Game of Thrones' third season ended on a bloody and devastating note, with Westeros careening towards an all-out war on multiple sides as various would-be monarchs plot to take the Iron Throne from spoiled, sociopathic pipsqueak Joffrey Baratheon. Meanwhile, a terrifying force is lurching its way down from the North and could be a greater threat than all the mortal armies combined.
Season 4 is arriving this spring and will introduce some new characters to the world of Game of Thrones, since due to the high body count the population occasionally needs to be restocked. Sherlock co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss has joined the show as debt collector Tycho Nestoris, Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne will be played by Pedro Pascal and Indira Varma (Luther) will play his lover, Ellaria Sand. There's also been a casting reshuffle as Michiel Huisman (World War Z) has taken over the role of Daenerys' ally and love interest Daario Naharis, who was previously played by Ed Skrein.
Three of these new faces can be seen in a set of images from Game of Thrones season 4 that were posted on the show's official Facebook page. There's not too much action going on in them, but if you enjoy characters standing around and looking pained then this is the gallery for you.
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There are a lot of complex relationships in play this season. Tyrion Lannister has been forcibly married to young Sansa Stark, but he is still in love with former prostitute Shae. The incestuous Lannister siblings, Jaime and Cersei, are back together again and it looks like Jaime has obtained a prosthetic hand, but neither of them look particularly happy about the reunion. Unlikely allies Arya Stark and The Hound are still on the run together, Ygritte and Jon Snow are going through a rocky period due to Ygritte shooting Jon multiple times with arrows, and Daenerys... well, Daenerys is doing pretty alright for herself.
April is still some way off, but Game of Thrones star Kit Harington can be seen playing the lead in Paul W. S. Anderson's historical disaster movie Pompeii next month. If you squint a little bit and try to ignore all the volcanic ash then you can probably pretend that you're watching an episode of Game of Thrones instead.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 6, 2014 @9PM.
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