Amazingly, the team behind HBO’s brilliant Game of Thrones managed to make the second season as thrilling as the first. The Stark family – the closest thing this series had to the Cleavers – is scattered across the territories with their patriarch now dead, and their frenemies the Lannisters are a little scattered as well, with war between kingdoms sending some off to fight. Meanwhile the creepy, little, evil boy King Joffrey Baratheon sits on a throne (you know that kid is going to meet a satisfyingly gruesome death at some point before the series’ conclusion). Though there are brilliant performances throughout, Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister continues to be simply sublime. Who knew a pseudo-mid-evil fantasy drama could be some damn entertaining?