The good news is "Game of Thrones" season 2 has an official release date for its DVD and Blu-ray season sets, with plenty of awesome bonus features to boot. The bad news... well, don't expect to get any Black Friday deals. *grumble*
HBO announced that the sophomore season of its fantasy epic will be released on February 13th, 2013 (just in time for Valentine's Day!). In addition to the gripping episodes, extras include audio commentaries from creator George R.R. Martin, Peter Dinklage, and other members of the cast and crew. Featurettes include:
'Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay': Easily the most epic and ambitious battle scene of the series so far, take a look behind the scenes of this climactic episode in this 30-minute featurette.
'Game of Thrones: Inner Circle': A roundtable discussion of the trials and tribulations of filming season 2, featuring actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Michell Fairley, and Liam Cunningham.
'The Religions of Westeros': George R.R. Martin, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss discuss the competing ideologies and religions in the series and the role they play in influencing major characters such as Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Theon Greyjoy.
The Blu-ray set will include all of the above, plus a few extra exclusives including:
'War of the Five Kings': An interactive guide that lets fans track the claims, strategies, and key players involved in the battle for control of the realm, detailing individual battles and defeats that happened off camera throughout the season.
'Histories & Lore': 19 animated histories detailing the respective mythologies of Westeros and Essos, with illustrations provided by series storyboard artist Will Simpson.
'In-Episode Guide': A resource for each episode that provides background information and histories for on-screen characters and the scene's setting.
All in all, sounds like a must have for fans of the series! Anybody wanna buy me a Valentine's Day gift?