Game of Thrones – S01 E02 The Kingsroad – spoilers!

As young Bran Stark fights for his life, his father, Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, prepares to head south with King Robert Baratheon to become his new right-hand man at King’s Landing. With the boy’s mother, Catelyn, utterly distraught following the ‘accident’, she fails to see the truth behind Bran’s fall until another murder attempt threatens the boy’s life.

Meanwhile, Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow heads north to the great Wall, intending to ‘take the black’ and become one of the Night’s Watch; the ancient order of men who guard the Seven Kingdoms from northern invaders. Accompanied by Tyrion Lannister, who longs to see the Wall for himself, Jon discovers that there’s more to the ‘Imp’ than meets the eye.

As Baratheon considers having Daenerys Targaryen murdered, the deposed heir to the Iron Throne begins to become more assertive towards her new husband Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo.

Back with the royal caravan as it nears the capital, however, an altercation between Robert’s son Joffrey and Ned’s daughter Arya leads to a further wedge being driven between Ned, the King and Queen Cersei Lannister.

Following the shocking revelations in episode one, this second part of HBO’s stunning fantasy epic is just as raw, gritty and engrossing. As the plot thickens and treachery threatens to spark war in the Seven Kingdoms, there’s everything to play for as Game of Thrones continues.

Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Catelyn Stark (Michele Fairley), Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Bran Stark (Isacc Hempstead- Wright), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), Illyrio Mopatis (Roger Allam)

Sunday April 24th 9-10pm on HBO and in the UK on Sky Atlantic Monday April 25th, 9-10pm.