Last Sunday’s highly anticipated conclusion to Game of Thrones (watch now on Crave) was like any good finale – completely divisive and packed with moments that will be dissected for years to come. While Bran the Broken was chosen as the ruler of the Seven, sorry, Six Kingdoms, he wasn’t the only Stark to have his name added to A Song of Ice and Fire (there’s lots of room thanks to Tyrion’s exclusion). Big sis Sansa Stark had the final chapter in her incredible rise to power, going from the little girl who couldn’t wait to marry Joffrey to the woman who would be Queen of the North and kill horrible men. Dany and Jon may not have gotten the ending fans wanted for them, but Sansa did and she has the dress to prove it.
Game of Thrones is a show that banks on fans being uber devoted and loyal followers may have spotted some big nods to Sansa’s heritage during the close up of her coronation gown. In true royal family style, Sansa’s gown was a visual representation of her family line. TBD if it’s going to be reproduced and sell out immediately during next year’s wedding season.
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a familiar material on the dress–the scales on the sleeves, likely a nod to her mother Catelyn Stark (RIP), which represents House Tully. The blue colour of the dress is another nod to House Tully, a fitting tribute considering how close Sansa was to her mother.
Sansa’s weirwood-style coronation dress, complete with a direwolf crown… thank you costuming department, thank you Michele Clapton! pic.twitter.com/52jacCMvh5
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Sansa also looked outside her family tree for the dress, with the fabric mimicking Margaery Tyrell’s wedding dress. The Tyrells proved to be allies of the Stark family, with Margaery Tyrell’s grandmother Olenna even poisoning Ned Stark’s executioner Joffrey, saving her granddaughter from marrying the tiny tyrant and delivering the most badass final line in eight seasons of epic deaths.
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The red leaves embroidered on the dress represent the Weirwood Tree in Winterfell Godswood. This tree is of huge importance to Sansa. It was a favourite spot of her father Ned. It’s where Arya killed the Night King and where Theon, whom Sansa loved, died trying to protect Bran. It’s also where Jon told his siblings that he was actually their cousin, thus putting into motion Sansa’s plan to take down the Khaleesi. So yeah, it’s a significant tree.
Best supporting actress go to the Weirwood leaves on Sansa’s coronation dress. pic.twitter.com/kIl4n3yEOT
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Sansa’s crown is designed in a similar fashion to Cersei’s, which makes sense. Though we hated this line, Sansa told The Hound this season that all the terrible things that happened to her were what changed her from being a little bird to a woman. We won’t go into finding the silver lining of being raped and tortured, because hell no, but with that mindset it would make sense that Sansa would pay homage to Cersei, who had a huge impact on her life. Sansa’s hairstyles were often fashioned after Cersei’s, so it’s fitting that her crown is as well. But with wolves, so way cooler.
Honestly when I first saw Sansa’s coronation, when we see the back of the crown, I thought it looked quite similar to Cersei’s. Am I the only one who thinks so? pic.twitter.com/SWWephmEMf
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As Nerdist points out, it’s possible that Sansa’s collar also paid tribute to Littlefinger, who was the worst, but also one of the people largely response for where Sansa ended up. Still the worst, but the collar looks chic.
All hail the Queen of the Nawth.