HBO just dropped a teaser for the much-awaited Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, and it's a head scratcher. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it now:
People are pretty confused:
So, let's figure out exactly what we're looking at. The camera pans over a bunch of character faces we know have already died, and we hear their voices deliver some of their heaviest lines.
"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."
"I've won every battle, but I'm losing this war."
"Show them how it feels to lose what they love."
"Everyone is mine to torment."
"The long night is coming... and the dead come with it."
BUT THEN our collective mind exploded as the next face we saw was this one:
Once you've processed that initial shock, you may notice he's surrounded by some other familiar faces: Sansa, Daenerys, Cersei, Arya, and Jaime.
WTF DOES THIS MEAN? COULD THEY ALL BE DEAD!?!?
Well, no. Probably not yet. After all, we see them looking very much alive (albeit, a little worse for wear) in some of the photos from Season 6.
Daenerys is a Dothraki prisoner.
Arya is blind.
Jaime and Cersei, still winning at being the world's most wildly inappropriate siblings.
And here's Tyrion, wine-in-hand.
But why show us all those dead looking faces of people we thought were living?
Theory I - Tyrion's Already Dead
Reddit user Alex355 has an idea:
So in the teaser you see all the major people that died and then you see someone who as far as we know is not dead, Tyrion. This to me doesnt indicate that Tyrion is gonna die but rather that he is already dead.Why would they spoil a major character death in the trailer? They would keep that to an episode finale so they get more views. I think this season we are gonna get some insight on how the guys Aria is associating with work. I think Tyrion died somewhere in the previous seasons and he was replaced by one of the many faced people for a greater purpose. Once again i really doubt they would spoil a death in the trailer i think they are just hinting that some of the people we love in the show might not even be who we think they are.
Interesting... and more than a little depressing. Let's put a pin in that one for now. Moving on.
Theory II - Tyrion Targaryen
Tim Falkenberg has an extremely in-depth article that sets up a different theory: Tyrion Lannister is not dead... and he's not even a Lannister. He's Tyrion Targaryen!
This theory follows the evidence of Tyrion's physical appearance (he doesn't have the same green eyes and blond hair as Jaime and Cersei) and Tywin hints several times that Tyrion couldn't be his son. Falkenberg borrows some evidence from the book that Joanna Lannister had an affair with Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King, which could have potentially resulted in Tyrion.
If you haven't read the books, you can brush up on your Azor Ahai theory here, but all you need to know for now is that Azor Ahai is the one who saved everyone from the Long Winter last time around, and he's associated with dragons.
Falkenberg thinks that this time, Azor Ahai could be three people, and if Tyrion is a Targaryen, he's a-shooin' to be one of them. Since Daenerys is away from Mereen with one of her dragons, Tyrion is going to be struggling to control the city in her absence and might resort to unleashing one or both of the remaining dragons. If he's got Targaryen blood, he could even form a bond with one of them. How cool would that be?
Theory III - A Bunch Of Hot Air
Reddit user my_wifii might have hit the nail on the head here, suggesting that the teaser is just that... a teaser designed to get us all excited, and doesn't actually contain any coded hidden plot points.
For now, it's anyone's guess. The first episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres at 9pm EST on April 24.