One of the greatest television gifts to the nerd world recently has been HBO’s stellar adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s sprawling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Titled A Game of Thrones after the first novel in the series, Season 1 has provided a solid ratings hit for HBO, pulling in over 2.5 million viewers average and growing by almost a million viewers from the premiere to the finale.
With the April 1 premiere of Season 2 fast approaching,and HBO toying with us with teaser trailers, we finally got what we had been wishing for, a full length trailer that gives fans not only some enticing moments from fan favorites such as Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow and Conleth Hill’s Varys, but also a first look at some new characters being introduced in Season 2, which will reportedly cover roughly half of Martin’s second novel in the series, A Clash of Kings.
After 30 seconds of familiar characters, fans finally get to see brief glimpses of two new fan favorites from the novels, Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre. Stannis Baratheon will be played by veteran character actor Stephen Dillane and, if the show follows the book closely, looks to have a significant role in the goings on of Season 2 of Game of Thrones.
While playing a smaller part, Valkyrie‘s Carice van Houten could easily be Season 2’s show stealer as the mysterious priestess Melisandre, who helps Stannis in his quest for the Iron Throne through magical means.
But the real star of the trailer is Peter Dinklage, whose spot-on perfect portrayal of Tyrion Lannister landed him a well-deserved Emmy award and has made him the centerpiece of HBO’s Season 2 trailer. He gets the most screen time and the best lines of any character and it’s obvious that HBO is building its Season 2 marketing heavily around Dinklage’s rising star.
One of the more interesting aspects of the trailer is who you see very little of. While her role in Clash of Kings, and one would assume in Season 2 of Game of Thrones is greatly expanded, Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark is barely seen, only flashing onto the screen for a moment during the trailer. Arya becomes one of the series’ most intriguing characters during the period in which Season 2 is set so it’s possible that HBO is saving her character arc as a surprise for those not familiar with the source material.
Nashville area nerds can catch Game of Thrones Season 2 on HBO starting April 1. HBO is Channel 300 on Dish Network and channel 350 on Comcast.