When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
Queen Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) warning is also the perfect title for HBO's glorious new promo film, celebrating the long-awaited April 1 premiere of Game of Thrones' second season.
And if you're one of the unfortunate souls who missed the fantasy series' epic first season, this video includes an in-depth recap with essential background on the characters and the fantasy kingdoms in which they live…and die.
(Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen the full first season and want to be surprised, stop watching the video at the 13-minute mark!)
Now read on for a non-spoilery sophomore-season primer from creators and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss with fresh photos of new and returning characters…