Although it’s only about a minute long, the new teaser for HBO‘s Game of Thrones hints at plenty of political intrigue for season 2. And plenty of consequences: The tagline is ”You Win or You Die.” I actually haven’t watched the show yet — it’s high up on my list of If I Had More Time shows — but even I can tell that shit is gonna go down this season.
I’m most glad to see that there’s a lot of focus on Peter Dinklage‘s character Tyrion Lannister; no surprise, since Dinklage won an Emmy and Golden Globe for the role. He’s speaking with some sort of adviser, it looks like, who reminds him that “the shortest person casts the longest shadow.”
But there’s also an interesting dynamic going on between the sadistic heir Joffrey Baratheon and his poor betrothed Sansa Stark, as he levels an arrow at her and muses about what message it would send if he killed her.
The series returns on April 1; in the meantime, be sure to check out our guide to the new cast members. Showrunner David Benioff is excited but nervous about fans’ reactions after season 1 was such a hit. He recently told MTV News that season 2 will include “a lot of bloodshed, as they’re used to. More romance, I think, than season one. There are some great love stories starting up… It looks absolutely gorgeous. And the dragons are getting bigger!”