Even though Game of Thrones is over, we’ll never forget it. It was the show that seemed to unite the world, and one of the most popular programs of all time. It was also the most expensive show ever created (until Lord of the Rings gets made by Amazon, predictably).
The actors and actresses on the show spent 10 years bonding together and hanging out on- and off-set, and their friendship and familial bonds really show in the off-camera behind-the-scenes photos of them. It seems that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss really cultivated a family with the actors from the show, and it’s pretty awesome to see.
But seeing characters like Jon Snow and Khal Drogo together also detracts us from what we know of Game of Thrones, and it slightly ruins it for us. Here are 18 pictures of behind-the-scenes photos from GoT that ruin the show.
18 Happy Friends (And Boyfriends)
Jason Momoa left an indelible mark on Game of Thrones during his short-lived stay as Khal Drogo, Emilia Clarke’s first husband, and the man who turned her into the fire-walking awesome queen she was.
It’s interesting to see a picture with Momoa’s arms around Jon Snow, who would later be Dany’s beau, as well as Viserys Targaryen (played by Harry Lloyd), after Khal Drogo poured liquid, melting gold on his face!
17 Friendly Siblings
While Alfie Allen and Gemma Whelan might not have had the most cuddly, cordial relationship in Game of Thrones, in real life the actors who play Theon Greyjoy and his sister Yara are super smiley!
Here they are off-screen, posing together with a huge crab split between them. As Alfie says on his post, “Not a kraken, but surely a distant, distant relative?!?!”
Spoilers: If we would have told you that only one of these three key characters would make it out of GoT alive, you probably… would have believed us, because it’s Game of Thrones. But you might not imagine that it would be Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage.
Here he is with a very happy Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) and Dany Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Both Tyrion and Varys technically betrayed Khaleesi, but she totally deserved it.
15 Hodor’s In A Better Place
The endgame for Hodor was one of the most tragic stories in all of Game of Thrones, and it definitely brought a tear to most superfans’ eyes. This character lost his ability to speak due to Bran’s brash overconfidence and then lost his life protecting the same boy who would be crippled king.
But here we see Kristian Nairn in a much better place, as a king, on this mule-driven chariot that’s probably meant for Tyrion.
14 Too Close For Comfort
It might be surprising that Conleth Hill and Sophie Turner are friends in real life since their on-screen roles were so divergent and opposite. They both slunk around each other’s backs to get things done that they believed were right, and in the end, they were both good guys (if Game of Thrones has any).
Here they are at San Diego Comic-Con, sharing an intimate, face-licking picture together.
13 Only One Made It Out Alive
This is another Comic-Con shot with many Game of Thrones favorites, including a couple of un-favorites. Posted on Pedro Pascal’s Instagram, the picture features him (the Red Viper, Prince Oberyn), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Gwendoline Christie (Ser Brienne of Tarth), and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
Only Gwendoline made it out of GoT alive, since D&D were basically burnt at the stake after the end of the eighth season.
12 Brothers In Real Life?!
When you see Richard Madden and Kit Harrington together in a picture like this, off-screen, it’s almost uncanny how similar they look! The brothers on the show (though not biological), Robb Stark and Jon Snow could honestly be brothers in real life, and maybe even twins.
It’s a pretty remarkable likeness, but we’re still bummed how both of these character’s storylines ended up.
11 Where Are The Dragons When You Need Them?
This hilarious picture of Emilia Clarke in a blue bathrobe has a bit of subtlety that might take a moment to get. We see her pointing at a sign on a fence, and inside that fence is what looks to be a huge number of propane tanks.
The sign says “Extremely Flammable, No Smoking, No Naked Lights,” so it leaves us to wonder: Where are Dany’s dragons when you need them, to blow those tanks sky high?
10 They’re A Lot Friendlier In Real Life
In the end, Arya and Sansa Stark completely had each other’s backs, but their time together throughout the show was anything but friendly—it was oftentimes venomous and back-stabby.
You never really knew how these two would end up, as sisters, but in real life, it’s clear that Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are besties, which is adorable and somehow expected.
9 Everyone Wants Some Of Oberyn
This odd, trippy photo from Comic-Con shows how good Pedro Pascal is at Comic-Con, and how much people love him. Here we see a slightly confused Prince Oberyn surrounded by three of the main women on the show: Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), and Natalie Dormer (Margaery).
Natalie is looking off into the distance, Sophie is all over Pedro and very handsy, and Maisie is doing her own thing, cool as a cucumber.
8 No Hard Feelings
It’s pretty interesting to learn that Pedro Pascal and real-life giant Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson are best friends in real life, but it’s the truth.
In the show, they had the most epic of battles, when Oberyn fought for Tyrion Lannister and battled The Mountain, who obviously had the last laugh after Oberyn got a bit arrogant and overconfident. As you can see, it wasn’t CGI that made The Mountain as massive as he is—he’s really a giant!
7 Even In Real Life They’re Too Cute
This picture of Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau not only re-emphasizes our love for Jaime and Brienne, but it also makes us bitter that the two didn’t end up together.
It was inevitable that Jaime would end up in Cersei’s arms, but look at this adorable photo of Brienne and her prince in real life! The cute, twinning unicorn shirts only make it better.
6 Stunt Doubles Unite
This is one of those pictures where you either have to double-take or just assume that this is a stage-performance of Game of Thrones, with actors playing the characters’ likeness.
But these are actually a group of the stunt doubles who performed in the show, hanging out together before they undoubtedly have to do some dangerous stunts.
5 Happy Lannister Family
If there’s one thing true about the Lannisters, it’s that they were never happy. Not a single Lannister ever really showed a smile (except maybe Jaime), and except when Jaime and Cersei were together in the beginning. It was all downhill from there.
But in real life, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage are all smiles together, which sort of detracts from the characters we knew them as—gray, evil, and full of hate (Jaime’s words, not ours).
4 Take A Breather Wun Wun
Ian Whyte is a giant person of 7’1” who played Wun Wun the Giant in Game of Thrones, as well as White Walkers in seasons 1 and 2, a nameless giant in season 3, and even a speaking part as Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) in season 2.
Here we see a tired Wun Wun resting on a tiny human chair, alongside what appears to be co-creator David Benioff.
3 International Yoga Day In Meereen
There have been countless videos posted of Jacob Anderson—who played Grey Worm in GoT—dancing around and being a goofball on-set alongside Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei.
We also see a Meereen slave and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen cutting up the rug her on International Yoga Day, while still in costume and onset.
2 Nights Watchmen Are Impervious To Rain
These grizzled old warriors are all smiles on the Wall (except for James Cosmo on the right, who played Jeor Mormont), even though in the show none of them ever cracked a smile. Alongside Cosmo is Peter Vaughan, who played Maester Aemon, and Owen Teale, who played Alliser Thorne.
None of them made it out alive, of course, which is only suitable for members of the Night’s Watch.
1 Hang Loose Night King
Finally, we see that the Night King (played by Vladimir Furdik) isn’t all work and no play. Here he is in his prosthetic mask, which means he can’t smile, alongside the two people who worked on his makeup.
Even though he looks like an intimidating figure on the show, he seems a little less overbearing and a little more cool when he throws up a Shaka sign/hang-loose sign for the camera.
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