The family with the biggest axe to grind with Joffrey and the Lannister clan is the House of Stark, who rule Winterfell in the North. Last season, the brutal Joffrey executed Eddard Stark (Sean Bean, Lord of the Rings), leaving his son Robb at the head of the clan. Robb has rallied his bannermen to exact revenge on Joffery for his father’s murder. But more than that, he wants to declare the North as an independent nation-state, and be free of the alliance forged by his father and Robert Baretheon. His capture of Jamie just might buy that in a trade.
And far to the north lies the wall, beyond which lies a place of myth and mystery, beyond which lies the legendary kingdom of wildlings, loosely led by the mysterious Mance Rayder. What is the threat originating from this land of ice and snow?
Whatever it may be, the Night's Watch, the men in sworn to guard the wall—a monk-like army of men who’ve “taken the black”—vows that include fealty and celibacy to protect all the lands that lie south of it. It is here that Eddard Stark’s noble, yet rebellious bastard son Jon Snow will find his destiny and purpose. If he can survive, that is!
Season two begins on HBO Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Here's a little tease to get you warmed up against the chill. After all, say the Starks, "Winter is Coming!"