11:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Season 6: A Closer Look at the Trailer for Episode 2
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is dead, and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) is old — and everyone else in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is fighting to avoid the former's fate, if not quite live as long as the Red Woman.
Of course, this being Game of Thrones, the odds of long lives for the majority of the Emmy-winning HBO saga's bountiful cast are very low indeed. In fact, based on the trailer for season six's second episode, called "Home," several main characters might find themselves brushing up against the Stranger by week's end.
Read on for a closer look at what the latest trailer tells us about the next hour of Thrones.
1. Bran New Day
After a full season on the bench, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) makes his triumphant return. When last we met the young lord of Winterfell, he was beneath a weirwood tree beyond the Wall, about to enhance his magical gifts under the watchful eyes of the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). Now, viewers will finally learn just how powerful Bran became during his season of training.
2. A Strong of Ice and Fire
Introduced in the season five finale, and briefly featured in the season six premiere, Ser Robert Strong — the new alias of the zombified Gregor Clegane (Hafthor Bjornsson) — stands tall in the trailer for episode two, protecting his charge Cersei (Lena Headey) from several members of the City Watch. They demand her presence on behalf of King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), and depending on how much they push the Queen Regent, they might learn that Robert Strong doesn't "do" demands.
3. Missed Connections
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) finally turned her luck around in the season six premiere, teaming with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). But the happy quartet, also featuring Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman), almost boasted a fifth member: Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), who declined Brienne's services in season four. Brienne relays this information to Sansa in the new trailer; will it galvanize the eldest Stark daughter to seek out her younger sister in Braavos?
4. The Book of Bolton
Psychotic proclivities aside, Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) knows a thing or two about strategy. In the trailer, he deduces that Sansa likely ran toward Castle Black to seek her half-brother Jon's protection — and then he pitches his father on attacking the Night's Watch in order to win her back. It's a bold move, and one that's not far from Ramsay's counterpart in George R.R. Martin's books. There, he pens a particularly nasty letter challenging Jon over similar circumstances, though he's yet to commit an official act of war against the Watch beyond words.
5. Holy War
Returning to King's Landing, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) takes a stand against the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), meeting the man for the first time. So far, the Sparrow has walked all over House Lannister, outfoxing them at every turn. How will he stack up against the so-called Kingslayer, especially with Jaime doing his best Tywin impersonation?
6. Attack at Castle Black
Ramsay's move notwithstanding, the bad blood at the Night's Watch looks ready to boil over here in episode two. Quick flashes feature armed-and-loaded crossbow bolts, and Night's Watch mutineers hacking and slashing their way toward Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and Jon's corpse — a scene already partly teased by HBO. With any luck, this will be the moment Lord Commander Snow lurches back from the dead … assuming the Red Woman emerges from bed, that is.
7. The Dragon Tamer
Finally, the trailer ends with dragons spewing flames toward the camera — and, potentially, at Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), seen stalking their dungeons. In the books, a different character attempts to wake Meereen's imprisoned dragons, and is bathed in fatal flames as his reward. Is a similar future in store for Tyrion? Not likely … but if he is covered in fire, and somehow manages to escape unscathed, perhaps it's worth investigating the rumor that Tyrion Lannister has more in common with Daenerys Targaryen than their shared hatred of his family.
Watch the episode two trailer below.
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