A new collection of photos were added to HBO‘s Game of Thrones Facebook page today and they’re fantastic! They’ve included plenty of wonderful shots featuring characters old and new. It’s our first really great look at new faces Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) and Briene (Gwendoline Christie).
Of course, there are the more familiar faces of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), Bran Stark (Issac Hempstead Wright), Hodor (Kristian Nairn), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Cersie Lannister (Lena Headey), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and Rob Stark (Richard Madden).
Whew! This cast is massive! And as the show continues it’ll only get bigger and bigger. Check out the gallery below.
In addition these awesome photos, George R.R. Martin talked with SFX magazine recently about, duh!, Game of Thrones as well as the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He mentioned specifically the ninth episode of the second season, “Blackwater,” that he himself is writing,
It’s the Battle of the Blackwater, which I think was very cruel of David and Dan to give me. I have this reputation of always being too big and they gave me the biggest battle in the series. It’s got everything that will smash a budget to smithereens. It’s got castle walls, horses, ships, fire and a giant chain. We’ll have to see how much actually makes it to screen but I tried to do an episode of the show that was on one hand produceable, and on the other hand exciting and including as many of those elements as we could.”
Martin also mentioned we would be given a new viewpoint of the battle, not one we see in the book, from Stannis’ tent.
And of the progress on The Winds of Winter, the next book in the ASOIAF series? Martin confirms he’s already started writing and he thinks he’s got about fours years before the HBO series catches up. Here’s hoping you can finish in four years, George! Your track record isn’t the best, but with the pressure of an ever growing television audience maybe you can speed things up.
Game of Thrones returns April 1st.