Last night’s premiere of Game of Thrones was applauded for its strong themes of women empowerment: Sansa openly defied her half-brother Jon in front of a roomful of followers; Lyanna Mormont gave a rallying cry that proved she’s more than capable of being HBIC of the North, nevermind Bear Island; Cersei sat on the Iron Throne with a smirk, politely denying Euron Greyjoy’s offer of marriage. As per classic Game of Thrones, what’s an episode without dropping casual hints or teasers?
Here are two moments of foreshadowing from the Season 7 premiere.
SANSA STARK’S EVER-EVOLVING HAIR
Pay close attention! Actress Sophie Turner once said that her character’s hairstyle choices are never random.
“Sansa’s hair is constantly reflecting the people she’s learning from, or mimicking, or inspired by at the time,” Sophie explains an interview.
“When she’s Cersei’s prisoner, and she’s kind of absorbing all her manipulative techniques, it’s reflected in her hairstyle, and when she’s finding the spirit of Margaery in herself, she wears her hair like Margaery.”
Here’s the current style she’s sporting, and a side by side comparison of who she’s learning from / mimicking / inspired by.
Cue Jon’s disbelieving statement: “You almost sound as if you admire her.”
ED SHEERAN’S SERENADE
Jokes and more jokes aside, Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones surpassed all our expectations with the amount of screen time he had. The singer has since deleted his Twitter account (coincidence, or overwhelming Twitter response?), but the tune he sang when Arya stumbled upon his bunch of merry men has a deeper meaning.
He rode through the streets of the city, down from his hill on high.
O’er the wynds and the steps and the cobbles, he rode to a woman’s sigh.
For she was his secret treasure, she was his shame and his bliss.
And a chain and a keep are nothing, compared to a woman’s kiss.
For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm.
Originally from the books, the song was sang to taunt Tyrion Lannister and his relationship with Shae. It’s unlikely that the song would be repeated for a casual cameo. Fans seem to think the song references a different Lannister brother – one with an actual hand of gold and a secret lover.
Tyrion thought about the song when he was strangling Shae to death with chains.
Foreshadowing: Cersei dies by Jaime’s hands.
What do we say to the God of Coincidence? Not today.