Daenerys Targaryen’s icy outfit in those Game of Thrones scenes in the North was much more significant than we realised.
According to costume designer Michele Clapton, Dany’s motivations were hiding in plain sight when the Breaker of Chains rode Drogon north – specifically weaved into the look of her winter coat.
Reflecting on the thinking behind her bright white outfit – which she wore when she saved Jon Snow and was still wearing at the beginning of season 8 – Clapton explained to TV Guide: “Initially it was about the idea that if she’s riding a dragon to the North, she should be warm.
“And then I decided that actually it’s the first time she’s performed a completely selfless task – because it’s usually for her own gain – and on this occasion, it was actually for her love.
“So, I loved this idea, as I developed this costume, that it’s almost [as if] she sees herself as this saviour, this angel. And so when she arrives and descends on this dragon, she is this sort of angel of mercy.
“I think it just said so much about her mental state at the time, how she saw herself.”