8:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Season 6: A Closer Look at the Trailer for Episode 4
The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) claims to fear all the gods in the Faith of the Seven equally, but few are more fearsome than the last one on the list: the Stranger, representing death.
It's not an episode of Game of Thrones without someone brushing up against the deadly deity, but it looks to take an even more central role in the coming fourth hour of season six, based on the title: "Book of the Stranger." While many fear this god, there are others who worship it, such as the Faceless Men of Braavos, artists in the realm of death.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) are entirely absent from the preview for episode four, however. In their place, several other players look poised to put their plots into action — and the consequences will most assuredly involve the Stranger in most, if not all cases.
Here's a closer look at the episode four preview:
1. Sansa's New Castle
One Stark leaves, another enters. Right on the heels of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) abandoning the Night's Watch, it appears that Sansa (Sophie Turner), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) have all finally reached Castle Black. Are they too late to meet up with Jon? Even if they are, his current godlike reputation among the Watch is sure to earn her a few allies.
2. Littlefinger Returns
Six episodes. That's how long it's been since viewers last laid eyes on Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen), last seen scheming in Winterfell. In the preview for episode four, Littlefinger's comeback finally arrives. He's seen in the Vale, having caught wind of Sansa's escape. Knowing how much he prizes Sansa, and how he was already planning on rallying his forces in the Eyrie against Winterfell, expect a clash between Baelish and Bolton.
3. Theon Goes Home
When Alfie Allen's Theon expressed his intention to return "Home," some thought he meant a return to Winterfell, where he would resume his role as Reek — or die trying. Not so, based on the preview. Theon returns to the Iron Islands, just in time to miss his father's funeral, but hopefully not too late for the Kingsmoot. Could this be a rags-to-riches story, where Theon rises from Reek and becomes the new inhabitant of the Salt Throne?
4. No Shame, Shame, Shame
In King's Landing, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) seemingly have a civil enough conversation about Margaery (Natalie Dormer), apparently on the cusp of repenting her sins — which, in all likelihood, means another walk of shame. "That cannot happen," says Olenna, and Cersei agrees. But before anyone thinks this is Cersei offering an olive branch, don't forget that the Queen Regent plans on letting Ser Gregor (Hafthor Bjornsson) loose in a Trial by Combat. It's entirely possible, likely even, that the next words out of Cersei's mouth are an explicit challenge to House Tyrell.
5. A Dance Without Dragons
The Meereenese Knot continues to tighten as Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) engages with visitors in the royal chamber, eager to learn the whereabouts of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Tyrion is just as eager to learn this information, though it does not seem like answers are coming his way in this episode — but the next episode? That's not impossible, because…
6. Operation Mormont
Jorah (Iain Glen) and Daario (Michiel Huisman), already proven as the greatest trackers on the planet what with their findings in the season premiere, finally reach Dany in episode four, or at least are within striking distance. The preview sees both warriors on the outskirts of Vaes Dothrak, preparing to mount a rescue mission. But will they emerge unscathed? Given Jorah's rapidly spreading Greyscale, don't be surprised if the old bear puts himself in the crosshairs for his khaleesi.
7. Snow Show
The biggest shock of the preview comes down to someone's absence: Jon Snow. The former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch left his post at the end of episode three, his first hour back among the living since the season five finale. His next move is anyone's guess, and his complete absence in the trailer doesn't make the guessing any easier. Is he sitting out of the episode entirely? It wouldn't be the first time, but with Jon's story so red-hot at the moment, it's hard to imagine an episode of Thrones without the meta MVP.
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