Yesterday, HBO released a new teaser video for Season 7 of Game of Thrones, and while it showed us not a single frame of the actual season, one thing is clear: Winter is here. There’s a chill in Westeros, as Cersei Lannister’s visible breath shows, and things are only going to get colder.
But climate change isn’t the only thing the new teaser reveals. As with all things GoT, the drama is in the details. On its surface, the the clip simply braids together footage of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) walking down separate hallways and sitting in their various throne rooms—but if you look closely, their clothes signal what’s coming in Season 7.
The first one we see is Jon, in Winterfell, so let’s start there.
For the most part, Jon Snow’s outfit consists of his standard-issue cloaks and shawls. Now that he’s reclaimed his place in Winterfell, though, his draped garments seem to be held on by a fancy new gold clasp now. (Also, that fur around his neck looks like it could’ve come from one of the Stark family direwolves—Grey Wind, maybe?—but that seems too dark even for Game of Thrones.) It’s hard to tell for sure, but it seems highly likely that at least part of his outfit is new. Last season, after Jon complimented Sansa’s ’fit, the new lady of Winterfell made her bastard brother one to match, adding “I made it like the one father used to wear.” Sansa’s cloak, you’ll remember, had quite a bit of symbolism: the Stark’s direwolf family sigil emblazoned on the chest. She’s nowhere to be found in this trailer, but if she was it would be a stark (sorry) reminder that now it’s truly the girls who run Westeros. Speaking of which…
Next up is Dany, dressed in the kind of dark tones we hardly ever see her wearing. For years, we saw the Mother of Dragons in blue, because it was a Dothraki color. But then last season, as she began her…