Waking the dragon, ‘Thrones’ returns HBO hit off to rousing start in Season Two
HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” brings us back to Westeros for a second season premiere that totaled more than 3.9 million viewers – not counting those who tuned in for the two extra airings of the episode immediately after the premiere
In returning to the world of Thrones, characters old and new make a comeback, some of them more dramatically than others. The episode starts with a quick recap of the first season: House Stark has been broken and its members scat- tered while House Lannister is preparing for war, with the cru- el and malicious young prince Jofrey being crowned king and taking his place upon the Iron Throne.
At the start of the episode, Jofrey is thoroughly enjoying being ruler of King’s Landing, with two men fighting to the death before his eyes. Once Tyrion Lannister (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage) steps in and even- tually declares that he has been made Hand of the King.
However, we soon see who the true power in King’s Landing is. He knows that the Lannisters are losing the war.
Fighting against the Lannisters is Robb Stark, who has gathered the lords of the north loyal to his house in preparation. Across the sea, Daenarys Targaryen has be- gun her journey to truly em- body her family’s creed of “fire and blood.”
Children end up being an overarching theme to the ep- isode, and tying into that is the order that Joffrey gives to purge King’s Landing of all the bastard children born to Robert Baratheon, his father. Jofrey, too, learns of the rumor going around that he is not the son of Robert Baratheon, but Cersei and her brother, Jamie.
He doesn’t believe it, and his disbelief is cruel to say the least. Several children are killed on-screen, but the most brutal is near the end of the episode, providing a chilling way to lead into what the next episodes holds.
This premiere episode does a great job of bringing back the series, and in doing so proves that “Game of Thrones” is here to stay and continue to be a hit as we see more of the story un- fold in later episodes.
CHANNEL: HBO GENRE: FANTASY AIRTIME: SUNDAY 9 P.M.