Last season on "Game of Thrones," Ned Stark (Sean Bean) learned that Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and the other children of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) were really the illegitimate offspring of Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her brother, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster Waldau). Seeking to protect the integrity of the Iron Throne upon the King's death, Ned sent a message to Robert's oldest brother, Stannis Baratheon informing him that he was the true heir.
If Ned had survived, he may have eventually come to regret that decision…
In the first teaser trailer from the highly anticipated second season of "Game of Thrones," Stephen Dillane assumes the pivotal role of Stannis Baratheon as he stakes his claim to the Iron Throne of Westeros, and we catch glimpses of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Cersei and even her imprisoned brother, Jamie.
Stannis' quest for power will not only pit him against King Joffrey and the newly crowned King of the North, Robb Stark; but also against his own brother, Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) in the conflict that will be known as the War of Five Kings.
The second season of "Game of Thrones" is based upon "A Clash of Kings," the second novel in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. According to HBO, the new season will debut in April 2012.
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