It’s been pretty well-documented that the costume and makeup team on Game of Thrones uses hair in symbolic ways throughout the series.
So I am honestly shocked that we hadn’t noticed a glaring, seasons-long trend in Daenerys’ hair until now.
As you probably know, the Dothraki adorn their braids after victories and cut them off after a defeat.
That’s why Khal Drogo had such a long braid.
And that turns out to be one of a few Dothraki traditions that Dany took to heart, because her braids have multiplied over the seasons as she’s won more battles.
She gained braids after the liberation of Slaver’s Bay, and after her victory over the Lannister army.
Cersei’s hair transformation could be subject to similar symbolism: It was when she hit rock bottom and seemed defeated at the hands of the High Sparrow that her head was shaved.
But there’s no denying that these are THE BRAIDS OF A CONQUEROR.