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HBO just kicked in info for the next five episodes of “Game of Thrones:

Episode #11: “The North Remembers”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

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. Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.

Episode #12: “The Night Lands”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

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. Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.

Episode #13: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

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. Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Alik Sakharov.

Episode #14: “Garden of Bones”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

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. Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Petrarca.

Episode #15: “The Ghost of Harrenhal”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

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.  Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by David Petrarca.

The new cast members (as compiled by Emile K. Lewis over at WhatCulture):

Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon – the late King Robert’s younger brother and true heir to the Iron Throne

 Carice van Houten as Lady Melisandre – Stannis’ closest advisor and Priestess of R’hllor the Lord of Light

Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth – the Onion Knight. Ex-smuggler and now a knight in the service of Stannis

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell – noble born of the powerful Tyrell family, engaged in a political marriage to Renly Baratheon

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth – known as Brienne the Beauty because of her ugliness, although she could cut any man to pieces. Wants to join Renly’s “Rainbow Guard”

Karl Davies as Alton Lannister – a new character for the show, many fans are guessing he will replace Cleos Frey from the books – Jaime’s cousin and fellow prisoner of the Starks

Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos – a merchant prince of the city of Qarth. He will offer to aid Daenerys in her quest to return to Westeros – although not without a price

Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H’ghar – a mysterious assassin who helps Ayra in her quest to return home this season

Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy – named Asha in the books, she is Theon’s elder sister and a formidable warrior

Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy – Theon’s aging father, self styled King of the Iron Islands

Oona Chaplin as Jeyne Westerling – the love interest of Robb Stark, despite his political betrothal to one of the Freys

John Stahl as Rickard Karstark – a powerful northern lord and one of Robb’s bannermen

Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton – another of Robb’s bannerman, a particularly nasty fellow

Robert Pugh as Craster – a nasty wildling from beyond the wall. He has nineteen wives, most of whom are also his daughters. Mysteriously has no sons…

Hannah Murray as Gilly – one of Craster’s wives/daughters – pregnant with his child and fearful because it may be a boy.

Rose Leslie as Ygritte – a wildling who plays a big part in John Snow’s story in books two and three

Simon Armstrong as Qhorin Halfhand – a legendary warrior of the Nightswatch




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  • March 13, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Brienne is an ugly bitch

    by pishowda

    Thank god

  • March 13, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Episode 14

    by Audio_of_Being

    Episode 14 should have one of the creepiest scenes in the series if it follows the book.

  • Its terrific to not have to worry or avoid things. My only real question is about the role margaery tyrell will play so early in the series, considering she barely ever even has a line in the books. Just kind of weird. But I certainly won't complain about Natalie dormer on my screen. I'm sure we'll get to see her boobs. And brienne rules. Don't call her names. Oh...and...FOR STANNIS!

  • March 14, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Just make it to the 3rd or 4th season

    by Marinox

    ***SPOILERS*** Looks like the budget might have gone up this season. i just hope it doesn't get the plug pulled before we make it through the storm of swords story lines. the Mountain vs the Viper fight is going to be amazing.

  • March 14, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Jaqen H’ghar! Brilliant - Knew he'd have to be in it

    by V'Shael

    but nice to see when and where. I will try not to get too excited, since the whole Syrio Forel appearance wasn't as cool as the books, but let's hope.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST


    by obijuanmartinez

  • March 14, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Try the honeyed locudts, Belwas

    by jameskpolk

    They're sweet and spicy at the same time...

  • March 14, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by alan_poon


  • Asha is now Yara?!?? Jamie in chains is not dramatic enough, you have to add a new character for him to talk to? By the Drowned God!

  • March 14, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Dammit Herc. This looks awesome and it isnt anywhere near April 1st

    by angry kitty

    Sharing these summaries so far in advance is considerate yet cruel My heart can't take it. WHY IS IT STILL MARCH?????

  • March 14, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Re: Asha now Yara

    by Schadenfreude

    It's most likely that there's already a character called Osha. Easy enough to differentiate Osha and Asha on paper but considering the large size of the cast and the similarity of the names they obviously deemed it safer to change one so as not to confuse the viewers. Again with Jamie, it doesn't look like they're adding a new character, just changing the name of an existing one to make the relationship more clear.

  • March 14, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by moorE12

    I thought Renly woul be killed off a lot sooner than episode 5. Thinking back to the book, I have a hard time believing they can fit it all into 10 episodes. But, I guess season 1 did a good job.

  • I'm guessing they are combining two events into one regarding Melisandre. In the books these two things occur in the opposite order, and are not directly related as I assume they will be here: Episode 14: "Davos must revert to his old ways and smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove." Episode 15: "The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee". Works for me.

  • March 14, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    *SPOILER* Re: eps 14 & 15

    by jboy

    The way I read it was that Melisandre does her shadow-dance at the end of 14 and the consequences of it are felt (and reacted to) in 15. Can't wait to see Brienne et al flip out at Renly's demise.

  • March 14, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Started rereading Clash last night.Kinda spoilery...

    by chavee

    I tell ya....I'm one of those guys that only read the book after watching the series. I've read all of the books in the series and I have rewatched the series in anticipation of the second season.It is freakin killing me having to wait. I really want to see how the show portrays Clash of Kings. At the end of the first season, the Stark family has been devastated by the death of the father and the forced separation of the siblings. The one bright spot is that the new king of the North seems to have the Lannisters on the run and the capture of the Kingslayer was a great stroke of luck. Of course the things that happen up through the most recent book have really kinda been a bummer. At the end of this, I really hope that the Starks are reunited and maybe have a happy ending. I really can't wait to see the devolution of Theon, the hypocracy of Tywin Lannister, and the charge of Tyrion at the too many things to list. Season 2 can't come soon enough.

  • March 14, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    *MAJOR SPOILER* eps 14 & 15

    by Jason

    The way I read it, episode 14 will have the parley with Catelyn, followed by Renly getting killed mysteriously, then at the end we'll get Davos witnessing Melisandre birthing Stannis' shadow below Storm's End, revealing that it was they that killed Renly. That's pretty much exactly how it plays in the book, anyway.

  • March 14, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Osha & Asha

    by Jason

    For such a smart show this does seem lame. How on earth could they worry about these two characters getting confused? At least they could have gone with Yasha or Sasha. Yara? wtf

  • March 14, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Ygritte looks really hot

    by Rebel Scumb

    Looking forward to hearing her say 'you know nothing Jon Snow' 8 million times

  • March 14, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    *SPOILER* Re:14 and 15

    by bah

    In the book, Renly goes about half-way through the book. Chapter 34, I think, of just over 70. And I read that as both Renly and the cove happening in the same episode. Probably Renly near the end of the first half, and the cove closing the episode.

  • March 14, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Fuck Spoiler warnings. Read the damn book or audiobook.

    by atlatl

  • March 14, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    If you think Roose Bolton is nasty

    by Jason

    Wait 'til you get a load of junior.

  • Ah, well.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    WTF was wrong with the name Asha?

    by frank

  • These actresses are both in like the 5 to 7 range.

  • There are so many characters in the books and, subsequently, the TV adaptation. I have read through the ASoIaF series twice now, so naturally, I do not have any problems keeping up with the TV storyline. However, while introducing the series to my family and girlfriend on two separate occasions, I had to stop the show at least once per episode to get them up to speed on the characters. You cannot blame the production for wanting to simplify this process as much as possible to make the viewing more entertaining and less of a chore. As long as the do what they can to keep in my favorite minor characters and bring them to life on HBO, they can do whatever they want with the names.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I don't agree Frank

    by Rebel Scumb

    They did a good job of uglying up Brienne, looks pretty much how I pictured from the book Margarey looks really hot to me also, older than in the books obviously where I think she's supposed to be 16, but definitely very sultry

  • March 14, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    @ kingslayer and bah SPOILERS

    by The Goat

    They didn't cast a Ser Cortnay Penrose, so most likely we will only get one shadowbaby (at the end of Ep 14) which kills Renly (at the very end of 14 or beginning of Ep 15)

  • March 14, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    @ franks_tv

    by The Goat

    If you don't think Natalie Dormer is ridiculously hot then you're a fucking retard

  • March 14, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    lau_hu is right.

    by Felix

    I was considering sitting my family down to watch the first episode while watching the first episode now that I have the bluray and thought to myself.... I'm going to have to explain allot of stuff as it does along. They do need to simplify some of the characters to make the show more understandable to non fans of the books.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I agree that people who haven't read the books....

    by Felix

    should stop complaining about spoilers. Since this series follows the books so closely, any one who's read the books pretty much knows everything play by play. Stop reading articles. It's not like the Walking Dead where fans can speculate and what happens in the comics doesn't absolutely have to appear in the show. Game of Thrones is a complex epic where things have to play out a certain way or it will fall apart and not end the way it's meant to. Enjoy the show and avoid stories on the web. Just know it's an aweseom show and keep watching.

  • March 14, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I only finished the books a few days ago...

    by Rebel Scumb

    Its one thing for people to discuss stuff from the book, but there's no reason to rub other peoples faces in spoilers against their will, but noting character deaths and whatnot in the subject lines of posts I had the big Jon Snow moment spoiled for me over a month ago in someones reaction to the first season2 trailer If you're really fans of the books/show why would you want to steal the joy of these surprises from someone else, especially someone with a vested interest in the series?? Even at the GRRM event I was at the other night, GRRM himself was careful to avoid specifics about major spoilers for those who were just watching the show, or were reading the books but hadn't finished them yet.

  • March 14, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I have solid bone over this season

    by Itchy

    Its going to be like a 20 week brain orgasm. Cant wait.

  • March 15, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by vasilis

  • March 15, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    20 weeks?

    by Crow3711

    No. This is incorrect.

  • March 15, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    My sister's name is Brienne

    by Cash907

    She's not amused by what I've told her of this character's features. "Sweet, I'm 'Brienne the Beautiful.' (laughter) What?"

  • March 15, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Those Bolton assholes

    by CuervoJones

    I hate them.

  • March 15, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Except for Michael.

    by frank

    I celebrate the man’s entire catalogue.

  • March 15, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    (slow clap)

    by Crow3711

    well played, frankstv