Are you tired of talking about the new Game of Thrones teaser? Well, too bad! Now that we finally have watched the teaser, there are a lot of things going on in our mind. Is the entire thing just one of Bran’s visions? What’s the deal with that weird little feather? Why the hell does Jon Snow’s statue look old as balls?
You may assume we’ve run through just about everything, but there’s one noteworthy moment that involves a bit of digging to validate: Sansa’s hair.
The obscure hairstyles of Sansa Stark have been a debate for fairly some time now. Even before the penultimate season of the series dropped back in 2017, actress Sophie Turner confirmed that like Regina George, so too is her hair full of secrets. “Sansa’s hair plays sort of a big role, I think, in subliminal messages in her journey,” Turner told POPSUGAR in August 2017.
“She’s a very silent character, you know; you don’t really know what she’s thinking, or who is having influence over her. And that was one of the ways we showed — that and her costumes — was the only real way that we knew what she was taking in and learning from these people, because she would mirror Cersei’s hairstyle or Margaery’s hairstyle.
When she went away with Littlefinger, she dyed her hair black for a second and that sort of mirrored him. And it’s really interesting to see that sort of physical representation of her adapting to each situation; it was a really smart move.”
In earlier seasons, her hair at various occasions appeared to be modeled after other strong women, like Margaery Tyrell and Cersei Lannister, as Turner noted. Which brings us right back to the new teaser and the hair that lies therein.
Sansa’s hair in the “Crypts of Winterfell” teaser has a noticeable resemblance to Daenerys Targaryen’s hair in the season seven teaser, called “The Long Walk.” The curved coil of braids at the backs of their heads, the coiled dropping locks that fall down their backs . . . it’s not an exact imitation, but it’s apparent that the styles are . . . well, sisters, for lack of a better word.
In other shots, you can notice how singular braids at the front of the scalp have been pulled back to contribute to the complete look. The resemblances seem particularly telling when you consider the tiny sliver of footage that was released a few weeks earlier.
In a brief look at what HBO brings to the table in 2019, we seize the moment in which Sansa and Dany meet in person. “Winterfell is yours, your grace,” Sansa says to the Mother of Dragons. Now, taking all of this into account, the new hair clue can be interpreted in a couple of ways.
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It could mean Sansa truly takes a liking to Dany, and even ends up looking up to her and taking encouragement from her. After all, Dany is a furious, influential, independent queen who destroys the men who stand in her way. What wouldn’t Sansa find exciting about that?
There’s another thing to consider, also: in “The Long Walk,” Dany is walking to her throne at Dragonstone, finally taking her legal position on the shoulders of her ancestors. Could this be a clue that Sansa may also be on the road to her own crown?
Is this possibly a small hint that she may reign one (or all) of the Seven Kingdoms? Nevertheless, many have speculated that Daenerys could die before the series ends, so that would totally leave space for Sansa to rise.
As ever, the mysteries surrounding the final season are just as exhilarating and unfathomable. We can’t wait to see how it all works out. And if we’ve learned one thing over the course of the show, it’s that you should never, ever undervalue the power and shrewdness of one Sansa Stark.