Game of Thrones show-runners David Benoit and D. B. Wiess know how to generate hype. The latest trailer for season 6 was just released and it teases major developments and hints at the fates of many major characters.
The trailer takes place in the Hall of Faces and pans across the likenesses of many of the dead major characters up to this point. Alongside each face comes one of the iconic quotes of the characters which helps give an eerie, ghostly mood. It then decides to play with the minds of viewers by putting the face of Jon Snow in-between the pale visages of Stannis and Ygritte and as his voice echoes we are shown the faces of Sansa, Tyrion, Dany, Cersei, Arya and Jaime. This teaser has fired speculation because of how little it actually says.
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Since the end of last season, the book readers and the show watchers have converged. This season is entirely uncharted territory for both and for a book reader like me, that’s scary. None of us know what is going to happen to Jon Snow but the outlook is not good. We left him stabbed by members of the Night’s Watch and bleeding to death in the snow and although theories abound, it looks more and more sure that he will be dead by the start of the season. There are theories that he will be resurrected because of a vocal group of fans that believe Jon is Azor Ahai (or basically, the Jesus of Westeros) and since the show has been notoriously tight lipped about his fate it looks like the producers are taunting us with this “snowdingers cat” routine. What about the other faces in the crowd though? What could happen to them?
Arya is left blind after killing a man not on the list which leads to a David Lynch-meets-Scooby Doo scene that has her pulling off faces one by one to reveal her own face staring back. Next season is sure to have consequences for her actions and she may be forced to pay back the debt she has incurred by breaking the rules.
Jamie met up with his daughter in Dorne and almost have a happy ending until Myrcella starts dying from poisoning. If Myrcella dies what does that mean for Jamie and current king Tommen?
Tyrion was left in Mereen with Dany when Varys showed back up so does that mean that the Imp will fall prey to more scheming at the hands of the spider or will he be able to hold on and rule in the face of sure challenges?
Cersei was left shamed after her confession and was introduced to the newest member of the kings guard, a Frankenstein monster that may or may not be the mountain. Will she get revenge via this new soldier or will her plans backfire on her and leave her broken?
Sansa just escaped Winterfell and her abusive husband which means she will be on the run and looking for help which may not come in time to save the poor girl from the wrath of the Boltons.
Dany is with Drogon resting when Dothraki warriors surround her. Are they friend or foe? Hard to say, but even with a dragon she will have to tread carefully to avoid meeting the same fate as her first husband.
It should also be noted that there is almost no mention of the looming threat of the Others/White Walkers, or what Bran will be doing or what’s slated to happen in Dorne. Sadly, there is also no mention of the “Clegane Bowl” at all. In fact, this trailer gives us very little meat to chew on at all. It does really showcase the theme of what this season will be about however. For me, the major focus is what our favorite Warden actually said in the teaser. If you didn’t catch it, he said “The Long Night is coming, and the dead come with it.” – Valar Morghulis (all men must die) seems to be the phrase to keep in mind for this next season which is sure to be filled with major character developments and impending plot twists.
Game of Thrones returns with its sixth season April 24, 2016 on HBO. Stay tuned for more coverage right here at Nerd Nation.
Contributing Writer: Nerd Nation Magazine