So HBO finally released the much anticipated trailer for the 6th season of their best series ever, Game of Thrones. Not even 24 hours after it was released, the trailer already had 30 million views, a record in its own merit. In case you haven't seen it, or want to see it again before we unleash what was hidden, here it is:
For the first time, HBO is ahead of George R.R. Martin's books. So this season will have its fair share of surprises, none of which can be ruined by someone that had read the books beforehand. The producers have also mentioned that this season will also have flashbacks, and some of those are already briefly showcased in this trailer.
10 Ned Stark Is Back
YES. The honorable Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean in Season 1, is in this season. We also get to see him in the trailer. At exactly 1:00 into the trailer, we see a shot of a group of men about to attack. Look at the leftmost one: he has the same clothes and hair that Ned Stark had throughout Season 1.
But here's the catch: it's a flashback. So what we're seeing is a young Ned Stark, during Robert's Rebellion. This battle is almost certainly going to be the one that occurred at the Tower of Joy at the end of that war. The Targaryen Mad King Aerys and his son Rhaegar had been killed. Robert Bratheon had claimed the Iron Throne. Only thing left for Ned to do was to rescue his sister Lyanna, who had been kidnapped by Rhaegar - one of the events that had started the war.
Upon his arrival at the Tower of Joy, Ned and 5 of his men were confronted by 3 Kingsguard still loyal to the Targaryen Throne. His sister was in the Tower and had to be released. Ned and his 5 men fought 3 of the fiercest Kingsguard in the Kingdoms. And in the end, only Ned and his loyal bannerman Howland Reed survived.
Notice in this shot how the man fighting back-turned Ned and wielding 2 swords has a Targaryen sigil on his armour.
When he got to the Tower, his sister was lying "in a bed of blood" and asked Ned to keep her a promise before dying. Another complete article could be written on what those words meant. Which lead us to the elephant in the room:
9 Jon Snow's Resurrection
Last we saw Jon, his brothers of the Night's Watch went Julius Caesar on him, stabbing him repeatedly "For The Watch". The trailer even begins with Jon's body lying in the snow with Davos heard saying "He's gone".
HBO has stated this for almost a year now, and are not budging in any way shape or form: Jon Snow is dead. Oh, and the Red Woman, Melisandre, is heard saying all her visions in the flames "were a lie". So I guess that means no Lord of Light to bring him back? Not really. Look at this montage as it is seen in the trailer:
We see the fire used to call on the Lord of Light, the Hall of Faces in Braavos where life, death and even resurrection meet (Arya used a "resurrected" face in season 5), Melisandre undressing the way she always does before a black magic ritual, and finally, we see Jon's dead body. All these hints point towards a potential resurrection for Jon.
Even Davos, who doesn't like Melisandre, takes a certain interest in Jon's body, grabbing Snow's Valyrian Steel Sword Longclaw to attack Brothers of the Night's Watch that are guarding his body.
8 Daenerys Returns To Vaes Dothrak
Things are not looking good for the Mother of Dragons. She was last seen dragonless, approached by a horde of Dothraki Riders. She was Khaleesi to Khal Drogo in Season 1, shouldn't that be a good thing?
Highly doubtful, as in the picture she is seen walking alongside the riders, and not riding with them. The Dothraki are pretty much treating her like a common slave. This will most definitely be her challenge this season.
We also see she is being taken to Vaes Dothrak, the stronghold city for Dothraki, where no blood is spilled, and where she was once the Khaleesi to the legendary Khal Drogo. Hopefully, Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis will find and maybe even release her.
7 Arya Jumping
Arya Stark, aka No One, was left blinded at the end of Season 5 for going against Jaqen H'ghar's directives, and for killing Meryn Trant of the Kingsguard rather than the skinny man from the harbor. Her face looking bruised and scared could mean she is having a hard time with it.
But then one wonders, who is this doing Parkour in what seems to be the streets of Braavos? Believe it or not: It's Arya. She may be blind, but she will be able to "see" what's around her. How? Wait till the show starts. We're not here to spoil what's already in the books.
6 Euron Greyjoy
Fans of the books were wondering what would happen with the Greyjoys and their storyline in the show. It seemed as if they had been forgotten for the last 2 seasons as we saw almost nothing pertaining to the Ironborn.
Well wait no more, HBO announced they had cast Danish actor Pilou Asbæk as the Crow's Eye, and we get to see him here in the trailer, although he doesn't seem to be sporting an eye patch like he is described to have in the books.
We also get to see Euron, brother of Balon Greyjoy, Theon and Asha/Yara Greyjoy, getting baptized for the Drowned God. We had seen Theon go through the same ritual in Season 2 when he had chosen to betray the Starks and join the Iron Islanders on their crusade during the War of Five Kings.
This could mean an important event from the books, that should have happened 2 seasons ago, is to happen this time around. HINT: It involves Stannis Baratheon's 3rd leech from season 3 (wink) (wink).
While we're on the topic of the Greyjoys, we also see Theon/Reek being surrounded by what seems to be a Bolton soldier with hounds.... This is NOT looking good for poor Theon.
5 Turmoil In King's Landing
Things are NOT looking good in King's Landing. The Sparrows from the Faith Militant have wreaked havoc, having imprisoned Queen Margaery, her brother Ser Loras Tyrell, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, and even humiliated the latter in her walk of atonement in last season's finale.
We here see an army of Tyrell soldiers, led by Kingsguard Jaime Lannister, confronting the Sparrows in front of the Sept of Baelor. When you have the High Sparrow on one side claiming they can "overthrow an empire", and Cersei on the other claiming she "chooses violence", that can only end in a slaughter to look forward to.
Speaking of slaughter, we also get a shot of Ser Robert Strong, who we all guessed by now is a revived/zombified Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane, defending Cersei and the Lannisters.
There is a known theory that our favorite chicken eater, the Mountain's very own brother, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane, did not die, and will come back to fight for the Faith and end up confronting his brother who will fight for Cersei.
CLEGANEBOWL CONFIRMED!!! GET HYPE!!
Who is this rider in the night, wielding a roped fire ball against a helpless runner? We can't tell. Although, one (ideal) guess would be towards another character from the books we never saw when he should have technically been around in season 3 and 4: Coldhands!
Who is Coldhands, you ask? In the books, he appears as a mysterious figure, a large hooded man wearing a cloak of the Night's Watch, riding in a yelk (Yes, a yelk). He helps Samwell kill a White Walker when he and Gilly escape from Craster's Keep (In the show Sam does the deed with Dragonglass). He also helps Bran Stark, Hodor, Jojen and Meera Reed when they cross the Wall to kill the mutineers at Craster's Keep (In the show, Jon and a team of Crows do the deed, unbeknownst to them that Bran was their prisoner for a bit).
Fans of the book have long speculated that Coldhands may be Benjen Stark, Ned's Brother, First Ranger of The Night's Watch, who we haven't seen since the very first episodes.
3 Bran Standing Up To The Night King
After taking a leave of absence for the 5th season, Bran is back in the 6th. First thing that got us all confused, just as much as he seems to be in this shot, is how he is standing up.
We all remembered he got crippled in the very first episode. This is clearly Bran having visions through his training with the Three Eyed Raven. Training where we will see many flashbacks, among other things.
But then he turns around and is "greeted" by the Night King himself, another White Walker general behind them. Is he really being confronted by them? Or is he having a vision where he can see, but not interact with a past event? Maybe he is seeing flashbacks of "The Long Night", a battle that occurred thousands of years before the series even starts, when White Walkers and the First Men fought.
2 A Big Battle In The North
The flayed man sigil of the Bolton Army is seen burning with an actual burning flayed man. Who could that be?
Knowing how ruthless the Boltons are, and given they just defeated Stannis Baratheon at Winterfell, there is a very high possibility that the burning man is indeed the body of the defeated One True King.
This shot of a Bolton flank attacking is definitely sign of an epic-sized battle about to occur in and for The North this season.
We even see Tormund Giantsbane being on the vanguard against a Bolton shied. But here's the thing to consider: Why would the wildlings fight the Boltons? They have no business fighting the battles of the "Southerners" on the other side of The Wall. This is where the next entry comes in handy (It's the Big One).
1 Jon Snow Is Alive On A Horse In Battle??
Now we already covered Jon Snow's possible ressurection, and the big battle in the North between the Boltons and the Wildlings. Well, here's that blink and you miss moment at 1:17 of the trailer. Freeze at the right frame and this silhouette of a man wearing Stark clothing, with long hair on a horse in battle appears.
All the hints point at Jon Snow... Fighting for Winterfell, seat of his family, the Starks, against the Bolton Impostors.
Let's not forget this leaked picture from the set of Season 6 a few months ago that clearly showed Harrington, alive, standing, and in battle clothing in between takes. Some even say that it's Caprice Van Houten, who plays Melisandre, hidden under the Umbrella.
All in all, after hearing it for 5 seasons, winter is no longer coming, winter is here!!!