Game of Thrones has been teasing some big Game of Thrones footage since the beginning of the weekend. We weren’t expecting to catch the trailer until after the Vinyl premiere, but it looks like the cat is out of the bag early. You can check out the first lengthy Season 6 trailer which brings back some dead characters, below.
The trailer is set in a room that fans of Game of Thrones should know very well. That room is the place in the House of Black and White where the faces are kept for use by those “no one’s” working there. Instead of walls full of unknown faces, however, there are familiar ones. There’s Ned Stark and Robb Stark, for instance, the latter musing about winning battles and losing wars. There’s Catelyn Stark’s cold emotion. There’s Joffrey speaking about tormenting others and then Jon Snow, Jon Snow, dead among the others, his head mounted on a wall.
Of course, none of this is footage that is likely to be a major part of Season 6—unless it is somehow worked into a dream sequence or one of Bran’s visions about the history that came before and the future that is to come.
I have to say though that HBO is keeping Season 6 majorly under wraps. The speculation for months has been about whether or not Jon Snow is dead, and while he is definitely among the ranks of the dead, here, he’s also been seen filming on set and has been a key component of the marketing so far. At this point, I think we’re all pretty tired of speculating and have been looking for a full, minute and a half long trailer. That we got. Answers we didn’t.
Part of the reason for all of the secrecy is that Game of Thrones has finally reached new territory. For the past five seasons, fans of George R.R. Martin’s novels mostly knew what was coming, disregarding the changes that have been made for the small screen. Fans who wanted to be spoiled ahead of time could easily be, thanks to a ton of fan pages, spoiler boards and wikis on the Internet. Because of this, Game of Thrones was more about how the story would play out on the small screen than what would happen next. That’s not true any longer, however.
Because most of the major plots have caught up with George R.R. Martin’s novels at this point, everything is new and the marketing people over at HBO are pretty wise to that. We’re going into Season 6 not blind like poor Arya, of course, but we’re going into Season 6 with a lot less information than we’ve had in the past.
Luckily, it's not all super teasy news. Earlier this week, HBO released a slew of brand new images that give us some hints regarding Season 6. In addition, plenty of casting information and more has come our way over the last several months. If you'd like to see what is expected to come up in the new episodes, please be sure to look over everything we know about the new season.
Luckily, we don't have too long to wait to get answers. Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET. Check out more returning dates here.