OK, it’s time to stop hyperventilating. At long last, HBO has dropped the Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer. With the show being essentially caught up to George R.R. Martin’s books, and no press receiving episodes to review ahead of the rest of us, all fans are equally in the dark about what twists and turns this new season holds. Well, most fans are in the dark, except for those of us with foil helmets on our heads, life-size replicas of the Iron Throne in our mom’s basement, and fan theories stronger than valyrian steel to keep us company. Some fans are refusing to watch the latest season to avoid spoiling The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited continuation of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but where’s the fun in that? The show and the books are bound to be different in some ways, but there are definitely some predictions we can make about the books based on the latest trailer. In the spirit of fans everywhere with too much time on their hands, here are a few wild speculations about The Winds of Winter from the new trailer:


1. Viserion and Rhaegal will be Released in Meereen!

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What is Tyrion looking at in a dungeon so dubiously? Can it possibly be Daenerys’s two chained dragons, Viserion and Rhaegal? In the books, Tyrion is, of course, not in Meereen, but he could be acting in lieu of other characters, like Ser Barristan, who is dead in the show but still alive in the books. Barristan was essentially left in charge of the city before, what the fan community commonly refers to as The Battle of Fire, the huge battle about to take place between the slavers, Ironborn and various sellsword companies. Could Barristan, or any other character, decide to release the dragons, guaranteeing complete chaos in Meereen? We think there’s a pretty high chance that Viserion and Rhaegal will rain fire down on Meereen before their mama returns to the city…

2. Daenerys Goes to Vaes Dothrak and Wins a Giant Dothraki Army!

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At the end of both Season 5 and A Dance with Dragons, Daenerys was stranded somewhere in the Dothraki Sea with her dragon Drogon, delusional and discovered by Dothraki scouts. We can tell she returns to the Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak, which has the giant horse statues she passes beneath in the trailer. This all but confirms an elaborate prediction by Game of Thrones character expert and general theory wizard Brynden B Fish on his Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire blog (new fans should check it out!). The theory, in short, states that Dany will embrace her “Fire and Blood” Targaryen heritage, use Drogon to unite the khalasars, and eventually return to Meereen with an obscenely large Dothraki army in the middle of The Battle of Fire. She will then proceed to go full badass on anybody who stands in her way in Meereen.

3. A Flashback of The Tower of Joy will Reveal a Game-Changing Secret!

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Two specific images from the trailer hearken to a flashback all the way from the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones. Ned Stark, in a fever dream, remembers his battle at The Tower of Joy during Robert’s Rebellion, where he and six companions battled three of the toughest knights of the Kingsgaurd to rescue Ned’s sister, Lyanna, who was “trapped” in the tower. The scene is very ambiguous in the books, and is one of the cornerstones of what’s probably the best-known Game of Thrones fan theory: R+L=J. For anybody not in the know, the idea is that Jon Snow is not actually Ned’s bastard son, but rather the child of Lyanna Stark (L) and Rhaegar Targaryen (R), Dany’s dead older brother who King Robert killed to gain the throne. The theory has some huge implications for Jon’s character and role in the story. If the show uses a flashback to The Tower of Joy to reveal Jon’s true parentage, is there a chance a different kind of reveal will happen in The Winds of Winter? There are some great ideas floating around about how the book will expose Jon as a Targaryen, but if the show’s going there, it’s a fair bet that the next book will, too, especially considering Jon’s current situation.

4. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai Reborn!

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There was a lot of imagery in the trailer that suggested (big surprise) that Jon Snow is going to be reborn. While there are plenty of theories about exactly how it’s going to go down, the trailer seems to point to one conclusion: Meilsandre is Nissa Nissa, and Longclaw is Lightbringer. Why, you ask? Well, that one shot of Melisandre is not a seductive gesture, but rather her preparing to sacrifice herself for the greater good, just like Azor Ahai’s wife, in order to create the sword of heroes. Mel is at her lowest point and nearly confesses to Davos that she had the wrong Mannis when she claimed Stannis as Azor Ahai reborn. With Davos mourning the untimely death of Shireen, he’s probably more than willing to kill Mel with the sword, which he’s seen handling in the trailer. Alternately, Mel could bring Jon back, similarly to how Thoros of Myr resurrects Beric Dondarrion, and Jon could then sentence her to death for the murder of Shireen. Either way, there’s too much Longclaw, Jon Snow corpse shots and weepy Melisandre in the trailer to come to any other deduction about the roles they’ll play in The Winds of Winter.

Do you agree? What are your theories? Let us know in the comments!