HBO has released new images for the upcoming second season of Game of Thrones, including shots of the new characters who will play an instrumental part in this season's struggle for the throne.

In anticipation of the April 1st season premiere, feel free to re-watch the teaser trailer and over-analyze the photos above, which aside from Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), are all new additions to the cast.

From first to last: Red Priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), and Lord of the Iron Islands Balon Grejoy (Patrick Malahide).

For more free to discuss how you think things in the wicked world of Westeros will unfold below, but for those of you that have read George R.R. Martin's novels, please no spoilers!

[via HBO]