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Are the New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Promo Pics Teasing Fan Favorite’s Return?

The newest ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 teasers are more revealing than they seem and have speculation at an all time high. Is a fan favorite character returning?

The speculation over Jon Snow’s fate has been debated from the moment the Season Five finale aired and the EW interview with Kit Harington attempted to sway fans into believing what they saw was true. As filming for Season Six got underway, all eyes were on Kit’s location. And the debate continued to gain steam. But the first official teaser back in November featured a bloodied Jon Snow and fans felt more sure that if nothing else we would be seeing him again.

Recently HBO treated us to an unloading of all kinds of fan goodness starting with promotional pics from the season featuring characters like Theon, Sansa, Arya, Dany and Tyrion. Each picture offered plenty to talk about, the one of Melisandre is one of particular interest, and of course there was lots of discussion on the characters we didn’t see such as Margaery Tyrell’s face or even her brother and Ser Loras. The pictures also featured characters we haven’t heard from in a long time like Balon and Yara Greyjoy. It was enough to move on from the Jon Snow talk for a brief moment and really learn about what to expect for the new season. Then on Valentine’s Day, HBO released the first teaser trailer and, while I took it as a sign that my TV did in fact love me for giving me both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead to talk about in one day, it was a lot to process.

The internet immediately erupted with speculation about the latest trailer. It featured the Hall of Faces and, with the show almost completely caught up with the book series, Season Six has the opportunity to be all it’s own. The show started to diverge recently (which was shocking and frustrating for many fans of both mediums) and there been have a lot of discussion on the choices made for certain characters in Season Five. Jon’s arc in particular followed his book story to a tee and much like the Red Wedding many knew what to expect from the finale.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: steffinsg via Tumblr

On the other hand, characters like Jaime and Brienne spent Season Five in places they weren’t supposed to be with very little to do in those places. Now I didn’t choose these two by accident or because I want them to be together. They’re actually supposed to be together (okay maybe not exactly in the way I’m meaning it but let’s all linger for a moment on Jaime’s reaction to Brienne’s home as he’s whisked off to that dumb plotline in Dorne we are better off not discussing right now)! But with Season Six free to take the characters in new and unexpected directions, some are holding out hope that this means it’s finally time for one character in particular to return. Obligatory SPOILER WARNING. If you are not caught up on the book series or do not want to learn certain things now is the time to head down to the comments and join the discussion there! For everyone else we march on!

Fans jumped on a lot of things when the trailer was released. They latched onto the fact that the room full of faces of the dead in the end featured faces of characters that seemed “unkillable” – of course this is Game of Thrones and to quote Ramsay Bolton,”If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” And after six fairly consistent seasons of characters dying very swiftly and unceremoniously (and sometimes their head getting squished and you never get over it because Oberyn was the coolest!). Tyrion’s face on the wall drew the most interest and fear on numerous parts of social media but I found myself focusing on something else entirely. The promo is creepy and far too short and I almost didn’t watch it at all because it didn’t offer any new footage for this season and figured it was something I could get to eventually. But that was extremely misleading and, while I would love some new footage from Season Six, I think what we got was pretty spectacular.

I found it eerie, but exciting. Nothing has changed. The characters that have made it this far are still constantly facing death but perhaps the time has finally come for death to face them. The most interesting part of the trailer is the way it draws on it’s past. This is both a stylistic choice and one that does tell us more than we ever bargained for this season. Ned was the catalyst for the series and with Bran’s return to the foray and the new abilities the Three-Eyed Raven can show him how to use it’s more than likely that we’ll get some information on the past. Most importantly, the ever elusive details of what occurred at The Tower of Joy and perhaps some confirmation on the true nature of Jon’s lineage may finally come to light. The quotes chosen for each character were a distinguished choice. And showcasing the three Starks gives further support to the long hope that the North does in fact remember!

Gwendoline Christie & Michelle Fairley as Brienne of Tarth & Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: brienneoftarth via Tumblr

But it was Catelyn Stark who most closely caught my attention. Perhaps there aren’t many of us left but I have been holding out for Lady Stoneheart since the end of Season Four. And when the camera panned away from Arya on her way to Bravos I sat holding my breath with anticipation. And when the credits rolled I hoped for an after credits thing in the same way I was shocked by the reveal in the epilogue of A Storm of Swords but there was nothing. When Season Five started, I hoped it would open with some indication that she was coming. When Brienne spent the season staring at Winterfell I knew my hopes were a lost cause – at least for Season Five. The fact that Benioff and Weiss insist that she’s not coming, ever only makes me think they’re waiting to unleash her on an unsuspecting audience. It seems unlikely that two characters will be brought back from the dead in the same season but Jon and Catelyn are very different and their resurrections would show that.

Lady Stoneheart is pivotal to the Stark’s revenge and I refuse to believe that she won’t be involved, especially after the promos. It’s also a good sign that Jaime is heading to the Riverlands this season. Catelyn’s spot in the trailer is easy to overlook but the line she repeats really stuck out to me: “Show them how it feels to lose what they love!” It’s a line directly related to revenge. And I was content to once again start my own personal watch for signs the Brotherhood Without Banners and one interlocking difficult plotline that will no doubt include Jaime and Brienne’s emotional reunion.

And that was enough – until HBO once again gave us more pictures. This time individual character posters arrived and the quotes are not the same as the ones used in the trailer. Attention is brought to the quotes not just because of who is being featured in the picture, but because Jon’s poster doesn’t include any quote. If Catelyn’s intent on revenge wasn’t clear in the first promo it’s taken a step further.

Game of Thrones Character Promo Poster Photo: HBO

And this is where Jaime and Brienne come in. If rumor’s are to believed, then Jaime will head to the Riverlands, which will bring the plot back to the Frey’s. Meanwhile, Brienne is already not far from the area. Having completed her mission to kill Stannis, while unable to save both Stark girls (a promise she made to Catelyn back in Season Two and one that has guided her every move and even dictated the name of her sword that Jaime so generously gave her), she just might be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe the right place, if we’re getting what we want. Given the dark nature of the trailer and the character posters, death is definitely on the series’ mind but perhaps, much like everything Lady Stoneheart represents, there are worse fates than death.

The show isn’t making any promises, but they’re certainly insinuating a lot. It’s a bitter sweet need to see Lady Stoneheart after all this time. As a book reader there’s a lot of satisfaction in that reveal and the fact that the Starks are not nearly as broken as they seem. With two months to go before the premiere the list of things to hope for gets longer and longer. Soon, night will gather and our watch will begin!

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Game of Thrones returns Sunday April 24 at 9/8c on HBO. Be sure to tune in!

What are you most looking forward to for Game of Thrones’ sixth season? Do you think the Northern Rebellion is really a possibility? Why do you think the promos are focusing so much on past characters? Is it just to remind everyone that no one is safe? Let’s discuss it! Share your thoughts in the comments!

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