House of the Dragon: Symbolism in hairstyles

“House of the Dragon,” the prequel to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” delves into the tumultuous past of House Targaryen nearly 200 years before Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) vied for the Iron Throne. Although the series introduces us to a whole new cast – including King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock), to name a few – it there’s a lot of symbolism in the hair and costumes to unbox, just like the original series.

“Game of Thrones” fans know that hair color is often a good way to tell members of houses apart. Despite the vastness of Westeros, a white blond usually signals a Targaryen; a sandy blond, a Lannister. In the original show, Daenerys is known for her half-up, half-up, half-down braided hairstyles, while her brother Rhaegar (Wilf Scolding) has bleached, tousled waves. Although the new show focuses on an entirely different storyline, the signature hairstyles are still easily spotted, with similar styles appearing between King Viserys and Rhaegar and between Daenerys and Rhaenyra.

Ahead, take a closer look at some of the hairstyles from “House of the Dragon” and learn the meaning behind the most notable hair moments.

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