'Game of Thrones' Spoilers: What's Happening in the First Half of Season 2?
'Game of Thrones' Spoilers: What's Happening in the First Half of Season 2?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
What's going down on Game of Thrones season 2? The epic HBO drama returns Sunday, April 1 at 9pm for its 10-episode second season, and the network has just released descriptions for the first five episodes.

NOTE: I have not read the books, nor have I read spoilers based on the books. This is only based on these descriptions.

Since so much happens in every episode of Game of Thrones, reading what will happen in episode 5 can give plenty of clues and insights into the action of the entire season.

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Below you can find the first five episode synopses for Game of Thrones season 2, but first, here is my analysis of what it all means.

-Jon Snow and the Night's Watch will apparently spend the entire season north of the wall, searching for the wildlings. Meanwhile, it sounds like Arya and Gendry won't make it to Castle Black. Instead, the transport will be stopped and they'll be taken prisoner by the Mountain.

-It sounds like Tyrion will spend the entire season trying to talk Joffrey out of doing awful and mean things. He probably won't have much success.

-Catelyn and Tyrion are mentioned the most, suggesting that they are the two main characters of season 2.

-The Baratheon brothers, Renly and Stannis, will be competing for power, and while it sounds like Catelyn will try to forge a peace, it doesn't look like it will work. The line "The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee" makes me think that Renly (or Stannis) will be killed at the end of the fourth episode.

-Daenerys will continue to have no connection to anyone else on the show. Instead, she'll be looking for water and allies.

-Bran and Theon will become more important as they try to live up to their names.

-Jaime Lannister is not mentioned at all, which is bad news for the Stark's prisoner.

Here are the synopses:

Season 2, Episode 1: "The North Remembers" (April 1)
"As Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion arrives in King's Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king's excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother's throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of a stranger god. Across the sea, Daenerys, her three young dragons and khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night's Watch must shelter with a devious wildling."

Season 2, Episode 2: "The Night Lands" (April 8)
"In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei for alienating the king's subjects. On the road north, Arya shares a secret with Gendry, a Night's Watch recruit. With supplies dwindling, one of Dany's scouts returns with news of their position. After nine years as a Stark ward, Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon, who wants to restore the ancient Kingdom of the Iron Islands. Davos enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King's Landing."

Season 2, Episode 3: "What Is Dead May Never Die" (April 15)
"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. At Winterfell, Luwin tries to decipher Bran's dreams."

Season 2, Episode 4: "Garden of Bones" (April 22)
"Joffrey punishes Sansa for Robb's victories, while Tyrion and Bronn scramble to temper the king's cruelty. Catelyn entreats Stannis and Renly to forego their ambitions and unite against the Lannisters. Dany and her exhausted khalasar arrive at the gates of Qarth, a prosperous city with strong walls and rulers who greet her outside them. Tyrion coerces a queen's man into being his eyes and ears.  Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal, where their lives rest in the hands of "The Mountain," Gregor Clegane. Davos must revert to his old ways and smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove."

Season 2, Episode 5: "The Ghost of Harrenhal" (April 29)
"The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger to act. At King's Landing, Tyrion's source alerts him to Joffrey's flawed defense plan and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove he's worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H'ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night's Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient fortress where they hope to stem the advance of the wildling army."


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