The Game of Thrones‘ Season 7 premiere was a big episode for Sansa: She publicly defied her “half-brother” Jon Snow and asserted herself as a force to be reckoned with. She also made it clear that she’s wise to Littlefinger’s plans, and engaged in a pointed exchange with Jon about Cersei.
“You’re the military man, but I know her,” Sansa said to Jon. “If you’re her enemy, she’ll never stop until she’s destroyed you. Everyone who’s ever crossed her she’s found a way to murder.”
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Jon: “You almost sound as if you admire her.”
Sansa: “I learned a great deal from her.”
This is where some eagle-eyed fans, like those at Huffington Post, noticed that Sansa actually paid tribute to Cersei in a bigger way during the episode—by rocking her iconic, pre-Sparrow-head-shaving hairdo.
And we shouldn’t just call this a coincidence. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, has commented on how the character’s always-changing hairstyles are never random.
“Sansa’s hair is constantly reflecting the people she’s learning from, or mimicking, or inspired by at the time,” she explained in 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.”
Some fans noticed the similarity right away on Twitter:
Others noticed it a while ago—just from the promotional material released ahead of the premiere:
This is classic Game of Thrones foreshadowing and likely means we can expect Sansa to deploy some of the scheming she learned during her time observing Cersei in King’s Landing. The only question is: Does Jon Snow need to worry?