A new trailer just dropped for Game of Thrones Season 6 with a mysterious new narrator. Here’s our breakdown…
Before you get too excited, the trailer is a teaser and uses almost exclusively old footage. Watch below. (Spoilers through Season 5, duh).
The trailer begins with Jon Snow looking off into the distance. A voice tells us, “We watch, we listen, and we remember. The past is already written. The ink is dry.” The footage appears to be reused from the episode “Hardhome,” but it is telling that they put Jon Snow front and center for the first teaser clip. But then again, it’s not really all that surprising given their new poster.
But who narrates this trailer? Well Bran is returning after a season off somewhere in the far north and the Three Eyed Raven has a new human face: Max Von Sydow. HBO has confirmed the voice over is the mystical figure Bran had been seeking for four seasons and spent last season (when we didn’t see him) training under. This is the first clip, audio or video, we have of Max Von Sydow (The Exorcist) on his new Game of Thrones role as the recast Three Eyed Raven.
Then we flash through images of past violence (and here’s a rundown of all of them): Olly stabbing Jon Snow; Ned Stark’s head coming off; Catelyn Stark having her throat slashed at the Red Wedding; blind Arya; Meera Reed killing a wight; Ned’s Valyrian steel sword Ice being melted down into two swords; Joffrey choking on poison; Robb collapsing after being stabbed at the Red Wedding; Jaime’s hand being chopped off; a brief glimpse of the Three Eyed Raven; Dany and Drogon, with Drogon roaring; the great statue in Meeren collapsing from the first episode of Season 5; the Night’s King transforming Crastor’s last son into a White Walker; Jojen Reed’s dead body exploding; the wights breaking through the gate at Hardhome; Cersei before her Walk of Shame; Littlefinger kissing Sansa; Ice again; the Night’s King raising the wights at Hardhome; and finally Jon Snow bleeding out into the snow.
All of these images play almost like a greatest hits reel of Game of Thrones but they could be more than that. There’s a lot of Jon because we ended last season on his stabbing and he’s most definitely coming back. Jojen’s death, the Three Eyed Raven, and Meera killing the wight are there to remind us about that as it happened in the Season 4 finale. It’s important again because Bran, Hodor, and Meera are coming back for Season 6. We see many scenes to remind us what’s going on with major characters, Arya, Jamie, Cersei. We see Dany and Drogon together because they are currently together and in trouble. Reusing the scene of the statue collapsing signals trouble in Meereen in Dany’s absence. But what about the other scenes, why show them aside from that they look cool?
Littlefinger and Sansa’s kiss could refer back to this leaked scene we heard about. Joffrey’s death could be there because Littlefinger’s involvement in it might come out.
Ned’s head coming off was the catalyst for the whole series so it makes sense to show it, sort of. Twice showing us the sword of House Stark, Ice, being melted down reminds us that the Starks have been pushed down repeatedly. Is that why there are so many shots of the Red Wedding? Or could this be to foreshadow Lady Stoneheart? Whatever the case it seems like the Starks may have some wins in Season 6, or more devastating losses. Who knows?
Which leads us to Bran doing his warg eyes and we cut to black. Bran says in voiceover, “They have no idea what is going to happen.” What is Bran talking about? Well, the obvious answer is the White Walkers. We saw a bunch of White Walker clips in the flashes of violence so it’s very likely we will see more of them in Season 6. Another mark in favor of that is the title of the as yet unpublished sixth book, The Winds of Winter.
In the context of the teaser, though the line has another meaning. We, the fans, have no idea what is going to happen in Season 6. On a show that has always been unpredictable there isn’t even another book to adapt yet. With only a handful of plot lines left we have no idea what could be coming. Game of Thrones returns in April, we’ll just have to wait until then.