About Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The series is filmed at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast, and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia and Iceland.
The first season of the series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011. Two days later, it was picked up for a second season, which started airing on April 1, 2012. It was renewed for a third season nine days after the second season’s premiere.
The cable television series closely follows the multiple storylines of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and author Martin has stated that the show’s pilot script was very faithful to his work. Set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, Game of Thrones chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne; as the series opens, additional threats from the snow and ice covered region north of Westeros and from the eastern continent across a narrow sea are simultaneously beginning to rise.
Cast and characters
Sean Bean leads the first season’s cast as Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, head of the Stark family. He and his wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) have five children: the eldest, Robb (Richard Madden), the dainty Sansa (Sophie Turner), the tomboy Arya (Maisie Williams), the adventurous Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and the toddler Rickon (Art Parkinson). The family’s outsiders are Ned’s bastard Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and Ned’s hostage and ward Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen).
King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) shares a loveless marriage with Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who has taken her twin, the “Kingslayer” Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as her lover and loathes her younger brother, the clever dwarf Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Cersei’s oldest child is Prince Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), guarded by the scarfaced warrior Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann). One of the king’s advisors is the crafty Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen), Master of Coin.
Across the Narrow Sea, siblings Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – the exiled children of the king overthrown by Robert – are on the run for their lives and trying to win back the throne. Dany is married to Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), the leader of the barbaric Dothraki, for the promise of an army for Viserys. Iain Glen plays Ser Jorah Mormont, an exiled knight sworn to protect the siblings.
The second season adds six characters introduced in the first season to the principal cast. Three belong to the court at King’s Landing: Varys (Conleth Hill), the eunuch and spymaster; Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Tyrion’s sellsword companion; and Shae (Sibel Kekilli), Tyrion’s mistress. Two are men of the Night’s Watch: Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo) and Jon Snow’s friend Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). The last is Charles Dance as the Lannister patriarch, Tywin. New main characters in the second season are King Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), the elder of Robert’s two younger brothers and a contender for the Iron Throne; Stannis’ advisors Melisandre (Carice van Houten), a foreign priestess; Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), a former smuggler who is now a loyal supporter of Stannis; and Lady Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), wife of rebel king Renly Baratheon and sister of Renly’s lover, Loras.
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Game of Thrones Episodes List
Season 2 – Hiatus
|Season 2, Episode 10 – Valar Morghulis||June 3, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 9 – Blackwater||May 27, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 8 – The Prince of Winterfell||May 20, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 7 – A Man Without Honor||May 13, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 6 – The Old Gods and the New||May 6, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 5 – The Ghost of Harrenhal||April 29, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 4 – Garden of Bones||April 22, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 3 – What Is Dead May Never Die||April 15, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 2 – The Night Lands||April 8, 2012|
|Season 2, Episode 1 – The North Remembers||April 1, 2012|
|Season 1, Episode 10 – Fire and Blood||June 19, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 9 – Baelor||June 12, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 8 – The Pointy End||June 5, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 7 – You Win or You Die||May 29, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 6 – A Golden Crown||May 22, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 5 – The Wolf and the Lion||May 15, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 4 – Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things||May 8, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 3 – Lord Snow||May 1, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 2 – The Kingsroad||April 24, 2011|
|Season 1, Episode 1 – Winter is Coming||April 17, 2011|