Game of Thrones' return is now so close that fans can practically taste it, and it apparently tastes a lot like blood. At least that's the vibe of the latest look at the series' forthcoming sixth season, complete with the usual teases but thankfully a solid two minutes in length to prevent total frustration. "Show them what Lannisters are," Cersei (Lena Headey) says in the suspenseful trailer, "and what we do to our enemies."
"This season was a beast to make," showrunner David Benioff told the audience at the Hollywood premiere of Season 6's first episode on Sunday, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly. "We shot 680 hours of dailies, which translates to 3.7 million feet of film." Though those in attendance were promised to be "boiled alive" for using phones inside the Chinese Theatre, relatively spoiler-free details regarding the episode have (of course) made their way into the fans of non-attendees.
The Thrones premiere is also said to forego the typically slower pacing of previous premieres, choosing instead to pack in the action by picking up right where Season 5 left off. Castle Black, according to EW, gets "a lot" of screen time in an episode that apparently contains more than one speculation-proof twist that not even the most dedicated Thrones viewer could reasonably predict. The teasers and trailers that continue to freak everyone out? According to people who made it down to the Chinese Theatre on Sunday, those peeks (thus far) have mostly consisted of scenes from the Season 6 premiere. That means, of course, that most of your trailer-based speculation is probably worthless.
Game of Thrones, which may or may not feature a napping Jon Snow in the Season 6 premiere, returns to its rightful place atop the HBO throne on Apr. 24. Plan accordingly.