The first and maybe only trailer for the new season six of Game of Thrones, debuted online and the clip is already breaking records as it garnered an incredible 30 million views in less than 24 hours.
The anticipation is high among viewers, because without the books to guide us, no one knows what’s really going to happen next. So all we have now are the images shown in the trailer to start putting the pieces together for season 6.
The secrecy is so high that HBO even decided to not send any press viewing material for reviews, as programming president Michael Lombardo told EW;
“We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world. There will be no copies for review”.
“It’s painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen],” Lombardo added. “When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, ‘Can I see your copy?’ There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but they’ll understand.”
After that decision, all eyes were set on the trailer which opens up to Castle Black. “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak, and performed by James Vincent McMorrow, makes a haunting background over the many scenes.
In the trailer HBO manages to put a shot of almost every character in the short minute and a half, so if you blink you are definitely going to miss something.
Among the many interesting things we see, is a ship bearing the sigil of House Martell sailing towards King’s Landing. Which means that Jamie Lannister is on his way back from Dorne, now with the body of his illegitimate daughter Myrcella on board.
We can all presume how Cersei is going to take the devastating news, as the trailer shows Jamie saying to her.
“Everything they’ve taken from us we’re going to take back, and more”.
This certainly adds even more anger to Cersei (remember that naked walk of shame) who delivers possible the best line of the trailer, when former lover now turn cult freak Lancel Lannister tells her to order her “man” to step aside, or there’ll be violence.
“I choose violence,” says the former Queen.
The clip also features the Red Priestess Melisandre, who is of course having a crisis of faith after Stannis’ horrible defeat.
“The great victory I saw in the flames… all of it was a lie.”
Things overall don’t look good for any of the characters in the trailer, Jorah the Explorah and Daario are set to find Khaleesi, as Daenerys appears to be some sort of prisoner after being found by Khalasar at the end of the last season.
Someone who also remains a prisoner is poor Queen Margaery Tyrell, who looks miserable and dirty inside the High Sparrow prison.
As for the High Sparrow, he also makes an appearance telling someone in Kingsguard armor, who might be Jamie Lannister the following lines:
“Every one of us is poor and powerless, and yet, we can overthrow an empire.”
As for the million dollar question: Is Jon Snow really dead?
The trailer obviously doesn’t gives us the answer, but feel free to interpret what happens in Davos’ scene in which he says:
“I’ve never been much of a fighter,” while unsheathing Jon Snow’s sword Longclaw. “So apologies for what you’re about to see.”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24, premiering alongside new seasons of Veep and Silicon Valley.
You can check out the trailer below: