‘Game of Thrones’: Season 6 Teasers and Spoilers

Of all the “prestige shows” on TV, there are few that generate as much discussion and hype as HBO’s Game of ThronesEach season comes and goes, usually concluding with a major character death that sends fans into a fury the second the final credits roll. What happens in the ensuing months usually involves a combination of theories as to where the story is going next, mercilessly cryptic hints from the showrunners and cast, and finally, a slow trickle of teasers and trailers leading into the premiere of the next season.

As of recently, we’ve finally entered into the “slow trickle of teasers and trailers” phase that kicked off with three 25-second spots. Individually, they each paint a picture of Houses in peril. Together, they represent the collapse of the three major Houses of Westeros, brought on by the rise of new power in three separate regions of the Game of Thrones world.

1. House Stark

Things have been going poorly for the Starks since the very first season of Game of Thrones. The rundown as it stands now: Ned Stark was beheaded, Brann was paralyzed from the waist down, Arya Stark was literally blinded under the tutelage of an order of assassins, Sansa Stark was engaged to Joffrey Baratheon, kidnapped by Petyr Baelish, married off to Ramsay Snow, and subsequently raped by her new husband. Meanwhile, Robb Stark was murdered at his own wedding, his wife-to-be and unborn child were killed along with him, and Catelyn Stark had her throat slit.

All this is without even going into depth about the long journey of Brann and Rickon north of the Wall, but that’s a story for another day. The teaser above is referencing the Bolton’s takeover of Winterfell, and Ramsay’s role as the sadistic heir to House Bolton. Season 6 is likely to focus heavily on the continuation of that story, as well as the fate of Sansa, who was last seen leaping from the walls of Winterfell.

2. House Lannister

After spending the better part of four seasons winning the literal Game of Thrones, the Lannisters have since unraveled. Tyrion Lannister’s final gift to Kings Landing before fleeing east was the murder of his House’s patriarch, Tywin. In the wake of this, Jaime left to go retrieve his daughter/niece from Dorne, only to watch helplessly as she’s poisoned aboard the ship home. Cersei has little more success on her end, finding herself imprisoned by the very same High Septon she voted into power.

In the teaser, we can hear the voice of Paul Bentley, the actor behind the aforementioned High Septon, promising a revolution of the poor and downtrodden. The affluence of the ruling class has been well-documented throughout Game of Thrones, and if a coup really is being staged by the religious sect of Kings Landings, it throws the seat of power in Westeros into complete chaos.

3. House Targaryen

The bad fortune of the Targaryens predates the Game of Thrones story altogether, beginning with the murder of their entire family, and subsequent overthrow at the hands of the Baratheons, Starks, and Lannisters. Their one chance for redemption comes in the form of their only (alleged) surviving family member, Daenerys, who’s spent her formative years raising dragons and planning her own takeover of Westeros from afar.

The season finale saw Daenerys and her injured dragon surrounded by a Dothraki horde, thought to be the same one she previously ruled over as Khaleesi. There are likely to be some hard feelings for her role in the death of her husband Khal Drogo, evidenced by the Dothraki snarl in the teaser calling her the “Queen of Nothing.” Needless to say, it doesn’t appear as though Season 6 will start in a favorable place for any of the three major houses of Westeros.

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