Jon Snow isn’t the only one who knows nothing. At least not when it comes to the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones. With author George R.R. Martin having spent the last few years battling a crippling disease known as not writing quick enough damn it, the HBO fantasy-drama adaptation finds itself in the uniquely worrying situation where it will actually overtake its source material. This means that for the first time, long-time fans of Martin’s books will be just as in the dark on where the story will go as those whose only exposure to Game of Thrones has been the TV series.
And based on this hints given in this first teaser trailer for season six, things are going to get pretty dark and deadly – which really should come as no surprise. The teaser trailer is every part the teaser though, as it doesn’t actually feature any footage from the new season, but rather offers up a digital version of the House of Black and White, showing us a number of the dead “faces” that are stored there – including a couple of potentially controversial choices.
Check it out below!
Hah ah, HBO. You’re not fooling me. Martin might be a legendary vindictive bastard, but I just don’t see HBO killing off Tyrion Lannister as the character is just way too popular. So stop playing games!
As Pajiba points out though, there is something in the trailer that is far more interesting than just blatantly obvious red herrings, and may also give us a big clue about the fate of Jon Snow. The last time we saw the bastard leader of the Night’s Watch, he was busy getting stabbed to death by his cohorts. Actor Kit Harrington has been spotted around the set for Game of Thrones several times since though, leading to speculation that his character is in fact not dead and will be back.
But what if both possibilities were correct? What if he was very much dead, but could still be back? I’ll let Pajiba explain:
The Long Night to which Jon refers was the period — lasting a generation — during which the Others laid waste across the known world, and from which emerged the legendary figure of Azor Ahai. According to stories, armed with his magical sword Lightbringer, Azor Ahai helped defeat the Others, and there is a prophecy this hero will someday be reborn. For a time, Melisandre was convinced Stannis Baratheon was his reincarnation, but of course now we all know better. As of “Hardhome,” when Jon Snow did battle with, and Longclaw showed a White Walker what’s what, many fans have had increasing suspicions about the Lord Commander.
When last we saw Melisandre, she was arriving at Castle Black; here she is in one of the Season 6 photos recently released:
Putting together Jon’s reference to the Long Night with events we’ve seen and the book prophecy, it’s quite possible that the long held theory that Melisandre will resurrect Snow is about to happen. This allows for Kit Harington’s, HBO and other cast claims that Snow is really dead , while also accounting for Harington’s continued on-set and Season 6 promotional presence. We may be about find out (or at least able to infer) that Snow is indeed Azor Ahai reincarnated.
So yes, Jon Snow may indeed be the reincarnated version of a legendary badass, and not just a guy who knows nothing. Along with the trailer, we also have a whole lot of Season 6 pics courtesy of the official Game of Thrones production diary.
Game of Thrones season 6 debuts on April 24, 2016.
Last Updated: February 16, 2016