Season 2 – Game of Thrones Cosplay and Recap
Tyrion takes up the post of Hand in the hope of reining in Joffrey. Stannis falls under the spell of the witch Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and publicly lays claim to the throne on the basis of Joffrey’s illegitimacy.
Robb’s armies progress south with Jaime Lannister as their prisoner of war. Robb sends Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) to seek an alliance with his father, Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide). Instead, Theon reunites with his family on the Iron Islands and together they capture Winterfell. Bran is forced to escape to the wilderness.
Robb also sends Catelyn out to meet with Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), the younger sibling of Stannis who also has a claim to the Iron Throne. Catelyn suggests the brothers join forces. Renly refuses and is murdered by an evil spirit dispatched by Melisandre.
Catelyn and Renly’s bodyguard, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolyn Christie), are accused of the assassination and forced to flee. Uniting with Robb once more, the women conspire to have Jaime returned to King’s Landing in the hope of swapping him for Sansa.
At the Wall, Jon Snow uncovers evidence of infant sacrifices and defects from the Night’s Watch to join the Wildlings. Arya is captured by Lannister soldiers, imprisoned at the castle of Harrenhal and taken on as a servant by patriarch Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) who believes her to be a boy. She escapes with the aid of Jaqen H’ghar (Thomas Wlaschiha), one of the Faceless Men of Essos.
Stannis attempts to invade King’s Landing by sea, but his forces are defeated in a naval battle by Tyrion’s cunning use of wildfire.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys arrives at Qarth, hoping to gain support for her invasion of Westeros. She ends up imprisoned in the House of the Undying, along with her dragons, after being drawn into a usurpation plot. She eventually escapes and pillages the city.