Watch out for a second winter when “Game of Thrones” returns in April

“When you play The Game of Thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” These were the words of the manipulative and evil Cersei Lannister, the queen dowager of the Seven Kingdoms; how true her words turned out to be. “Game of Thrones” is truly the most brilliant show on television. After an exhilarating first season, the second season will make its debut April 1 at 8 p.m. on HBO. I hope you brought your jackets because “Winter is Coming.”

Last time we saw “Game of Thrones,” Joffrey Baratheon self-proclaimed himself as king, and it all went to hell from there. He foolishly had Ned Stark executed, and now Robb Stark is accompanied by 18,000 men to avenge his father and claim the throne for himself. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen has three dragons with her, and she is also looking to claim the throne. If you haven’t had the privilege of watching this amazing show, all you need to know is just about everyone wants to rule the realm and they’re willing to do anything to secure that power.

Season two looks like it’s going to be action-packed. The Starks are at war with the Lannisters, so expect to see some serious bloodshed. Who knows what will happen once Daenerys and her dragons enter the picture? We saw Cersei’s statement come to fruition when two of the main characters were murdered towards the end of season one. You know there’s a good show on your hands when the two biggest stars were killed off, and you’re still left wanting more.

Another element season two should provide is insight as to who or what the White Walkers are, and why they’ve returned thousands of years later destroying villages. Jon Snow and The Night’s Watch are heading north beyond the wall to fight these mysterious White Walkers. Yeah. There’s quite a bit of fighting going on, and that’s one of the many reasons why this show is more addictive than nicotine.

“Game of Thrones” has the perfect blend of deception, action, romance, comedy, and fantasy. If you’re a fan of historical fiction and awesome British actors, then this show is right up your alley. There are characters we have come to love and characters we despise. Season two is certainly shaping up to be an epic one. All I can say is sit back on your throne and enjoy the show.

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