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

Game of Thrones S06E06 Still 4 - Publicity - H 2016
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Game of Thrones S06E06 Still 4 - Publicity - H 2016

After closing "The Door," which beloved character will Game of Thrones destroy next? The possibilities are endless, but narrowed down to a select few, based on the preview for the upcoming episode of season six, called "Blood of My Blood."

The vast majority of the trailer centers on the brewing conflict between the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and House Lannister, with a number of Tyrells thrown in for good measure. A few episodes earlier, in "Book of the Stranger," Cersei (Lena Headey) and Lady Olenna (Dianna Rigg) put aside their differences and forge an alliance, planning to use the Tyrell army to take down the Faith Militant once and for all. There's a ticking-clock element to the plan as well, as Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer) would soon be marched through the streets of King's Landing, naked and bare, just as Cersei was in the season five finale.

That moment arrives in "Blood of My Blood," as Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) rallies the Tyrell troops together at the steps of the Sept of Baelor, glancing up at the Sparrow, Margaery and the assembled members of the Faith Militant. There's another warrior in the mix, wearing a great golden helmet, his back facing the camera. It appears to be Robert Strong (Hafthor Bjornsson), the mountainous monster formerly known as Gregor Clegane — a strong signal that no matter which side wins the coming conflict, many people will lose.

Not too far away from King's Landing, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) finally re-enter the picture, riding toward Horn Hill, Sam's childhood home. "I never expected to come back here," Sam tells Gilly in the preview as they prepare for what's guaranteed to be an uncomfortable homecoming. After all, Sam joined the Night's Watch in the first place because his father threatened his life. Anyone expecting a pleasant reunion — even considering Sam's newfound courage — hasn't been paying much attention to this show.

Then there are songs of ice and fire to sing, beginning with the latter, all the way out in Essos. After eviscerating her enemies at Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys Stormborn (Emilia Clarke) of House Targaryen rides alongside her lover and adviser Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman), followed by a loyal brigade of Dothraki men, women and children. "I take what is mine," Dany tells Daario, in what's just about the biggest understatement in recent Thrones history.

Looking toward ice, the action returns to the tragedy surrounding the late, great Hodor (Kristian Nairn), who gave his life to save Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) from the White Walkers. The preview shows Meera trudging Bran through the snow, still pursued by the dead, Hodor's sacrifice only buying them so much time. 

"I'm so sorry," Meera cries frantically, amid the moaning and groaning sounds of the "White Walking Dead." Throughout it all, Bran's eyes remain warging white, indicating that he's either hopping into a nearby creature to beat back the Walkers, or still tripping down memory lane, as advised by the dearly departed Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In any event, expect more visions from Bran when Game of Thrones resumes this week … and perhaps even more interactions with the past. 

Watch the preview for "Blood of My Blood" below:

Watch the video below for more on how Hodor's death impacts the show's future:

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