Ygritte (Rose Leslie), a beautiful Wilding woman whom Jon Snow encounters beyond the wall
Jaqen H'Ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), plucked from the dungeons of King's Landing to join the Night's Watch, may be more than he seems
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster Waldau) kicks off the series as the, erm, “guest” of Robb Stark (Richard Madden)
Gendry (Joe Dempsie) the blacksmith’s apprentice (and one of the late King Robert’s oldest bastards, though he doesn’t know that) becomes a good friend of the on-the-run Arya
What is merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos’ (Nonso Anozie) interest in “the mother of dragons”?
Varys (Conleth Hill) continues to plough his own furrow (© Carry On Film Gags)
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is the new Hand of King. But when that King is Joffrey… well, would you want the job?
Shae (Sibel Kekilli) keeps Tyrion, ahem, company during these tough times
Ser Rodrik Cassel (Ron Donachie), Master-At-Arms of Winterfell
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), still tubby and loyal
Cersei's young daughter, Myrcella Baratheon (Aimee Richardson)
Melisandre (Carice van Houten), a mysterious priestess
Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) has pledged to marry Stannis's brother, Renly (Gethin Anthony) and support his bid for the Iron Throne, but he has the wandering eye…
Is Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) really as frail as he makes out?
Dragon lady Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Commander Mormont (James Cosmo) of the Night’s Watch
Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) shouldn’t get too smug just because her odious son is on the throne
Tyrion pays Bronn (Jerome Flynn) to be his heavy
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is now traveling in disguise with the Night’s Watchman Yoren (Francis Magee) and his recruits from King's Landing
Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), a loyal follower of Stannis Baratheon… for the moment