Game of Thrones season 4 is creeping closer, and we’re here to help prep you for the premiere with a spoiler-free guide to some of the new characters we’ll be meeting!

Game of Thrones is notoriously savage with its impressive cast of characters, killing off a sizeable number each year. If they didn’t introduce a new wave of lords, ladies, and outlaws each season then the show could no longer be called an epic. While we’re thankful for the turnover, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with all of the new characters – especially when so many of them have long-winded and virtually unpronounceable names. Fear not though, as Hypable has a spoiler free guide to the latest additions of the Game of Thrones cast that will help you cut through the confusion! There are some characters we haven’t featured because it’s difficult to say anything about them without giving away certain plot twists – so we’ve picked eight of the new faces that will be drinking, swearing, having sex and fighting when the series returns. Beware – the article does contain spoiler for the first three seasons of the show.

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Featured heavily in both season 4 trailers, Oberyn Martell (commonly known as “The Red Viper”) is one of the big new characters. Oberyn will be played by Pedro Pascal, an actor known for his roles in Graceland and The Adjustment Bureau.

redviperimageWe’ve heard a lot about Dornish wine in the first few seasons, but The Red Viper is the first major character from the southern region of Westeros that’s been introduced. And it’s fitting that he’d be a Prince of Sunspear (the region’s capital). What’s more, he’s a deadly and practised warrior who is rumoured to lace the end of his spear with poison in fights, earning him comparisons to snakes, and the title The Red Viper.

Oberyn travels to King’s Landing to celebrate the wedding of King Joffery and Margaery Tyrell, but he has a hidden agenda. His sister Elia was raped and murdered during Robert Baratheon’s sacking of King’s Landing, and the Prince now seeks justice – but as we hear Tyrion say in the most recent trailer, he’s come to the wrong place.

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Also popping up a lot in the season 4 trailers, Ellaria Sand will be played by Luther actress Indira Varma.

ellariasandimageThe bastard daughter of Lord Harmen Uller, Ellaria is Oberyn Martell’s paramour and mother of his four youngest children (affectionately dubbed the “Sand Snakes”). Described as a woman who “draws the eye”, Sand worships a Lysene love goddess. She accompanies The Red Viper on his trip to King’s Landing.

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One of King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder’s lieutenants, Styr will be played by Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov.

styrimageStyr is the Magnar (a Wildling’s version of a Lord) of Thenn, and rules with an iron fist. He is described as being bald with no ears, and grey eyes. Most of his role in season 3 was taken by Tormund Giantsbane, including being mistaken for Rayder by Jon when he first enters the wildling camp. Styr is finally showing up now though, and will prove to be a deadly fighter when Game of Thrones returns.

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This one’s technically a bit of a cheat, as Alliser Thorne has already appeared in Game of Thrones – but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen him and your memory might be a bit rusty. He is played by Owen Teale.

alliserthorneLast time we saw Alliser, he was making Jon Snow’s life hell on the Wall by putting him through rigorous training and bullying the new crow and his friends. The Night’s Watch’s Master-At-Arms was sent to King’s Landing by Commander Mormont to rally support, following the attack of the undead in the season 1 finale. With the character confirmed as returning this season, we can expect him to have completed his journey and seek an audience with King Joffrey or his small council.

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Anyone who received a mole or rat Patronus in J.K. Rowling’s new quiz is getting a little reassurance from the Harry Potter author.

Last week Pottermore took the fandom by storm when they debuted the long-awaited Patronus quiz. It’s a next-level personality quiz — it’s beautiful and provides a real sense of magic. Overall, we love it!

There’s just one problem: Many people are getting Patronuses they don’t particularly like. After all this waiting, these poor fans got stuck with a creature that they’re allergic to (cats), are scared of (rats), or they simply don’t like (moles).

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Anyone who received a mole or rat Patronus in J.K. Rowling’s new quiz is getting a little reassurance from the Harry Potter author.

Last week Pottermore took the fandom by storm when they debuted the long-awaited Patronus quiz. It’s a next-level personality quiz — it’s beautiful and provides a real sense of magic. Overall, we love it!

There’s just one problem: Many people are getting Patronuses they don’t particularly like. After all this waiting, these poor fans got stuck with a creature that they’re allergic to (cats), are scared of (rats), or they simply don’t like (moles).

Over the weekend Rowling fielded a couple of complaints by offering the upside to getting a rat or mole Patronus.

Rat Patronus explanation:

Mole Patronus explanation:

All told, there are over 140 Patronuses. Can she get to work on writing reassuring comments on every single one of ’em?

In a press release announcing the Patronus quiz, Pottermore said that “further new information and features will be revealed about the spell and its outcomes” in the “months to come.” Hopefully that means we really are getting detailed explanations.

Related: Hypable’s staff reacts to their Patronus results and what they mean

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At Copenhagen Comic-Con, Hypable caught up with Game of Thrones actress Kerry Ingram for a chat about Shireen’s horrific death scene, Netflix, and horseback riding.

It seemed like a full-circle moment when I got to sit down with Kerry Ingram and tell her just how much Shireen Baratheon’s death upset me. Even on a show like Game of Thrones, which makes an art out of assaulting its viewers’ senses, that particular scene felt like it crossed a line — and that was just my reaction, watching safely from behind a computer screen! How must the actress herself feel, having to actually act out her character’s death at such a young age?

This led to a wider musing about what Game of Thrones does to protect its child actors from the horrific things their characters experience. (Ingram is now 17, but was only barely in her mid-teens when that scene was filmed.) I also wondered if she ever went back and watched the scene. Turned out she watched it live with the rest of us — but, luckily, she was able to find the fun side of the situation: Outraged reactions like my own. The irony is sweet.

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At Copenhagen Comic-Con, Hypable caught up with Game of Thrones actress Kerry Ingram for a chat about Shireen’s horrific death scene, Netflix, and horseback riding.

It seemed like a full-circle moment when I got to sit down with Kerry Ingram and tell her just how much Shireen Baratheon’s death upset me. Even on a show like Game of Thrones, which makes an art out of assaulting its viewers’ senses, that particular scene felt like it crossed a line — and that was just my reaction, watching safely from behind a computer screen! How must the actress herself feel, having to actually act out her character’s death at such a young age?

This led to a wider musing about what Game of Thrones does to protect its child actors from the horrific things their characters experience. (Ingram is now 17, but was only barely in her mid-teens when that scene was filmed.) I also wondered if she ever went back and watched the scene. Turned out she watched it live with the rest of us — but, luckily, she was able to find the fun side of the situation: Outraged reactions like my own. The irony is sweet.

At Copenhagen Comic-Con 2016 I got to ask Kerry Ingram all this and more, while also diving into more fun topics like Shireen and Arya’s hypothetical take-over of Westeros, and Ingram’s new Netflix series, on which she plays ‘Becky with the good hair’ and gets to do lots of horseback riding. Watch the full interview below:

Ingram’s new Netflix series stars Jaylen Barron as Zoë, a 15-year-old American girl whose stay at Bright Field Stables in the U.K. leads her to form an unexpected friendship with a mysterious horse named Raven.

The Lime Pictures drama also stars Celine Buckens and Natalie Gumede. It was created by Anna McCleery and Vicki Lutas, and is tentatively expected to premiere on Netflix in 2017.

Follow Kerry Ingram on Twitter to keep up with her latest projects. Read more Game of Thrones news right here on Hypable.

This interview was done in collaboration with the Danish entertainment site Kulturbunkeren. Thanks to Copenhagen Comic-Con for making it possible!

The cast of Will and Grace reunited this week and took tons of photos. But what does it all mean?

Update (September 26): In a recent development based on new posts from Will and Grace cast members Debra Messing and Megan Mullally teasing the names “Lucy” and “Ethel” in addition to Sean Hayes’ “Fred” we now believe that an I Love Lucy reboot or one night only special is coming our way!

October 15 marks the 65 anniversary of the classic sitcom’s debut.

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The cast of Will and Grace reunited this week and took tons of photos. But what does it all mean?

Update (September 26): In a recent development based on new posts from Will and Grace cast members Debra Messing and Megan Mullally teasing the names “Lucy” and “Ethel” in addition to Sean Hayes’ “Fred” we now believe that an I Love Lucy reboot or one night only special is coming our way!

October 15 marks the 65 anniversary of the classic sitcom’s debut.

More as this story develops!

This is not the first time that the cast has come together in tribute to I Love Lucy.

Original: Will! Grace! Jack! Karen! Hot Food! Wait, what was that last one? The cast of Will and Grace got together this week to presumably to film a super-secret project. Are we finally getting that full cast reunion special? A reboot? A Christmas special? What does it mean?

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The pictures began to pour in from all four of the cast members earlier this weekend with a few couple shots and one of the entire cast followed shortly.

The first few images made our hearts flutter and our eyes water, but then more photos were posted and it seems that the sweet reunion was more than just a few friends gathering for the fun of it. Something is coming. Something big.

Eric McCormack’s script here says, “Hot Food.” Similarly, on Sean Hayes’ Instagram, a picture featuring the same title was posted with the name “Fred” underneath.

Other photos, namely those of Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, look as if they were shot on the rebuilt set of 9C. Be still my heart. Be still.

With very little to go on, some of our early guesses include a video filmed in support of a charity or, more likely, an announcement that the entire series is going to available for streaming on either Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. The series is currently not available online.

Whatever the news turns out to be, it was a great weekend to be a Will and Grace fan!

Stay tuned for more information after the announcement arrives!