So far in the run up to the Game of Thrones’ sixth series, we haven’t seen a whole lot of anything new.
There was some behind-the-scenes footage earlier this month, but the first official trailer appeared a few weeks ago and brought back a load of voices from the dead to tease us with. Not that it’s stemmed any of the excitement ahead of the series premiere on April 24. But then that’s the benefit of being the most-anticipated about show in the kingdom – you don’t have to do a great deal to get people talking.
But here, five weeks before that long-awaited TV event, we have a bona-fide new trailer. So let’s get analysing.
Talking of bringing people back from the dead, the trailer opens with a swooping shot of the Wall and a glimpse of Jon Snow’s lifeless body lying on the ground at Castle Black. The first words we hear are ‘He’s gone’, as an admittedly rather insipid cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ begins.
That idea of the game ties together the remainder of the trailer, with Tyrion at one point even welcoming a player to the arena. “You’re in the great game now,” he says, “and the great game is terrifying.”
The littlest Lannister’s words are heard over footage of Sansa Stark looking strong and resilient, and while those words are relevant to Sansa, now a beast of Lord Petyr Baelish’s creation, it’s unlikely Tyrion is addressing his estranged wife – they’re on opposite sides of the world, after all. More likely, he’s talking to Missandei over on Meereen as they rule the broken country, or perhaps even Varys, so long a shadowy puppeteer, now more visible away from King’s Landing.
Next up we see Jaime consoling his sister Cersei, presumably having just broken the news another of their inbred children has been poisoned. Once is bad luck, twice is careless.
Nevertheless, Cersei is out for revenge, and can be seen delivering another theme of the series when she tells a number of the Faith Militant that she chooses “violence” over following their orders. But then she has ‘Robert Strong’ by her side – the reanimated Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane – so who can blame her?
We also have the Red Priestess, Melisandre, seemingly questioning her faith to Davos Seaworth. “The great victory I saw in the flames, all of it was a lie,” she says, coming to terms with the fact her great white hope, Stannis Baratheon, is dead, and that she burned his daughter alive for no good reason.
How long her belief in the god of light, R’hllor, remains shaken is anyone’s guess, but it can’t be too long. Who else is going to resurrect Jon Snow if she turns into some godless unbeliever? She can later be seen undressing in front of Jon Snow’s corpse, so let’s hope that has something to do with his rebirth, rather than the show breaking another taboo.
We then edit a fast sequence of shots that include Arya getting a smack in the face, Theon’s return to the Iron Islands, Jaime and Cersei continuing their incestuous affair, Brienne on a murderous rampage, a quick glimpse of new character Euron Greyjoy, Tormund Wolfsbane – the beard’s still alive! – some Dothraki on the charge, and Bran, all grown up and coming face to face with the Night’s King.
The final words of the trailer belong to Davos. “I’ve never been much of a fighter,” he says, unsheathing Jon Snow’s sword Longclaw. “So apologies for what you’re about to see.”
Don’t apologise, Onion Knight. We absolutely can’t wait.