Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen, who embraced her role as the "Mother of Dragons" at the end of last season. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Lena Headey returns as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, attempting to maintain control of the Seven Kingdoms with her psychotic son, Joffrey, and her controlling father. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister, last seen being escorted to King's Landing by Brienne of Tarth to be exchanged for Arya and Sansa Stark. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) managed to repel Stannis Baratheon's invading forces from King's Landing at the end of last season, but he was rewarded with the loss of his title (King's Hand) and a scar on his face. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister, patriarch of the Lannister family, who returned to King's Landing to relieve his son, Tyrion, from his role as the King's Hand. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Michelle Fairley plays Catelyn Stark, who is attempting to keep her children safe. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Robb Stark (Richard Madden) ended last season by breaking his engagement to Lord Walder Frey's daughter and marrying Lady Talisa (Oona Chaplin) instead. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark, who was promised to the psychotic King Joffrey, but managed to avoid marriage. However, so long as she remains in King's Landing, she's in danger. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Kit Harrington plays Jon Snow, the Night's Watch soldier who has been captured by the Wildlings north of the Wall. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark, who learned of a secret organization known as the Faceless Men at the end of last season. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Isaac Hempstead-Wright plays Bran Stark, who has begun a trek north to the Wall. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Thomas Brodie-Sangster plays Jojen Reed, brother of Meera Reed. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Ellie Kendrick plays Meera Reed, who will assist Bran Stark on his journey. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Rose Leslie plays the Wildling warrior Ygritte, who has her eye on Jon Snow. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Stephen Dillane plays Stannis Baratheon, who still lusts after the Iron Throne, even though his assault on King's Landing failed. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Carice van Houten plays the red priestess Melisandre, who continues to advise Stannis Baratheon, even though his attack on King's Landing failed. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Natalie Dormer plays Lady Margaery Tyrell, the new lady love of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Ciaran Hinds joins the cast as Mance Rayder, the "King Beyond the Wall" and leader of the Wildlings. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Diana Rigg joins the cast as Lady Olenna Redwyne, also known as the Queen of Thorns. She's the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and a scheming force to be reckoned with. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Richard Dormer plays Beric Dondarrion, leader of the mysterious Brotherhood Without Banners, which is introduced in the third season. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Paul Kaye joins the cast as Thoros of Myr, a red priest who worships the same deity as Melisandre, who also serves as an adviser to Beric Dondarrion. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, the female knight tasked with escorting Jaime Lannister to King's Landing. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Clive Russell joins the cast as Brynden Tully, also known as the Blackfish, Catelyn Stark's uncle. (Helen Sloan / HBO)Link
Who’s the rightful king of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros? That’s the question posed by “Game of Thrones” executive producer David Benioff in a roundtable discussion with some of the show’s stars — a special feature on the Season 2 home video release. The answer, like in the George R. R. Martin fantasy book series on which the HBO series is based, depends on who you ask.
“Obviously it’s Dany, but technically at the time for you guys, I suppose it’s Stannis,” said Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, an exiled princess with a trio of pet dragons. “But it’s not really, because you’re just usurpers, all of you.”
Clarke, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) all weigh in during the roundtable, moderated by Benioff and co-executive producer D.B. Weiss. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at the discussion — check out the video below.
Season 3 of “Game of Thrones” premieres March 31, but Season 2 arrives on DVD ($59.99) and Blu-ray ($79.98) on Feb. 19, along with hours of bonus features, including the roundtable, a dozen audio commentaries with cast and crew as well as author Martin, an overview of the religions of Westeros, a behind-the-scenes look at creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and profiles of the show’s major characters. The Blu-ray set adds an interactive guide of the war between the five kings, animated histories of the mythology of Westeros and Essos, an in-episode guide providing background information about on-screen characters and locations, and hidden dragon eggs, which can be collected to uncover more content.
The show has been a smash hit for HBO, and its second season was nominated for 11 Emmys and won six.
Season 3 picks up this spring with the kingdoms still at war, the Starks in the North against the Lannisters in the South.
Fairley, who plays the mother of Richard Madden’s Robb Stark, the self-proclaimed King in the North, said during the roundtable discussion that she has enjoyed working with Madden and watching his character grow from being an unsure boy to becoming a confident leader.
“You see the natural progression… of a young man taking on the mantle of authority,” Fairley said in the roundtable. “And I think the more he becomes used to it, and the more success he has, the more confident he becomes, and the more he wants to be king.”
– Noelene Clark
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