There is no shortage of Game of Thrones fan theories, but the best ones hone in on details in the show and answer lingering questions we’ve all had. This one about Cersei’s hair does exactly that.
If you’ll remember, Cersei’s glorious, long hair was cut short for her walk of shame in Season 5.
This season, her hair is still cropped super short.
But, in the world of Game of Thrones, plenty of time has passed. Back in Season 5, Tyene Sand also had an adorable pixie, but when we saw her again this season, it had grown into a shoulder-length bob.
Here they are in Season 5:
And in Season 7:
As Vanity Fair points out, it’s well-established that nothing about Cersei’s look is an accident. Her new look represents a few things—she’s been reborn as a new person now that her children are all gone. Cersei defined herself as a mother first and foremost and without that, she’s a new and different person.
What’s more, it represents a shift toward Cersei embracing the person she’s always been: A fighter, a real player in the game for power.
It’s always been clear that Cersei is truly Tywin’s daughter. Here’s the look Tywin rocked when he was in power:
And here’s how Cersei has been dressing:
Cersei’s hair isn’t just growing slowly, she’s purposefully keeping her powerful pixie because it represents her shedding the feminine boundaries that kept her down for so many years. So basically, as long as Cersei keep her hair short: Watch out.