Saturday 20 January 2018

5 things we learned from new Game of Thrones season 6 red band trailer

Ed Power

Ed Power

The internet had a bit of a meltdown yesterday as the first trailer for Game Of Thrones season six dropped. There was loads of the traditional nudity, bloodshed and Ramsay Bolton acting like a maniac.

Here are five things we learned from the spot, which precedes the show's return on April 26.

1: Jon Snow May Be Alive – But Might Be Dead

Rumours regarding the fate of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continue to swirl. But in this trailer, the recently deposed head of the Night's Watch's is very much dead.

We see Red Witch Melisandre (Carice van Houten) standing over his corpse and Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) attending a burning pyre – the body presumed to be that of the Stark bastard.

That said, a screen-grab reveals a Harington lookalike wading into battle beside the Wildlings. So is Snow back after all? This is so confusing!

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2: The Boltons Are Up To No Good Again.

A shot of a skinned body set alight confirms that House Bolton are up to their traditional naughtiness – the "flayed man" being the family sigil. Later Bolton troops are shown tangling with Wildlings, including the free folk leader Tormund Giantsbane.


3: There Will Be Flashbacks.

Against a desert backdrop, a group of warriors draw their swords. According to internet gossip, the grim looking fellow at the front is a young Ned Stark, with the scene taking place during Robert's Rebellion.

The speculation is that Ned is on the trail of his kidnapped/ eloped sister Lyanna, pregnant by Rhaeger Targayren. By the time Ned tracks her down she has died in childbirth. Thus Ned returns to Winterfell with the baby, who he names…. (world's shortest drumroll)...Jon Snow!

4: Cersei Is Fighting Back.

Season five was rough on the Lady Lannister (Lena Headey). Her beloved Tommen was married off to the manipulative Margaery (Natalie Dormer), she was banged up and then shame walked by the Faith Militant and, unbeknown to her, her daughter Myrcella has been poisoned by the Sand Snakes of Dorne.

No wonder Cersei looks mightily ticked off when confronted by the Faith Militant. "I chose violence," she tells the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) during a face-off. Brave words. But then she's got Ser Robert Strong – aka the resurrected Gregor Clegane – in her corner.

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5: Woah, the Night's King is Tangling With Bran

The terrifying last shot shows Bran (Isaac Wright) stalked by the White Walker's deathless leader. Bran is on his feet – so he has either undergone a magical rejuvenation or this is another of his fever-dreams.

Either way, it seems safe to assume we'll be seeing lots more of the Night's King in year six.

Read more: Some Game of Thrones fans were a bit confused about George Martin’s death

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