If you signed up for “The Sight” through Twitter and SMS, you probably received a new message from the Three-Eyed Raven, leading you to a link to a new trailer.
I say “probably” because this mail operation was a little problematic. Not everybody who signed up got the link. (Like many others, I’m still waiting for the current vision.)
Apparently the Sight from @GameOfThrones is pretty buggy so far.
— Watchers on the Wall (@WatchersOTWall) December 15, 2014
@WatchersOTWall We're investigating right now. More to come.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) December 15, 2014
Supposedly, once you clicked on the link, you could only watch the trailer once, and according to Vulture, if you tried to screenshot it, the site shut down. These precautions are probably a way to keep the footage from prying eyes who didn’t sign up for the viral marketing campaign.
But no matter how exclusive and piracy-free you try to make something, eventually someone (in this case redditor d4rknut) will find a way to rip and upload the entire thing to YouTube so everyone can watch it. (At least until HBO takes it down.)
It’s almost impossible to digest what’s going on in the 10 seconds of footage, but that won’t stop fans from trying to pick apart every frame. So let’s dive in, shall we?
It’s foggy and hazy, which is probably a good idea of what many of the characters are going through. Sansa’s in uncharted territory (in the book and the show) as she travels with Littlefinger; Arya’s well on her way to Braavos in a rowboat; and Cersei is watching something from behind an ornate grate. (Here’s a deeper explanation of what Cersei may be up to in season 5.)
And of course, we get glimpses of the familiar: the raven, the Weirwood tree, the White Book detailing all the deeds of the Kingsguard. Some of the footage, including a glum Tyrion, could be reused from past seasons.
We don’t really end up with anything concrete—except the thirst for an actual trailer. More likely, we’ll end up with more short messages. Like watered Westerosi wine, these teases may quench our thirst, but they’ll never really satisfy us.