More than a month after the end of the fourth season of the super-successful series ‘Game of Thrones’, the network has announced new cast members that fans can expect to see when the hit TV show returns to HBO.

This season’s finale titled ‘The Children’ saw many of the program’s key characters killed off, and stayed true to its slogan ‘all Men must die’. ‘Game of Thrones’ is expected to pick back up in March/April of next year, and will see many of its main characters face the consequences of their actions from the previous season.

When asked how he felt about the show’s global success George R.R. Martin, writer of the original ‘Game of Thrones’ novels said, “It’s a terrific feeling, knowing you have not only a lot of readers or viewers, but that they’re so intense and bringing so much thought and interest to bear.”

Filming for the fifth season appeared to be well underway as actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, tweeted “Removing jewellery and cutting off festival bands can only mean one thing.. #GoT5”

The network had also announced that production would begin in late July and multiple preparations are being made at filming locations across Spain.

The nine actors expected to be introduced in season five are:

1) Alexander Siddig, playing Prince Oberyn’s older brother, Doran Martell
2) Toby Sebastian as Doran’s son, Trystane Martell
3) DeObia Oparei as Doran Martell’s palace guard captain, Areo Hotah
4) Enzo Cilenti as the retired slave trader Yezzan
5) Jessica Henwick, playing one of Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters, Nymeria Sand
6) Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, playing another one of Oberyn’s daughters, Tyene Sand
7) Keisa Castle-Hughes as Oberyn’s eldest bastard daughter, Obara Sand
8) Jonathan Pryce as a religious leader in King’s Landing, called the High Sparrow
9) Nell Tiger Free, playing Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s eldest daughter, Myrcella Baratheon

‘Game of Thrones’ is both critically and globally acclaimed attracting an average of 18.4 million viewers per episode. The hugely-popular show recently broke a record set by ‘The Sopranos’, making it the most successful show in HBO’s cable history.