Game of Thrones was renewed for a second season after the premiere episode of season 1 had aired. With season 1 ending it's time to look ahead and start a topic for season 2 news, casting, videos, and the like.
I'll start with the official press release from HBO about season 2 production:
Production for season two of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones is set to begin Monday, July 25. Once again, production for the series will be based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The series will shoot at the Paint Hall Studio in Belfast, as well as various locations in Northern Ireland. Additional locations will be announced as they are confirmed. The production continues to receive funding from Northern Ireland Screen.
Based on the best-selling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the ten-episode first season of GAME OF THRONES launched April 17, exclusively on HBO, with the finale scheduled to debut Sunday, June 19.
Casting, writers, and directors for season two will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
We should expect to get casting news soon. San Diego Comic Con ends just prior to the second season's production start, so we might get some announcements there if not before.
New second season characters will include at least the following:
Lord Stannis Baratheon is played by Stephen Dillane
Melisandre of Asshai is played by Carice van Houten
Ser Davos Seaworth is played by Liam Cunningham
Brienne of Tarth is played by Gwendoline Christie
Yara (=Asha) Greyjoy is played by Gemma Whelan
Ygritte is played by ?
Xaro Xhoan Daxos is played by Nonso Anozie
Margaery Tyrell is played by Natalie Dormer
Eddison "Dolorous Edd" Tollett is played by Ben Crompton
Matthos Seaworth is played by Kerr Logan
Jaqen H'ghar (this character was seen hooded in the cage in Fire and Blood) is played by Tom Wlaschiha
Hallyne the Pyromancer is played by Roy Dotrice
Gilly is played by Hannah Murray
Alton Lannister (a non-book character) is played by Karl Davies
Lord Roose Bolton is played by Michael McElhatton
Craster is played by Robert Pugh
Jeyne (Westerling ?) is played by Oona Chaplin
Ser Dontos Hollard is played by ?
Lord Balon Greyjoy is played by Patrick Malahide
Podrick Payne is played by Daniel Portman
Pyat Pree is played by Ian Hanmore
Rorge is played by Andy Beckwith
Biter is played by Gerard Jordan
This next batch has not been confirmed to be in the second season, but they should be there:
Euron Greyjoy "the Damphair" (may be cut from Season 2)
Meera and Jojen Reed
Arstan Whitebeard (this casting will be very easy)
Lord Hoster Tully (may be cut)
Edmure Tully (may be cut)
Ser Brynden Tully "the Blackfish" (it's very possible he's been cut)
Ser Amory Lorch
Vargo Hoat and maybe a few members of the Brace Companions (Qyburn, Septon Utt, Shagwell, Fat Zollo)
Some of Ser Gregor Clegane's men (Chiswyck, Polliver, the Tickler, Dunsen, Raff the Sweetling)
There's a lot of new characters in the second book as you can see, the above does not even include all of them. Some of them will be cut, others might get combined (e.g. Rorge and Biter could be either cut or combined into one character, they were both seen sitting in the cage in Fire and Blood, so I guess they won't be cut nor combined), and some will probably be demoted to extras (like two of Drogo's bloodriders were in season 1). We'll find out soon enough, although in some cases it may be we find out when the season airs.
I'll post more when there's more information. But for now, we know the production begins July 25 in Belfast.
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