So far, the catchphrase of Game of Thrones has been “winter is coming”. Five increasingly bloody seasons later, we can safely say that winter has arrived. And the show has now found a new tag line: “The dead are coming”.
This is uttered not by a Stark, but by doughty Ser Davos, who is leading a battle against the white walkers in the new trailer for season six of Game of Thrones, unveiled yesterday.
While the first trailer for season six (released a month ago), gave us all-too-brief glimpses of what would unfold, the second trailer offers some vague clues. We now know that —
The Stark sisters are fighting their own battles in Westeros and Essos. If Arya is continuing her education at the hands of Jaqen H'ghar, then Sansa — wearing the Stark direwolf sigil on her clothes — is ready to wreak vengeance on the Boltons and Walder Freys of this world, promising that she will never forget what has been taken from her.
In King’s Landing, a battle between the Faith and the Lannisters is imminent. Not only is there a scene between Jaime and the High Sparrow that hints at a possible death (“You would spill blood in this holy place? the High Sparrow asks Jaime, who unsheathes his dagger and replies, “The gods won’t mind; they’ve spilled more blood than the rest of us”.) but also one where Cersei is exhorting Tommen to take his place “at the head of the Lannister army”.
We don’t know what Cersei wants Tommen to fight for, but it can’t possibly be to save Loras and Margaery Tyrell who’re still the very miserable prisoners of the Faith.
In the meantime, there’s someone who’s in a lot more trouble than the young Tyrells and this of course is Daenerys Targaryen. She’s getting the Cersei treatment from the Dothraki. She’s throwing her captors some serious shade as they rip the clothes from her body. The last time Dany was tied up and angry, bad things happened. But her dragons aren’t around to save her now. Or are they? A rather Drogon-like shadow seems to be looming above the Dothraki khalasar.
By far the biggest talking point of the trailer, however, is Tyrion Lannister’s introduction to Rhaegal and Viseryon. "Dragons don’t do well in captivity," he declares to Varys and Missandei before promptly trotting off to the dungeons where they are chained, flaming torch in hand. And the dragons don’t seem terribly happy about the nocturnal visit. But will this be the moment that proves another pet fan theory about Tyrion being, like Jon Snow, a secret Targaryen?
We’ll know the answer to that, and other burning questions, after two weeks.
Meanwhile, assuage your GoT cravings by watching the new trailer here: