Game of Thrones: Season 2 (2012)

Season 2
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Game of Thrones follows up a strong debut with an even better second season, combining elegant storytelling and vivid characters to create a rich fantasy world.



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Air date: Apr 1, 2012

Season 2 Premiere. Tyrion arrives to save Joffrey's crown from threats old and new; Daenerys searches for allies and water in the Red Waste; Jon Snow and the Night's Watch face the wilderness beyond the Wall.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2012

Arya shares a secret with a familiar recruit; a scout returns to Dany with disturbing news; Theon comes home to the Iron Islands and his real family; Tyrion administers justice; Jon witnesses a terrible crime.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2012

At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own. But King Renly, his new wife Margaery, and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans in mind.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2012

Catelyn tries to save two kings from themselves; Tyrion practices coercion; Robb meets a foreigner; outside the gates of salvation, Dany finds her ally; Melisandre casts a large shadow on the Stormlands.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2012

The Baratheon rivalry ends; Tyrion learns of Cersei's secret weapon; Dany suffers a loss; Arya collects a debt she didn't know was owed; Jon and the Night's Watch man an ancient fortress and meet a legend.

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Air date: May 6, 2012

Theon completes his master stroke. In King's Landing, the Lannisters send Myrcella from harm's way in the nick of time. Arya gets a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Robb and Catelyn receive crucial news; Jon has a chance to prove himself.

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Air date: May 13, 2012

Jaime meets a distant relative; Dany receives an invitation to the House of the Undying; Theon leads a search party; Jon loses his way in the wilderness; Cersei counsels Sansa.

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Air date: May 20, 2012

At Winterfell, Theon receives a visitor and holds down the fort. Arya calls in her final debt with Jaqen. Robb is betrayed. Tyrion and Varys find common ground. Dany ignores Jorah's advice. Stannis and Davos approach their destination.

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Air date: May 27, 2012

Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis' fleet assaults King's Landing.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2012

Season 2 Finale. Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself.

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The cold winds of winter are rising in Westeros...war is coming...and five kings continue their savage quest for control of the all-powerful Iron Throne. HBO presents Season 2 of this epic series based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin.

Cast & Crew

Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Kit Harington
Jon Snow
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Charles Dance
Tywin Lannister
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
Commander Mormont
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
David Benioff
Executive Producer
D.B. Weiss
Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss
Co-Executive Producer
Guymon Casady
Co-Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis
Co-Executive Producer
Ralph Vicinanza
Co-Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin
Co-Executive Producer
Alik Sakharov
Vanessa Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones Season 2

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (23)

Game of Thrones is absurd in its ambition and scope.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Once you sort out all the teams and players, Game of Thrones falls together like a good Western.

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones nonetheless is an undertaking worth applauding for its audacity if not always for its overall senses of direction or cohesion.

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

TV's best (but do your homework before diving in).

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

That Thrones remains so utterly unpredictable makes it even more mesmerizing.

Apr 1, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Peter Dinklage's Tyrion is the series' MVP, but there's not a single character without meat on their bones. Unless you count the White Walkers.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones gets off to a fantastic start with its second season premiere.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

[Game of Thrones] is a great political epic, in which the nature of power and government is questioned, over and over again, and it's left to the audience to come up with its own disquieting answers.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 2 of Game of Thrones gets more expansive, even literally - it covers more ground, roams new corners of the kingdom, even introduces new characters.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Because of the limits set within the books, the screenwriters have to choose how to make the most out of every line written. For just 10 hours this season, I don't envy them, and yet it's fascinating watching it unfold.

Feb 7, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The season 2 finale did justice to nearly every character and subplot, and it tied them all together under a unified thematic umbrella that gave significant weight and meaning to every part of this vast, wide-ranging fantasy epic.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The second season has more fantasy elements than the first, but otherwise it's largely more of the same.

Apr 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 2

  • 3d ago
    This season capitalized on all the potential the first season had. The narrative of the series truly gets moving in this season and everything finally feels like it's going somewhere. Excellent.
  • May 10, 2021
    Absolutely great. The story with Daeneryes isn't all that interesting this season but everything happening in Westeros is very interesting. The final episodes of the season are some of the best in the show.
  • May 07, 2021
    With the Starks all split up after the events of Season 1, you now get to start to see their development and growth as characters while they struggle and persevere. With the Lanasters growing in their strength you also get to see how they evolve and grow as characters when in positions of power, with the tension rising in Westeros and now that the War Of The Five Kings has begun both sides find themselves making new enemies and foes.
  • Apr 27, 2021
    The second season closely follows the second book with some changes here and there. Great adaptation with memorable characters. You can really tell the budget's getting bigger.
  • Apr 16, 2021
    Season 2 continued to set us up to fail for the series failure in season 8.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    The second season is as good, if not better, than season 1. Just don't get fond of the character, because the keep dying. I loved this season..
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Yeah I love this man
  • Mar 15, 2021
    Com um primeiro ano bem-sucedido, Game of Thrones trazia um livro mais denso para adaptar, e uma trama mais agitada com a Guerra dos Cinco Reis. É uma temporada mais sofisticada e bem produzida, incluindo também a primeira grande batalha com Água Negra, e que coloca a série em um caminho empolgante. E a quarta melhor temporada de Game of Thrones!
  • Feb 27, 2021
    The story continues seamlessly, it is also more ambitious with its use of a huge cast and many significant locations. While this is very well done and commendable, it is hurt a little by the fact that there isn't a clear main storyline that grounds the others, everywhere is important. The main characters are very well handled and developed throughout the season but while there are many great scenes none truly compare to last seasons most significant moments. Still, this is very much in the setup phase of the story and the fact that they adapted it so well deserves great praise.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    nearly as good as season 1. the ending is easily the best part of this season

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