Did Emilia Clarke Drop a Hint About 'Game of Thrones' With Her Premiere Look?

The lewk is all ice, no fire.

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Emilia Clarke might be Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, but on last night's Season 8 premiere, she was all ice. She debuted an icy blue Valentino dress (with intriguing text on the bust: "Leave your door open for me. I might sleepwalk into your arms."), a very trendy pink eyeshadow paired with a plum lip, and a refresh to her brunette hair with just a hint of blue in a twisty updo that channeled her iconic GoT role.

Could this be a clue about how her character ends up on the show?? There's a crazy fan theory—no spoilers here, but you can read it here—that might point to something big. (Also, it's probably nothing and Emilia is just channeling her usual high-fashion self, but I'll take anything at this point. All signs are pointing to the final season being kind of traumatic.)

Emilia's stylist, Jenny Cho, said, "For tonights look, I wanted to incorporate a braid as a nod to #DaenerysTargaryen the queen of dragons." It's such a cool look, channeling the spines on one of her dragons.

She didn't specify, but I also think Emilia might have dyed her hair just a shade or two darker. Here's the most recent post on Emilia's Instagram before the premiere, and it looks lighter (and less blue-ish) to me:

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It miiiight just be a trick of the light or her roots growing in, but I think it might be intentional. Which would be incredible, because it totally matches her dress. That's fashion matching on a level I've never attempted before.

Update: Emilia posted on her Instagram that she's wearing "Targaryen colours," and she even included a winner emoji "🏆" so maybe that's also a hint about the show?? I don't know. I'm so confused. But she looks great!

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Here's a look at the full outfit:

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In the past, Emilia has been honest about how the beautiful platinum locks she had to sport as a part of playing Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen really damaged her hair. "[My] hair was, like, dying! I’m honestly trying to grow out the blonde, because it’s just killed my hair, and I miss having nice hair!” she told Harper's Bazaar.

Although to be fair, she did choose to dye her hair—normally, it's a wig. But Emilia told Vanity Fair, "F*ck it—it’s the last season. I’m going to dye my hair blonde." (Cue her being recognized 10000 times more often.)

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