9:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones': 10 Characters Still Shrouded in Secrecy After Season 6 Trailer
The Game of Thrones season six trailer provided answers to some of the show's biggest mysteries, or at least elaborated on the fates of many of the show's most memorable characters … but not all of them.
Yes, Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) frozen body was front and center in the most comprehensive look yet at season six. Sure, Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke) march toward Vaes Dothrak indicated the direction of her upcoming storyline. Absolutely, the Tower of Joy sighting dropped more than a few jaws.
But what about some of the other major characters and plot threads the trailer barely addresses — and, in some cases, doesn't address at all? Here are the 10 major question-mark characters:
1. Bran Stark
The green-seeing Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) stands next to the Night's King in one of the trailer's most climactic moments, but that's all viewers see of the young man, missing from the show since season four. Little else is known about his current circumstances — his current power level now that he's training under the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), for instance, or why he's able to stand despite his crippled condition — but smart money suggests his visionary gifts are much sharper than when last we left him.
2. Arya Stark
It's only fitting that season six's first full trailer turned a blind eye toward Arya (Maisie Williams), considering her current state. The youngest Stark daughter was last seen in the House of Black and White, blinded by her mentor, a man who may or may not be Jaqen H'Ghar (Tom Wlaschiha); his face-changing shtick leaves his identity open to interpretation. Arya appears once in the trailer, with a focus on her clouded eyes — and possibly one more time, if she's the young woman shown leaping from a balcony's edge it what appears to be a Braavosi street.
3. Sansa Stark
"You're in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying." These words, uttered by Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), play over a quick shot of Sansa (Sophie Turner). She's draped in black robes, standing inside a dimly lit hall, with no other details to speak of. At least it's clear she survived her fall from the tower of Winterfell, but the question remains: Where is she now, and what is she up to next?
4. Tyrion Lannister
Outside of the aforementioned quote, Tyrion is almost entirely absent from the season six trailer. At one point, he paces around a room in Meereen with a solemn look on his face. No further information is known. Of all the main characters, Tyrion is the most conspicuously absent, given his prominence on the show. It's certainly not a coincidence, either, as Tyrion's current story on Thrones is significantly different from his counterpart in the books, in which he has not met Daenerys yet, and is certainly not in a leadership role in Meereen. His future is as up in the air as anyone's.
The manipulative Petyr Baelish (Aiden Gillen) spent season five bouncing between the Vale, the North, and ultimately King's Landing, far away from the deadly circumstances surrounding Sansa, the object of his affection. The single look at Littlefinger in the entire trailer suggests he's back in the North for season six, considering he's surrounded by snow — though that might be an assumption too far. It's not impossible that the winds of winter have reached the southern lands in the Seven Kingdoms.
6. Brienne of Tarth
Like Littlefinger, Gwendoline Christie's warrior stands in the snow in her single appearance in the trailer, indicating she's still lurking around the North — possibly searching for or even guarding Sansa, as was her charge. (Now is not the time or place to chastise her for abandoning her post in the season five finale, right as she was about to have an opportunity to save Sansa.) If the books are our guide, Brienne won't remain near Winterfell for long. She has business in the Riverlands, where she might meet …
7. The Hound
Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) was left for dead in season four, suffering from wounds sustained in his fight with Brienne. But actor Ian McShane strongly suggested the Hound's return come season six, which would confirm a theory fans have held on to since 2005's A Feast for Crows. The trailer does nothing one way or the other to address the Hound, which makes sense while all eyes are on Jon Snow.
8. Samwell Tarly
The studious Sam (John Bradley) left the Night's Watch just in time to escape witnessing the death of his best friend and Lord Commander, fleeing south toward Oldtown to become master of the Citadel. The Citadel storyline is one of the most enigmatic yarns in the books, and one that was not guaranteed to make it onto the show. Considering the secrecy surrounding the story, it's not entirely unsurprising that the trailer ignored Sam — and Gilly (Hannah Murray) for that matter.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) returns to King's Landing this season, as the trailer makes plainly clear. But what about Bronn (Jerome Flynn), his companion in Dorne? Did he sail back to take care of Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) and her Sand Snakes as vengeance for the death of Jaime's daughter? Or does Bronn's absence simply suggest a smaller season six story for the snarky sellsword?
The world eagerly awaits the return of Kristian Nairn's lovable oaf, not seen since season four's finale — but nothing was heard from him in the new trailer, not even a single cry of "Hodor." His fate is intricately tied to Bran's, so answers for the warg will likely yield answers for the warg's giant bodyguard.
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