Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 1 Watch online As Robb Stark and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion arrives in King’s Landing to counsel Joffrey and temper the young king’s excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother’s throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre, a strange priestess of a stranger god. Across the sea, Daenerys, her three young dragons, and the khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch must shelter with a devious wildling.
To Cersei’s dismay, Tyrion takes up his post as acting Hand at King’s Landing. At Dragonstone, Stannis proclaims allegiance to Melisandre’s new god, lays public claim to the Iron Throne, and reveals Joffrey’s bastardy. Joffrey orders the soldiers to slaughter Robert’s bastards, one of whom, named Gendry, manages to escape King’s Landing along with Arya. Having won three victories, Robb offers the Lannisters peace in exchange for the North’s independence and Sansa’s return. He sends Theon to gain the support of Balon Greyjoy, his father, and Catelyn to seek alliance with Renly Baratheon, who also claims the throne. Beyond the Wall, the Night’s Watch finds shelter with Craster and his daughters/wives. In Essos, as her people slowly die in the Red Waste, Daenerys sends out riders to conduct reconnaissance.
“The North Remembers” is the second season premiere episode of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones. First aired on April 1, 2012, it was written by the show creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by returning director Alan Taylor.
With a war on the horizon, the Seven Kingdoms are witnessing an ever-growing clash of kings. The boy king Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) sits on the Iron Throne guided by cruelty and deceit, while his honorable counterpart Robb Stark (Richard Madden) of the North heads south to avenge his father’s death. Meanwhile, the late king Robert Baratheon’s estranged brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane) emerges as yet another claimant to the throne. A frantic search for King Robert’s bastard sons ensues, while the Queen sets to find the missing Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in order to retrieve her lover and brother Jaime, now a captive to the Starks. The title refers to Robb Stark vowing revenge against the Lannisters for his father’s murder.
“The North Remembers” received universal acclaim from critics, who noted Tyrion Lannister’s development as a key player as a highlight of the episode. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 3.86 million in its initial broadcast. The episode introduced a number of new cast members, including Stephen Dillane’s Stannis Baratheon, Carice van Houten’s Melisandre and Liam Cunningham as “the onion knight” Davos Seaworth. It also featured a number of new locations, both fictional and real, most notably the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which served as the capital city of King’s Landing. It received a great amount of critical praise, with critics welcoming the new set of characters, which they saw as a great addition. The episode went on to win an American Society of Cinematographers for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series.
From the island of Dragonstone, the late King Robert’s brother Stannis Baratheon declares himself rightful heir to the Iron Throne. He sends a message across the Seven Kingdoms that Robert’s supposed heirs are the products of incest between Cersei Lannister and her brother Jaime. Despite Ser Davos Seaworth’s advice, Stannis refuses to ally with Robb Stark or Renly Baratheon.
Stannis is under the influence of the Red Priestess Melisandre, and Maester Cressen sacrifices himself for Stannis’ sake with poison, but Melisandre drinks the entire cup unaffected.