In Game of Thrones, “Valar Morghulis” is the law of the land.
High Valyrian proverb meaning “all men must die, Valar Morghulis also effectively encapsulates the culture of the fandom surrounding both the books and the HBO series. No one, your favorite character included, is ever truly safe. The creative for Season 6, which began popping up on billboards and bus sides throughout Los Angeles this week, plays into those fears.
In it, set inside the Hall of Faces, we see the faces of the fallen — Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, and Jon Snow — before zeroing in on an ominous shot of six faces known to be alive. At least, for now. The Hall of Faces is a collection of dead people’s faces used by the Faceless Men, the assassin group of the House of Black and White, to create disguises—so it’s hard to know what this collection of living and dead faces means.
The new season is set to premiere April 24.