HBO has released a brand new trailer for Game of Thrones season six and it’s a doozy. While it lacks the surprise of the first trailer that was released back in early March, this new trailer is more epic in scope and contains some truly pulse-pounding moments. Even with all the new scenes this trailer contains, it’s still really difficult to predict where this season is headed in terms of plot. The only thing we know for sure is that there is going to be plenty of death along the way! That being said, here are a few details we picked out that may point towards some big revelations this season.
12. Sansa’s Stark-Themed Outfit (0:40)
The trailer offers a few glimpses of Sansa, including some voiceover that suggests that her mistreatment at the hands of her abusive “husband” Ramsey is still at the forefront of her mind. Sophie Turner has mentioned in interviews that Sansa will really come into her own this season and there’s evidence of this in the trailer in the form of the Stark-crested outfit she’s sporting at the 0:40 mark. It also looks like Sansa has been able to rally some bannermen to her cause, suggesting that season six could see a King (or Queen in this case) in the North once more.
11. Is That You, Loras? (0:49)
Things aren’t going well for the Tyrell family as season six begins. We already knew that the show would continue to focus on Margaery’s false imprisonment at the hands of the Faith Militant, but it’s easy to forget that her brother Loras also landed himself in hot water because of his homosexuality. When last we saw Loras, he was being taken away by a group of Sparrows and awaiting trial, but he resurfaces in this trailer as Margaery’s apparent new cellmate. It will be interesting to see whether or not Cersei spares their lives if and when the Lannisters take the city back or if Lady Olenna Tyrell has a few tricks up her sleeve to spring her grandchildren out of prison.
10, Targaryen Fighter (1:01)
Violent sword fights are a way of life on Game of Thrones, but the brief battle that’s shown around the one minute mark of this new trailer is intriguing for a few reasons. If you look closely, you can distinctly see the Targaryen sigil on the chest plate of the knight who emerges victorious, which suggests that this scene takes place during the Tower of Joy flashback that was hinted at back in the first season six trailer. What we don’t know is the knight’s identity.
The most likely candidates are Ser Arthur Dayne, Ser Oswell Whent, or Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, as these were the men who defended the tower against Eddard Stark and his men. There’s also a slim chance that it’s Rhaegar Targaryen himself, although this seems unlikely considering Rhaegar wasn’t present for the battle in George R.R. Martin’s source material (and given Rhaegar’s royal status, you would think that his armor would look a bit more regal). Still, there’s always a chance that the show could deviate from the books and incorporate Rhaegar somehow.
9. Lannister Army Implications (0:59, 1:11)
There are a couple of scenes showing Jaime Lannister preparing for war with an army at his side; one shows him preparing to assault the Faith Militant in King’s Landing, while the other shows him riding through a Lannister army encampment. On their own, these aren’t the most intriguing of scenes, but when you consider their implications, things get more interesting. The Lannisters are currently facing war on two fronts: against the Faith Militant occupying King’s Landing and a potential war with Dorne after the death of Jaime and Cersei’s daughter Myrcella at the hands of Ellaria Sand. Jaime would only go to war with Dorne once King’s Landing is secure, which suggests that the Lannisters will defeat the Sparrows at some point in season six.
8. Ser Davos In Stark-Friendly Location (1:18)
You can always count on the Onion Knight for a memorable line and he doesn’t disappoint here with his “The dead are coming” speech, but it’s also worth taking note of where Ser Davos Seaworth is standing when he utters that line. It’s a bit blurry, but you can distinctly see the outline of some Stark banners in the background, which means that Davos is in a place that is loyal to the Stark family. The most obvious candidate would be a post-Bolton Winterfell, but it could also be a northern community we haven’t seen yet.
In the books, Ser Davos makes the journey to White Harbour and is instructed by its ruler Lord Manderly to retrieve Rickon Stark from the island of Skagos. The show has changed the details of Davos’s story considerably from the books, but if he’s making the journey to White Harbour, it looks like we may very well see Rickon Stark again in season six.
7. Sons of the Harpy (1:29)
Not much to go on here, just a blink-and-you’ll-miss it shot of the Sons of the Harpy up to their old tricks. The Sons of the Harpy really seemed to have Meereen’s number last season, to the point where it felt like Dany’s Unsullied army, AKA the perfect warriors, were almost totally useless. Still, even with the Unsullied by his side, Tyrion is definitely going to have his hands full with these guys this season.
6. Theon and Yara Reunion (1:30)
We don’t get to see the face of the woman embracing a very teary-eyed Theon Greyjoy, but it can’t really be anyone other than his sister Yara, who has been working to rescue her brother for three seasons now with limited success. With the Greyjoy family as a whole playing a significant role this season, it will be interesting to see where Theon fits in with the power dynamics of his salty (pun intended) family. Whatever happens on that front though, it seems likely that Theon and Yara will also focus their attention on Ramsey after the horrific things he’s done to the former.
5. Brienne and Podrick at Riverrun? (1:31)
We don’t see much of Brienne or her faithful squire Podrick in this trailer, but what we do see is intriguing indeed. With Stannis Baratheon out of the picture, Brienne’s role in the series is now a bit of a mystery. A good assumption is that she will seek out Sansa to offer her services as a sworn knight, but wherever season six takes Brienne, it looks like her and Pod will end up in Riverrun at some point. There are Tully banners hanging in the hall the two are briefly shown standing in, which means that they will end up quite far away from Sansa and the conflicts in the north. Judging by the worried expressions on Brienne and Pod’s faces, it doesn’t look like their Riverrun visit will be a pleasant one.
4. Giants! (Maybe?) (1:41)
One of the most exciting prospects of Game of Thrones season six is seeing the Wildlings go toe-to-toe with the Boltons and their army. Whether or not the Wildlings emerge victorious is something we cannot possibly predict at this juncture, but one thing we can’t wait to see are some giants lay waste to Ramsey’s army, which the trailer definitely hints is a distinct possibility. Who hasn’t been waiting to see the look of fear on Ramsey’s smug face when he realizes he’s going to have to contend with some angry giants, in addition to some very angry free folk from beyond the wall?
*On closer inspection, it looks like this shot doesn’t actually have any giants. Still, the fact that we see a giant later in the trailer means that it’s still possible that this battle will feature giants.
3. Podrick in Lannister Encampment? (1:43)
It’s difficult to know for sure if this scene takes place in a Lannister camp when the background is so out of focus, but judging by the copious amounts of red (and some splashes of gold) it’s hard to think of another realistic possibility. Evidently, Podrick finds himself right in the middle of this encampment, but it doesn’t look like he’s given a warm welcome. Having been Tyrion Lannister’s squire at the time of his conviction, Podrick remains a wanted man in Lannister circles, and while we can’t make out of the identity of his attacker, it doesn’t look like things are going well for ol’ Pod this season.
2. Giant Breaking Gate (1:44)
How great is this trailer? It gives us not one scene featuring giants but two! In this scene, we see a giant tearing down the gate of a castle, suggesting that the Wildlings assault a fortress at some point. If we had to wager a guess, we’d say that the location is either Castle Black or Winterfell judging by the copious amounts of snow. The former seems the more likely of the two, as Tormund Giantsbane would probably want to lead an attack on the Night’s Watch after hearing about what they did to Jon Snow. Earlier trailers have shown Ser Davos attempting to guard Jon’s body against an assault from Night’s Watch, so this Wildling assault could end up being a rescue operation of some sort. In a cruel twist of irony, perhaps they’ll even wipe out the Night’s Watch for good .. or at least anyone who wasn’t an ally of Jon’s.
1. Tyrion Meets Dragons (1:50)
Obviously, it’s pretty difficult to miss the scene with Tyrion and the dragons, but it’s the significance behind this event that is worth highlighting. In the novel A Dance With Dragons, Dornish Prince Quentyn Martell wanders into the room where Dany’s dragons Viserion and Rhaegal are kept, and is promptly burned to death. Seeing as how Quentyn has yet to be introduced in the show’s universe, there is the ever-so-slim chance that Tyrion is the one who gets burned by dragon fire. The far more likely scenario is that Quentyn will indeed make an appearance this season and Tyrion is just leading him through the chamber/finds him there. It’s also possible that Tyrion simply goes into the chamber to check on the dragons and we’re reading far too much into this, which is the most likely scenario.