'Game of Thrones' Season 6: A Closer Look at the Trailer for Episode 8

Cersei chooses violence in the preview for "No One."
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Cersei and the Mountain on 'Game of Thrones'

Who is about to die on the next episode of Game of Thrones? The answer does not share the same name as the title for the eighth installment of season six, "No One."

Indeed, the title borrows the Braavos storyline's most oft-repeated word, indicating a strong showing from Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in the coming hour, despite her bloody injuries sustained near the end of "The Broken Man." But she's far from the only warrior on the road toward violence, as several other stories push forward on a blood-soaked path.

Here's what we know about the episode, based on the trailer.

1. There Will Be Violence

The tension in King's Landing has been poised to boil over for weeks and weeks now, and based on the preview, the pot is finally set to overflow. Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon) and fellow Faith Militant confront Cersei (Lena Headey), accompanied by the Mountain (Hafthor Bjornsson): "Order your man to step aside, or there will be violence." Guess which option Cersei chooses?

2. Riverlands Reunion

Meanwhile, Cersei's brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) prepares for a confrontation of his own, as he attempts to win back Riverrun from House Tully. One small wrinkle: Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Jaime's old traveling companion, now positioned on the opposite side of the battlefield. Though there's certainly still chemistry between the two, it might not be enough to get past their conflicting ideologies.

3. Podrick Feels the Payne

Blink and you'll miss it, but things don't look great for Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman), Brienne's pseudo squire traveling with her through the Riverlands. In a quick flash of a scene, a man puts Podrick into a chokehold, an image first revealed in an earlier season six trailer. Given Podrick's proven abilities on the battlefield, it's not yet time to worry about his overall safety, but worth sparing a good vibe or two all the same.

4. Escape From Braavos

Arya, no longer no one, desperately needs someone to save her life. Stabbed and left for dead by the Waif (Faye Marsay) during "The Broken Man," Arya looks like she's back in action as of "No One," seen leaping from a balcony toward the end of the preview. If it's a head-to-head matchup between the two disciples of Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), smart money lands on Arya every day of the week — especially with those leaping skills exhibited in the trailer.

5. Catching Fire

It's been a surprisingly slow burn for Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) this season, doing his best to broker peace in Slaver's Bay while Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is away. But it looks like the heat is finally turning up, as Tyrion looks skyward in the trailer, seeing a great glowing urn of fire. Could it be connected to Kinvara (Ania Bukstein), the Red Priestess who signed on for Dany's cause a few weeks earlier?

6. Hounding for a Beating

Now that he's back in the saddle, Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) looks like he's returning to his violent ways and wielding the blade once more. A quick flash in the preview sees the Hound swinging his axe like the mad dog he used to be, apparently abandoning his brief period of pacifism — just in time for that Cleganebowl matchup everyone's getting so hyped about.

7. Red Viper Redux

Speaking of Cleganebowl, and returning to Sandor's older brother for one final moment, take a closer look at that final shot of the preview. The Mountain grabs a Faith Militant by the scruff of his shirt, wraps his fingers around the man's chin, and arcs his head backwards. Are we about to see the so-called Robert Strong pull out one of his favorite pages from his playbook of pain — namely, popping someone's head with his own bare hands? The Red Viper rolls in his grave.

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