HBO showed a new trailer for the second season before the premiere of their new film Game Change on March 10 2012. It is called "The More You Love" and is available via the HBO website and their Making Game of Thrones website has been kindly uploaded to youtube by WeedPlanttMMA:
As usual I thought I'd break down the shots we see and the voiceover we hear. Spoilers for season 2 and the book it is based upon, A Clash of Kings, herein. I posted a straight forward breakdown of the trailer without the commentary about the source material on the Game of Thrones Wiki (link) so TV only viewers should think twice before reading on. The spoilers below do not relate to anything not seen in the trailer or give away any of the endings to character arcs in the second book. They do give away a few surprises relating to introductions. The full breakdown and analysis is after the jump.
I have written similar posts for a few earlier trailers now if you haven't read those:
We open with an establishing shot of a clifftop camp from above. In the midst of the camp a circle of people have gathered around two knights dueling. I believe this is Renly's camp and that the duel is part of a tournament he is holding. He has a grand melee in the book but the footage we have seen in trailers so far suggests this has had to be scaled back to make it easier to film. The show did the same with the grand melee at the Tourney of the Hand in season 1. The clifftop setting probably represents a change of location for this scene as I believe Renly camps at Bitterbridge during his tournament in the book and that is inland. The tourney in Renly's camp occurs in A Clash of Kings chapter 23 Catelyn II. This shot is similar to footage we have seen in behind the scenes videos so it is great to see the camp with a little CGI enhancement and all of the cars and vans removed.
At 0:03 we see Catelyn and Robb walking through a camp. She says “I wish that you were free to follow your heart.” This shot is new although we have seen Robb and Catelyn talking in a military camp before and that shot is repeated in this short sequence. The line Catelyn speaks here is also new. I note that Robb is fully armored in this shot and that Catelyn is wearing a green cloak. This shot seems to match up with another shot of Catelyn and Robb in this short sequence focusing on Robb (at 0:06) so I will talk more about where I think the camp is with that shot.
At 0:04 we see Robb leading a row of mounted men at night in the rain. This was also included in the "Seven Devils" trailer at 0:55. Catelyn continues in voiceover “...But you have inherited your father’s responsibilities...” Although this line seems to follow on from her earlier line we have heard this part of it before in the "Power and Grace" trailer at 0:30. At 0:05 there is a nice long lense focus shift from the eye of Robb’s horse onto his face. This has also been shown before. It was first seen in the "Shadow" tease at 0:27 and popped up again in the "Seven Devils" trailer at 0:54. The order of these two night time shots of Robb in armor has been reversed in this new trailer compared to their first paring in the "Seven Devils" trailer. As I said in my breakdown of "Seven Devils" I think they might be Robb preparing for one of his battles in A Clash of Kings - as he is not a point of view character we see none of them firsthand but notable successes are reported at Oxcross (in A Clash of Kings chapter 33 Sansa III), while scouring the Westerlands (in A Clash of Kings chapter 40 Catelyn V) and in storming the Crag (in A Clash of Kings chapter 56 Catelyn VII).
At 0:12 we see a cloesup of Sansa saying “I am loyal to my beloved Joffrey”. I think this marquee sequence is Joffrey and his siblings assembled for the name day tourney he holds for himself in the Red Keep of King's Landing. This takes place in A Clash of Kings chapter 3 Sansa I. At the close of that chapter (page 37 in my UK kindle edition) she tells Tyrion "My father was a traitor and my brother and lady mother are traitors as well. I am loyal to my beloved Joffrey." The lines in the trailer have been drawn directly from the book but in the book Joffrey has just left as Sansa says them to Tyrion.
At 0:21 Shae puts her hands on Tyrion’s face and leans down to kiss him. We have seen a shorter version of this shot before in the "Power and Grace" trailer at 1:35. I think this is probably from early in the season. In the books Tyrion and Shae liase in King's Landing for the first time in A Clash of Kings Chapter 4 Tyrion I.
At 0:22 we see a closeup of Tyrion kissing Shae. The angle and the tilt of his head match this shot with the one we saw at 0:18.
At 0:24 we see a shot of Jorah talking to Dany. He says “There are times when I look at you and...”
Jorah continues in voiceover “I still can’t believe you are real.” The first shot appears to be a reverse of this one. We have seen these characters in a similar interior setting and in the same costumes in the "Power and Grace" trailer at 0:22. In that shot Daenerys was commenting on news of the fighting kings in Westeros. I wonder if Jorah is reassuring her of her destiny here. I can find no corresponding line from the book. At 0:25 we see a tighter closeup of Dany listening to Jorah before turning away. The gold leaf shoulder fastenings of her gown are more clear in this shot.
At 0:34 we see Cersei wearing a red gown slapping someone in an elaborate red and gold doublet.
At 0:35 we see Joffrey clutching his face, Cersei before him. He is wearing a red and gold doublet so these certainly appear to be matching shots. Neither Cersei or Joffrey is a point of view character in the book. The readers view of them is through the eyes of either Tyrion or Sansa as they are the only point of view characters who spend time with them in King's Landing. I can find no mention of either of them witnessing this so I think this is an added scene. Joffrey being slapped by Tyrion in "The Kingsroad" was warmly received and made into a looped youtube video so I suppose they are repeating their successes!
At 0:45 we see Daenerys looking over her shoulder. Xaro Xhoan Davos is with her. She is wearing the same gown with gold leaf shoulder fasternings as in her conversation with Ser Jorah. This shot appeared in the "Power and Grace" trailer at 0:21. Xaro, played by Nonso Anozie, is a merchant Prince of Qarth and a member of the powerful group known as the thirteen. He is one of several Qartheen competing for Dany's favor in A Clash of Kings and positions himself as a potential suitor.