Maisie Williams

The return of HBO's Game of Thrones is upon us — and with it, a batch of new characters to discover.

In the just-released photos from Season 2, there are plenty of familiar faces, like poor Arya, who's out on her own, and Daenerys Targaryen, who will have some new friends in tow. But the new characters are who to look out for, including Ygritte, one of the Wildings Jon Show will encounter, and Meslisandre, the evil red woman.

Photo Gallery: Game of Thrones Season 2

Conspicuously absent from this set of photos? King Joffrey, though we'll just chalk that up to him appearing in the earlier set.

Who will be your next new favorite character? Who's destined to die while playing the Game of Thrones? Click through the gallery and share your predictions.

Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, April 1 at 9/8c on HBO.