Game of Thrones Ssn 2 Characters I Can’t Wait To See


 

Have you not seen season one of Game of Thrones (or read the book yet)? If not: stop being a piece of shit and get on it! And don’t give me that “I don’t like fantasy so I’m going to be obstinate and not watch it.” I typically HATE fantasy stories and all things with magic in them. They’re boring. I hate them. My one roommate in college used to play Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons and I used to give him shit for it all the time because he wouldn’t want to go out and do things with people. Now that I’m in love with Game of Thrones he remarked that if a year ago he told me that I would be in love with a fantasy series I would have beat him up, and he probably would have been right.

 

 

But the fact remains that I am in love with a fantasy series. I am in love with Game of Thrones. I have watched the first season three times and I have read the first five books in the series (2 are yet to be released) and the a series of short stories that take place 100 years before the main story begins.

I guess it would be reasonable to ask why someone who hates all things fantasy would find themselves so engrossed in a fantasy series, but the answer is actually rather simple. Game of Thrones contains an ensemble of strong, sharply written and endlessly fascinating characters and a storyline that subverts expectations at every turn. I literally have no idea how things will end for Game of Thrones will end and that’s very exciting.

For those of you who have not read or watched the first part of the story (season one will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on March 6! The same day as Bruce’s new album!) here is a little summary of what Game of Thrones is about:

Game of Thrones is set in a fantasy world where seasons last for decades. The realm of Westeros is divided into 7 kingdoms each with their own lord. The Lord of the North is Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean) and 17 years ago he helped his friend Robert (Mark Addy) overthrow the Mad King and Robert took the throne and named himself King. Ned has a gaggle of children, the most interesting being his two oldest sons: his heir Robb (Richard Madden) and his bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). Alliances were made with the other houses and Robert took Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) as his wife, her father Tywin (Charles Dance) is very treacherous and also the richest man in Westeros, her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a knight of the Kingsguard and the man who actually stabbed the Mad King in the back, and her other brother is an incredibly clever and lecherous dwarf named Tyrion (Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage). The Mad King’s heirs are also floating around in exile, but they’re the most boring part of the story. Also up north there is a man-made ice structure known as The Wall, which separates the North from the far north, where a dangerous, supernatural threat may exist.

So essentially there are many different factions vying for control of Westeros, all aiming to take the throne for themselves. In many ways Game of Thrones feels like a samurai story. There is a lot to do with the loss of honor in world and the story also makes a point of how inconsequential these squabbling over power are when there is a real threat for every living person trying to break free from beyond The Wall.

No one is safe in Game of Thrones, and your favorite characters may very well die. The third (and best) book, A Storm of Swords contains no less than the death of a dozen major characters. A dozen! So don’t get too attached to anybody. But with season two, based on the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, set to debut on April 1st, here are seven characters I’m looking forward to seeing in the flesh.


Qhorin Halfhand
 

 
Season One of Game of Thrones saw Ned’s bastard Jon Snow join the Night’s Watch, a group of men who pledge their lives to guard The Wall. While season one was all about Jon’s training, season two will see him venture beyond The Wall in an expedition in the cold wastes.

Qhorin Halfhand is a rough and tough veteran of the Watch and he takes Jon under his wings and shows him what it truly takes to be a man of the Night’s Watch. Jon’s best moments in the second book are with Halfhand, and watching their friendship form will be very exciting to see.

The Halfhand will be played by Simon Armstrong.


Ygritte

 

 

There aren’t just spooky creatures beyond the wall, there are a group of people who call themselves the free folk. Men and women who bow to no king. The Night’s Watch calls them wildlings, and they pretty much like to kill each other.

During Jon’s expedition he meets a wildling woman named Ygritte, a ferocious and gorgeous woman with hair kissed by fire (i.e. she’s a redhead). Men of the Night’s Watch take a vow of celibacy. Jon Snow is a 17 year old boy. Ygritte is a sexy redhead. Do the math.

Ygritte will be played by Rose Leslie, whom some of you may recognize from season one of Downton Abbey.


Jaqen H’Ghar
 

 
In A Clash of Kings, Ned’s youngest daughter Arya (played by Maisie Williams), gets into some shenanigans to put things lightly. One of the interesting fellows she meets is Jaqen H’Ghar, who in addition to having a very hard to pronounce name is a very mysterious character who appears to be an assassin of sorts.

Regardless of who or what he is, he’s a very dangerous man and Arya first meets him locked up in a cage alongside a pair of murderous rapists who are deathly afraid of him. Arya has a very interesting storyline in the second book, and Jaqen is one of the reasons her story is so enjoyable.

Jaqen will be played by Tom Wlaschiha who also happens to have an unpronounceable name.


Roose Bolton
 

 

While Roose Bolton was introduced in the first book, he won’t be making his television debut until season two. Roose is one of Ned’s bannermen, a lesser lord who answers to him. He is a wise and cunning man, but he’s not above creeping out his fellow Northmen. He likes to leech himself and his sigil is a man flayed of all of skin. Roose Bolton is a character whose importance only continues to grow and grow with each passing book.

Roose Bolton’s bastard Ramsay is also a major character in A Clash of Kings, but all signs indicates that he has not been cast for season two, which is mighty suspicious.

Roose Bolton will be played by Michael McElhatton.


Brienne of Tarth
 

 

Brienne of Tarth is a big ugly warrior woman. In season two of Game of Thrones, Ned’s wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) will try to treat with King Robert’s youngest brother Renly (Gethin Anthony) who is trying to take the throne for himself. During her time treating with Renly she will meet the Brienne the Maid of Tarth and take her under her wing.

Like Roose Bolton, while Brienne is pretty cool in A Clash of Kings, she really finds her stride in the later books and proves herself to be one of the series’ best characters.

Brienne will be played by Gwendoline Christie, who is not as ugly and real life but just as big.


Davos Seaworth

 

 

Davos will be played by Liam Cunningham whom you may recognize from such films as Hunger and Dog Soldiers.

Davos Seaworth is one of the few good men in the series. He was originally a piratey-smuggler, who earned himself a knighthood by smuggling onions into the besieged fortress of Storm’s End during King Robert’s rebellion. Henceforth he would be known as The Onion Knight.

In the book A Clash of Kings, Davos is a point of view character and it is through his eyes that we come to know the character that will be the greatest addition to season two and possibly to the series overall…


Stannis Baratheon
 

 
Stannis is King Robert’s younger brother and the man with the best claim to the iron throne. Where King Robert is jovial and charismatic, fierce to his enemies and beloved by his friends, Stannis is hated by all. A cold, unflinching man with a strong eye for justice. In a later book a character will describe Stannis as being made of iron, and that he will break before he bends.

There is something endlessly fascinating about Stannis Baratheon. He is the middle son of three, and neither of his brothers share any love for him, he garners no affection from any of his men (save for Davos) and yet he still persists. Nothing short of death will stop Stannis from striving for what thinks is his by right. Stannis will be the man to watch in season two and I can’t wait to see him brought to life.

Stannis Baratheon will be played by Stephen Dillane.


To those who have read the books, are there any other characters you are looking forward to seeing? I know I left off the Red Woman Melisandre, but that’s only because of the 7 item limit.

Also I tried to make this list as spoiler free for season one as possible so please don’t leave spoilers in the comments.

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Author:Colin Holmes

I love movies. I love watching them and I love writing about them. My taste ranges from Jean Pierre Melville to Jean Claude Van Damme and everything in between as long as it isn’t mediocre. I’ll take a crazy failure of a movie over a middle of the road one any day. I'm an American currently living abroad in Oz and am relishing how my accent makes me sound like a cowboy to everyone I meet here.

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2 Comments on “Game of Thrones Ssn 2 Characters I Can’t Wait To See”

  1. 02.15.12 at 12:59 PM #

    So I wouldve replied to this with the I dont like fantasy so I am all set with this series but since you started the post that way I decided to read on. This actually doesnt sound half bad. I mean I am generally not into anything that strays to far from reality but I might see if I can get my hands on the first season and give it a try 🙂

    • Colin Holmes
      02.15.12 at 2:55 PM #

      Yeah trust me I don’t even really like the popular fantasy franchises like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter that much. A good story is a good story though regardless of the setting.

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