Season 7 Outfits Decoded by Game of Thrones Costume Designer Michele Clapton

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Followers of Daenerys Stormborn have been waiting many years for her to proudly wear the colors of House Targaryen. And yet, she wore blues during her liberation campaign and whites during her rule of Meereen. Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton has made us wait, and for good reason. Now that Daenerys is finally on Westeros, the wait is over: blacks and reds are here to stay.

That said, as much as she’d like to, Daenerys isnˋt the only queen around. Cersei Lannister rules King’s Landing and Sansa Stark is the Lady of Winterfell (and presumably a princess.) Their clothing choices tell just as deep a story as Dany’s, and Clapton is open to decipher exactly what these stories are and tell us about them.

Kim Renfro did this wonderful interview with Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton for INSIDER, where you can read the whole interview.

“People used to say, ‘Well, why doesn’t [Daenerys] wear red?’ Now you do finally start seeing it creeping in through the scaling and embroidery on her dresses,” Clapton revealed. “It’s just a touch.”

“Sometimes you have to wait for that — you have to wait for the journey and for them to seek it out … Finally we’re getting the [Targaryen] red. She was a confused woman, she was wandering … trying to seek something. And now she’s finally got her armor, she’s finally got everything, and she can finally echo the style of her brother with the extended shoulders and the red and the symbolism. He always had the big Targaryen [sigil] on his chest and now she’s got the big chain with the dragon’s heads on it.”

“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 … You can have the chain, but until you get the throne you’re not queen. I liked that she’s wearing everything she can to show her status but she can’t wear the crown because it’d be wearing it before it was due … [Dany]’s almost assuming the power but not quite. With all the colors and the details and the essence — it just becomes stronger. The width of the shoulders give her strength, the chain gives her strength. I tried to make the cut of the costumes just slightly more like a uniform and almost less feminine.”

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This philosophy of costumes following the character’s evolution also involves Cersei:

“This is the time when it’s all really going to matter, and so there’s a power play between her and Cersei. It’s like a standoff. And I think they’ve both reached a place where it’s not about femininity, it’s about their strength as women. They are the leaders, and so the femininity doesn’t come as quickly into it.”

“With Cersei, at this point, she’s attained the throne and there’s a strength in her embroidery. 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. It’s a weird flamboyance, but it’s quite hard as well. And we’ve also shortened her dress so it makes her less vulnerable. She can move and she can be a little bit like Dany in a way, because it’s not quite as restrictive. [Cersei] always had strong collars and strong shoulders, so I thought this [dress] should take it the furthest I can take it before it’s not there.”

Then there is Sansa, who may not be a queen on her own right, despite many of us crying out “Queen in the North!” as season six drew closer to a finale, but she is a woman in a position of power in a newly independent kingdom, she’s the Lady of Winterfell, and as Robb’s and Jon’s sister she is a princess as well… and who knows what else may happen in the future! At any rate, her queenly credentials are more than enough for Clapton to consider her alongside the two warring queens:

“She has the chain she has the circle, she’s bringing all that she’s been through to her costume,” Clapton began, referencing Sansa’s raven dress from season four. “You need to look at the story. Her strength and the way that she’s clothed to protect herself from the things that have happened. At the same time, she’s beginning to assert herself as an independent woman and not actually being manipulated by anyone anymore.”

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Every little detail tells a story, and that appears to be Clapton’s credo: “the costumes for me are narrative and you should be able to look at them and understand where they are mentally in their journey. I think they’ve all found a strength and achieved something.”

I very much encourage all of you to read Renfro’s entire interview with Clapton. She really gets into how the path of these characters directs her choices for their costumes.

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    1. I like Daenerys’ outfit. It’s good to finally see her in red and black, even though I wish the red was more prominent.

      I also like Cersei’s outfit, but I’m tired of seeing her in black. She’s now a Queen in her own right, I want to see her in Lannister colors. I also think she would look better with her long season one curls.

      I don’t really like Sansa’s outfit. It looks like a weird half samurai armor with those shoulder things. It also doesn’t look very feminine, imo. She looked very beautiful in her blue northern dress in the first season, it’s a color that suits her.

      I’m tired of the black costumes on the show, lol. I want to see color.

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    2. Hold the door!

      I find the costumes so fascinating. This makes me want to start again from the beginning and just concentrate on the costumes!

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    3. I dislike the draining most of the colour out of the costuming. It’s monotonous to see everybody primarily in black, when the world of the series offers an array of house colours to make use of. Dany should be in more prominent red; Sansa, if she wasn’t going to keep the wonderful blue dress from last year (her best look) should be styling herself in white and grey, the Stark colours.

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    4. Sean C.,

      I agree about the draining, dull colors! It does look monotonous. Every Queen or woman seeking power, doesn’t have to wear a uniform. I also don’t understand why Daenerys as a Targ, couldn’t wear predominantly red, with a hint of black. Sansa could’ve worn dark blue or something.

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    5. Sometimes you have to wait for that — you have to wait for the journey and for them to seek it out … Finally we’re getting the [Targaryen] red. She was a confused woman, she was wandering … trying to seek something. And now she’s finally got her armor, she’s finally got everything, and she can finally echo the style of her brother with the extended shoulders and the red and the symbolism. He always had the big Targaryen [sigil] on his chest and now she’s got the big chain with the dragon’s heads on it.

      Is she finally waking the dragon?

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    6. Wish she’d talk more and give more time to the men’s costumes too. Jon’s relationship with his Stark family/ Stark identity, and Jaime starting to look more and more like Tywin are pretty interesting aspects of the story. You have to admit it’s kind of weird and fascinating seeing the bastard of Winterfell, who doesn’t view himself as a Stark dressed in full Stark regalia.

      Also, Renly had a crown and he wasn’t king of anything. Just give everyone crowns already. I see what you’re doing.

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    7. Sean C.,

      i agree, I actually really dislike the color scheme of Dany’s new outfit (to the extent that we can even call it a “color scheme”).

      I also find the Darth Cersei look to be excessive, even though it does look badass. One of the tropes GRRM specifically spoke about discarding was the “bad guys wear black” trope. Cersei dressing like some sort of a cross between Darth Vader and an evil Disney Queen is just a little too silly and over the top for me. Just like Sansa’s look in Season 4 Episode 8 was over the top.

      I prefer a more realistic approach to the costuming. Right now I’m just imagining Cersei telling her dress makers “Henceforth all my garb shall be black”.

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    8. This is the first time in my life that I saw dresses with pauldron sleeves, and just wow. Instant love, especially Sansa’s dress. I’d love for this to become normal fashion. The ladies look great.

      I wonder about the men, though.

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    9. Is this a good time to talk about the bright red screaming out from underneath leather black clothes that Jaime is wearing or still not ready for that yet?

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    10. Michelle Clapton and Michelle Carragher (who makes the show’s embroidery) are two of my personal heroes of this show.
      The amount of research, creativity and exquisite work that go into these costumes is mind blowing to me.
      It’s as if the clothes sing with the story just as much as the score itself does, and the fact that they are being seen as a narrative in of themselves explains the extraordinary power they bring on the screen.
      I am utterly in awe, every season I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better and every time I went crazy just seeing the “new collection”.

      Clapton can do structured and she can do flowing, she can play with mind twisting colors and textures and she can do all black, she can use gorgeous ikat or drab simple cloth and mix them all up with metal and stone and glass and leather, and I’m totally in love with her and her work.

      Carragher… well… words are not enough. An artist through and through.

      I’m not a fashionista, I find new trends as boring as can be, but every season I’m looking forward for the new GOT collection and swoon over it.

      I’ll even admit: as much as I’ve loathed the Dornish plot, the one thing that really managed to save it for me (not even the beauty of the settings and the beauty of the girls managed that) was the gorgeousness of the costumes.

      I’m in love with these women!

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    11. I think they did missed the opportunity with Daenerys. The lack of crown on her head is something they should’ve done, she is a Queen in every sense of this word, with a throne. more read in her costume would’ve been even better but even without they look fantastic.

      Flayed Potatoes,

      This but female costumes are always more fancy, prettier. Some piece on men’s outfits would have been nice and elaborate a bit more. Nice catch with Jaime and Tywin.

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    12. I really like Missandei’s outfit and Arya’s in the EW shoot just as much. They’re not GoT “queenly” outfits but very cool in style. She could have just stuck to the traditional draped cloak for Arya but she chose to give her a more fitted poncho-esque sort of thing. All really neat stuff… no matter what Linda thinks.

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    13. Geralt of Rivia: I think they did missed the opportunity with Daenerys.

      Like she said, “sometimes you have wait…” They still have time and story to tell. We wouldn’t want her or the others in their MOST regal/awesome outfit too early or at the wrong time. 🙂

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    14. I like the strength portrayed in the costumes, but I must say that I wish there was a bit more color to them all. I agree that there is a morbid amount of black. I think Dany should have more red, maybe an even amount of black and red. Sansa should be wearing the Stark colors, I get that she’s been through a lot, but why not wear your house colors…after all, she thinks she’s the rightful heir. Cersei, well she’s Cersei so her costume is fine by me. It LOOKS like something Cersei would wear.

      Great work on all the costumes though. I’ve always said the costuming has been a great part of the show.

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    15. So did Clapton just spoil that Dany will eventually take the iron throne? Not that it is much of a surprise. But her teasing that Dany isn’t wearing a crown “yet” pretty much foreshadows that she will get one. Though, didn’t she wear one in Meereen, or am I imagining things?

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    16. Last year the premiere episode title was announced 17 days before the premiere. We are 17 days from S7 and still no announcement. The GoT twitter account has been quiet this week compared to the last few weeks as well. Something isn’t right.

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    17. Geralt of Rivia: I think they did missed the opportunity with Daenerys. The lack of crown on her head is something they should’ve done, she is a Queen in every sense of this word, with a throne. more read in her costume would’ve been even better but even without they look fantastic.

      That doesn’t make much sense, Dany is already the Queen of Meereen, so she should have a crown.

      These costumes and the details of the costumes are amazing especially those on Cersei’s dress, these women do an amazing job. Unfortunately, I don’t like the design of Dany and Sansa’s new wardrobes. Why would they take away their feminine dresses just because they are in power? Dany always used to wear feminine dresses, her new Targaryen look is a disappointment, and Missandei as well it looks as if she is part of a Sci-Fi show. It would have been interesting if they also spent a bit more time on the men’s costumes, I would have liked to seen the men wearing tunics with their house sigils on them.

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    18. All three are beautiful… and it makes sense to me for their outfits to be dark. THe show is in endgame phase, when TV shows are usually the darkest when it comes to overall tone.

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    19. I think that having to wait for Dany to wear Targ colors has really been worth it. I kind of hope that there is even some dialogue about it to really drive the point home, but maybe that’s not needed.

      I do somewhat wonder who is sewing her new costumes on the boat from Mereen, however. 😉

      Boudica,

      Doesn’t seem from what we’ve been shown that the King/Queen of Meereen typically wears a crown, even in formal occasions.

      Dany’s in Westeros now. She is not queen of Westeros and so should not be wearing a crown until she ascends the iron throne.

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    20. Jack Bauer 24: What?

      What do you mean, “what?” Almost every post you have in every article for the past week has been OT about no news on the red carpet, the premiere, and/or episode titles and a personal countdown to the number of days left. Several have commented on it, including Sue saying to keep it to your forum topic but you keep doing it.

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/29 this Clapton costumes thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/28 Emilia thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/27 Jessica Henwick thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/25 Sophie strong and steely thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/25 hours later in Sophie strong and steely thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/24 Ellie Kendrick thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/24 hours later in Ellie Kendrick thread

      Jack Bauer 24, 6/23 Promo roundup thread

      Your Red Carpet Premiere topic you started on the forum yesterday. http://forum.watchersonthewall.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=22

      We get it!! You’re anxious and excited, but damn!!!

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    21. As for lack of crowns… Robb and Stannis never wore crowns in the show. And neither does Jon now. So if Daenerys doesn’t wear one, I won’t particulary complain.

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    22. With the 4th of July long holiday weekend, they probably won’t be announcing anything until at least the 5th which is Wednesday.

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    23. Sean C.,

      I said it doesn’t personally bother me. You don’t like black, fine. But I do like these outfits and in my eyes, they contribute to characters being in the end phase.

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    24. I’d like to think part of the reason they are all wearing darker, more black colors is because winter is coming, and the slowly all have to in a way become part of the nights watch

      ALso, Dany not wearing a crown is the right decision.
      As entitled as she can act, and as much as she might believe ruling is her destiny, shes always wanted to feel like she earned the right to rule. “How can I rule seven kingdoms if I can’t control slavers bay”.
      I think her not wearing a crown, reflects that shes yet to convince herself that shes fully deserving of ruling the seven kingdoms, and i think its a very important detail Clapton has caught onto.

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    25. I was thinking Dany’s new outfit looking like a uniform was because it was Winter and she needed to dress warmer, not because of some need for women to dress more masculine to present power, which I find silly.

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    26. The dominatrix look is in for season 7.

      I can already imagine Sansa bending Littlefinger over a table and spanking his bottom blue while Littlefinger repeatedly shouts “Thank You my Queen may i have another?!”

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    27. I guess this will be unpopular and in the minority but to be honest I really only like Cersei’s. And even that is pushing the boundaries of the ridiculous bad guy wears dark trope. I don’t like Dany or Sansa’s costumes and think they look bizarre and out of place. I don’t think it looks much like Viserys’ season 1 costume as she says. There are similarities but the chains and the capes…meh.

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    28. Tyrion Pimpslap,

      I am sure there are many many reasons behind Claptons decisions, that aren’t all stated in a small text interview.

      Also, “masculine” isn’t the word I’d use to describe these costumes.
      Androgynous would be a better term. Like their gender doesn’t have the same meaning or restriction than it did back in season 1.

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    29. Vincent Stark,

      Cersei is also in morning. She started wearing black in season 4 after Joff died, and hasn’t really had a chance to get out of mourning since (Tywin, Myrcella, and now Tommen).

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    30. Cersei is in mourning for her children, so black is understandable.

      I have a problem with Daenerys outfit because the dark clothing with barely-there red is too much like Melisandre’s recent dress colours.

      Agree that Stark colours with paler grey would be more distinctive for Sansa.

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    31. Clob: Almost every post you have in every article for the past week has been OT

      Oh well, it’s just background noise. No attempt to engage.

      “She has the chain she has the circle, she’s bringing all that she’s been through to her costume,” Clapton began, referencing Sansa’s raven dress from season four….”

      I enjoyed the “Dark Sansa” walk down the stairs from S4 in that outfit and chain but it was obviously premature once we got her “sacrifice for the cause” arc in S5. It never sat well with me. I thought she only deserved to wear that outfit at the end of “Battle of the Bastards” when she watched Ramsay’s hounds have dinner, with more than subtle enjoyment. She has been quite affected by the socio/psychopaths surrounding her for 6 seasons…and now they “are part of her.”

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    32. David:
      Still waiting on that premiere date and first episode title with only 17 days to go!!! 😄😄😄

      Same. Something gone wrong and I smell a delay. The GoT twitter account was posting the 7/16 date every day and they haven’t done it all week.

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    33. Boudica: That doesn’t make much sense, Dany is already the Queen of Meereen, so she should have a crown.

      Maybe she doesn’t want to don her crown while she’s a queen but only when she is the queen.

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    34. The more I look at these costumes, the less impressed I am. Especially Daenerys’ and I haven’t much liked Clapton’s choices for her costumes, including her rationale for her color choices for Daenerys’ dresses, in seasons past. One of the things I was really looking forward to was the Daenerys costume when she finally comes to Westeros. I wish (vainly, I know) that someone other than Clapton could be in charge of her costume in the last season.
      If you are a queen in Westerns and are seeking power for yourself, you have to wear dull, grey-black uniform-like clothes, no matter where you are from!

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    35. Jack Bauer 24: Same. Something gone wrong and I smell a delay. The GoT twitter account was posting the 7/16 date every day and they haven’t done it all week.

      OR… hang with me now… or, you’re just paranoid.
      They’re in full promo period with online and print articles and interviews, releasing trailers, other videos and images from episodes. We have the premiere date. The ONLY things we don’t have are the two things you’re so worried about that aren’t that big of a deal; the premiere episode title and the invite-only red carpet premiere (that according to you doesn’t have an official date – although there is that thing stating the 12th).

      Do not forget that this is a US holiday period. Starting this weekend half the dang country won’t work a lick until after the 4th. All of the late night talk shows like Kimmel’s and Fallon’s are going to be repeats all next week. Working in big premieres and such isn’t exactly wise at this time of year.

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    36. Boudica,
      Ginevra: Maybe she doesn’t want to don her crown while she’s a queen but only when she is the queen.

      I like the Marg reference, but, as others have implied, why would she want a crown after the Viserys incident? I don’t think it would sit well with her (and the Dothraki).

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    37. Clob: OR… hang with me now… or, you’re just paranoid.
      They’re in full promo period with online and print articles and interviews, releasing trailers, other videos and images from episodes.We have the premiere date.The ONLY things we don’t have are the two things you’re so worried about that aren’t that big of a deal; the premiere episode title and the invite-only red carpet premiere (that according to you doesn’t have an official date – although there is that thing stating the 12th).

      Do not forget that this is a US holiday period.Starting this weekend half the dang country won’t work a lick until after the 4th.All of the late night talk shows like Kimmel’s and Fallon’s are going to be repeats all next week.Working in big premieres and such isn’t exactly wise at this time of year.

      That’s the thing. With the 4th of July long holiday weekend we won’t get anything official until at least Wednesday

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    38. Hodors Bastard,

      You can have the chain, but until you get the throne you’re not queen. I liked that she’s wearing everything she can to show her status but she can’t wear the crown because it’d be wearing it before it was due …

      I took that to mean that she’s not wearing the crown … yet. It sounds very much like they plan to crown her as soon as she takes the Iron Throne. But I could totally understand if they didn’t even then because of Viserys.

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    39. Jack Bauer 24: That’s the thing. With the 4th of July long holiday weekend we won’t get anything official until at least Wednesday

      Jack Bauer 24,

      You’re going to pop like Oberyn at a trial by combat fight if you keep getting yourself worked up for nothing. R-E-L-A-X

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    40. I’m not sure what Queen Elizabeth I wore when she rallied the troops but I doubt very much she wore a feminine ball dress. (I have been getting a sort of Elizabeth I vibe about Sansa the last couple of seasons). I daresay the dressier robes will come out when/if there is a feast when/if the war is over. I don’t think Cersei has had long enough to grow her hair as long as it was before the walk of shame. I think for a serious season with serious battles the costumes are apt. Also after several years of war (never mind the war(s) to come maybe even the “high borns” are shorter of “coin” than they were before. I was born a few years after Hitler gave up but I know that during and for some while after World War II there was rationing (in the UK at least)

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    41. Jack Bauer 24,

      We will know the first episode title within a few days because TV-guides have to be printed and/or put online. I’m sure you will survive those few days.
      But to be honest I’ve never known the episode titles until I started following this site.

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    42. Clob,

      Its what jack does.. If it isn’t red carpet and episode titles then it will be something else that will make jack worry..its what he has been doing for the last 3 years….
      I for one hope that Season 8 airs in 2018 and not in 2019 so that jack can finally stop worrying and relax ..

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    43. Chilli:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      We will know the first episode title within a few days because TV-guides have to be printed and/or put online. I’m sure you will survive those few days.
      But to be honest I’ve never known the episode titles until I started following this site.

      Thanks. So we should have the title by Monday?

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    44. Clob,

      That would mean a spoiler and doubt Michelle would make such a mistake. Some people are already taking it as a sign what’s to come.

      Wouldn’t be Daenerys on the throne a bit obvious. Is it suggesting she is the only solo winner as George planned it, means Jon is a dead meat? I can hardly imagine them together on the throne, it was constructed for one person not two. Happy endings are not George’s forte.

      Boudica,

      She should have a smaller one, at least until she wins the iron throne.

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    45. Tyrion Pimpslap:
      So did Clapton just spoil that Dany will eventually take the iron throne? Not that it is much of a surprise. But her teasing that Dany isn’t wearing a crown “yet” pretty much foreshadows that she will get one. Though, didn’t she wear one in Meereen, or am I imagining things?

      I’m 99% sure she didn’t have one in Meereen. As for whether or not she spoiled the ending, I think we can say with absolute certainty that at this point Michelle Clapton does not know how the story ends, so no, I don’t think we can infer that Dany ends up on the throne. Anyway, all she said is that giving Dany a crown now would be precocious, given that she isn’t actually in power yet. She isn’t saying that Dany will have that.

      In any case, I would be shocked if Dany were to end up on the Iron Throne. She may have it for a little while, but ultimately I think she has to lose it.

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    46. Flayed Potatoes,

      I agree I would like a crown for Dany, but I think there is something very interesting being said about Renly with him having a crown before he had the throne.
      Renly was really “playing king” he was not willing to fight battles, he really did not have a set plan for Westeros and to be honest he was essentially a puppet for the Tyrells. He made sure he looked the part because that was his job in the Renly/Tyrell alliance.
      Dany sees the throne as her destiny, it is inevitable, it is the will of the God’s and therefore she does not need to “play the queen” since in her mind that is a forgone conclusion and she does not need to announce it with a crown until the crown is actually hers.

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    47. Busmans,

      “The black is all about the onset of winter. It’s perfect.”

      This.

      The Great War is coming and three of the power players are already dressed for their night job….’And now their watch begins’.

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    48. Vincent Stark:

      I also like Cersei’s outfit, but I’m tired of seeing her in black. She’s now a Queen in her own right, I want to see her in Lannister colors. …

      I’m tired of the black costumes on the show, lol. I want to see color.

      I would argue that winter is not the time for color, and this is the most obvious reason that most of the characters have acquired more somber colors. In addition, with a full-blown war in Westeros it will be increasingly difficult to find and purchase luxuries such as colorful dyes… especially with the Iron Bank presumably coming to collect its dues soon!

      For Cersei, I think the black also serves for 1) mourning and 2) perhaps most important, echoing Tywin. Her clothing this season is very, very much like her father’s.

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    49. Flayed Potatoes:

      Also, Renly had a crown and he wasn’t king of anything. Just give everyone crowns already. I see what you’re doing.

      As much as many of us liked Renly, let’s face it: He was arrogant and presumptuous. I really appreciated Clapton’s point about Dany’s caution in “messaging.”

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    50. Geralt of Rivia:
      Clob,
      That would mean a spoiler and doubt Michelle would make such a mistake. Some people are already taking it as a sign what’s to come.

      Wouldn’t be Daenerys on the throne a bit obvious. Is it suggesting she is the only solo winner as George planned it, means Jon is a dead meat? I can hardly imagine them together on the throne, it was constructed for one person not two. Happy endings are not George’s forte.

      In Aegon the Conquerer’s day, he often sat the Iron Throne, but other times Visenya or Rhaenys did. So if Jon + Dany marry both of them will likely sit the IT at various times. I imagine that even a King Jon would be wanting to spend a lot of his time in his beloved north and would be happy to leave the IT to Dany much of the time.

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    51. Daenerys doesn’t wear a crown because she doesn’t feel the need to. I can’t remember theexact quote. Not because she isn’t queen of Westeros. She is queen of Mereen and Dragons bay so Michelle’s comment isn’t making much sense.

      As for the dark colours, I don’t mind. In winter, people normally wear grey, black and other dark colours.

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    52. Tyrion Pimpslap:
      So did Clapton just spoil that Dany will eventually take the iron throne? Not that it is much of a surprise. But her teasing that Dany isn’t wearing a crown “yet” pretty much foreshadows that she will get one.

      I took Clapton’s “yet” to mean that Daenerys will eventually be crowned; but whether in the end, the Iron Throne remains and she remains sitting on it, are big questions in my head.

      Geralt of Rivia: Wouldn’t be Daenerys on the throne a bit obvious. Is it suggesting she is the only solo winner as George planned it, means Jon is a dead meat? I can hardly imagine them together on the throne, it was constructed for one person not two. Happy endings are not George’s forte.

      I am curious. Who do you think will end up on the throne, and how will that subvert the “obviousness”? And how do you think George will play to his forte, what non-happy ending will he deliver? 🙂

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    53. Really loved this interview, amazing and insightful. Michelle Clapton is really incredible, the show is lucky to have her, she puts so much thought into the characters and their costumes.
      I have a feeling from her interview, people have been asking her about Dany being in red and from her talking about it’s a journey. I have a feeling Dany will be wearing much more dominate red in the final season and if Dany is involved in the WW fight, then the red against the white snow will be a beautiful contrast.

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    54. It just upsets me that Sansa’s outfit contains an actual Umber sigil. Circle and chains? Really? What would Rickon have to say about that? Shaggydog? It’s a mistake.

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    55. Kay,

      I’m remembering what Liam said during an interview, that towards the beginning he and George got on real well or whatever and so the author told him something about the throne that nobody else knows. The way he worded that made me think there is a mystery to the throne itself, not just who end up on it.

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    56. Cersei in black makes sense with the death of her children. Everything else about her clothing and hair – enough time must have passed that she is continuing to CUT it short – suggests to me that she has abandoned femininity altogether. If that’s the message they want to send, fair enough, I can buy that, with everything she’s lost and a blackened heart. But I do think that a power bob would be a much better, still powerful look.
      The costumes are gorgeous and so much talent and I get the darker vibe with winter, but agree that Dany should have more red. Is she fire or not? Costume doesn’t match the vibe. If anything, seems she should start this season in full Targaryen conqueror mode, and grow more into the black uniform as they start banding together to face the real enemy. Love the chain though. She’s a warrior queen.
      And agree on Sansa – if we are using clothes to interpret the story, wearing straight black instead of weaving in Stark colors suggests she’s not fighting for her pack?

      Just seems things are blending an awful lot with all that black uniform look when they are still fighting each other and not the ultimate enemy.

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    57. Kerim,
      Of the old gods,

      Re.: Sansa in black and the “Umber sigil”… Sansa will be in mourning for Rickon, and if the circle and chain is indeed a reference to the Umbers, remember that the sigil is of a giant holding broken silver chains. The fact that the chain is not broken might represent a metaphorical “enslavement” of House Umber to House Stark, following its betrayal. Just a thought.

      Re.: Daenerys in mostly black… Having been enlightened by Jorah, Barristan, and Tyrion about the history of her house and of her father’s downfall, I would wager that the last way Daenerys wants to present herself at this point is “in full Targaryen conqueror mode.” In her own mind, I think she believes she “conquered” Slaver’s Bay (now the Bay of Dragons). Westeros isn’t a conquest so much as a reclaiming of her birthright.

      As for beginning with red and moving towards black as the Westerosi turn their attention towards the real enemy, Daenerys knows nothing of the White Walkers yet. It would make no sense for her to dress accordingly, imo.

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    58. Kerim: It just upsets me that Sansa’s outfit contains an actual Umber sigil. Circle and chains? Really? What would Rickon have to say about that? Shaggydog? It’s a mistake.

      I don’t think it’s meant to represent the Umber’s sigil… It’s a variation of her “Dark Sansa” accessory (black “Stop”-like circle with a chain ending in a needle). Therefore, it’s not like she’s giving homage to the Umbers bur rather a symbol of her “reshaping” herself.

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    59. Kerim,

      It’s got nothing to do with the Umbers, she wore it in the Vale as “Dark Sansa” if it had anything to do with a specific family or person, it’s showing her following Littlefinger’s path as she wore that under his protection and tutelage.

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    60. Kay,

      because it’s the other way around. Clapton does it right. Targaryen’s always used to wear black and they only wore hints of red. Black is the Tagaryen color the way red is the Lannister’s, red for the Targaryens in like gold for the Lannisters.
      Cersei is still mourning Tommen, so they only one here who’s wearing the wrong color(s) is Sansa.

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    61. Birgit,

      Hence my use of the word “birthright”: She believes she’s entitled to it because her father was king. The fact that she herself has never “had” Westeros is immaterial. And I’m not under any illusion that it’s not going to be violent; my argument is that in Daenerys’s own mind, what she’s going to Westeros for is fundamentally different from what she ultimately went to Slaver’s Bay for.

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