Major Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen the series finale, stop reading.
Over eight seasons of Game of Thrones we’ve been by Jon Snow’s side. We’ve watched him grow from the bastard of Winterfell — lost and unsure of his place in the world — into a new recruit of the Night’s Watch and, eventually, into a sure-footed leader, a noble and honorable man, and a passionate and attentive lover (thanks, Ygritte, and RIP). He even went on to briefly die (and came back to life, NBD), then he became the King in the North for a while there, and of course, a lover again (to his secret aunt, Daenerys Targaryen, whom he killed in the finale).
We will miss so much about getting to watch young Snow on the regular now that the series has ended — even though we are glad he has been reunited with his beloved dire wolf, Ghost, back at the Wall — but what will we miss the most? First: his pout. Has Jon Snow ever smiled? Has this world ever given him a reason to? Luckily, there has never been a pout more versatile than that of Jon Snow. Sometimes those pursed lips accompanied a furrowed brow, sometimes they accompanied a smolder of conflicted desire, the steady glare of certainty, or determined bravery in the face of certain death. Sometimes his trembling pout matched eyes full of tears, like when he held a dying Ygritte in his arms; sometimes, when he was focused on battle, they accompanied a glower. The pout was briefly masked by a beard when Jon was imprisoned after killing his aunt/girlfriend/boss Daenerys, but thankfully it made a return before the series’ end, giving us a final glimpse at that pout we know and love.
But what we’ll miss the most is his hair. That hair. Hair that was as dark as a crow’s feather, as wild and tangled as Westerosi politics. Hair that stayed shiny and lush even against the harsh environmental factors of an ever-coming winter. Was there a better set of locks anywhere in the Seven Kingdoms?