The new Game of Thrones trailer is out and we have a lot to unpack, including Jamie Lannister and a crazy-eyed Cersei choosing violence and Jon Snow in burial garb. Here are the keys to Season 6!
The new Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer snuck online yesterday afternoon and among the things we can confirm right off the bat is that Daenerys indeed faces a major showdown when the HBO show launches on April 24. We get a shot early on of Jorah Mormont uncovering the pearl ring the Targaryen princess left behind on her way to Vaes Dothrak. Meanwhile, Daenerys herself is seen - scorched and destitute - on the doorstep of the Dothraki stronghold and at the foot of equestrian statues that guard the metropolis. A few shots later one of her missing dragons flashes overhead, momentarily blocking out the sun, perhaps a herald of the darkness of winter to come. The other major focus of this short 1:41 clip is the vengeance Jaime and Cersei Lannister plan to mete out against those who reduced their estate in Season 5, resulting in the death of the daughter of their incestuous union, Myrcella.
"We're the only ones who matter," Jaime pleads with her sister and lover Cersei. "Everything they've taken from us we're going to take back, and more." Of course, the High Sparrow continues in his crusade against the Lannisters, pledging that "every one of us is poor and powerless, yet we can overthrow an empire." And indeed, rather than stand down when Cersei confronts her cousin and former suitor Lancel - who works for High Sparrow - she delivers perhaps the most chilling line of the entire trailer: "I choose violence." And blood will soon have blood as the remaining seconds of the above clip are given over to scenes of ranour, intrigue and stour.
Arya's haunting milk eyes are still sightless, Melisandre disrobes after declaring "the great victory I saw in the flames: all of it was a lie," and Gwendoline Christie's Brienne of Tarth beheads an armoured guard, all in the backdrop of shots that pit Dothraki hordes against Westeros Horsemen. This culminating in a split-second frame of Bran Stark in the presence of none other than the Night's King. And no, Jon Snow's definitely not in the series... except for when he is, as we see his limp body prepared for burial and his Valyrian sword unsheathed by the Baratheon knight Davos. Does this settle the Jon Snow question?