Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue abound. The primary families are the Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon families. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard Stark to serve as his chief advisor. Eddard, suspecting that his predecessor had been murdered, accepts so that he can investigate further. It turns out more than one family is plotting to take the throne. The Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take control. Across the sea, the last surviving members of the previously deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also plotting a return to power. The conflict between these families and others, including the Greyjoys, the Tullys, the Arryns, and the Tyrells, leads to war. Meanwhile, in the north, an ancient evil awakens. Amidst war and the political confusion, a brotherhood of misfits, The Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the horrors beyond.
The second season of the American fantasy TV series Game of Thrones premiered in the U.S. on HBO on 1 April 2012. Like the first season, it will consist of ten episodes. It will approximately cover the subject matter of A Clash of Kings, the second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, of which the series is an adaptation. 
(Beware! Spoilers after the jump)
Game of Thrones – 2×01 The North Remembers
Determined to avenge his father’s death, the newly proclaimed “King in the North”, Robb Stark, continues his war against the Lannisters and the boy king Joffrey. But there are more claimants to the Iron Throne, including Stannis Baratheon, who is supported by a priestess of a strange god. Meanwhile, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch continue their trek beyond the Wall, and Daenerys and the remains of her khalasar are forced to cross the Red Waste.
* Game of Thrones Recap: ‘The North Remembers’ [HBO – Making Game of Thrones]
Game of Thrones – 2×02 The Night Lands
Tyrion Lannister, the new Hand of the King, attempts to control the situation in King’s Landing by opposing Cersei and her purges. The Stark ward Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon at the Iron Islands. Arya and the rest of the Night’s Watch recruits continue to travel to the Wall. Davos Seaworth hires a pirate to help King Stannis in the war.
“‘I’m not questioning your honor, I’m denying it’s existence”
— Tyrion Lannister
Game of Thrones – 2×03 What Is Dead May Never Die
Catelyn Stark arrives at King Renly’s camp to negotiate an alliance. Tyrion also tries to gain supports for Joffrey’s cause by proposing three different marriages. At Winterfell, Bran Stark needs help to decipher his dreams.
Game of Thrones – 2×04 Garden of Bones
Catelyn tries to convince the Baratheon brothers to abandon their quarrel and unite against the Lannisters, while Sansa is chastised by Joffrey in revenge for her brother’s victories. Arya and Gendry are taken captives to the castle of Harrenhal. After her exhausting journey through the desert, Daenerys arrives at the gates of the prosperous city of Qarth.
Game of Thrones – 2×05 The Ghost of Harrenhal
In Harrenhal, Arya Stark is promised help by the mysterious Jaqen H’ghar, one of the three caged prisoners during her trip to the Wall. The new situation at Renly’s camp forces Catelyn to flee. Theon sails from Pyke prepared to prove that he is a true Ironborn. The Night’s Watch arrive at an ancient fortress called the Fist of the First Men, where they intend to make a stand.
Game of Thrones – 2×06 The Old Gods and the New
Princess Myrcella is sent away from King’s Landing. Theon Greyjoy’s plans succeed. Robb and Catelyn receive important news. At the Fist of the First Men, the ranger Qhorin Halfhand gives Jon Snow the opportunity to prove his worth.
Game of Thrones – 2×07 A Man Without Honor
Tywin Lannister begins searching Harrenhal for an assassin. Ygritte continues her attempts to seduce Jon and, after a momentary lapse in Jon’s concentration, she escapes him and leads him into a trap. Still shaken from the riot, Sansa is horrified when she awakens to find that she has had her first period. In Robb’s camp, a failed escape attempt by Jaime leaves a guard dead and Catelyn worries about the camp’s desire for retribution. In Qarth, the warlock Pyat Pree reveals to Daenerys that he stole her dragons, but gives her the opportunity to reunite with them before slaughtering the Council of Thirteen and establishing Xaro Xhoan Daxos as king of Qarth.
Game of Thrones – 2×08 The Prince of Winterfell
Robb Stark learns that his mother Catelyn has secretly freed Jaime Lannister, now escorted by Brienne of Tarth, in order to ransom her daughters Sansa and Arya; he also enters into a romantic relationship with the healer Talisa. Tywin Lannister leaves Harrenhal to attack Robb, which leads Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie to attempt an escape with Jaqen H’ghar’s help. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister attempts to blackmail Tyrion by abducting the whore Ros, who Cersei believes is his secret lover. The capital prepares for Stannis’s assault, who underway to King’s Landing promises to make Davos Seaworth his Hand of the King. Beyond the Wall, the Wildling leader “Rattleshirt” leads the captured Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand to his king, Mance Rayder. In Qarth, Jorah Mormont agrees to accompany Daenerys into the House of the Undying to retrieve her dragons.
Game of Thrones – 2×09 Blackwater
Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis’ fleet attacks Blackwater Bay. King’s Landing becomes the stage of the most decisive battle of the War of the Five Kings.
Game of Thrones – 2×10 Valar Morghulis
Tyrion awakens to find his circumstances have changed. Joffrey gives his subjects a reward. Luwin offers Theon advice while he incites the passion within his men. Jaqen bestows a gift upon Arya. Daenerys soon finds herself in a strange place.
SERIES VERDICT: ★★★★★