Game Of Thrones season 5 ended last summer with some of the most intense cliffhangers to date, any teased (or leaked) information regarding the future fates of beloved characters has been eagerly consumed by show’s enormous fan base. Keeping the details of upcoming plot lines and new castings a secret has been a difficult task for the showrunners during production of season 6 — especially as the series has now overtaken the published books, only increasing fans’ speculative fervor.
HBO have been characteristically mysterious as usual with the season 6 marketing, utilizing past action for ‘The Past Is Already Written’ trailer released in December 2015 and revealing tantalizing but vague posters and images along with stylised battle teasers. A full season trailer is yet to be released, to fans’ dismay; however, the network has just unveiled the next best thing — a behind the scenes featurette (shown above) that offers a few first choice glimpses of the action to expect, seen from the perspective of the show’s crew.
The show has undeniably awe-inspiring cinematography that is fundamental to achieving the epic proportions of Game Of Thrones’ world, the success of which is in the hands of the show’s crew. The featurette titled ‘The Best Seat In The House’ focuses on the filming and practical effects used to create Game Of Thrones’ impressive visual style. Camera operators Sean Savage, Ben Wilson, David Morgan, and David Worley discuss the triumphs and challenges they face in capturing the epic action scenes and vast landscapes in often extreme geographical circumstances on the various sets and locations.
However, what’s likely to receive the most attention will be the careful flashes of on-set action. Although glimpses seen in the featurette are brief, some are certainly clear enough to theorize about. A couple of shots show Jaqen H’ghar (Thomas Wlaschiha) preparing to de-face a corpse (for the hall of faces no doubt) so it can be presumed the season will offer more insight into the House Of Black And White’s intriguing magic. In addition, two unknown boys sparring in the pre-burned courtyard of Winterfell could be part of a Bran flashback involving his father and either uncle or a young Robert Baratheon? Daenerys is shown back in the fold of the Dothraki (although her status with them is unclear) and other characters such as Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick), Dario Naharis (Michael Huisman), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), a blurred Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), and Melissandre (Carice van Houten) are featured filming their scenes along with a sea of extras depicting Dothraki and unknown Westerosi armies.
Despite the fascinating insights given by the crew members here, a comprehensive trailer would do more to satisfy the desire of the show’s fans at this point. Noticeably absent from the footage was of course Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who’s fate will undoubtedly be kept under wraps until the season begins. The same is true for many other major characters facing dire circumstances, who were also left out as the show’s marketing continues to be as merciless about hints as they are about killing your favorite characters.
Game of Thrones season 6 will premiere on Sunday, April 24, 2016 on HBO.