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10 Details You May Have Missed In The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 Trailer

HBO captured the internet’s attention by releasing the first proper trailer for Game of Thrones’ highly-anticipated sixth season yesterday. With no more books to help guide them, fans have been poring over every detail trying to figure out just what the heck is going to happen this season. Will the Boltons finally get what’s coming to them? Will Dany’s story finally get interesting again? Is Jon Snow really dead? The trailer doesn’t really answer any of these questions unfortuantely, but it does drop quite a few hints about what’s to come this season. Here are the best details hidden in the season six trailer.

10. Greyjoys Kingsmoot

While Game of Thrones is ahead of George R. R. Martin’s source material in most respects by this point, there are still a few major plotlines that have yet to be tackled on the show. Judging by a couple shots in the trailer, it looks like season six will finally depict the Greyjoy family Kingsmoot from A Feast For Crows. The Kingsmoot is an important aquatic ceremony used to pick a new king in the wake of Balon Greyjoy’s death, which means we should be seeing the introduction of other members of the Greyjoy clan – namely Balon’s brothers Euron, Victarion, and Aeron, each crazy in their own distinct way. Yeah, the Greyjoys are going to mean serious business in season six. Speaking of which …

9. Not-Theon

There are a couple shots in the trailer that show someone who looks a lot like Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy, but if you look close enough, it appears to actually be actor Pilou Asbæk, who has been cast as Theon’s uncle Euron. Euron plays a significant role in the books, so we’re sure to see a lot of him this season. The shot of him getting baptized is rather self-explanatory, as it probably takes place during the aforementioned Kingsmoot, but the other shot of Euron on a bridge during a storm is intriguing. In the books, Balon Greyjoy falls of a bridge and dies, and the whole thing is all rather mysterious. Could this mean that Euron was behind the whole thing? The Ironborn are pretty ruthless, after all, so fratricide doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.

8. Ghost

You can clearly see Ghost in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot near the end of the trailer laying beside Jon’s body. The only question is whether he’s dead or alive. It’s difficult to tell either way from this shot since it’s so brief, but if it turns out to former, it looks like we can give up hope of Jon somehow warging into his trusted direwolf’s body again.

7. Jorah’s Find

When we last saw Jorah Mormont, he had set off on a quest with Dany’s bodyguard/lover Daario Naharis to try and find the Mother of Dragons. We see him pick something up in a field, which if you’ll remember is the ring that Daenerys dropped at the end of last season when she was taken captive by the Dothraki. Looks like the trail is warm again!

6. Arya Chase

There’s not much to go on when it comes to Arya’s story in season six, but from the look of things, she’s probably made the assassin’s guild of the House of Black and White pretty upset about something. We see Arya getting slapped by an unknown figure (most likely the waif from last season) as well as a from-behind shot of Arya running away from someone. Apparently it’s the waif who’s chasing her down here, so whatever’s going on with Arya this season, it seems pretty clear that she doesn’t see eye-to-eye (ha!) with the Faceless Men.

5. Who Davos Will Fight

Overall, the trailer is devoid of humor, but it’s hard not to chuckle at the final scene when Davos Seaworth preemptively apologizes for being a poor swordsman. The scene itself looks quite thrilling, but just who is it that Davos is preparing to fight? There’s a brief shot that shows Ser Alisser Thorne trying to break down a door, so it looks like it’s going to come down to Davos and a few loyal men defending Jon Snow’s body against the very men who stabbed him to death. Davos may not be great with a sword, but we still think he’ll do surprisingly well with Longclaw in his possession.

4. Stannis On The Pyre?

The flayed, burning guy hanging upside down on the pyre could very well be a nobody thrown into the mix to establish even more what cruel bastards the Boltons are. Then again, it could also be a character we all know and the most likely candidate at this point would be the late Stannis Baratheon. While there is good reason to believe that it’s not Stannis since it’s believed that Brienne beheaded him at the end of last season, we never actually saw her do this, so there is a chance that this unfortunate soul is the would-be King of Westeros.

3. Boltons vs Wildlings

There are a fair number of scenes in the trailer depicting an epic clash between two armies. From what we can tell, it looks like the Boltons will be taking on the only army left that can challenge them for northern supremacy – our good ol’ Wildling friends. There’s a shot of Tormund Giantsbane looking all worried in the midst of battle, so the safe bet is that he’s leading his army against Ramsay and his men. It will be cool if the Wildlings manage to take down the Boltons by themselves with the power of freedom on their side, but we wouldn’t complain if the Ironborn joined up with them to help get some revenge for Theon. And there’s always the faint possibility that a certain Lord Commander will turn up to lend a hand …

2. Is that you, Jon?!

HBO totally threw this shot into the trailer to screw with us, right? The guy on the white horse in this battle scene looks a heck of a lot like Kit Harington. Harington was actually spotted filming this huge battle scene in Saintfield, Northern Island, so there’s still reason to hope that Jon Snow comes back from the dead somehow, despite the trailer’s many attempts to hammer home the idea that he’s dead as dead can be.

1. Tower of Joy

This one’s a bit hard to spot on first viewing, but from the brief shots at the 0:59 and  1:16 marks, it looks like season six will indeed feature a Tower of Joy flashback scene. Book readers will already be familiar with this very significant event, which sees Ned Stark and a group of trusted knights engage in a battle to the death with a trio of Rhaegar Targaryen’s most trusted Kingsguard, in a bid to rescue Ned’s sister Lyana during Robert’s Rebellion.

Although the trailer makes a point of showing Jon Snow’s corpse multiple times, the fact that the Tower of Joy scene is making its way to TV suggests that Jon may not be as dead as we all think. After all, why include a scene that, according to the all-but-confirmed theory about Jon’s parentage, directly relates to those parents if Jon Snow doesn’t exist anymore? It will be interesting to see how the flashback is incorporated into the season’s events; at the very least, it will be cool to see Ned (albeit a much younger version) in action again!

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)