It was a bit difficult to focus on the fashion in this episode. First of all, Margaery and Cersei, two queens with their own signature styles, are both in the dungeon in rags. Then there was that whole battle scene at the end. But I am nothing if not dedicated to spotting new trends and the clever use of accessories in the Seven Kingdoms. Luckily, Arya finally got her big makeover, Daenerys wore some fantastic sternum ornamentation, and we got a good look at the #inspo for all those glowing White Walker blue eyes, thanks to their glaring, meme-worthy leader, the so-called Night's King.
Sansa Touches Reek's Hair (Ew)
Sansa had a little heart-to-heart with Theon/Reek, in which he admitted he didn't actually kill her two little brothers. Presumably that doesn't do much to alleviate the anger she felt for him ratting her out to Ramsay. But she seemed strong this episode, despite the fact that she's gone back to her sad-sack Kings Landing wardrobe of drab, heavy dresses and drab, heavy hair. I have a feeling Goth Sansa will be back.
Daenerys's Statement Necklace
This incredible metal-worked statement necklace/sternal cover made its first appearance last week, but Daenerys wore it again this week while meeting Tyrion and deciding Jorah's fate once and for all. In addition to being magnificent, queenly and announcing that she has a thing for dragons, it will likely deter unwanted huggers.
Arya Channels Frida Kahlo
This moment has been teased since before season five premiered and it's finally here: Arya got a new outfit! Arya went out as Lanna the Oyster Girl at the behest of Jaquen in order to check out some bad guys. And she kind of looks like Frida Kahlo, if Frida wore a fishnet shawl and lugged oysters around. I'm sad to see Arya losing her identity, but at least she is not cleaning dead people anymore.
I did not want this moment between Tyrion and Daenerys to end. The banter, culminating in each accepting the other, was really well done. They are going to make a formidable ruling force. Meanwhile, Tyrion wore lace-up crotch pants and Daenerys continued her colorless dress streak.
No One Wears Hats When It's Cold, Still
Jon Snow and new pal Tormund the wildling went to try to convince the other wildlings to band together with the Night's Watch against the White Walkers. No one wears hats, despite the fact #winteriscoming. I asked costume designer Michele Clapton way back in season two why no one wears hats, and it annoys her just as much as it annoys me, but the show's writers think hats would make it difficult to identify the main characters. They have a point. Anyway, here's the dialogue on that boat, per my imagination: "Tormund, did you remember to bring our man-bag full of dragon glass?" "Yep! Jon Snow, do you still have that Valyrian steel blade? I don't know why I'm asking. Just a feeling."
Another Awesome Wildling Lady
Meet the short-lived Karsi, awesome wildling lady who supported Jon Snow right away in his quest. What is she wearing on the front of her filthy fur, though? Are they oyster shells or rocks? Hard to tell.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Credit for this meme goes to Twitter)
Here is the Night's King, last seen a few seasons ago turning a baby into one of his blue-eyed minions. After killing pretty much all of the wildlings (while wearing a brooch), he gloated about it. This guy was clearly just toying with Jon Snow et al. In addition to the weird bony crown and obviously fake contact lenses, he also has a nice chin cleft and there's definitely a hint of some musculature there. (An unrelated question: Can White Walkers not cross water? Does this remind anyone else of the Nazgul from "The Lord of the Rings?" Or Gremlins?)