When it ended last June, Game Of Thrones' fifth season left its viewers where it always does — on tenterhooks. And after months of playing peek-a-boo with us — a still here, a teaser there — we finally have a trailer for the highly anticipated sixth season, which airs on 24 April.
So just what does the trailer tell us about what’s in store for this new season? Well, in true GOT tradition, not much. What we do get instead, are glimpses of grand battle sequences, a hint or two of what our favourite (or reviled) characters may be up to (hello there, Theon, Sansa, Dany, Arya et al) and creates more mysteries than it clears up.
So here’s a brief look at what the cast of characters has been up to, and where we’ll see them go in season six:
Jon Snow’s dead, or is he?
Season five ended on the cliffhanger of Jon being stabbed. It seemed that the youngest Commander of the Night’s Watch and one of the few surviving Starks had also gone the way of most of author GRR Martin’s characters. In the season six trailer, we see Jon’s body laid out in a room, with Ser Davos standing guard. But there’s also a puzzling shot of Melisandre placing her hand over his forehead.
Now, knowing her powers for reanimating the dead, may we assume that she will be bringing Jon back to life?
So, whether or not Jon is alive, we’ll certainly be learning a little more about his past! A flashback sequence shows a young Ned Stark heading to what may be the Tower of Joy (where his sister Lyanna was held by Rhaegar Targaryen, after he took her away from her intended, Robert Baratheon) armed for a fight. Now most GOT fans do believe that Jon is Lyanna and Rhaegar’s son, and this season should shed some light on whether that pet theory is true. If it is, then this makes Jon half-Targaryen! So what does this mean for Danerys?
Dany’s on the march — but Jorah and Dario may rescue her yet
While she may or may not gain a half-brother this season, Dany will certainly have a lot to deal with. At the end of season five, we saw her, alone and friendless (well except for a very surly Drogon) having escaped from an assassination attempt at the slave pits in Mereen.
But it was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire for our queen, who was found by a horde of Dothraki. The season six trailer sees Dany — looking remarkably worse for the wear — walking with the khalasar, being taken (we presume) to Vaes Dothrak. The ever-faithful Ser Jorah, however, seems to be right on her trail, as we see him finding the ring she dropped when she was “captured”.
Meanwhile, Cersei and Jamie Lannister seem to have gotten back together!
Or at least so a passionate embrace between the incestuous brother-sister pair would have us believe. Jamie even promises Cersei that they will take back everything that was taken from them. This seems to be yet another departure from Martin’s books, where Jamie (struck by remorse and having discovered his better side in Brienne’s company) wants nothing to do with Cersei.
And speaking of the evil queen, Cersei will be showing that she’s still quite the force to contend with in King’s Landing! In a face-off with the militant Sparrows’ Lancel Lannister, she is asked to “stand aside, or there will be violence”. Cersei coolly says, “I choose violence”. And with her Frankenstein-ish Ser Gregor by her side, we’re placing our bets on her getting the best of this battle.
What else can we gather about season six?
Well, that Sansa and Theon are on the run after their escape from Ramsay Bolton, that Arya is also being pursued by someone, that Bran will come face to face with the Night King of the white walkers, a little bit about the Ironborn preparing for their “Kingsmoot” and the introduction of Theon’s uncle Euron, who may quite possibly be their new leader.
And Melisandre somberly admitting that the “great victory” she saw in the flames may have all been a lie. Hmm, maybe she should have realised that before burning Stanis’ daughter at the stake, yes?
As for our favourite GOT philosopher, Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister, well, he gets to put it all in perspective. “We are in the great game now,” he says. “And the great game is terrifying.”
Watch the trailer here: