5 revealing Game of Thrones videos tease S2's coming battles

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Dec 16, 2012

We've already been promised that "War Is Coming" to Game of Thrones' second season, but this isn't just any war. This is a War of Five Kings (and one queen), each vying for the Iron Throne, and HBO has just released a teaser video for each warring House to help you choose who you'll bend the knee to.

Watch, learn, and pledge allegiance.

These videos are extremely brief (45 seconds each), but they set the tone for where each house will be headed as the season kicks off. They also have a nice little serving of new footage mixed in with season-one stuff, particularly in the video for House Greyjoy. Up until now, we've only ever met Theon, the young Greyjoy who in season one was only the ward of the Starks in Winterfell. These days he's headed back home to the Iron Islands, where the Greyjoys launch their own campaign for dominance.

In the House Stark video, the most interesting thing by far is the peek at a full-grown direwolf. That's right, these bad boys aren't pups anymore. The House Baratheon video covers the exploits of two kings, both of the same house, but fighting against each other. You already know Renly Baratheon, but the video provides further introduction to both his wife Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and his brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane), both new characters this season. Renly and Stannis are each staking their own claim to the Iron Throne as heir to the late Robert Baratheon, and they'll stop at nothing to get what they want, including destroying each other.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen continues to build her strength, and those scheming Lannisters are still fighting to consolidate their power in King's Landing. Five Houses—Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy and two Baratheon factions—are crossing swords in Westeros, while a Queen in another land plots to take back what's hers.

Last season it was all Starks vs. Lannisters, with a little bit of Targaryen thrown in across the seas. This year, the scope is increasing dramatically and the factions are riding to war. This is where it begins. Check out the videos and proclaim your support for your favorite noble house of Westeros.

Game of Thrones season two premieres Sunday, April 1, on HBO.

House Stark—The King in the North

House Lannister—The King on the Iron Throne

House Baratheon—The King in Highgarden and The King in the Narrow Sea

House Targaryen—The Queen Across the Water

House Greyjoy—The King in the Iron Islands

(via CinemaBlend)