We might be strenuously avoiding spoilers for the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones,” but let’s be honest, we’re also dying to know what everyone in Westeros is going to be wearing come April 6.
And since it’s not possible to call up Daenerys Targaryen on the morn of the premiere and be all, “Girl, what are you going to wear?”, this is the next best thing: a video containing behind-the-scenes look at this season’s coolest costumes.
From the Baratheon-Tyrell nuptials to the Mother of Dragons’ fiery fashions, here’s all the coolest info to come out of this sneak peek.
Brienne’s Got a Brand New Breastplate
During their mutual stay at King’s Landing, Jaime Lannister presents Brienne with a serious gift: a new suit of armor, handmade by the best artisan blacksmiths. Though costume designer Michele Clapton cautioned that it’s not exactly fancy — a Lannister might always pay his debts, but aesthetes, they aren’t — actress Gwendoline Christie says that as far as Brienne herself is concerned, “He’s, like, given her couture.”
The King’s (Uncle’s) Hand
Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister has a very fancy new accessory: a gold prosthetic hand to replace the one he was so cruelly relieved of last season. The hand is commissioned by Cersei, who according to Clapton is “just so disgusted by his stump” that she can’t bear to see it, and its elaborate inlaid design is a reference to the Queen’s own beautiful armor from last season.
However, no matter how pretty it is, there’s still one problem: says Lena Headey, who plays Cersei, “She just wants to cover it up. But obviously that doesn’t work, because it’s a big gold hand.”
Dressing the Mother of Dragons
If you’re sick of seeing Daenarys in the same tired blue dress and stained suede leggings in episode after episode, here’s some delightful news: the upcoming season will show the aspiring queen getting dressed for several more formal occasions, in gowns that pay homage to her special relationship with those fire-breathing flying lizards.
And not a minute too soon; after last season’s bloodshed and various human barbecues, those leggings have to be smelling pretty ripe by now.
A Crown for a King; A Rose for a Queen
If there’s one event that the fashionistas of Westeros are all looking forward to, it’ll be the big, royal wedding between Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. First and foremost, prepare yourself for opulent everything: says Clapton, the wedding “had to be really distasteful in a way,” to reflect the fact that the groom is a tiny sadistic bastard with terrible taste in everything.
“It was majestic, it was shimmering,” said Jack Gleeson, who played the teenage despot. “I think that’s what Joffrey likes, something ostentatious and grand.”
But there are hints everywhere — even in the complementary crowns made for the king and his bride — that Joffrey is getting more than he bargained for with Margaery. Dornish roses are creeping stealthily around and over Joffrey’s crown; and then, there’s also the small matter of Margaery’s wedding dress.
Every rose has its thorn, and the bride’s extravagant rosette skirt gives way to a decidedly dangerous bodice. We wouldn’t want to be in charge of unlacing that gown at the end of the day.
But at least one person enjoyed herself at the wedding of the century: in the words of Natalie Dormer, who’s wearing the thorny confection herself, “I’ve been married before, professionally, a couple of times, but this takes the biscuit.”
“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO on April 6.