With HBO’s “Game of Thrones” finally about to make its grand return for Season 6 April 24, the network has treated fans to its most exciting trailer yet. With almost all the intrigue focused on the many cliffhangers in the Season 5 finale, the trailer did its best to address each one, however briefly.
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 ending.]
Almost as if it were aware that the series’ cadre of fans were eagerly hoping to have their burning questions answered, the trailer dove right in, giving viewers not only an updated look at the characters but also a few small hints at what’s ahead for them. To help ensure no scholar of Westeros missed out on anything vital, below is a rundown of all the things you may have missed in the most recent “Game of Thrones” Season 6 trailer.
Jon Snow Eulogy
We all kind of had a feeling Jon Snow (Kit Harington) would be dead, at least for the foreseeable future. While other promotions and the premiere episode’s synopsis appeared to hammer the final nail in the coffin, it’s a brief eulogy done as a voice-over by Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) that makes it feel as if the character is really gone.
“I thought he was the man to lead us through the long night,” he says. “I was wrong.”
Jaime Lannister Is Mad
We all know how Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) feels about his sister Cersei (Lena Headey). So, it’s unsurprising he’s going to be pretty upset with the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) after he and his cadre of religious fanatics forced her to walk the streets of King’s Landing naked after incarcerating her. Of course, Jaime wasn’t there to help because he was off attempting to rescue their daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free). Now he’ll return to the city and presumably give the High Sparrow a piece of his mind — or possibly his blade.
However, it’s not like Cersei necessarily needs Jaime to fight her battles anymore now that she’s got the services of the mutated Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) and the ear of King Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman). In the trailer, it seemed as though she immediately got to work on purging the capital city of those who had wronged her.
Dany Is in Trouble ... Kind Of
It was unclear at the end of Season 5, when Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was surrounded by Dothraki horsemen, whether she’d be safe amid the army she once controlled. Now, in the new trailer, it appears the Dothraki may not have the same respect for their Khaleesi that they once did. She can be seen in a tent being stripped of her clothing in front of somebody who is presumably their new leader. However, an earlier shot shows one of her ever-growing dragons flying over the vast army. With the gifts of flight and fire breath at her beck and call, the queen looks to have decent backup against whatever comes next. And that’s not even considering the fact that Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) is still hot on her trail. However, his lifetime seems subject to a ticking clock because of the incurable disease he contracted during Season 5.
Tyrion and the Dragon
“Dragons do not do well in captivity,” Tyrion says before somebody asks how he knows. “That’s what I do, I drink and I know things.”
While it’s a snappy line, it apparently leads the half-man to the dungeon where Daenerys is keeping her other two dragons. It’s unclear why he desires to free them while the queen is away, but the trailer concludes with an ominous shot of Tyrion about to get burned to a crisp by an irate captive dragon.
The Real War ...
While the trailer is packed with efforts to give viewers the lowdown on what’s up with the characters since last we left them, it’s Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) who reminds everybody that the real war, as he puts it, is between the living and the dead. Before he supposedly died, Jon Snow learned that the white walkers were mobilizing the biggest army the world had ever seen and clearly had plans to march over the wall once the long winter sets in. Typically, with the exception of the last 10 minutes of the episode titled “Hardhome,” white walkers don’t get an awful lot of screen time. However, that may change in Season 6 as various shots show the evil beings preparing for whatever horrors they have planned for the people of the Seven Kingdoms.
Meanwhile, Davos’ warnings appear to be falling on deaf ears as infighting continues between human beings. In one case, Cersei is leading one faction in a tiny urban civil war in King’s Landing, and in another, the ongoing Bolton situation will have to be addressed sooner rather than later. It’s possible Jon Snow’s final act will result in the demise of the villainous Bolton family once and for all: A clip very clearly shows the Wildling army squaring off against the more-disciplined Bolton forces.
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