15 Porn Sites for Women That You’ll Really, Really Enjoy

There’s no shortage of porn on the Internet but it’s hard to find something you actually want to watch. On a lot of free sites, it often feels like you have to wade through video after video (and pop-up after pop-up) of people degrading, insulting, and violating women before you can find decent porn sites for women. Given what a task that is, it’s no wonder more men than women still watch porn. But this is changing, thanks to the rise of porn for women. Finding hot masturbation material should not come at the cost of feeling like an object (unless that is specifically what you’re looking for—and even then it can be done in a feminist way).

Much of the best porn for women isn’t free, but a lot of free porn isn’t produced ethically. Paying for porn is not only going to be safer for your computer, but it makes the entire industry more female-friendly for the performers and the viewers.

Here are some porn sites to check out if you’re looking for female empowerment, mutually respectful sex, and lots of content to help get you off:

Cindy Gallop created this site to show real sex among real people, not actors doing things that don’t represent how sex happens IRL. Couples submit videos of themselves having sex, which you can rent for $5, and half of the money will go to the stars themselves. “We are not porn—porn is performance (often an exceedingly delicious performance, but a performance nonetheless),” its website reads. “We are not ‘amateur’—a label that implies that the only people doing it right are the professionals and the rest of us are bumbling idiots. (Honey, please.)” We love that attitude. And these vids.

This award-winning queer porn site provides “real dyke porn, lesbians, femme on femme, boi, stud, genderqueer and trans-masculine performers, transwomen, transmen, queer men and women engaging in authentic queer sexuality, whether it is with safer sex, strap-on sex, cocksucking, kink and BDSM, gender play and fluidity, and always authentic orgasms.” You can become a member (which lets you stream all the videos) for $9.99 to $25 a month.

Erika Lust, a filmmaker who explained why porn can be feminist in this great TED Talk, gives us porn videos—made largely by female directors—that show all of the passion, “intimacy, love, and lust in sex,” where “the feminine viewpoint is vital, the aesthetic is a pleasure to all of the senses, and eroticism and innovation are celebrated.” She also accepts viewer “confessions,” which she turns into videos for her XConfessions series. You can watch Lust’s work for $16.66 to $34.95 a month.

Instead of your standard video format, this site features GIFs for quick, free consumption of “palpable desire, unbridled passion, and body-positive eroticism.” It also offers sex-toy reviews, a NSFW coloring book, and other resources from sex educator Elle Chase.

The “female-friendly” sections of mainstream porn sites are often just proof of how low our standards are. Anything where a woman feels a modicum of genuine pleasure tends to get categorized this way, even when the images overall are clearly geared toward straight men. But Dane Jones’ videos are some of the best options you’ll find under this category. They’re sensual, romantic, and focused on the women involved (though they tend to have shots that linger on men’s bodies as well). You can become a member for around $20 to $30 a month, but many videos are free.

The women-run Indie Porn Revolution—formerly known as nofauxxx.com—is committed to involving a diverse array of actors, showing safe sex (a rarity in porn), and casting frequently typecast people in non-stereotypical roles. Membership is $16.67 to $20 a month.

“Ms Naughty,” the filmmaker behind this production company, calls it, “a deliberate attempt to show all the good stuff that we love about sex—intimacy, laughter, connection, and real pleasure.” The videos feature the silly, awkward side of sex as well as the hot and steamy side. The camera zooms in on men just as much as it does on women, and the scenes focus on the buildup of sexual tension couples experience before sex, so you can feel the heat rising. To see beyond the previews, you have to pay $28.22 for the first month and then $12.24 a month after that.

Listen to enough fake porn moans and you can start to wonder what real people actually sound like when they’re masturbating or having sex. Fortunately, this site clears all that up. For no cost at all, you can listen to dozens of audio recordings of masturbation sessions. Some include dirty talk aimed at pleasing the listener, and others include entertaining attempts to count backward from 100 to 0.

The feminist sex-toy store Good Vibrations makes an effort to cater to women’s diverse desires, and its video collection is no exception. You can search specifically for feminist porn, women-directed films, and even sex-ed guides—something very needed in a world where way too many people learn everything they know from some pretty unrealistic porn. You can pay per minute or rent each video for $5 to $10.

At Bellesa, women can easily access sexual content that is true to how they see themselves—as subjects of pleasure, not objects of conquest. It’s not just about the porn, though. They’re a platform that is aimed at helping women fulfill their desires, share intimate and erotic stories, and even engage in a community with other like-minded women looking to freely express their sexuality on the internet. If you’re looking to try your hand at erotica stories, you can submit your content here, or you can simply browse through their women-friendly porn, whether you’re looking for something sensual, passionate or, dare we say, even a little rough.

This female-founded app is that is aimed at creating elevated feminist audio—think: Audible for erotica—that allows you to find a sexy story for whatever situation you’re in. You can search for audio porn to listen to alone in bed for a solo session; stories perfect to listen to before a date to get you into a flirty headspace; even erotic stories appropriate for listening to on your commute home to help you switch off from a day at the office. Dipsea’s stories feature a broad range of preferences, perspectives and interests—and they’re fun, safe, and full of enthusiastic content that prioritizes female pleasure. You can subscribe for $47.99 per year—which is less than $4 a month.

Sexuality is a spectrum, and the best porn should reflect that. SPIT’s queer porn collection nails it on two levels, showcasing different types of content—videos, photos, and erotica—which showcase a variety of experiences. Their content is developed ethically and the company is dedicated to creating consensual, equitable, and intersectional feminist spaces in the sex industry. That’s definitely a great reason to join for $19.65 per month.

Reddit isn’t always the friendliest place for women, but on the r/chickfixxx subreddit you can women posting their favorite female-friendly X-rated videos. You can even make requests—if your tastes are more specific or you’re looking for a particular kind of video, it may just be easier to ask your fellow sexperts here instead of browsing for hours. You are most definitely welcome.

For porn on the artistic side (yes, it’s a thing and it’s great), check out the photography, and short films on A Four Chambered Heart. Unsurprisingly, some of the stills are pretty enough to hang up on your walls — if you’re not too busy getting off to them, that is.

Images and audio are great but sometimes there’s nothing better than reading some good old fashioned erotica. Literotica isn’t your grandma’s scandalous paperback, however. The free resource provides some of the hottest erotic fiction and fantasy on the internet from a variety of authors and points of view. Their standards for stories are high so you can be sure that the stories featured here are, ahem, quite useful.

Robin Arryn Had a Major Glow-Up on Game of Thrones, and Fans Are Living

There were plenty of loose ends to tie up on Sunday night’s Game of Thrones series finale, including finding out who would live and who would die. One of the biggest questions, though, was figuring out who would get the Iron Throne. Interestingly, the most surprising reveal during that sequence wasn’t actually who got the Iron Throne—though that was shocking—but seeing one character’s major glow-up from past seasons. That character? Robin Arryn, played by Lino Facioli.

In case y’all forgot, Robin Arryn is Sansa, Arya, and Bran Stark’s cousin, and he is also now Lord of the Vale. When we first met Robin in season four, he was basically the worst. He was entitled, spoiled, and rude to Sansa after she’d escaped the evil clutches of the Lannisters. It was hard to find any redeeming qualities in him.

Cut to the GoT series finale, specifically the scene where the lords and ladies of the Seven Kingdoms gather to decide on the future of Westeros. As the camera panned around the council, some viewers immediately did a double-take as grown Robin was revealed to us.

In a Neville Longbottom-esque twist of fate, Robin got hot, and apparently got his leadership skills together to take on a position of power. Viewers quickly took notice, too, celebrating just how good puberty had been to the once-irritating character. The powerful stare, the perfectly-coiffed hair, the clothes, the swagger: Robin is now officially snack, and the GoT fandom is taking it as a consolation prize for the otherwise-polarizing series finale.

Eighteen-year-old Lino Facioli, who refers to himself as “that weird kid on Game of Thrones” in his Instagram bio, took a moment to celebrate his return during the show’s finale with some before-and-after-pics of his character. “9 years ago I had the honor of being invited to work in this incredible series,” Facioli wrote. “It’s been a wonderful adventure and I’m so, so thankful for having been able to be a part of it!”

Review: The Best Swimsuits for Big Boobs, According to a 34F

In complete disclosure, the fit was so spot-on because Mills was able to make small tweaks to the suit to fit my shape. “Often we meet gals like you who need the cup depth of the bigger band size and then we take in the back band,” she says, explaining that alterations like these are free of charge and done in their Brooklyn studio. More involved tailoring, like adjusting boning or moving straps, she adds, will start at $40.

The Best of the Best: Aerie’s Strappy Back One Piece Swimsuit

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When I started this experiment, Aerie was one of the first names I had on my list to try. I’ve always appreciate the brand’s commitment to Photoshop-free ads and body positivity, but I never had much luck finding something in my bra size from them…or most mass brands, frankly. I was kind of shocked I found two options from the store that fit me well, my favorite of which was this classic one-piece.

The Aerie team told me the style is a best-seller for the brand. It has a stretchy-but-not-too-stretchy material that made me feel held in and the adjustable criss-cross straps along the back allowed for a more personalized fit. What I also like about this suit is its price, it’s range of color options, and it’s sizes (currently running from an XXS to XXL, with long torso options available, too).

The Best of the Best: The Fold’s The Line Top

I did about two laps around my apartment and this bikini top from Australian brand The Fold hadn’t moved. Not a bit. The material is very thick so it holds your body firmly in place, which is ideal for someone like me who can’t be sedentary for too long.

The Best of the Best: Panache’s Elle Tie Dye Balcony Bikini Top

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This style fit just like one of my bras. And it was true-to-size, a factor that simply makes it easier for me (or anyone) to find what they’re looking for. What really won me over, though, was how, despite having a substantial amount of cleavage, the cups in the top stayed in place even when I was moving around. As Mills suggested in my search, a bra top should provide the majority of support in the band, not the straps—that’s what I found in this style, and why I’d happily wear it again.

The Best of the Best: Primadonna’s Myla Dalbesio Bikini Top

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I initially reached out to model Myla Dalbesio because she’s outspoken on topics of body positivity and her own challenges with dressing her busty frame. As timing would have it, she was in the middle of launching her own swim collaboration collection with Prima Donna, hoping to address those very issues.

“When we discussed what we wanted for the suits in my collection, I was always stressing sexy but comfortable,” Dalbesio tells me over email. “I think that with larger busts, we’re not able to wear a lot of the cute trendy styles, because we can’t fit into the brands that are making them.”

While Dalbesio suggested a couple bra-silhouette styles, I liked this triangle-shape top from the line best of all. Typically, this silhouette can call for a lot of adjusting to get the desired shape and avoid side-boob. However when I tried it on, it was obvious it was made for a bustier frame in mind. While the top is one-size-fits-all, it’s easily adjustable—I could wrap it tighter for a more snug fit but also found there was room to adjust for someone a couple sizes larger than me, as well.

The Best of the Best: Mikoh’s Portugal One Piece

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As mentioned before, finding a well-fit suit is only partially about size. Ultimately, a suit I feel fits me and makes me feel comfortable, confident, and like myself. In trying each suit, I realized “fit” wasn’t solely based on the number on the tag, but also in how confident I’d feel wearing it beyond the walls of my apartment. Did I feel supported but not constrained? Was my shape defined but not exposed beyond my comfort? Did it complement my personal style? The best options did all these as well as physically fit as far as measurements go. So while this Mikoh’s style was cut smaller on me than other one-piece options, it feels amazing and easily qualifies as a favorite. Mikoh’s fabrics are some of the softest I’ve tried in swimwear, but they’re still stretchy enough that they emphasizes my natural shape in a way that makes me feel good. And though I wouldn’t normally choose a very flimsy strap, these delicate ones somehow don’t dig or fall.

The Best of the Best: Malia Mills’ Rose Swim Top

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I enjoy dressing my frame much more now than I did as a teen, but I’m admittedly still self conscious about showing a lot of cleavage. Not in this swimsuit: It offers what a good bra should—an underwire that doesn’t cut into you and a secure hold so you can enjoy cleavage without fear that it’s out of your control. I also like that the straps adjust to a criss-cross in the back to provide a slight extra lift, but that’s more a personal preference.

The Best of the Best: Land of Women’s Neva Cross Back One Piece

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If you don’t need or want a ton of lift and prefer a more natural breast shape, this swimsuit is a must-try. It’s comfortable, soft, and refreshingly easy to wear. Also with its wide straps that curve slightly along the side of the body, there’s a subtle bit of extra support along the side of the bust, too.

The Best of the Best: Lonely’s Connie Bikini Top

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As previously mentioned, narrow, shelf-bra swim tops have not often been my friend, but I love that this style from Lonely cuts a bit more generously. here was no potential underboob or spilling out the top—which is, personally, ideal. And it’s available from XS to XL.

The Best of the Best: Parfait’s Farah High Apex Unlined Bikini Swim Top

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Ruffles on swimwear aren’t typically my thing, but at the recommendation of Grace Baker, Parfait’s Director of Technical Design and Fit, I made an exception. “We like to use fabric with more spandex content, use inside special lining fabric to help support the bust along with the underwire and even molded foam cups to give shape,” she says of this suit’s key features. As soon as I tried on this top—with its underwire, criss cross straps, bra clasp, and tiny X-shaped detail just at the cleavage—I felt ready for anything. A swim, a jet ski ride, or a Baywatch sprint along the sand.

The Best of the Best: Andie’s The Tulum Ribbed

For starters, I spent a few extra minutes sitting around in this swimsuit just because the ribbed material is so comfortable.The shape is impressive, too. While Baker suggests that low back styles don’t offer the best support for a bustier frame, the criss-cross detail on this one helps to remedy that while still creating a pretty, open silhouette.

As for the others…

I’m glad to report there were no major disappointments in this experiment. In fact, there were plenty of other suits I ended up really liking. In no particular order, here are some honorable mentions—and what they got right.

Sansa Stark Is the Real Queen We Deserved on Game of Thrones

Caution: Spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead.

Stand up, Sansa Hive—we finally have a Queen. Game of Thrones took its final bow last night, closing out its eight-year run with a final episode that left many fans scratching their heads.

To recap: Daenerys flattened King’s Landing and was inches from taking the Throne, Jon stabbed her, Drogon burned the Iron Throne to the ground, and then a counsel of Westerosi leaders picked the first chosen King of the Seven (now Six) Kingdoms, and they landed on…Bran Stark. Despite that bizarre and underwhelming choice, there was at least one positive development from it: Sansa Stark is now the Queen of the North, something her fans—a.k.a. those of us who have our heads screwed on straight—deserved to see.

New members of the Sansa Hive aren’t welcome here—I’ve been a Sansa stan for as long as I’ve watched the show, and throughout those years, I’ve endured Game of Thrones “fans” calling Sansa whiny, weak, and spineless. For some reason, the eldest Stark sister was polarizing.

But on last night’s final episode, she proved why everyone should have been stanning this whole time. Case in point: When Tyrion first suggested that the counsel choose a king or queen and her uncle Edmure Tully embarrassed himself by standing up and pontificating about his accolades, Sansa cut him off with a command, “Uncle. Please sit.” It was the only moment in the episode that made me audibly gasp for air.

In that same scene last night, Sansa was the only member of the counsel to vote against Bran, asserting without contest that the North would recede from the Seven Kingdoms and become and independent state once again, with her ruling in Winterfell. That’s not the only savage way she called out her little brother:

Sansa’s rise to power was a slow burn; but once she grabbed it, she held on with an iron grip. Even when Lady Stark was stripped of her name, her autonomy, and everything she knew and loved, she was still—to borrow a phrase Turner herself used to describe Arya—was always “that bitch.” There was the time she bitch-slapped Robin Arryn in the face. Or when she sniped at Septa Mordane in season one with one of her greatest one-liners: “Oh wait, I just realized I don’t care.” She’s the Stark who always reminded us that “the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives,” and speaker of truths such as, “No one can protect me. No one can protect anyone.”

Sansa has been especially good at putting mediocre men in their place and making them feel mortified for even breathing around her. This season she told Tyrion, “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive.” That didn’t even sting half as badly as her takedown of Lord Baelish in season seven: “No need to seize the last word, Lord Baelish. I’ll assume it was something clever.” Sansa and Arya conspiring to kill Littlefinger at the end of last season was probably the most satisfying moment in Game of Thrones history for me—a feeling so blissful, I wish it could have been recreated in last night’s episode. But could anything really feel as rapturous as Sansa being crowned Queen? Answer: Hard no.

To the rest of the Sansa Hive, it’s been a pleasure stanning so ruthlessly alongside you. In my opinion, the Sansa Hive is the most passionate (and therefore the scariest) of all the Game of Thrones fandoms. We’re the scrappy ones, the ones who are always ready to drive our claws through your extensions and drag you by the hair.

I’ll miss our Queen’s severe wintry lewks, her cascading orange braids, and her devastating one-liners that made Ariana Grande look timid. And I want to thank Sophie Turner for bringing her wonderful energy to play Sansa (lest we forget the video of her chugging wine on the jumbotron at Madison Square Garden). Screw Bran—Sansa Stark is the Queen we’ve always deserved. Step on me, ginger legend!

The 24 Best One Piece Bathing Suits of 2019: Belted, Striped, Knotted and More

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a one-piece bathing suit. Maybe you like a little more coverage from your swimwear. Maybe you prefer a vintage-inspired look. Maybe you want something you can wear off the beach, with your regular clothes. Maybe you’re still holding on to childhood ambitions of becoming a lifeguard and want to have the uniform handy. If you identify with any of those—or maybe just want to upgrade your swimsuit before summer begins—then you should buy a one-piece.

Unlike bikinis, one-piece bathing suits can easily be incorporated with the rest of your wardrobe, doubling as a bodysuit to be styled with your favorite pair of jeans or with a skirt. There’s also something about them that feels timeless and chic. And you can just as easily find one that’s super simple as one that incorporates the season’s biggest trends. Need proof? We found the 24 best one-pieces for summer 2019, from belted to ruffled to striped.

The Tattoo Sophie Turner Got Last Year Totally Gave Away the *Game of Thrones* Series Finale

Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.

It’s a fairly common practice these days for actors to commemorate wrapping a film or TV series by getting a tattoo inspired by their character or time on set, and the Game of Thrones cast is no different. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams already got matching tattoos in 2016 in honor of the day they both found out they’d been cast on the show, and Emilia Clarke recently shared her dragon ink in honor of Daenerys Targaryen. Last year, Sophie Turner got a second GoT tattoo, and if you look at it closely in light of yesterday’s series finale, it revealed a major spoiler.

In June 2018, Australian tattoo artist Lauren Winzer posted a photo on Instagram of Turner’s forearm inked with a new direwolf tattoo that says “the pack survives.” “Thank you so much for getting this from me @sophiet ! bad ass !” Winzer captioned the post, tagging Turner in the pic for good measure.

The post quickly became flooded with comments from fans anxiously wondering whether the tattoo implied the remaining members of the Stark family, whose emblem is the direwolf, will survive season eight. And it turns out they were right: All living members of the Stark family survived the series finale, which Turner’s tattoo low-key hinted at.

The words “the pack survives” were a running theme throughout Game of Thrones‘ run. “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives,” Sansa’s father Nedd said in season one, and Sansa herself repeated the line in the seventh season. Turner knew Sansa’s fate at the time she had this tattoo done, but it was ambiguous enough to where fans didn’t really know what it meant. Now we do. And it’s good news.

The 24 Absolute Best Bikinis of 2019: Belted, Ruffle, One-Shoulder and More

There is nothing more daunting than shopping for a bikini. The process can take forever because so much has to be considered. The fit! The weird tan lines it may or may not give you! The odds of you wearing it more than once! Unlike other wardrobe staples, for most of us, bikinis aren’t something you wear year-round—realistically, it’s only coming out of the drawer a few weeks a year. So in order to make sure your two-piece is worth the time and effort (and money, obviously), you need to be excited about wearing it time and time again. Luckily, the biggest swim trends of the moment are actually pretty timeless, so you don’t need to be worries about your 2019 investment feeling totally dated by Labor Day.

From retro florals to the Instagram-favorite belted bottoms, here are the absolute best bikinis you can buy right now, broken down by trend.

Kit Harington Says Game of Thrones Fans Were ‘in Denial’ About Dany’s Fate

This post contains spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

Any time a show ends, especially one as popular as Game of Thrones, at least some of the fans are going to be upset. (Just ask the creators of Lost!) And nobody pays attention to detail and perceived character slights than Thrones fans.

That’s why star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, was prepared for some of the backlash about what happened to Dany’s character on the show—specifically, how she torched innocent people in King’s Landing and ended up being killed by his hand.

“I think it’s going to divide,” Harington told Entertainment Weekly about fans’ reactions to the finale. “But if you track [Daenerys’] story all the way back, she does some terrible things. She crucifies people. She burns people alive. This has been building. So, we have to say to the audience: ‘You’re in denial about this woman as well. You knew something was wrong. You’re culpable, you cheered her on.'”

“This is the second woman he’s fallen in love with who dies [the first was Ygritte, the Wildling played by his now real-life wife, Rose Leslie] in his arms and he cradles her in the same way,” Harington continued. “That’s an awful thing. In some ways, Jon did the same thing to Ygritte by training the boy who kills her. This destroys Jon to do this.”

He also says he was concerned about the final episodes being perceived as sexist. “One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall,” he said. “The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show. And that’s what Thrones has always done. You can’t just say the strong women are going to end up the good people. Dany is not a good person. It’s going to open up discussion but there’s nothing done in this show that isn’t truthful to the characters. And when have you ever seen a woman play a dictator?”

Even so, many fans’ complaints are less about where the characters ended up and more about how we didn’t see why they ended up there.

“It’s like when you finish a book, you’re not happy it’s over are you? You don’t finish a good book and say, ‘I’m happy I finished that’,” Harington has previously said about the show’s ending. “But you have this grief that it’s over, and it’s exactly same with nine years doing this show. No matter how it ended, or how it does end, there’s always this bit of you that’s like, ‘oh’; there’s this loss around it.”

Well, at least there was one happy moment in the finale for Jon: He’s reunited with his direwolf, Ghost.

Abby Gardner is a contributing writer at Glamour. You can follow her pop culture musings on Twitter @abbygardner or in her weekly newsletter, We Have Notes.

All the Plot Holes in the Game of Thrones Finale

This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

Like many Game of Thrones fans, I’m both sad to see the show end after eight epic seasons and a bit bummed out about how it all unfolded.

I’m not alone in feeling that over the course of the last two seasons—and particularly the last two episodes—the storytelling often felt rushed. Because of that, we didn’t get to see characters develop in the way we’ve seen in the early days of the show. For example, I don’t have a problem with Dany eventually becoming some version of the Mad Queen, but why couldn’t we see that story evolve? Instead, it was just explained in dialogue by Jon and Tyrion. Dany deserves better.

Naturally, fans finished the finale with a lot of questions. (I know I have many about Bran.) After all, this is a show that offers up such rich text for analysis in the age of Twitter and Reddit. So let’s break down some of the plot holes that may forever go left unanswered, shall we?

If the Night King and his Army of the Dead no longer exist as a threat to humanity, what’s the point of the Night’s Watch now? And what’s left of the Wall? Jon is back with Tormund, Ghost, and the Wildlings when the show ends—but what is his job?

For many seasons, Game of Thrones was building toward the reveal that Jon Snow was not the bastard son of Ned Stark. Instead, he’s the offspring of Ned’s sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen. Not only did this give him the ability to ride dragons, but also a rightful claim to the Iron Throne. Jon’s reluctant hero schtick is totally consistent, but the fact that everyone just glosses over this and is totally fine with Bran as king is pretty weird.

Arya Stark grew up in front of our eyes on the show, becoming an assassin of the highest order and saver of humanity. But now, I guess, she just wants to travel? Fans felt let down that all her training with the Faceless Men seemed for naught.

Speaking of the youngest Stark daughter, the show really hit us over the head with white horse symbolism in the penultimate episode—what with the little girl dying with her white horse toy and Arya literally riding off on one after forming some sort of connection with it. But after the finale, that all seemed to mean…nothing.

Even though theories were running rampant that Jaime and Cersei Lannister might somehow have survived that building collapse in the last episode, we soon learned they were indeed dead after Tyrion uncovers them in the rubble. But the Internet had some questions about said rubble. Like, how were they not buried deeper or more damaged by the stones? It sure looks like they could have saved themselves.

Before she meets her death at Jon’s hand, Dany is looking sharp in a new leather look and her incredible braids. But now that Missandei is dead, who is doing that intricate hair work?

After years of speculation about the Azor Ahai or the “Prince that Was Promised”— Dany, Jon, or Arya were all considered contenders—the prophecy apparently didn’t matter all that much.

“Bran Stark, WYD?” could have been the overarching theme of this show in its later seasons. Bran’s powers as the Three-Eyed Raven were left rather ambiguous, and we never learned exactly what he was up to when his eyes rolled back in his head and he left to “warg” around. Was he setting up events so that all would align to make him king? Was he protecting his family? Is he actually evil? We may never know now.

The Hidden Message in Sansa Stark’s Hairstyle During the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

This post contains spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

Listen, I’m one of the many people with a lot of notes on the Game of Thrones finale—well, and the past two seasons, really. But one thing this show has almost always gotten right is the hairstyles and that remained true through the last moments of HBO’s epic series.

Over the course of eight seasons, the incredible stylists on the show have woven hidden meanings into the hairstyles of characters like Cersei and Daenerys. Perhaps the character who had one of the most dramatic character arcs on the show is Sansa Stark, and the changes she underwent were often reflected in her hair.

Sansa’s hair often reflected the women she was emulating during certain moments of her life, from her mother Catelyn’s simple, yet beautiful braids to the more elaborate styles worn by Cersei during the early seasons in King’s Landing. “Sansa’s hair is constantly reflecting the people she’s learning from, or mimicking, or inspired by at the time,” Sophie Turner explained to Refinery29 in 2017. “When she’s Cersei’s prisoner, and she’s kind of absorbing all her manipulative techniques, it’s reflected in her hairstyle, and when she’s finding the spirit of Margaery in herself, she wears her hair like Margaery.”

But tonight, Sansa stood up for herself and her kingdom by refusing to bend the knee to her brother, Bran, and securing freedom for the North with her as the queen. In the closing moments of the show, we see Sansa make her way through the lords of Winterfell to be crowned and her hair is noticeably down—simple and without braids.

She is no longer modeling herself after others. Instead she has truly come into her own as Sansa Stark, the Queen in the North.

It’s a truly memorable moment for a character who has grown from a petulant child to a true leader, after suffering as much as almost any character on a show filled with agonizing pain. Fans on social media were equally moved.

“She never wears her hair down. Sansa has always used her hair to look like the people she’s trying to emulate, as well as trying to communicate non-verbally,” one fan tweeted. “By wearing her hair down, I feel like she’s showing that she’s her own person and she can speak for herself now.”

All hail the Queen in the North—long may she reign.

Abby Gardner is a contributing writer at Glamour. You can follow her pop culture musings on Twitter @abbygardner or in her weekly newsletter, We Have Notes.