game of thrones season 6 trailer breakdown

Yesterday, the trailer for Game of Thrones season 6 arrived. And you know what that means for today: we’re going to take a deep dive into this thing, explore every nook and cranny, and see what secrets we can find. And trust me. this preview is chock-full of goodness. You just have to go frame by frame to see it all.

Before you proceed, know that this post contains SPOILERS from past seasons, spoilers from George R.R. Martin‘s books, a few potentially spoiler-y fan theories, and some some wacky speculation that could very well turn out to be spoilers. So proceed with caution.

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Naturally, the trailer picks up where season five left off: at the Wall with the dead body of Jon Snow bleeding out into the snow. And he’s dead, right? Completely dead. Not coming back at all. Nope. There is no way Jon is anything but totally annihilated.

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The trailer’s few seconds of “Hey, let’s recap where everyone is!” continues with this shot of the ship carrying Jaime Lannister, Bronn, and the dead body of Myrcella Baratheon back to the Red Keep after their unfortunate adventures in Dorne. Since that was the weakest subplot to ever hit Game of Thrones, I’m just happy to see these characters returning to the center of the action.

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Cersei Lannister’s hair has started to grow back, but not enough to let everyone forget that she was stripped, shaved, and paraded throughout the streets of King’s Landing by a sect of religious extremists. If there’s one thing we know about this woman, it’s that she holds grudges and she holds ’em hard.

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What does Ser Davos the Onion Knight do now that Stannis Baratheon, the man who elevated him from a common smuggler and gave him a second chance at life, is dead? I have no idea. Stannis is still alive in the books, so this is brave new territory. Maybe he’ll seek out another potential king to serve, but Davos has standards. He’ll want to serve someone good and noble and just and…hmm, let’s get back to this in a few minutes.

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Just in case it’s not clear, that is a flayed body, hung upside down and lit on fire, Bolton style. I’m not sure whose body that is (it could very well be Stannis’ corpse since it’s being burnt in front of a large audience of soldiers), but season six looks like it’s going to continue to emphasize that Ramsay and Roose are total bastards, and not in the medieval sense of the word.

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The last time we saw Jorah, he was riding off into Essos with Daario to search for Daenerys, who had absconded on the back of Drogon the dragon after a brutal attempted coup by the Sons of the Harpy. Oh, and he was also dying of Greyscale. This is one of our few glimpses of him in the trailer, but you just know him and Daario are going to have a lot to talk about on their adventures.

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Speak of the devil! Here’s Daenerys, seemingly not long after we last saw her, walking amongst a Dothraki Khalasar. As you’ll recall from the first season, not riding a horse in a Khalasar indicates your lower status. It seems that her status as the widow of Khal Drogo and the mother of dragons and the Queen of Meereen holds zero water with her new companions.

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Speaking of Khalasars, remember when the first season only had the budget to show off a handful of Dothraki warriors at a time? Compare this shot to anything from the early episodes to appreciate just how much this show has grown in every way.

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Now this is an interesting shot. The sigils on those banners represent the Greyjoys, who are obviously having a big meeting of some kind. Could this be the Kingsmoot? As book readers know, this is how House Greyjoy selects a new ruler when their is no obvious heir. Potential contenders gather and essentially pitch themselves to other influential leaders. Eventually, one person is selected to run the Iron Islands. This scene was one of the highlights of A Feast For Crows, the fourth novel in the series, and fans have been waiting for it to finally happen on screen. So here it is. I don’t know about you people, but I can’t wait to meet Euron Greyjoy.

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Despite being the most popular character in the series, Tyrion Lannister only makes a single apparent in the trailer. Right here. Since he’s wandering around the dark, we can probably assume that his stewardship of Meereen probably isn’t going to well.

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