Last week, HBO delivered the first trailer for Game of Thrones Season 6, which only contained a few quick snippets of new footage. Now, we get a trailer that celebrates HBO's marvelous 2015 run, while setting up its 2016 slate. And with that comes more new Game of Thrones footage. Though, we do not get a concrete premiere date for these episodes, which should arrive in April.
This HBO 2016 trailer also offers up a sneak peek at other returning series, and all-new programing. Though, a preview of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series is the real take away, we also get a few scenes from such anticipated dramas as Vinyl and Westworld. But what fans will be talking about is Cersei's shorter haircut and seemingly kinder manner, along with the first new footage of Daenerys. You can get to the new footage at the 1:50 mark.
Game of Thrones Season 5 ended with Daenerys flying off on her dragon to parts unknown. She was then quickly surrounded by Dothraki riders. This latest preview doesn't reveal where she was headed. But she does look a bit disheveled, but not least of all worried. We also see Cersei hugging Tommen. And there is a quick shot of Ramsay. Last week we got to see a brief few seconds of the returning Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark.
At the end of Season 4, Bran Stark finally reached the Weirwood Tree and met the elusive Three-Eyed Raven. Since his story had essentially caught up to the George R.R. Martin novels, both Bran and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) sat Season 5 out, as Bran started his training with the Raven. We reported in August that Max von Sydow has been cast as the Three-Eyed Raven, who has been training Bran to hone his "greensight," which allows him to see the past, present and future. The footage that arrived last week ended with a cryptic warning from Bran: "They have no idea what's going to happen."
This message could have a double meaning as well. While we assume that Bran is referring to the people of Westeros, it could also be for Game of Thrones fans themselves. Season 5 wrapped up all of the main story lines told in George R.R. Martin's first five novels, and since we don't know when the final two novels will be published, fans have been left in the dark about what will happen in Season 6. As for Jon Snow, we haven't seen any new footage featuring his character's return just yet.
This season will mark the arrival of several new cast members, such as Ian McShane in an unspecified role and Pilou Asbæk, who has been rumored to be playing Euron Greyjoy, the uncle of Alfie Allen's Theon Greyjoy. Richard E. Grant and Essie Davis are portraying members of a theater troupe who are putting on a play about famous figures in Westeros, with James Faulkner, Samantha Spiro and Rebecca Benson portraying the father, mother and sister of Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). Most recently, we reported that Spartacus: Vengeance star Joseph Naufahu has come aboard, rumored to be playing a Dothraki warrior. Check out what HBO has in store while we await the first full Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer.