Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres this week — words fans have been waiting to hear since Season 6 wrapped up a lifetime ago. Now with Westeros about to undergo some serious shakeups, acclaimed costume designer Michele Clapton entered potential spoiler territory while speaking to Uproxx recently about some key meetings set to go down.
For those still binging and trying desperately to avoid spoilers — which if you have up to this point, kudos — then perhaps now’s not the best time to keep scrolling.
Clapton, who worked on Game of Thrones for the first five seasons before leaving and coming back in time for the end of Season 6, told the media outlet that her costume designs this coming season mirrors not only the past of the characters but also a sign of things to come. More specifically, “It’s the coming to the end.”
Seasons 7 and 8 of the show are already known to be shorter than its predecessors and with characters coming close to the end of their arcs, they’re starting to look a little familiar — Cersei channeling her inner Tywin, Daenerys repping her family colors and Jon Snow can be seen honoring Ned Stark by donning a big fur cape.
You can check out the Season 7 trailer below to get a peak at what Clapton is talking about:
Clapton also teases at Snow ditching said digs when he travels north of the wall this season with more of a “Wildling style.” Hopefully he isn’t alone in those endeavors:
“He really embraces this Northern, over-the-Wall style, the Wildling style, and the reason he embraces it is because it’s practical. Kit [Harington] was delighted that he didn’t have the big heavy cape. This was agile and he could fight and move and I think it was a really interesting process just to take him out into this new look.”
But through that choice of cape, Clapton then confirmed a pair of meetings that fans have been craving for:
“We had a lot of discussions about does the cape give him presence or is it better to not have that presence? What are we trying to say? There are times when we removed it because we wanted him to be more vulnerable. Especially I think, when he saw Dany, and he went to see her for the first time in her chamber. We decided to remove it, but then when he went to see Cersei, we put it on.”
Were these meeting predictable? Sure. When you have to convince everybody of the real threat to Westeros, Dany and Cersei are going to have to be major players in that war to come. And the power of persuasion won’t be easy, lest we forget that lovely “meet the parents” moment of Season 6 where Gilly attempts to convince the Tarly family that Sam encountered and took down a White Walker. If a cape is what gets the job done for Jon Snow, so be it.
Plus, it’s always nice to have some confirmation of these predictions as Clapton is the first of any Thrones member to dish these meetings out as fact.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on HBO on July 16.