The king you love to hate: Jack Gleeson returns as newly anointed super-brat king Joffrey Baratheon.
The Seven Kingdoms are at war, with the King in the North, Robb Stark (Richard Madden), fighting to win independence for his people.
Robb decides that he must win the allegiance of the fiercely independent ironborn to his cause, and sends his best friend Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father, who is hatching plans of his own.
Meanwhile, Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) holds the Iron Throne with the backing of the powerful House Lannister, but his uncle Renly (Gethin Anthony) has also claimed the throne with the support of House Tyrell, whose armies are much larger.
As they struggle for the throne, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) arrives in King's Landing to take matters in hand, only to face opposition from his scheming sister, Cersei (Lena Headey), now the Queen Regent.