I'm so happy I could plotz:
It's still five months until the second season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO. You already know (if you've read book #2, A Clash of Kings, that is) that this time around, the series will take Jon Snow further into the lands beyond the Wall, follow Arya Stark (now disguised as a boy) as she flees Kings Landing with Yoren, and see more of Tyrion's machinations now that nephew (and Least Popular Character Alive) Joffrey has assumed the crown.
More non-spoilery commentary on the teaser itself after the jump.
Right off the bat we get a glimpse of Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon, King Robert's oft-mentioned but heretofore never seen brother, and also Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Season Two's going to spend a lot of time at Dragonstone, which is Stannis's seat of power, and it looks like they've captured the bleak setting perfectly.
This season will also be much smokier, it appears.
Jon makes a few appearances, telling an apparently disinterested Sam they're going "deeper into Wildling terrirory." Kit Harrington grew on me as the first season played out; John Bradley, however, is still wrong for Sam. And too thin.
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There's Catelyn with Loras Tyrell. Cersei with Littlefinger, and Bran with Maester Luwin. Arya has a spiffy new haircut, and Theon has a new buddy (his name's Aeron Damphair, but we'll speak no more of him today).
Hey, Stannis: You're not allowed to have bonfires on the beach!
In short, all your old favorites (Danerys and Jorah) and some of your least favorites (Sandor Clegane and Joffrey) are back, and producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss promise even more plot twists and action. Frankly, I'm pretty pumped.
And props to Weiss for rocking the Kingdom of Loathing T-shirt. My accordion is yours.