By Dan Snierson
Updated June 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM EDT
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Breaking Bad

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“All hail the king,” declare the new ads for season 5 of Breaking Bad. And when we welcome back drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston), we will meet a new member of the show’s royal court. The AMC drama is introducing an “important” character in the second episode played by Scottish actress Laura Fraser, executive producer Vince Gilligan tells EW. Gilligan describes Lydia as a “former associate of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) who’s integral to the proceedings of season 5,” as well as someone who is “nervous about her place in the world.”

Fraser’s credits include the films The Boys are Back, Titus, and A Knight’s Tale, as well as the BBC series Neverwhere and Lip Service.

Lydia isn’t the only new character joining the show; Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) has been cast as Todd, a seemingly helpful young man who crosses paths with Walt & Co.

Season 5 kicks off July 15 on AMC.

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Breaking Bad

Walter White descends into the criminal underworld.

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