POLL: Did Game of Thrones' season 2 premiere live up to season 1?

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Last year, we all wondered whether Game of Thrones would live up to the brutal majesty of George R. R. Martin's novels. Lucky for us, season one turned out to be bloody awesome. But with all the new characters, bigger stories and (most importantly) higher expectations, will season 2 be able to keep up the quality?

(Spoilers ahead!)

Last night, we got the season two premiere, "The North Remembers," and the prevailing view seems to be that season two promises to be just as badass as season one. Critics and viewers alike praised the new locales, the unifying elements of the story and the introduction of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his mysterious Red Lady, Melisandre (Carice van Houten). There's also lots of love out there for the return of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), especially now that he seems to be the show's de facto star.

But even viewers who praised the episode had some complaints. There are, after all, a lot of characters, and that meant some people had a little trouble keeping up. Others were a little concerned that the show's giving added time to minor characters (like Littlefinger's prostitutes) and taking time away from the adventures of Tyrion and Robb and Daenerys.

So now that war has come to Westeros, what do YOU think? Do the new characters fit in well? Did you have fun seeing Tyrion take King's Landing by storm? And what about that ending? Too brutal? Not brutal enough? Cast your vote below!

[WARNING: Some spoilers below]