“Everyone of us is poor and powerless, and yet we can overthrow an empire,” whispers Jonathan Pryce’s conniving High Sparrow in the first full trailer for Game of Thrones season 6, teasing a Westeros on the brink of chaos.
Set against a melancholic rendition of James Vincent McMorrow’s “Wicked Game,” today’s snippet is a haunting and effective teaser of what’s in store for all of the show’s key chess pieces, including a certain Lord Commander.
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Granted, it doesn’t necessarily address the elephant in the room (read: the fate of Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow) directly, but look close enough and you’ll unearth a shot of the fallen Lord Commander in the company of Melisandre – let’s face it, the Red Priestess is prone to dabbling with black magic. Could she have a role in Snow’s resurrection?
But Ned Stark’s bastard isn’t the only key player in trouble for Game of Thrones season 6; Daenerys Targaryen, cast astray in Essos, looks to have been imprisoned by a Dothraki army, and Isaac Hempstead Wright’s Bran Stark – totally absent from season 5 – looks to have encountered the Night’s King, leader of the Walkers. That is, of course, assuming it isn’t one of Bran’s visions.
Lastly, we see Ser Davos Seaworth draw a blade, Arya acclimatizing to her blindness and a incestuous, yet determined Lannister couple ready to seize everything they’ve lost – and more. It’s shaping up to be a doozy, that’s for sure.
Send a raven! Game of Thrones season 6 will see the powers of Westeros and Essos collide once more when HBO’s politically charged flagship returns on April 24.