On April 1, "Game of Thrones" season 2 will return to HBO after several months of anticipation from the series' growing fan base.
Based upon George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel series, "Game of Thrones" will primary follow the events depicted in the second book, "A Clash of Kings." And with the second season just under two months away, HBO has released 17 new photos from the upcoming episodes which provide us a look at our returning favorites and some of the intriguing new members of the cast.
Starting off with the main leaders of the War of Five Kings, we have Robb Stark (Richard Madden), the new King of the North.
Next we have, King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), everyone's favorite villain to hate.
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his adviser, Mellisandre (Carice van Houten) appear in the third photo. Stannis was the eldest brother of the late King Robert Baratheon, and he may have the strongest claim for the Iron Throne.
But that doesn't stop the ambitions of Stannis' younger brother, Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony); who wants the Iron Throne for himself.
Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) is sometimes overlooked as the fifth king in this conflict. But that would be a very deadly mistake.
Balon's son, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is conflicted by his loyalties to his father and to the house of Stark; whose interests may no longer align with his own.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) has her own destiny to fulfill, as the only one of Ned Stark's daughters to escape from King Joffrey.
Her sister, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is less lucky, as King Joffrey seems willing to use her life as leverage against her brother, Robb.
Back in Winterfell, Bran Stark ( Issac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) may find that the horrors of war could be closer than they suspect.
Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the rest of the Night's Watch search for answers about an ancient enemy that may threaten the entire seven kingdoms.
Following the death of her husband, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) will be looking for revenge from someone she used to trust.
As noted by her brother, Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) may find it difficult to rule the kingdoms when millions of people hate her.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is the new Hand of the King. But he may not enjoy dealing with his unstable nephew Joffrey, who doesn't seem to know how to rule with any finesse.
Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) is one of Stannis Baratheon's most loyal knights, despite his growing misgivings about Stannis' actions…
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is a fierce warrior in the service of Renly Baratheon. She also seems to be infatuated with Renly, which can only lead to heartbreak.
In the East, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her rise to power despite some struggles ahead.
And finally, Daenerys during a more vulnerable moment.
Don't miss "Game of Thrones" season 2 on HBO, coming Sunday April 1st!