If there was ever a trailer to rock your emotions, the latest Season 6 Game of Thrones teaser trailer is it. Yesterday, HBO released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones. At the time of this writing, the 1:20 video has received over 5 million views on YouTube, and for good reason. This utterly creepy video will make any GoT fan’s head spin. Watch the trailer below.
Take a minute to get your heart rate back down and let’s look into what all this means.
The video opens in a candlelit vault or tomb of some sort. The soft music is the only noise we hear as the camera pans closer to the room’s walls, revealing faces of the show’s dead. This somber, wordless act alone is chilling.
When it doesn’t seem like it can get any more uncomfortable, at :57 seconds into the clip, we see the face of Eddard (Ned) Stark. Yes, that one. This is the first time we’ve seen Ned in GoT since Episode 2 of Season 4, “The Lion and the Rose”, in which Ned was part of Bran’s vision. Before Bran’s vision, we last saw Ned in episode 9 of season 1 (“Baelor”) where he was beheaded at the order of King Joffery. Without moving away from his motionless face, we hear Ned utter his famous line “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.” Not only does this quote lend to Ned’s character, but the manner of his death: Joffery himself did not perform Ned’s execution.
Next, we hear the words of Robb Stark saying, “I’ve won every battle, but I’m losing the war.” Somehow, this line makes Robb’s death feel fresh even though he was killed in episode 9 Season 3, titled “The Rains of Castamere.”
We next see Lady Catelyn who reminds us about the pain of losing those you love. Unlike the novels, Lady Catelyn died in “The Rains of Castamere.” Though there is some speculation that Lady Stoneheart may make her appearance in Season 6.
“Everyone is mine to torment,” comes next. While the line is not as vicious from a dead Joffery, it brings a jolt of hatred that only Joffery can produce.
With the next voice, we are brought back to the closing of Season 5 when Jon Snow’s fate seemed sealed. If we didn’t have on set images (despite HBO staying quiet on the topic of Jon) from Season 6, this appearance would be far more somber, though his words do not provide much comfort. “The long night is coming, and the dead come with it.”
Here’s where things get really interesting. The next face we see is that of the Imp himself. Yes, Tyrion Lannister’s face is seen just like those before him who we know are deceased. Directly below Tyrion is Arya Stark. While we do not hear either of them speak, their appearance is shocking.
At the end of Season 5, Arya killed Meryn Trant. In return for committing the murder, she is blinded.
In a somewhat more positive outlook, Tyrion is safe in Meereen where he has been (for the time being) handed over control of the city and must attempt to restore order.
Does the appearance of Arya and Tyrion mean metaphorical deaths? That Arya’s life as she knows it is “dead” and she will once again need to adapt in Season 6? Is Tyrion’s new role as a sit-in ruler of such a large city a sign that his days of running might be over? Could this be a sign of Tyrion’s ability to break away from the Lannister family? Or are these images a somber foreshadowing of Arya and Tyrion’s futures?
Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 28th, 2016 at 9:00pm.
To check out the latest Season 6 promotional images, click here.