With just under three months to go until Game of Thrones Season 6 gets underway, HBO has treated us to a trio of new teasers, showing off the Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen banners with some foreboding voiceovers for all three.
*Spoiler Alert* As you can probably imagine, the teasers only really make sense if you’ve seen up to the end of Season 5. So if you’re not yet up to date, then look away now.
The Stark battle banner teaser is accompanied by the voice of Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), who continues to claim Winterfell, home of the Starks, as his own. In the Season 5 finale, we saw Sansa (Sophie Turner) escape the castle with Theon / Reek (Alfie Allen), which means there are no more Starks left within its walls.
The Lannister battle banner teaser has the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) inspiring the poor and powerless to overthrow an empire, with a recurring ‘Shame’ echoing in the background, looking back to the notorious walk of shame Cersei (Lena Headey) was forced to undertake in the finale.
Finally, the Targaryen battle banner features the voice of one of the Dothraki men telling Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), ‘You are nobody. The millionth of your name. Queen of nothing.’ The man behind the voice is likely Joseph Naufahu, who has joined the cast of Season 6 as Khal Jhaqo. When Season 5 came to a close, Daenerys was wandering off from Drogon when she was surrounded by a Dothraki horde, who didn’t look particularly friendly. This teaser confirms she probably has some trouble ahead before returning to Meereen or going elsewhere.
HBO launched these new teasers on Twitter, encouraging fans to pledge their allegiance to one of the three houses. Stark fans should tweet @GameOfThrones using #HouseStark. Lannister fans should tweet using #HouseLannister. And Targaryen fans should tweet using #HouseTargaryen.
The first teaser trailer for Season 6 came late last year, and it was dominated by flashbacks, albeit with new audio. A glimpse of actual footage came when HBO launched their year-end trailer, celebrating 2015 and looking ahead to 2016. With a matter of weeks now on the clock before Season 6 arrives, we’ll hopefully be getting the first proper trailer soon enough, giving us a better glimpse of where the Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen families’ fates lie over the course of this season.