All it took was two minutes and one surprise trailer for Nintendo to turn a sleepy E3 to an explosive bonanza—but that’s what happens when you announce a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, perhaps the most beloved game in recent memory. The trailer cryptically hinted at something extremely dark and creepy in store for Link and Zelda. It’s a great tease of a killer mystery, but you know what wasn’t a mystery? Zelda’s dope new haircut.
Here’s the trailer again, if you need it for reference.
Like everything else in this trailer, Zelda’s newer, shorter cut is only on-screen briefly, but it’s just long enough for all of us to marvel at. And fans are thrilled.
zelda: i cut my hair... what do you think?
— princess zelda defense unit (@verieas) June 12, 2019
So thrilled, in fact, that Twitter has been flooded over the last 24 hours with art by fans enamoured with Zelda’s new look.
— allissa (@formyths) June 12, 2019
her hair is shorter than links i need a moment pic.twitter.com/zSOeFeQKlK
— Carla★ (@miukumauk) June 11, 2019
— ????️Omiza SOmi????️ (@omiza_somi) June 12, 2019
The range of art styles and interpretations on display are truly stunning.
— hcnone (@hcnone) June 11, 2019
And a few of them have ideas about just how Zelda got her haircut.
I'd like to think Link helped cut Zelda's hair shorter pic.twitter.com/5B7N6hU1yU
— Pokey @ AKon C02 (@PokeyPokums) June 11, 2019
Everyone is doing such cute drawings of Link cutting Zelda's hair all nice & pretty. All I can imagine is Link trying his hardest, not knowing what to do and it becoming a disaster ???????????? #BreathoftheWild #BreathOfTheWild2 pic.twitter.com/aMhBS8aG49
— ???? Betty (@Betty_Kwong) June 12, 2019
Perhaps this sharp new cut is the reason that horrifying corpse (Ganon himself? Who can say!) has magically arisen from what looks like centuries of slumber, as Reddit user Nameless36 suggests with this increasingly popular meme format.
And of course, numerous fans are wondering if this means Zelda will be playable.
zelda hair short to stop it clipping when you Play As Her In The New Game i believe this 100%
— Shaun (@shaun_jen) June 12, 2019
To which we would say: about damn time. It’s not called The Legend of Link, you know.