While I imagine we won’t get our first full Game of Thrones season 6 trailer until near the weekend premiere of HBO’s Vinyl (that’s Feb. 14, for the record!), the marketing for our next trip to Westeros has already begun. And if you’re living on the snow-covered east coast today, how apropos that it appears winter, and all the nasty things that are coming with it, is finally arriving.
Indeed, below you will find (via Game of Thrones’ Twitter page), three new teasers for Game of Thrones season 6, all of which would appear to spell doom and gloom for the Starks, the Lannisters, and Daenerys Targaryen, the last of her line. And each hints at where that misery will come from.
Unsurprisingly for the Starks—who really haven’t had good news since near the beginning of season 3—the menace will be from the House of Bolton, and most specifically Ramsay Bolton, who calls Winterfell his (does this mean an “accident” awaits his father, Lord Roose?); for the Lannisters, the menace created by the High Sparrow is far from gone, even if Queen Cersei has been returned to the Red Keep (but only after grievous humiliation); yet, the grimmest revelation is that Daenerys will not find many friends amongst the new Dothraki horde she rides with since they have called her Khaleesi “of nothing.”
Cementing that these three houses—essentially the main three families since the very first season of Game of Thrones—are in danger of collapse is a fascinating crux to hang a new season on. Who would have thought that the fates of the Lannisters and Starks could be sealed while so far apart in narrative and geography?
Aye, what was once a series dominated by a rivalry between these great Westerosi families sees them now faced with dangers well beyond either’s control. But most impressive of all is that while the Stark family has suffered the most, the mere fact that a Direwolf banner waves as the winter storms rage is a sign of hope for fans of Game of Thrones’ most sympathetic and honorable of clans. Ramsay Bolton—still ever the bastard—is challenging you to come with your direwolf sigil. Does this mean that Sansa Stark escaped the Boltons clutches and has reenergized the North for a War on Winterfell? Or could it mean that the presumably risen Jon Snow will claim his birthright as a Stark on the fields of glorious battle?
We shall see when Game of Thrones season 6 premieres on April 24, 2016.