Game of Thrones: 7 Things You Might Have Missed in New Trailer – Vanity Fair

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HBO has understandably kept its cards pretty close to its chest as Season 6 of Game of Thrones approaches. With very little book material for readers to go off of, it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s coming. But with only two more weeks to go, HBO has unleashed its most revealing trailer yet. Still, you might have missed some of the clues—a lot of them are based on House sigils and other tiny details. So here, if you want them, are seven exciting reveals from the new Game of Thrones trailer. As always, enter at your own risk.

First, a refresher on the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.

And now let the obsessive speculation begin!

Davos Is #TeamSansa

We can tell from this trailer that Davos is helping spearhead one side of the great military effort in Season 6. He’s seen on horseback with the Stark banner whipping in the wind behind him. But when you combine his “the dead are coming” shot with Sansa’s fur-clad scene from the last trailer, you get a very compelling case that the eldest surviving Stark and Davos Seaworth are on the same team (and in the same hall) this year. When you squint closely at the sigil behind Davos, it looks to belong to House Mormont. The northern House that was formerly home to Ser Jorah and Lord Commander Jeor is now run by a sassy young lady who made her loyalties known to Stannis last season. “Bear Island knows no king but the King in the north, whose name is Stark,” the 10-year-old Lyanna wrote when the late Baratheon leader asked for support against the Boltons. Davos, we know, is pretty good at dealing with young noble girls so maybe Lyanna will accept a Stark queen like Sansa if no Stark king is available. (Unless, of course, you’re talking about you know who.)

The Battle Will Get Very Bloody

The Game of Thrones writers have been promising a mighty battle this season with producer Bryan Cogmansaying, “It’s definitely the biggest [action sequence yet]. We’ve always wanted to get to a place—story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise—where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side.” This is probably the war Sansa and Davos are helping to fight and now we know the stakes of that battle. In addition to the ominous flaming Bolton crosses in the trailer above we get a literal wall of bodies (hinted at before) that you might have missed in the trailer. In the shot above, the combatants are scrambling over the morbid pile to do battle.

Tying Up Loose Ends

Speaking of Sansa’s revenge, her most immediate target may be the Boltons, but it’s clear Sansa hasn’t forgotten about the man who took her mother and her brother from her. Walder Frey is back looking as smarmy as ever, toasting a roomful of people. It looks as if this might be another wedding at his home in the Riverlands: the Twins. But the room also appears to be packed with Lannister soldiers (more on that in a bit). Hopefully, it’s not a Frey wedding, we all know how well that last one turned out.

Brienne and Pod Are Headed Back South

And the return of Walder Frey might help explain what Brienne and Pod are doing down in the Riverlands this year. They spent a whole season in the snow but—thanks to the hard-to-miss House Tully banner in the background—we know they’re going to Riverrun this year. This puts Brienne and Pod back on track of their Book 4 plot, which took them deep into Tully territory. Their time up north complete, Brienne and Pod are now headed for the same inevitable conclusion (and possibly a rendezvous with an old friend). Book readers will remember that things didn’t go so well for the lady knight and her squire and another scene from the trailer spells some trouble for the pair.

Who’s grabbing poor Pod? Kevin Fitzpatrick from Screencrush notes that those gloves look an awful lot like the ones favored by Jaime’s righthand man: Bronn.

Jaime in the Riverlands

Speaking of Jaime, we see him riding through red tents that look very similar to the ones in the distance behind Pod. So it’s fairly safe to assume that Jaime Lannister will also be playing out his Book 4 plot in the Riverlands. (In the books, that’s where he goes instead of Dorne.) He’s there to try to ally with the Freys to drive the Tullys (Catelyn’s brother Brynden is still there) out of the Riverlands. Both Brienne in the North and Jaime in Dorne felt sidelined a bit last year (and their story lines didn’t go over very well with viewers),so it’s a relief to see them both back on the path George R.R. Martin intended, and possibly on their way to a reunion?

A New Red Woman

We know Melanie Liburd was cast to play another Red Priestess in the vein of Melisandre, but it looks like she’s not the only one. Varys and Tyrion greet a different Red Woman in the throne room of Mereen played by Russian-born Israeli actressAnia Bukstein. Faith-keepers like Melisandre, Tormund, and the Sparrows have all either expressed doubts or been beaten down in these Season 6 trailers. But as their faith seems to be on the decline, the R’hllor movement is picking up steam over in Essos.

The End for Tyrion?

The money shot of the trailer comes right at the end when Tyrion pays a visit to Rhaegal and Viserion, the two dragons still in captivity. It might be a bit of trailer trickery, but it looks like one of Daenerys’s babies was trying to roast Tyrion. This is also a fun reminder of how much work the V.F.X. team does. According to a recent behind-the-scenes special, here’s what a similar shot looked like before they worked their magic.

There’s no real need to worry for Tyrion. He’s a character who Martin said early on would make it all the way to the bitter end. Then again, the show is taking plenty of liberties with Martin’s plan.

There’s also the matter of Quentyn Martell. In the books, Quentyn (of the Dornish Martells) foolishly thinks he can ride a dragon because he has Targaryen blood in his family tree. Poor Quentyn gets roasted (or does he?) and serves as a cautionary tale that no matter how virtuous or how bold, not everyone can ride a dragon.

Now, Quentyn has been written out of the show, so it’s possible Tyrion is here to take his place. But would they actually toast Tyrion Lannister? There’s a book-reader theory that Tyrion, like some other characters in the show, is actually a secret Targaryen. If he has enough of the Targaryen blood in him will he, like Dany, be spared a roasting? And will he, unlike poor Quentyn, get to ride one of the dragons? If I were Dany, I wouldn’t mind having Tyrion by my side for the final battle that, according to this trailer, is looking increasingly like a war between dragons and ice zombies.


Game of Thrones: 7 Things You Might Have Missed in New Trailer – Vanity Fair