Ahead of next month’s premiere, HBO have released the full-length Game of Thrones season six trailer. It starts with a bang: Jon Snow in a pool of blood, looking as dead as any bastard son could. “He’s gone,” says the voiceover.
From there, the Game of Thrones trailer does what Game of Thrones does best: sex and violence. Pause at 0:23 for the Boltons burning an upside-down man. Pause at 1:10 for a quick flash of incestuous Lannister action. Head to 0:57 for Cersei’s ominous declaration: “I choose violence.”
The rest, backed by a melancholy cover of “Wicked Game” by James Vincent McMorrow, is jam-packed with clues about the plot of the new season as the show continues to diverge from the narrative of the books. There are no guarantees in Game of Thrones season six, except that at least one of your favourite characters will wind up dead.