in the second season, it becomes more and more evident that there are supernatural forces at work. There are people who try to channel them for their own purposes, and there are those who desperately try to avoid them – or combat them.”

In another interview:

WEISS: “[…] So there are people offscreen in the book who we are going to write onscreen in the show to make sure people who viewers have fallen in love with are still there in the second season.”

BENIOFF: “[..] There’s fluidity in that certain scenes from the third book find their way into the second season just as certain scenes from the second book find their way into the end of the first season. We wanted to make sure those characters stayed in the audience’s mind and didn’t disappear for a whole year.”


The dragons also pose a problem. The CGI budget is going to have to increase but it seems that the dragons are not the only creatures to be computer-generated. An interview with VFX producer Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor revealed they would be “tackling CG creatures with fur, plus CG fire and water”. And fur means direwolves. Yes!


Trivia

  • In episode 8 “The Pointy End” we got an eyeful of Hodor’s goods. It was a fake, a prosthetic. I’m not sure whether I should be disappointed or relieved. [Source]
  • After each episode the show’s creators, Weiss and Benioff, receive a report card from George R.R. Martin to keep them on their toes and ensure they stay on track. [Source]
  • Each episode title sequence is subtly different, as it shows the kingdoms of the world that are featured in that particular episode. [Source]
  • Author George R.R. Martin was asked if he had a resolution or ending to the seemingly endless conflict. He replied that the end would be a cloud of dust or snow being driven by the wind across a vast graveyard full of tombstones. [Source]

  • Whilst we’re waiting for season 2 to hit our screens you can:

  • check out the HBO’s Official Production Diary
  • see whether you have what it takes to seize the throne in the game ‘Battle for the Iron Throne‘.
  • watch the rather touching ‘One and a Half Man‘ video depicting Tyrion and Bron’s friendship. Aww.


  • Or you can take a gander at the Game of Thrones Muppets mash-up posters, illustrated by Yehudi Mercado and their slogan is: “You wink or you die.”




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    Posted on June 29, 2011, in Book to Screen, George R.R. Martin, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Show and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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