Like pretty much anything involving Game of Thrones, the just-released trailer for GoT Season 6 has a lot to take in: an eerie voice-over, shots of places viewers haven't yet seen, and, most unnervingly of all, the heads of several dead characters. While people like Ned Stark and Joffrey Baratheon being in the collection was merely creepy, if not particularly surprising, considering how major their deaths were on the show, a few faces made me jump in my seat: those of Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The question of if Jon Snow is really dead has plagued fans ever since the end of Season 5, but no one has wondered if Tyrion is dead — because it just seems out of the question! There's simply no way that Tyrion Lannister, a character beloved by fans and potentially crucial to the show's endgame, could be killed off.
Yet according to this trailer, it's a very real possibility. The clip takes place in the Hall of Faces, a location in the Hall of Black and White that Arya was led to by Jaqen H'ghar in Season 5. In it, the disembodied heads of the dead are housed, with their faces and magic being combined to create camouflages for the Faceless Men. The teaser trailer shows several familiar faces being housed in the Hall: Ned Stark, Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Jon Snow, and, finally, Tyrion Lannister. Needless to say, no Thrones fan expected to see Tyrion in that grouping, as when Season 5 ended, he was very much alive: in Meereen, with Varys, watching Daario and Jorah leave in an attempt to find Daenerys. His death wasn't even a possibility.
And he might not actually be dead, of course. In the world of Game of Thrones, no one should be considered dead unless you see them be killed, and even then, they have a chance at resurrection. Tyrion's face could be in the Hall for a reason that's not his death, something that Thrones fans will only discover when Season 6 premieres. But until then, you can bet that GoT viewers everywhere are freaking out about the fate of the beloved Lannister.