'Game of Thrones': Kings will clash in a bloody season 2

Story highlightsSecond season of "Game of Thrones" promises more intrigue, bloodshedMultiple contenders vie for the throne as war looms in WesterosEmmy-winner Peter Dinklage's character, Tyrion, becomes a political playerThe HBO series is based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novelsLast year, "Game of Thrones" became a breakout hit for HBO, turning George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel into an epic show that pleased diehard fans of the book while pulling in a wider audience with ample servings of sex, violence and intrigue to rival "The Sopranos," "Boardwalk Empire" and "True Blood."

And when season 2 debuts Sunday, viewers can expect more of the same. Lots more.