POSSIBLE SPOILERS ahead if you’ve not read A Clash Of Kings.

HBO have released a set of new images from the second season of Game Of Thrones. Amongst the familiar faces there are some good shots of the major new characters introduced.

First up is a shot of Bran Stark with Hodor.

Next is a shot of Arya Stark, you will see she has her hair shot (it was cut off by Yoren in episode 9 Baelor), if the series follows the book I’m guessing the boys behind her are part of the troop she is travelling north with heading for the Wall. She has assumed the identity of Arry, a boy. One of the group is Gendry – one of Robert Baratheon’s bastards who was last seen when Eddard Stark visited the blacksmith where he worked.

This is the first image we’ve seen of Lord Balon Greyjoy – Theon’s father – he’s played by British actor Patrick Malahide. Balon is lord of the Iron Islands and Theon is sent back home with a letter from Robb Stark requesting the Iron Islands side with the North and bow to Robb as their King.

Another first image and this time of Brienne of Tarth – played by Gwendoline Christie. Brienne is a masculine looking woman who is skilled with a sword. She becomes a member of King Renly Baratheon’s Rainbow Guard (an alternative to the Kingsguard).

Catelyn Stark.

Cersie Lannister

A forlorn looking Daenerys Targaryan. I’m guessing this shot is from the journey across the Red Waste enroute to the eastern city of Qarth.

Another shot of Daenerys, based on the recent trailer I’m guessing this is taken outside Qarth.

The Onion Knight Lord Davos Seaworth – played by Liam Cunningham. Davos is a former smuggler and sworn sword to King Stannis Baratheon.

King Joffrey Baratheon.

Jon Snow, again based on the recent trailer I’m guessing this shot is from the Night Watch’s ranging beyond the Wall.

Melisandre of Asshai – played by Clarice van Houten – and King Stannis Baratheon – played by Stephen Dillane. Melisandre is a priestess of R’hollr and seems to have a strong influence of Stannis and his bid for the Iron Throne.

King Renly Baratheon.

King of the North Robb Stark.

Sansa Stark, this appears to have been lifted from the recent trailer where she is at the mercy of King Joffrey.

Theon Greyjoy, judging by his armour – it looks like the Kraken sigil of his house – I’m guessing this is a shot with Theon back on the Iron Islands.

And lastly, no set of promotional images could be complete without the Imp Tyrion Lannister, now sporting his badge of office as Hand of the King.

Less than two months until the season premier, my times going slow.