Last month on Valentine's Day, HBO released the first trailer from Season 6 of Game of Thrones, but it didn't feature any actual footage. Instead, it offered a cryptic tease from the Hall of Faces, hinting at the many possible deaths of several characters who were still alive at the end of Season 5. As the countdown towards the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere continues, HBO has finally released a full trailer with our first footage from these highly-anticipated new episodes. This red band trailer should only be watched by viewers over the age of 18.
The footage opens with a shot of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) lying dead on the ground, while we hear an ominous voice whisper, "He's gone." Perhaps this is a not-so-subtle way of letting fans know that this beloved character is never coming back. Both the actor and the show's producers have maintained since the Season 5 finale that Jon Snow is dead. But fans have continued to think that he will be resurrected in some way.
Kit Harington revealed last September that he's still under contract with the series, which confirmed a report from October 2014 that all of the major stars had renewed their contracts through Season 7. The actor was also spotted arriving at the Belfast airport in July, and he was spotted on the Ireland set shortly thereafter. We don't know anything about the scenes he shot while on the Ireland set, or when exactly these scenes take place during the season. But just yesterday, Kit Harington said he only shot scenes that feature his character dead.
This first footage shows Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) reuniting with Cersei, as he returns from his journey to Dorne where he retrieved their daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free). In the Season 5 finale, we learned that Myrcella was poisoned by one of the Sand Snakes, and she died shortly after setting sail with Jamie. This trailer shows Jamie promising Cersei that they'll get back everything that's been taken from them. We also see her "Mountainous" new Kingsguard warrior defend her against the Sparrows. On the other side of the sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has been enslaved and taken by the Dothraki warriors, while Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) finds her wedding ring where she dropped it.
Perhaps the most intriguing developments in the trailer come from north of The Wall, where Melissandre (Carice van Houten) admits that the "great victory" she saw in the flames was "all a lie." Many hoped she would use her supernatural powers to bring Jon Snow and her "partner" Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) back to life after they were both killed in Mother's Mercy. Of course, that theory was never confirmed, but her downtrodden demeanor suggests perhaps she can't resurrect them. The final shot of the trailer will most likely have fans talking until the show returns, showcasing Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) as he turns to find none other than the Night's King standing behind him.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones will also be the first that has surpassed the books the series is based on, written by George R.R. Martin. The author's sixth book, The Winds of Winter, still doesn't have a publication date at this time, so both readers of his A Song of Ice and Fire books and viewers of the show are equally in the dark as to what may unfold in Westeros this season. Take a look at the first trailer below, and stay tuned for more on Game of Thrones.