Welcome to our weekly series, "Fashion of the Realm," which we'll present every Monday after a new episode of Game of Thrones airs. Expect fashion recaps, interviews, plenty of pictures, and deep dives into the unique style -- both on and off set -- on everyone's favorite bloody, naked show. (Until the characters get killed off, anyway.) Spoilers.
After 10 long months -- and our own version of a Winterfell winter (minus White Walkers) -- Game of Thrones is finally back. Last night's season four premiere featured witty banter, compelling partnerships (Arya and the Hound!), and yes, that dramatic fashion.
It's a testament to costume designer Michele Clapton and the crew that there's a lot of continuity in looks between seasons; characters who have signature looks carried that seamlessly over into season four. However, there were a lot of dramatic makeovers since last season as well as a few new characters, with their own unique sartorial styles, to discuss.
Click through for the new men and new makeovers from the first episode of this season's Game of Thrones.
Photos: Courtesy HBO/Helen Sloan/Macall B.Polay/Neil Davidson
Jaime Lannister Cleans Up:
Jaime washed off all his road grime, chopped off his dirty bob, and now he's become another boring, respectable 40-year-old (as everyone keeps gleefully reminding him) in King's Landing. At least he has a shiny golden hand and a new leather coat.
I'm not entirely sure what the difference between gauchos and culottes is, but if recent runways and Brianne of Tarth have anything to say about it, they're both back.
Jon Snow Takes Off His Fur:
And puts on a leather tunic instead. Oh my God. Sorry, Ygritte: Jon Snow knows everything. I realize this picture is dark, but even just the silhouette of Jon Snow in supple neck-to-butt black leather should be enough to convince you.
So Daario Looks...Different:
That's because he is. Actor Michieal Huisman replaced Ed Skrein as Daenerys' companion/bodyguard/flirt. The old one had better hair, but the new one seems to have a warmer personality. Just go with it.
Meet Oberyn Martell, aka The Red Viper:
The pansexual "Red Viper" seems to be the John-Travolta-in-Saturday Night Fever of the realm, complete with open-chested shirts and gold chains. His "paramour" Ellaria (one of presumably many), seen scowling behind him, also promises to be quite sassy this season.
Never Change, Ladies:
Daenerys, Cersei, Sansa and Margaery all re-wore outfits from previous seasons. I'm not judging. If it's good enough for Kate Middleton, it's good enough for all these queens and queen-wannabes.