Cape Town - Winter is nearly here. After months of waiting for news on a start date for the second season of the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones, South Africans can finally rejoice.
New episodes of the fantasy series will be premiering on M-Net (channel 101) and M-Net HD (channel 170) with a double, two-hour episode on Friday April 13 at 22:05.
This double episode will be preceded by a Season 2 Preview Special episode on Sunday April 8 at 22:05.
The remaining episodes of the season, which will total 10 hour-long episodes, will be broadcast each Friday at 22:05, with a repeat airing on Sunday evenings. The first episode of season 2 is entitled "The North Remembers".A Clash of KingsGame of Thrones
season 2 will make its US debut on HBO on April 1, and the M-Net schedule for the new episodes means that South Africa will only be 5 days behind the US from episode 2 onwards.
This is a marked improvement in scheduling after the first season debuted on South African television in November 2011, a full five months after its US premiere.
Based on the best-selling series of novels by George RR Martin, Game of Thrones
is a sprawling fantasy series set in a mythical, medieval land called the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and chronicles the violent and scheming ploys among the kingdoms various noble families to rule from the Iron Throne.
Season 2 is based on Martin's novel A Clash of Kings
and will introduce new characters such as Melisandre the Red Priestess (played by Dutch actress Carice van Outen) and Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon, who is staking his claim to Iron Throne by waging war against his brother Renly Baratheon.
Game of Thrones was nominated for Best Drama Series at the Emmy Awards in 2011, and won the Best Supporting Emmy for Peter Dinklage, who portrays the Imp, Tyrion Lannister.
The series also stars, among others, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harington as the bastard Jon Snow, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey Baratheon.
A number of thrilling trailers for the much-anticipated have also been released in the run-up to the season 2 premiere. The latest, entitled "Seven Devils", can be viewed here: