This week held big news for Game of Thrones fans. On Tuesday, the much-anticipated trailer for Season 6 was released. It broke its own record for number of views in its first 24 hours with 22 million YouTube views and 8 million views from the Game of Thrones Facebook page. It starts with a somber tone but turns fierce with scenes that ramp up fan anticipation for the new episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. In addition, for all the Jon Snow theorists, when some spoiler shots from the trailer are put together with some comments Kit Harington has made, there is a good argument for him being alive in Season 6.
Spoilers begin now. Stop reading now if you don’t wish to read spoilers.
About 22 seconds into the Game of Thrones trailer we see a softer side of Melisandre than we have seen before. This spoiler shows The Red Woman admitting that her prophecy was a lie, that she did not, in fact, see victory in the flames. Later, Melisandre does something that, as explained on Winter Is Coming, may be a spoiler, another hint by HBO that Jon Snow will live again in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. She disrobes. Melisandre has disrobed for two people, Stannis and Jon. Having realized that she is wrong about Stannis, it’s possible that this is the scene in which she resurrects Snow. Her disrobing is followed by a hand being placed over Snow’s eyes. And the Game of Thrones trailer ends with Davos clearly claiming his body, possibly just before his resurrection.
The Game of Thrones trailer includes a couple more shots that many believe are spoilers suggesting Jon’s return. One is the shot of his direwolf Ghost laying above his head. Recall the murder of Robb Stark. His direwolf was killed immediately upon his death. We would expect the same to be done with Snow’s direwolf upon his death. If you look closely at the shot of Ghost in the Game of Thrones trailer, you’ll note that he doesn’t appear to be injured. There is no blood and no sign of injury. Could this be a spoiler? This doesn’t appear to be a dead direwolf; so, based on prior Game of Thrones events, it isn’t a big leap to believe Jon is not dead in this scene.
And then there is the shot in the Game of Thrones trailer that is possibly the biggest spoiler and probably the most repeatedly paused, played, rewound, paused, played, rewound shot in the entire minute and 41 seconds. It happens at about a minute and 15 seconds mark. There is a shot of a man on a horse in a battle, a man who looks very much like Snow. The folks at Winter Is Coming have a great freeze frame of it.
As to what Kit Harington has said about the life or death status of his Game of Thrones character. Vanity Fair quoted him as saying this in the fall when asked how much longer he is under contract for the show.
“Nice try. I can’t talk about that. Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over. One thing’s for sure: the day I’m no longer on Thrones is the day I’ll bury myself in movie projects.”
When he’s in his thirties might be a clue. How old is the Game of Thrones star? 29. When will he turn 30? December of this year. Yes, it’s possible that he will appear simply as a corpse. Or in flashbacks. But there is a great deal in the new trailer that makes it very possible that he will be alive.
There is so much more in the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 6. For spoiler searchers, it’s full of material for you to ponder. There’s the moment Cersei is told to stand aside or there will be violence and she declares, “I choose violence.” There’s the moment between her and Jaime when he declares they will take back everything that’s been taken from them and then some, followed shortly by a passionate moment between them. There’s a confident Sansa in a fur, a confused Bran apparently having a vision of Game of Thrones‘ dreaded White Walkers, Daenerys standing tall among her captors, and a scene that appears to include a young Ned Stark, probably in one of Bran’s visions. I could go on, but if you haven’t watched by now, do it. Even if you have watched it, we all know you’re going to have it etched in your brain by the time the Game of Thrones Season 6 premier date of April 24 arrives. Winter is coming!
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