Game of Thrones Has a Season 2 Premiere Date! (Plus: HBO Announces Debuts for Game Change, Veep)

Mark your calendars with the blood of your enemies: Season 2 of Game of Thrones begins April 1. HBO made the announcement today at its Television Critics Association press tour panel. The second season of the award-winning program and TV.com favorite will focus on A Clash of Kings, the second book in author George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire." Expect kings clashing and one hell of a water fight.

HBO has also revealed the premiere dates for a few of the other projects it has coming out soon. Game Change, the HBO film chronicling John McCain and Sarah Palin's 2008 unsuccessful presidential campaign, premieres March 10. It stars Ed Harris and Julianne Moore as eerie facsimiles of McCain and Palin, and is based on the book of the same name.

New comedy Girls, about a gaggle of twenty-something chicks, kicks off April 15. It stars Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, and Allison Williams. I wish I knew more about this series so I could impart my knowledge unto you, but when it comes to Girls, I don't know a damned thing.

Finally, Veep will debut April 22. The new comedy stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a former senator who becomes vice president. Tony Hale (Arrested Development's Buster), Anna Chlumsky (My Girl), and Reid Scott (My Boys) also star. I've heard at least one person I respect say it's good.

But really, these bits of news are all about Game of Thrones! So let's make sure you have this stuck in your head for the rest of the day:


Everybody! Duhhhh duhhhhh duh duh duhhhh duhhhhhhhhh DUH DUH DUHHHHHHHH!


Bonus Link: Did you see this photo of Ned Stark dressed as Cersei Lannister?


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Feb 16, 2012
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Feb 12, 2012
I just hope they don't do to this show what they did to Lost...
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Feb 03, 2012
Must watch season 1 again & re-read book 2...that should bring me to April 1st...

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Jan 17, 2012
I've never been so sick of waiting for a new season of a tv-serie ever before. 1st of April... Just 2,5 months left...
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Jan 15, 2012
That's just cruel...
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Jan 15, 2012
April is way too far off. Damn.

this show is just EPIC!
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Jan 15, 2012
Veep is the remake of The Thick Of It a UK show and an all time classic political satire, some of the cast of Veep were in the film In The Loop which was a big screen version of The Thick Of It. The creator of our version Armando Iannucci co-wrote the Veep pilot so I would expect this to be very good.
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Feb 02, 2012
Although they'll have to be pretty damn good to beat Peter Capaldi as the fearsome Malcolm Tucker. The scene in the UK version where he goes barrelling down several corridors and then hauls our hapless hero out of an interview and subjects him to a tirade of abuse is classic comedy gold at its best.
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Jan 14, 2012
Having read all 5 books, I CANNOT WAIT FOR APRIL 1ST TO COME FASTER!!!!!

WAIT! are they going to release some bleugh and then say "April Fools!"?

Because if the do I will cry, and then go murder someone.
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Jan 14, 2012
I waited what seems like a miillion years. Even got the books while waiting.

500-900 pages in each. damn
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Jan 14, 2012
Duhhhh duhhhhh duh duh duhhhh duhhhhhhhhh DUH DUH DUHHHHHHHH!
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Jan 14, 2012
Hmmm . Will Sean Bean star in season 2?! As a ghost?
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Jan 14, 2012
No, well not if they follow the books....
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Jan 14, 2012
I wonder if they are going to keep the same Opening for GOT or change it since we are delving into the second book. If they do change the Opening I for one will be pissed and I don't think I will be alone. The Opening for GOT is the best in the business and I hope it never changes.
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Feb 04, 2012
In Season 1, the locations changed from ep to ep depending on the locations seen in the ep, and the music was only edited to fit the timing - the music was written in such a way that it's easy to trim or add without it being too obvious. I would expect Season 2 to continue this way - maybe we'll see Casterly Rock or Dorne in the opening sequence.
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Jan 15, 2012
We will be seeing new characters as well as new locations in season 2. It's safe to say the opening sequence will undergo a few changes. I'm pretty sure the music will be the same though. That's what you meant, right?
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Jan 15, 2012
Exactly! I guess I should have said that huh? It's the music that I don't want to change.
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Jan 15, 2012
seriously?? you ll be capable of Not watching this masterpiece, because of the opening not being as you like?.......LOL
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Jan 15, 2012
I didn't say I won't watch the show. All I said was that I wouldn't like if they changed the opening.
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Jan 14, 2012
Have you read the books?

If you have then you'll know that there are other factions not seen in the opening credits that come into play in Clash of Kings. So if they did, it would kind of be correct....
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Jan 15, 2012
Am in the middle of Book Five actually.
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Jan 14, 2012
cant wait for this :) season 1 comes out on blu-ray 5th march just in time to rewatch the first season before this starts :)
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Jan 14, 2012
APRIL FOOLS! -_-
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Jan 14, 2012
Wait. Is Buster (Tony Hale) the PRESIDENT?? LOL
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Jan 14, 2012
Reading the 3rd book at the moment!! This season is going to be AWESOME!!! Can't wait!
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Jan 14, 2012
Wait a minute - April 1st - are we sure this isn't an April Fool's Day joke from HBO?
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Jan 14, 2012
Can't wait. The first season was so rich with details and well acted. I'm looking forward to watching this story unfold.
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Jan 14, 2012
It will probably take me until then to catch up.
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Jan 14, 2012
I can't wait for April! Hope its not a joke!
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Jan 14, 2012
Why did I click on that Ned Stark/Cersei Lannister link...
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Jan 14, 2012
The voice in my head sings: tutututututuuuum tutututuuuum tutututuuuum tutututun heheheheheheh
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Jan 14, 2012
Let the countdown begin!

With Sean Bean occupied 'elsewhere', I'm looking forward to the new characters in season two. Most notably Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) & Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth).

I am MOST excited to see Tyrion Lannister as the new hand of the king!

I hope he gets to slap Joffrey again.
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Jan 14, 2012
Can't wait, I saw the first season in 2 days. Definitely the best show of 2011.
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Jan 14, 2012
they made a video game about Game of throne .. it called skyrim ..
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Jan 14, 2012
Is that Aeron Greyjoy in the front picture? He's an interesting character.
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Jan 14, 2012
No I think that's Loras Tyrell if I remember correctly. After the Hound saves him from getting mauled by big bro Gregor Clegane.
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Jan 14, 2012
I mean on the homepage with Theon on the beach
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Jan 14, 2012
In essence yes, but since Aeron was not cast for the show, that is just some random priest of the Drowned God.
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Jan 14, 2012
I guess that makes sense Aeron doesn't figure much until later in the series.
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Jan 14, 2012
Ah! My mistake.

I think that's Craster (portrayed by Robert Pugh). I could be wrong.
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Jan 14, 2012
Ned Stark had a secret crush on the pretty Lanister boy clearly....
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Jan 14, 2012
Ah, good to have a date. Now I can plan my schedule of re-watching season 1 right before season 2 airs.
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Jan 14, 2012
I was nervous this was a really evil April Fool's joke when I heard it earlier today. I'm trusting your reporting Tim, that it's true! That, and I also have faith in Jon Stark.
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Jan 14, 2012
April 1st can't come soon enough. Veep is sounding very good to me.
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Jan 14, 2012
can't wait!!! ahhhhhhhh

and hahaha your "Duhhhh duhhhhh..." made me crack up
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