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**Spoilers ahead**

Daenerys’ outfits on Game of Thrones are on a whole other level within the realm of the Seven Kingdoms. Not only are they iconic, but they also help weave the ever-evolving story behind our favorite Khaleesi.

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And while we’ve closely monitored the evolution of her ~look~ through all six seasons of Thrones, there was one small, symbolic, and frankly very clever detail we all missed – specifically, with Dany’s necklace.

Let’s take a look back at Season 5, Episode 9, “The Dance of Dragons.”

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If you recall, in this penultimate Season 5 episode, Daenerys and co are unexpectedly trapped in the center of a fighting ring by the Sons of the Harpy.

Luckily, Drogon swoops in to save the day. Hooray! Fire!

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But let’s take a look at Daenerys’ GORGEOUS dragon necklace in this episode – because you’ll be pretty surprised you never noticed this before.

Here’s a better look. Check out how big and ornate those dragon wings are.

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And we’re SURE you remember Dany’s bad-ass exit from the ring, riding Drogon like the Khaleesi that she is.

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But do you remember the Season 5 finale, “Mother’s Mercy?” Yeah, Dany looked a little worse for wear – a long journey on a dragon’s back will do that – but check out that fancy dragon necklace in this episode.

The wings have been shed!

And here’s an EVEN CLEARER view of her paired-down dragon necklace from the beginning of Season 6.

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We understand that Dany’s ride on Drogon wasn’t exactly a first-class flight, but it seems kinda WEIRD that her necklace would change that dramatically, right? She’s likely not ripping apart her jewelry while flying over Meereen!

Well, there’s actually a very symbolic explanation.

In an interview with USA Today, Thrones‘ Emmy-winning costume designer Michele Clapton explained,

“Dany was in the fight pits — where she didn’t want to be — so I put her in this like column dress of almost white with a silver necklace, which visually removed her from the dirt and the fighting. And then she has to flee and I wanted the wings (on the necklace) to come off so she’d be left with less of a dragon.”

Could we even go so far as to say it was like Dany was shedding her regal/formal life as the soon-to-be-wife of Hizdahr zo Loraq (and his barbaric love of the fighting pits)?

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Sadly, Dany’s dragon necklace (even in its simplified, skeletal form) went “buh-bye” in Season 6, Episode 3, “Oathbreaker.”

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BOOOOO.

But whatever, because Khaleesi’s got WAY more important things to worry about these days, like you know. TAKING THE SEVEN KINGDOMS!

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And we’re sure Clapton and the rest of her team will present us with some more amazing designs!