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'Game of Thrones': New cast pics reveal the clashing kings

February 10, 2012 |  6:00 am

Game of Thrones

The season finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones" left the Seven Kingdoms on the verge of all-out war, with several competing factions vying for the Iron Throne and control of the realm.

The second season promises to play those conflicts out in full (it's based on George R.R. Martin's novel "A Clash of Kings," so there are no spoilers here).

Now, we have new photos of the characters to peruse, including returning favorites  such as Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage) and the dragons, of course.

PHOTOS: 'Game of Thrones' Season 2

But there's also a whole new set of characters to learn, as the series' focus expands ever outward, incorporating more pieces in play. Keep an eye on that Melisandre (Carice van Houten).

Click on the photo or the link above for a peek at how most of the major characters of "Game of Thrones" will look when the series returns April 1.

Strangely missing from this lineup is Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). But we'll be seeing more of him soon enough.


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Photo: Melisandre of Asshai (Carice van Houten) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). Credit: Helen Sloan / HBO