Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) still has advisor Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) on her side as she turns her attention to war.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is running low on allies in the fourth season, but he at least seems recovered from all of those arrows to the chest.
Father of the year Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) continues to make power plays as the Hand of the King.
Still the king, and still one of the most loathed characters on TV, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) returns -- smarmy grin intact.
Oberyn and Ellaria
New characters Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) come to King's Landing in the fourth season.
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) isn't just in possession of the only weapon known to kill White Walkers, he's also toting around a girlfriend and a baby (not his).
Arya and The Hound
With her family's numbers dwindling, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) continues to plot her vengeance with her burly babysitter, The Hound (Rory McCann).
Daario Naharis (MichielHuisman), recast from his intro last year, has a bigger presence in season four as a romantic interest for Daenerys.
Margaery and Olenna
Margaery (Natalie Dormer) still has Tyrell matriarch Olenna (Diana Rigg) as a snarky confidante.
With another city claimed and her army growing, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has more than dragons to take care of during season four.
Jaime and Cersei
Reunited siblings Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) have to deal with Jaime's prosthetic hand -- and the ramifications of incest.
Tyrion and Shae
Domestic troubles continue for Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and secret girlfriend Shae (Sibel Kekilli), as the Lannister is forced to marry Sansa Stark.
The Hound (Rory McCann) picks up in season four still AWOL and still off the Lannister radar.
Ygritte and Tormund
Still south of the wall, Wildling Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) ready for war.
Sansa and Tyrion
Three seasons in the books and things don't look to be getting much easier for the least happy girl in King's Landing, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), joined by unlikely partner Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).