The HBO series Game of Thrones is not a show that’s afraid of anything for the most part. Sex, violence, incest, betrayal, vengeance, it’s all there. Nothing, it seems, is off limits. And no character is safe. We learned that in season one. Season two is just as explosive, if not more so. While the first season had to spend time setting up all the characters and kingdoms, the second season could do what it wanted with them. That is exactly what the show did. Whatever direction the story seems to be moving in, it spins in a new direction almost without warning. What makes Game of Thrones great is its willingness to do anything in the name of storytelling. With so many characters and interlocking stories, things can get confusing, but the journey is worth it.
After the shocking turn of events in season one (some spoilers are necessary, so proceed with caution), namely the execution of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) by the newly crowned Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), things are thrown into turmoil. While war for the Iron Throne was certainly imminent, the loss of Stark was just the catalyst needed to get it going. With Stark gone it’s hard to know who to root for. His son Robb (Richard Madden) is proving himself to be a fierce warrior on the battlefield. We don’t get to know a lot about him as a character, but his story broadens toward the end of the season. My money on the successor to Stark is his young daughter, Arya (Maisie Williams). She was never satisfied living the life of a lady. Instead she learned to fight and has proven herself to be quite clever.
Arya is one of my favorite characters on the show. I love her tenacity and her ability to fight through the toughest of situations. However, my favorite character is Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Despite his small stature, he is a formidable presence. He’s one of the only characters to see things for what they are. He doesn’t care much for all the formalities of a regal lifestyle. Though he is crass and uncouth a lot of the time, he is one of the most honorable characters on the show. He can be conniving, but he also has a strong sense of right and wrong. He does not seem to tolerate the mistreatment of the innocent—or at least those he deems to be innocent.