With less than (fewer than?) two weeks remaining until season 6, the second Game of Thrones trailer has arrived and we’re here to break it down for you!
** Speculation and therefore potential spoilers below! **
We open where the last trailer left us: at the Wall with Davos preparing to fight over Jon Snow’s body.
“I thought he was the man to lead us through the Long Night but I was wrong,” says Tormund Giantsbane over a shot of Jon Snow’s corpse.
We then transition to Meereen where Tyrion descends the steps of throne room to confront a group of Masters, one of whom looks like Michael Heath’s character, Kesh. “Do you like games, little man?” one of the Masters asks.
The High Sparrow questions Jaime: “You would spill blood in this holy place?” to which Jaime replies, “the gods won’t mind, they spill more blood than the rest of us combined.”
Jaime’s last line is played over a shot of Melisandre, which is fitting (albeit in reference to a different god).
Drogon’s shadow passes over a Dothraki khalasar (presumably the one bringing Daenerys to Vaes Dothrak)
Bran opens his eyes amidst the Weirwood roots in the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave
On voiceover, Jaqen H’ghar asks Arya who she is and Arya once again replies “No one” as the Waif slaps her, as we saw in the last trailer
Daenerys is stripped by a group of Dothraki women, most likely the Dosh Khaleen.
We return to the House of Black and White where we see Jaqen removing the face of a corpse.
“A girl has been given a second chance,” he tells a blind Arya. “There will not be a third.”
We get a glorious shot of Sansa bearing the Stark sigil on her dress.
“It’s all I think about: what was taken from me,” she says over a shot of a sweaty Ramsay Bolton cleaning his blade and Walder Frey toasting his men. Black Walder (the man who cut Catelyn’s throat) is seated next to Walder Frey, confirming the character played by Tim Plester will be returning.
We get a closeup of Petyr Baelish in the North followed by the wide shot we saw in the first trailer.
Jorah Mormont inspects the greyscale that’s spreading up his arm as he says, “I know what happens” on voiceover, seemingly in reference to his terminal disease, though perhaps he’s talking about something else (where Dothraki widows go, for example).
Loras Tyrell languishes in prison. Margaery enters his cell and tries to comfort her brother.
“There’s no hiding from this. We have to fight,” Davos says on voiceover, as he appears to survey a battlefield outside of Winterfell with corpses burning on Bolton crosses (though the editing may be misleading that that’s actually what Davos is looking at).
Varys exchanges glances with a red priestess played by Ania Bukstein. She may be the priestess Kinvara, first heard about in auditions. She then walks away from Varys and Tyrion, looking far more confident than they do.
We get a very foggy establishing shot of Pyke and the image of Euron standing on a rope bridge from the first trailer.
“Stand at the head of our army where you belong,” Cersei says on voiceover over a shot of Jaime riding through a Lannister camp, in Lannister armor.
We get a shot of a knight in Targaryen armor fighting a man in Northern- possibly Stark- armor in a Tower of Joy flashback.
“Show them what Lannisters are, what we do to our enemies,” Cersei says over a tender moment between her and Tommen and a shot of someone approaching the High Sparrow.
We see the shadow of one person killing another.
Followed by a shot of FrankenMountain.
Yara walks along a rocky coastline, looking unhappy.
An armored Jaime Lannister sits on horseback next to Mace Tyrell and Highgarden soldiers before the steps of the Great Sept of Baelor. He appears higher on the steps in the second shot, approaching the Faith Militant.
“The real war is between the living and the dead. And make no mistake, the dead are coming” Davos says over a shot of four White Walkers, (perhaps the four horseman who stood on the cliff in “Hardhome?”) one of whom is the Night King.
Updated to add: Davos is standing in a hall bearing the House Mormont sigil. Recruiting help for the battle ahead? It seems like Sansa may be in the same hall.
This leads into a rapid fire series of shots, many of which are recycled from previous trailers and teasers:
A perosn is run down beyond the Wall.
White Walkers approach fire.
Gilly comforts Sam.
Yara kisses a slave woman in Volantis (note the woman’s facial tattoo). It looks like the rumors about Yara visiting Volantis may be true.
The Three-Eyed Raven surveys the aftermath of a battle in a vision, given the absence of snow behind him (he’s clearly not beyond the Wall) and what appear to be corpses on the ground.
Given what we know of filming and the terrain behind him, he is witnessing the events at the Tower of Joy.
Tormund unsheathes his sword in battle.
Sansa looks alarmed.
Arya gets knocked to the ground while sparring (presumably with the Waif, though she isn’t clear in the shot) and then springs back up.
Ramsay Bolton smiles before battle.
Archers and flags bearing the sigil of House Umber to the right
Cersei embraces Jaime.
The Sons of the Harpy turn to look at something as they bend over corpses.
Theon cries in front of someone who looks an awful lot like Yara.
Brienne and Pod look worried in Riverrun (going by the Tully banner in the foreground).
A Sparrow is killed by a knight who, based on his size and armor, is FrankenMountain.
After the montage, we see Tyrion, Varys, Grey Worm and Missandei together in the council room. “Dragons do not do well in captivity,” Tyrion says. “How do you know this?” Missandei asks. His answer is quintessentially Tyrion: “That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”
We get some more shots of a battle between wildling and Bolton forces. One of the flags to the right bears the Mormont sigil.
Someone grabs Pod around the neck at Riverrun though, judging by the jaw line of the “attacker,” it’s likely just Bronn messing with him.
Wun Wun breaks down a door at the Wall.
Meera looks up at something and reaches for her spear.
A bloody hand smears a wall. It’s most likely Arya, since the shirt sleeve matches the one she’s wearing when she leaps off the balcony in the first trailer.
The trailer concludes with Tyrion achieving his childhood dream of coming face-to-face with dragons … though Viserion and Rhaegal don’t seem too pleased.
So, what did you think about the trailer? What were you most excited to see? What were you most disappointed not to see? Tell us below.