“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke got a new haircut, which is putting fans and show watchers into a speculative frenzy.
On her Instagram, Clarke can be seen rocking a cropped, pale blonde hairdo. The actress is naturally a brunette, so she’s finally one step closer to looking like her character Daenerys Targaryen in real life.
“Mother of dragons meet Emilia. Emilia meet mother of dragons. If you squint just so you might never know,” the actress wrote. “All hail to the magnificence of @kevalexanderhair and @candicebanks74 the genius creators of ‘KHALEESI WIG’ (and not forgetting all the hair on game of thrones for 8 glorious years) for at long last making this magical moment a reality.”
The question now is what that “magical moment” is. Maybe it’s finally Clarke going full pale blonde instead of using the aforementioned Khaleesi wig. Other actors have dyed or changed their hair to match that of their characters (Sophie Turner, for example, is a natural blonde but had been dying her hair red up until this most recent season).
But the length is what’s catching people’s eye.
In the books, Daenerys’ hair often doesn’t survive flames even if the rest of her does. While the show has mostly ignored this, maybe it’s finally moving closer to the books.
Some are speculating that Daenerys might be getting a haircut, meaning the change is symbolic. The length of Clarke’s hair is similar to that of the men in the Targaryen family, such as her brothers Viserys and Rhaegar. That kind of change would mean Daenerys is moving closer to accepting her Targaryen heritage, something she’s struggled with since Season 1.
This could be especially symbolic if you believe in the fan theory that Daenerys wears her hair long and in a braid as a tribute to her late husband Khal Drogo. The Dothraki only cut their hair when they’re defeated in battle and Drogo’s braid, which hung well past his hips before his death, meant he had never been defeated.
The transition could also be practical. The braids and styles that she’s adorned are often masterful, especially this past season, but if you’re about to go into battle with White Walkers, riding on the back of a dragon maybe going hundreds of miles an hour, you might want a more manageable hair style.
If you’re about to hop into battle, you might not want to wait until your right hand is done braiding your hair.
It could also be as simple as Clarke’s hair is this length and the show’s going for more realistic-looking extensions instead of wigs that vary in quality.
We’ll have to wait and see, since the final season of “Game of Thrones” doesn’t have a release date yet. It’s expected sometime in either 2018 or 2019.