‘Game of Thrones': 15 images offer sneak peek at Westeros in Season 4

Jan. 30, 2014 | 11:41 a.m.

The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but fans can get a sneak peek at Season 4 in newly released images from the series.

The sprawling political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following.

The upcoming season is expected to chart the events chronicled in the latter half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but will also introduce characters and occurrences from other novels.

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A trailer released earlier this month teases a season filled with conquest and betrayal, picking up where Season 3 left off. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), handless and shaken, struggles to find his place in the kingdom. Cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) weds Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). And Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay, after having freed the slaves of Yunkai.

The trailer and newly released images also introduce several characters new to “Game of Thrones,” including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance. The stills also introduce Michiel Huisman, who takes over from Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, the strapping mercenary who caught Daenerys’ eye last season.

Click through the gallery above for a look at Season 4, and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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