Following the conclusion of season one of Game of Thrones, I naturally pick up where I left off and began watching season two. I finished the second season a couple of days ago and am in the early episodes of season three, therefore I wanted to offer my opinion of the second season compared to the first.
While I did enjoy the first season of the series, I will say with complete honesty that the second season is far better. I acknowledge that the first season essentially had to focus on the basics of the show, for example, key characters and their own stories and backgrounds, therefore the second season was able to place more of an emphasis on relationships existing between characters in both a positive and negative manner. I think I also enjoyed the second season more than the first because I am more familiar with who is who and where certain characters come from, a concept that caused me a great deal of confusion throughout the first season. Having a sister who has watched the entire series thus far certainly came in handy.
I was pleased that the second season focused more on John Snow, as he was somewhat of a minimal presence in the first season, and I was also pleased that his half-brother, Rob Stark, was a stronger presence. The characters I failed to particularly enjoy in the first season remain to be characters I personally dislike, for example, Cersei Lannister, Petyr Baelish, Joffrey Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy and Tywin Lannister, however, the presence of new characters allowed me to designate a few favorites, for example, Bronn, Ygritte, Melisandre, Brienne of Tarth and Hodor. Tyrion Lannister is a character I have come to develop a strong liking for, and I look forward to observing his position in his kingdom and his complicated relationships with his family in the third season.