Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven.
One of the best parts of “Game of Thrones” season seven has been the dark new costumes nearly every character is wearing. INSIDER caught up with the HBO series’ costume designer, Michele Clapton, to learn more about the new looks and what they mean for each character.
“I love the details,” Clapton told INSIDER. “Some people say, ‘Well, why don’t you make it more obvious,’ but that’s the joy of ‘Game of Thrones’ — you have to search things out.”
Let’s take a closer look at the main character’s new costumes this season.
We first saw Daenerys Targaryen's new look in an HBO promo. Her fur-lined coat and new dragon chain were front and center.
Ahead of the season seven premiere, HBO aired a promo starring the 'Game of Thrones' cast. Each of them mimicked the iconic HBO 'ahhhh' noise, hence their open mouths.
But this was a fantastic first look at Daenerys' new Dragon Queen look.
'She now has this fantastic new chain we've created,' Clapton told INSIDER. 'I didn't want her to have a crown, I wanted her to have a chain. And she has a red sash hanging from it, which is slightly scaled and pleated as well.'
'(Viserys) always had the big Targaryen (sigil) on his chest and now she's got the big chain with the dragon's heads on it,' Clapton said.
The first time this appeared was in 'Spoils of War,' the episode in which Daenerys and Jon Snow share a quiet moment in the dragonglass cave. The colours of House Stark are grey and white, so this might have been a nod towards her growing affection for Jon.
Then Clapton really turned up the dial when Daenerys rocked this striped fur coat on 'Beyond the Wall.'
The majestic nature of this coat was meant to reflect Daenerys' choice to be a hero for Jon Snow.
'She is putting herself and her precious dragons at risk and who for? A threat? A King?' Clapton told INSIDER. 'Dany is elevating her look to that of warrior queen.'
For six seasons, Jorah wore the same increasingly tattered yellow tunic. But then he was infected with greyscale and had to go to Oldtown for the cure.
This might be a nod to House Mormont bear sigil. Plus Jorah is frequently described in the book series as very hairy.
He changed into furs for the risky venture in 'Beyond the Wall,' but we're hoping to see more of Jorah's incredible furry sleeves on season eight.
Clapton made waves when she revealed that she used IKEA rugs for the Night's Watch capes, but Jon's 'King in the North' cape is definitely not a wool rug.
Though this leather piece and the undershirt are usually brown and blue, respectively, Jon's leather has become much darker. The blackish quality of the colouring might be a nod to his secret Targaryen parentage.
The mottled furs and leather helped Jon blend in with the snowy surroundings, but this was a temporary look.
This will be Jon Snow's first time in the capital of Westeros, so it's fitting for him to wear his most regal and intimidating outfit.
After crowning herself Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei has restricted her colour palette to black and silver. The leather dress she wore in the first episode was reminiscent of her father Tywin's early outfits.
Cersei always admired her father's ruthless ethos and strong hand. It makes sense that she'd want to echo his clothing now that she's queen.
When we saw Cersei 'welcome' Euron into the capital, her gown was even more extreme.
'It's actually quite ornate and over the top and that's a precursor in a funny way -- it's the last gasp before something else, in my sense,' Clapton told INSIDER. 'It's a weird flamboyance, but it's quite hard as well.'
'At this stage, everything has reached such a zenith in their character development that everything they do and say symbolically means something,' Clapton said. 'From the brittleness of the glass on Cersei and the metal rings on Dany (...) we try to be really symbolic about everything everyone wears now.'
His textured black jacket and tight pants were a new look. Some viewers thought Euron's outfit looked to modern -- like an alt-rock version of Captain Jack Sparrow.
This could symbolise a softening with Cersei, given that she's now pregnant with Jaime's child. Perhaps pending motherhood is helping dial Cersei back?
This new gown has a softer plain black fabric over the striped long-sleeved gown, the pattern of which almost looks like chainmail. The Lannister lion sigil is placed right below Cersei's throat like a brooch.
The early episodes of season seven show Tyrion in a striped doublet with his silver 'Hand of the Queen' pin.
But in the finale, Tyrion's costume looks more similar to Cersei's leather gown in the early episodes. Perhaps their roles are flipping?
In Tyrion's first confrontation with Cersei (after killing Tywin back on the fourth season) it seems fitting that his costume is also reflective of Tywin's early outfits.
Clapton told HBO that Sansa's new leather belt and tight dress is a message to Littlefinger.
'This is her taking back control of her body,' Clapton told HBO. 'I designed it to wrap around over her side-laced dress to represent the absolute removal of any possible physical touch. Her dresses are also tightly laced on, incredibly difficult to remove.'
Sansa is also wearing lush furs, marking her as the Lady of Winterfell and Jon Snow's temporary replacement.
In our heads we'd like to imagine that Sansa sewed these capes herself, just as she did for Jon Snow on the sixth season. Brienne and Pod are extremely loyal to the Stark family, and serve as Sansa and Arya's protectors.
Arya began the season in the Riverlands where she killed the entire male line of Freys, and then was planning to go south. She was wearing a tatted cloak and looked like an experienced traveller.
But when she decided to return north and go to Winterfell, her costume became more reminiscent of her highborn status.
Once she was in Winterfell again, Arya switched to rich fabrics in the muted brown and blue colours most Starks wear. Her asymmetrical fur cape was also similar the cape Ned Stark used to wear on season one.
That cape also likely makes it easier for her to access her favourite weapon, Needle, or the catspaw dagger that Bran gave her. Arya is ready to fight at a moment's notice.
Arya has always embraced a less-feminine way of dressing, and her new costume reflects this personality. The leather and furs still embody her highborn background while maintaining a strength typically reserved for male characters. Arya, as always, is anything but typical.
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