Forget winter, the dead are coming - and 9 other things we learnt from Game of Thrones trailer
Published 13/04/2016 | 12:34
**WARNING: Season 5 spoilers***
1. Everyone in Westeros thinks Jon Snow is dead
Jon Snow actor Kit Harington didn't turn up on the red carpet for Game of Thrones' glitzy season 6 premiere on Sunday, and the reason behind that might be clear in the show's bombastic new trailer: he's dead.
The is-he, isn't-he debate has been running ever since the shocking ending of season five last summer, when the Lord Commander of the Nights Watch was betrayed by his brothers. Harington has been seen in and around the Thrones film sets and used to promote the sixth season, but a new trailer from HBO suggests that Snow might really be gone.
"I thought he was the man to lead us through the long night," we hear Tormund of the Free Folk say. Later in the trailer we see Ser Davos and the Night’s Watch (presumably the ones who weren't responsible for his death) watching over Jon Snow's body to prevent it from betrayer Thorne from burning it and turning him into a White Walker.
2. But Melisandre is still powerful...
The last Game of Thrones trailer saw a man some fans suspected to be Stannis Baratheon being burnt at the stake – perhaps at the hands of his former lover, Melisandre. Many thought that Jon Snow's revival would be due to her witchcraft, and while the trailer doesn't shed much more light on that, we do catch another glimpse of her and a cauldron of fire immediately afterwards. Furthermore, a landscape shot shows that whoever is burning on that stake, isn't alone: there are six burning as an army approaches.
3. Plus, a first look at the new Red Priestess
One of the most anticipated new characters in season six is a new Red Priestess. Fans dug up a casting tape featuring English actress Tehmina Sunny reading for a character named Kinvara, who travels to Meereen to offer her assistance in ruling the state now that Daenerys has left Tyrion and Varys to it. The trailer would suggest that she makes them an offer they're too scared to turn down.
4. Sansa is ready for war
Previous images have encouraged a theory that the eldest Stark daughter might be pregnant in season six, but if she is with child, it hasn't stopped her from getting her game face on. "It's all I think about," actress Sophie Turner's voiceover says, "what was taken from me", as Sansa stands in front of soldiers on horseback.
5. While Arya's training gets tougher
Our report from the premiere hinted that season six wasn't going to be fun for the newly blind Arya, but this trailer proves it. We hear Jaqhen telling her that she's being given her second, and last, chance to learn from the House of Black and White, and that chance involves some brutal gymnastics and ominous-looking post-mortems. The last trailer showed Ayra escaping from her teacher – suggesting that this tough love approach is too much to handle.
6. Cersei's on a mission to be rid of her children
In season 5 we learnt that Cersei would outlive her three children, and despite losing her second by the time the sixth started (according to the first trailer, at least), the Lannister queen seems to be on a mission to sacrifice her youngest, King Tommen. "Stand at the head of our army, where we belong," we hear her implore him. "Show them what Lannisters are, what we do to our enemies."
7. The Mountain is back...
Cersei's unbearable walk of shame was cheered by one thing: the return of the Frankenmountain. This trailer allows us to get an even better look at his armored hulk.
8. ... and so are the dragons
With the fall of their Mother Daenerys, it would appear that Tyrion is stepping in as Chief of Dragon Welfare. Preceding one of the most quotable lines of Game of Thrones yet ("That's what I do. I drink and I know things"), Tyrion tells Varys and Missandei that dragons do not do well in captivity, something Daenerys found to her horror last season – but left them locked up anyway.
Tyrion too ventures into their bunker, where the remaining two dragons, Viseryon and Rhaegal, attempt to torch him. As for Drogon, whom we last saw morosely accompanying Daenerys as Khal Jhaqo approached, he takes a starring role in this trailer: his enormous scaly back filling the camera as he flies over battle scenes.
9. Jorah's greyscale isn't getting any better
Daenerys's besotted right-hand-man contracted the grim (and life-threatening) skin disease last season, and has kept it under wraps ever since – he has already been exiled once, after all. But a quick glimpse suggests that it's growing, and Jorah is understandably worried.
10. White Walkers are terrifying and ready for action
While nearly every house (Stark, Bolton, Lannister) are embarking upon war and the Sons of the Harpy continue to wreak bloody havoc in Meereen, as Davos warns in the trailer's closing moments: "the real war is between the living and the dead. And make no mistake, the dead are coming". If only Jon Snow was there to unify everyone against those fearsome White Walkers...
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