The realm rarely rallies on a Tuesday, but the "Game of Thrones" gods smiled on us yesterday with that amazing Season 6 trailer. Fans immediately started analyzing the images, and there was a lot to unpack.
Two shots in particular stood out as different from the others, in that they didn't seem to fit with any current storylines, and possibly hinted to a much-anticipated flashback....
*WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Major spoilers. Sharp, pointy spoilers*
Eagle-eyed fans quickly noticed that the insignia on that two-sworded guy's shield in the top photo is the sigil for House Targaryen. We don't know of any Targaryen armies hanging around lately, and even Daenerys Targaryen doesn't have that kind of armor. But they did not quite 20 years ago during Robert's Rebellion.
Based on that armor, and the shot above that maaaaayyyyy be a young Ned Stark, it looks like we are in for a flashback sequence, most likely resulting in the raid on the Tower of Joy and the revelation of R+L=J.
In the story, Ned and six of his companions (including Howland Reed, father of Meera and Jojen) approached the Tower of Joy to save Ned's sister, Lyanna Stark, presumed to have been kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen. They found her dying, and she made Ned promise something to her before she died.
Well, the overall assumption is that she died after giving birth to the guy we call Jon Snow, who is actually the natural son of Rhaegar and Lyanna (R+L=J). Ned, loyal true Ned, is thought to have promised his dying sister that he would raise Jon as his own, allowing his own honor to be tarnished from the scandal, and leading his wife Catelyn to forever resent Jon Snow.
Why would we get this story now, and how? Maybe we see it through Bran Stark's visions. Or maybe Meera Reed finds a way to tell Jon his story, if her father told her. Or maybe Melisandre has a decent vision in the flames. Or maybe only we the audience see it and Jon doesn't find out for a while. Because for heaven's sake, JON SNOW IS COMING BACK. He is the ice in the book series's "A Song of Ice and Fire." This is his destiny, and Ned meant to tell him about his mother when he saw Jon again, but he never got the chance. Season 6 appears to be our chance to learn the truth.
"Game of Thrones" Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 on HBO. Keep watching the trailer for more clues.
[h/t Tech Insider]
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