Game of Thrones, season 2: Is it worth the hype?
“War is Coming” is the Season 2 tagline, and it certainly is. But before we get there, the stories explore the arcs that have made it so compelling from the beginning — family rivalry, power struggles, grief and loss. Peter Dinklage takes on a bigger role as Tyrion Lannister arrives in King’s Landing to govern as Hand of the King in the absence of his father, who is off in the battlefields. Tyrion has no love for his evil nephew/monarch, and his cool relationship with his sister Cersei, Joffrey’s mother, quickly becomes icy cold. These are brilliant scenes — the wry dark wit of Tyrion, so able to push the buttons of his humourless bitch of a sister, right up until she reminds him that his cruelest joke was killing their mother in childbirth. Illustration by Steve Murray