If you're a dedicated Game of Thrones fan, your excitement about Season 6 is probably tempered by your fear of what beloved characters will die next—and the first official teaser from HBO won't ease that fear one bit. (Editor's note: meet me below the video to talk about exactly what it might mean.)
The show already released official production stills for Season 6 that reassured fans that at least some of the characters will be alive, but this teaser for the new season is much less soothing. It could just be metaphor! It could just be a dream! Nevertheless, if you're worried your favorite character won't survive year (or will stay dead when they really shouldn't)...well, all men must die.
(Editor's note: OK, so you've seen the video. Let's dish. Spoiler warnings yada yada yada.) If you've somehow been struck with the kind of amnesia that lets you remember you love Game of Thrones but remember nothing that happens, that big scary room of faces is called, appropriately, the Hall of Faces. It is in the House of Black and White, home to the assassin's guild known as the Faceless Men. The faces on the wall are of dead people, faces that the Faceless Men can don to disguise themselves (after erasing their own personas first—something Arya has had trouble with, which is why Maisie Williams has had to wear painful contact lenses this year).
The first faces that appear are all characters we know to be dead.* Ned, Cat, and Robb Stark remain as nobly dead as ever, followed by Jon Snow, whom we last saw getting Julius Caesar-ed by that little Brutus named Ollie and his fellow Watchmen. (THEORY SPOILERS) At the present moment, Jon may be both dead and alive, due to the fiery sacrifice of poor little Princess Shireen Baratheon and also the theories about his prophetic birth.
But then there's Tyrion. Don't you dare do this to us, George R. R. Martin, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss. Don't you dare kill Tyrion. Someone needs to crack wise and explain the show's plot with his crafty brain. Kill millions of Meereenese with Greyscale if you want, wipe out the Wildlings, and flush King's Landing into the sea. Leave the viewers their funny little dwarf.
* (BOOK SPOILERS: In the show, Catelyn is dead-dead and there is no Lady Stoneheart.)