Thrones fans unite! Almost a year after this devestating ending, followed by months of teasers that told us absolutely nothing, we finally got our first real look into Season 6 of Game of Thrones. The trailer begins by confirming what HBO and Kit Harrington have been saying since Season 5 ended, and have continued to say even when Harrington returned to the set for Season 6, that Jon Snow is dead. We see his corpse where his brothers left him and a voiceover claming, "he's gone".
Next we see a ship with house Martell's sigil on its sail with Jaimie Lannister reunited with his sister Cersie promising to take back everything that has been taken from them, presumably their children, followed by Lady Melisandre's lament in her loss of faith in the visions she's seen in the flame. On the other side of the narrow sea, Jorah Mormont's search for Danerys comes up short and when we do finally see the Mother of Dragons she is with the Dothraki clan that surrounded her at the end of last season being ushered into, what looks like Vaes Dothrak, where her rise to power all began.
Meanwhile, in King's Landing, the Sparrows continue their war against the 1%, lead by their fearless leader, the High Sparrow who promises more power for his religious zealots and after a couple frames that consist of soldiers bearing the Kraken of House Greyjoy, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister and Drogon, we come back to Cersei who is defiantly standing up to the Sparrows behind her new bodyguard Frankensteined-Mountain and demanding violence. We are then met with an awesome montage where we see many of our other favorite characters, Arya, Brienne, Tormund, Little Finger, and Margaery until we finally settle onto a postpubsecent all grown up Bran Stark standing in the snow. The camera pans a little to the right and who else, but the Nights King is standing behind him. The trailer ends with Lord Davos standing over Jon Snow's corpse, preparing to fight.
Needless to say, this is the most in-depth look we have gotten into Season 6 thus far and everything points to an action packed season. The trailer includes what looks like multiple large scale battle scenes where we see archers, calvalry and lines of shields crashing into each other. While the question of Jon Snow's fate is still the main issue looming over all Game of Thrones fans, there are still many other things to look forward to. After the events of last season, particularly Episode 8: Hardhome, it is difficult to find any issue facing the Seven Kingdoms more dire than the White Walkers. Who cares about who rules Kings Landing or the North or even Dragons, when there is an army of reanimated dead people that grows exponentially by the day, right on your door step? This makes Bran's storyline that much more interesting as we see him coming face to face with who we presume to be the leader of the White Walkers. With the show not only set to pass the books narratively this season, but also diverging from some of the main storylines, it is anyone's guess as to what is going to happen. All I know is that come April 24, we will all be tuning in to find out.