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Jon Snow's Man Bun on Game of Thrones Season 8

RIP, Jon Snow's Man Bun

Jon Snow's Man Bun on Game of Thrones Season 8
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Game of Thrones loves to kill its darlings, and while there are plenty of reasons to be upset following the series finale, the death I'm grieving most deeply is that of Jon Snow's man bun. Why kill the innocents? What did that perfectly pulled-back style ever do to deserve its fate?

The man bun made its debut back in season six, but while its time on the show may have been brief, it quickly became one of my favourite characters. For one thing, it's dependable, which is more than you can say about the majority of the hot messes in Westeros. Whether Jon Snow is riding a dragon, raging on the battlefield, or making any number of questionable decisions, the man bun is there holding it together, even when Jon isn't.

Sadly, the bun meets its unnecessary end in the series finale when Jon heads North with Tormund and the rest of the Wildlings — because, what, he's too good for it now? It doesn't allow his curls to look *~wild~* enough? If anything, doesn't it feel as if life in the windy, blizzardy North might be precisely the right time for Jon Snow's man bun to shine? I can hear the counterarguments now: it's a shorter season! The writers don't have time to give every character A Big Moment!

Excuses, all of it. Jon Snow's man bun deserved better.

As we mourn the loss, let's pay tribute to the iconic hairstyle with a look back at some of its most memorable moments throughout season eight. RIP, man bun. Thanks for the memories (and all the hot Kit Harington GIFs).

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