Last week a shadowy Game of Thrones teaser started popping up during NCAA March Madness games, but HBO just uploaded the official video online. While we enjoyed the blurry screenshots, watching the full version has us super excited for the upcoming season six premiere.
The teaser promises death, for everyone. Valar morghulis, right?
Tyrion Lannister narrates the video, calling the ongoing violence between kingdoms the “great game.” Since the show has moved past the books, we really no idea what to expect. What we do know is Aria Stark is more powerful than ever, white walkers are a real threat, and Cersei Lannister has a long road ahead of her after the whole walk of shame thing.
We know female characters will play a huge role this season, as they always do in GoT. On top of getting their own Entertainment Weekly covers, they will drive the story in the next 10 episodes.
“It’s the women that are the hope that we’re watching as the chess pieces move this season, and it’s very exciting,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo.
Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, also talked to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming episodes.
“There’s so much controversy. Yet that’s what’s beautiful about Game of Thrones – it’s depiction of women in so many different stages of development,” Clarke told the publication. “There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine.”
“So it pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with anti-feminist spin – because you can’t do that about this show. It shows the range that happens to women and ultimately shows women are not only equal, but have a lot of strength.”
HBO also released stills from the upcoming season, which will premiere on April 24.