Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer

If there’s one thing that every single character on Game of Thrones has in common, from the most revered royals to the lowliest servants, it’s that all of them see the specter of death looming around every corner. With a war raging across the kingdom, a religious uprising taking shape in the capital, and hordes of ice zombies creeping in from the north, it’s impossible for any of these characters to forget their own mortality.

But for those of us watching at home, it may be a different story. Perhaps the nine months away from Game of Thrones have allowed you to forget just how brutal and unforgiving Westeros can be, or perhaps all those rumors about certain characters maybe-possibly-probably getting resurrected have made you believe death no longer even matters in this universe. So here’s an ominous new Game of Thrones season 6 trailer to remind you, once again, that all men must die. Check it out below. 

No one in the Game of Thrones season 6 trailer actually says the words “all men must die,” but several characters paraphrase that sentiment in different ways. “Are you afraid?” Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) asks. “You should be.” The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) seems somewhat less bothered by the thought of death. “We are sinful creatures,” he says. “We deserve death. We all do.” And Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) refers to death as a gift: “One way or another, the gift will be given,” he promises.

And while there is reason to believe death isn’t always the end of the journey in this universe — remember Beric Dondarrion, who’s been resurrected multiple times by his red priest — there’s no sign in the latest trailer of Jon Snow. Actor Kit Harington has insisted he’ll return only as a corpse, but many fans are expecting to be “surprised” by his return to action in season 6.

Part of what makes Game of Thrones season 6 so exciting is that most of the storylines have now moved past George R.R. Martin‘s novels, meaning that for the first time book readers and non-readers will be on roughly equal footing. No longer do TV-only fans have to suffer the knowing smirks of their bookworm friends. In fact, the show has strayed so far from its source material in some places that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss say the upcoming episodes aren’t really even going to spoil the books.

Game of Thrones returns for season 6 April 24 on HBO.

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