The first episode of Game of Thrones season 6 is right around the corner (April 24 on HBO), and in preparation HBO has released the second full trailer and four new clips that can be found below. Additionally the first episode was screened this weekend and initial reactions can be found on Entertainment Weekly’s site (a summary provided below, spoiler free). Although I have watched the trailers, I will not be watching the clips below because I don’t want this season spoiled for myself. Enjoy.
Here’s a spoiler free summary of the first episode of Game of Thrones season 6 courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
- Unlike some years, when Thrones started with a somewhat slower-paced episode that re-established all the various storylines, “The Red Woman” hits the ground at full sprint. This is partly due to the strength of last year’s finale, which included Dany’s capture by the Dothraki, Cersei’s Walk of Shame, Arya being blinded, Jon Snow’s death, and Sansa and Theon fleeing Winterfell. To some extent, all the climactic beats last year felt like cliffhangers, so this intense new hour picks up right where each left off.
- Once again, not every main character shows up in the first episode, and a couple of series regulars are held back (presumably until the second episode). But don’t worry, the premiere spends a lot of time at Castle Black.
- There are some scenes that are genuinely shocking. As in: Even hardcore fans full of speculation about the new season won’t see some twists coming.
- You know those two season 6 trailers that got you so excited? A surprising amount of that footage is either from this first episode or from scenes that will seemingly happen in the next. In other words: There is so much more from this season’s storylines that hasn’t even been hinted in any of the released footage. (That said, a new, action-packed trailer revealing more content from season 6 screened after premiere – and that trailer is now released, watch it here).
Also, here’s a few notes from the event:
- Most of the stars from the show were in attendance, including Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Nope, Kit Harington wasn’t there (and author George R.R. Martin was also absent).
- Before the screening, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister provided a warning not to use cell phones in the theater, noting that any violators will be “boiled alive.”
- At the afterparty, guests were treated to a Hall of Faces photo booth, Three-Eyed Raven Soothsayer (fortune tellers), GoT-themed Henna tattoos, and a life-sized direwolf diorama.