The HBO hit “Game of Thrones” is airing its season finale on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET/PT,on the main HBO channel. HBO Zone will be airing a weekend marathon leading up to the finale on Saturday and Sunday. The marathon starts on Saturday, June 2 at 6 p.m. ET/PTthe HBO Zone channel will present all nine episodes back-to-back three times, ending right before the season finale debuts on HBO.
The marathon will help fans to catch up on the intrigue and action before the season finale airs. HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a third season, so the popular fantasy series will return. Following are the episode descriptions from the season two episodes.
Episode #11 (season two premiere): “The North Remembers:” As Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) arrives in King’s Landing to counsel Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and temper the young king’s excesses. On the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon (Steven Dillane) plots an invasion to claim his late brother’s throne, allying himself with the fiery Melisandre ( Carice van Houten), a strange priestess of a stranger god. Across the sea, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), her three young dragons and khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water. In the North, Bran Stark ( Isaac Hempstead Wright) presides over a threadbare Winterfell, while beyond the Wall, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Night’s Watch must shelter with a devious wildling. Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor. Game of Thrones returns for second season on HBO
Episode #12: “The Night Lands: ” In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) for alienating the king’s subjects. On the road north, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) shares a secret with Gendry, a Night’s Watch recruit. With supplies dwindling, one of Dany’s scouts returns with news of their position. After nine years as a Stark ward, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) reunites with his father Balon, who wants to restore the ancient Kingdom of the Iron Islands. Davos Seaworth ( Liam Cunningham) enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis (Steven Dillane) and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King’s Landing, Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.
Episode #13: “What Is Dead May Never Die:” At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn Stark ( Michelle Fairley) arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own. But King Renly (Gethin Anthony) , his new wife Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans. At Winterfell, Luwin tries to decipher Bran’s dreams. Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Alik Sakharov.
Episode #14: “Garden of Bones: ” Joffrey punishes Sansa for Robb’s victories, while Tyrion and Bronn scramble to temper the king’s cruelty. Catelyn entreats Stannis and Renly to forego their ambitions and unite against the Lannisters. Dany and her exhausted khalasar arrive at the gates of Qarth, a prosperous city with strong walls and rulers who greet her outside them. Tyrion coerces a queen’s man into being his eyes and ears. Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal, where their lives rest in the hands of “The Mountain,” Gregor Clegane. Davos must revert to his old ways and smuggle Melisandre into a secret cove. Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Petrarca.
Episode #15: “The Ghost of Harrenha;l” The end of the Baratheon rivalry drives Catelyn to flee and Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to act. At King’s Landing, Tyrion’s source alerts him to Joffrey’s flawed defense plan and a mysterious secret weapon. Theon sails to the Stony Shore to prove he’s worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a promise from Jaqen H’ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks. The Night’s Watch arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient fortress where they hope to stem the advance of the wildling army. Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by David Petrarca.
Episode #16: “The Old Gods and the New:” Theon (Alfie Allen) completes his master stroke. In King’s Landing, the Lannisters send Myrcella (Aimee Richardson) from harm’s way in the nick of time. Arya comes face to face with a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Robb and Catelyn receive crucial news; Qhorin (Simon Armstrong) gives Jon a chance to prove himself. Written by Vanessa Taylor; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #17: “A Man Without Honor:” Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) meets a distant relative; Dany receives an invitation to the House of the Undying; Theon leads a search party; Jon loses his way in the wilderness; Cersei counsels Sansa (Sophie Turner). Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by David Nutter.
Episode #18: “The Prince of Winterfell:” At Winterfell, Theon receives a visitor and holds down the fort. Arya calls in her final debt with Jaqen (Tom Wlaschiha) in a way that displeases him. Robb is betrayed. Tyrion and Varys (Conleth Hill) find common ground. Dany ignores Jorah’s (Iain Glen) advice. Stannis and Davos approach their destination, and Davos is offered a reward. Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.
Episode #19: “Blackwater:” Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis’ fleet assaults King’s Landing. Written by George R.R. Martin; directed by Neil Marshall.
Episode #20: “Valar Morghulis” (season finale): As Theons tirs his men to action, Luwin (Donald Sumpter) offers some final advice. Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie) silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift from Jaqenn (Tom Wlaschiha); Dany (goes to a strange place; and Jonproves himself to Qhorin (Simon Armstrong). Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.
Cast member who returned for the second season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), James Cosmo (Commander Mormont), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin), Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassel) and Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon).
New cast members in the second season included: Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte).
Game of Thrones picked up for seasons 5 and 6 on HBO