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“The real war is between the living and the dead. And make no mistake, the dead are coming.”
Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) issues this stern warning in the latest look at Game of Thrones season six, but will his wisdom fall on deaf ears? Based on where he is when he makes this claim, it’s reasonable to assume that, yes, Davos‘ sage advice might not go over so well.
Not sure who Davos is speaking to in the new season six trailer, first revealed at Sunday’s Hollywood premiere? It requires a keen eye and a vivid imagination, but the clues for that reveal — and a few others — are very much onscreen.
Here are nine of the most important blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments from the new Thrones trailer.
1. The Queen in the North
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) survived her fall from the towers of Winterfell, but what next? Forty seconds into the trailer, we see her shrouded in furs, sporting the dire wolf sigil of House Stark. For once, it appears that things are looking up for the eldest surviving Stark child.
2. Into the Frey
Shortly after the Sansa scene, an old foe from the past reemerges: Walder Frey (David Bradley), not seen onscreen since the season three finale, where he gloated about his role in the brutal Red Wedding. For anyone holding out hope for vengeance against the Freys, their presence in season six is the biggest comfort yet.
3. The Spread of Greyscale
Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) contracted the ancient illness during a trip through Old Valyria last season, and what started off as a rough patch of skin has started spreading significantly. In the trailer, we see Mormont studying his forearm, now covered in diseased flesh. How much longer can he last? Smart money puts him in the ground by season’s end.
4. The Spread of R’hllor
Another ancient power is spreading throughout Essos: R’hllor, the religion marked by red priests such as Melisandre (Carice van Houten), worshipper of the enigmatic Lord of Light. The trailer sees Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) meeting briefly with a brand-new red priestess, indicating the religion’s rising prominence in the season ahead.
5. “Show Them What Lannisters Are”
Cersei (Lena Headey) utters these words at around the 1:08 mark in the new trailer, juxtaposed with shots of Ser Robert Strong (Hafthor Bjornsson) smashing and menacing enemies. But one shot reveals the shadow of a man fatally stabbing someone else, cast against a wall aglow with firelight. Is this more of the Mountain’s carnage, or maybe — just maybe — is this a flashback to the infamous moment that Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) killed Aerys Targaryen, and became known as the Kingslayer?
6. Davos Enters the Lion’s Den
When Davos warns that the dead are coming, we see the Night’s King (Richard Brake) and his White Walkers lined up and ready for battle. Their impending arrival isn’t new; what is new, however, is Davos relaying this information to the Lannisters. At the 1:18 mark, he’s seen issuing his warning in a chamber adorned with golden flags bearing the lion of House Lannister. Is this our first look at Casterly Rock? And if Davos is here, how bad did things get at the Wall to not only force him south, but to seek assistance from one of the most loathed houses in all of Westeros?
7. Return to Riverrun
Davos isn’t the only one in foreign territory this season. One of the quickest scenes of the trailer sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and her not-a-squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman) in a great hall surrounded by House Tully’s banners. By all accounts, the two characters have reached Riverrun — an unsettling development, considering what comes next …
8. Podrick Feels the Payne
Near the end of the trailer, someone sneaks behind Podrick and puts him into a choke hold. It’s not a great sign for the young man who once served Tyrion and now serves Brienne, especially considering what we know from the books — and spoilers ahead — Podrick eventually gets captured and brought close to the brink of death, if not all the way into the grave, by the Brotherhood Without Banners, led by a zombified Catelyn Stark. There’s no sign of the so-called “Lady Stoneheart” yet on Thrones, but could season six finally bring her into the mix at Podrick’s expense?
9. Tyrion Lannister, Dragon Tamer
“I drink, and I know things,” Tyrion says in the final moments of the trailer, before descending down into the dungeon depths to visit Daenerys‘ dragons. Dinklage’s character has a confirmed history of interest in dragons, reading books about the creatures as a child and also in the first few episodes of the series. Will he put that knowledge to good use? One can certainly hope, but there’s the other possibility that Tyrion will follow the path of Quentyn Martell, a character who exists only in the books, and one who attempted to dance with dragons himself. It did not go well.
Watch the trailer again below.
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