When Game of Thrones ends, the show itself won't be the only thing we lose. We'll also lose the Game of Thrones cast, who has spent the past decade of their lives painstakingly making the GOT world a reality. Along the way, many of them have made careful attempts to document the filming of the show, even as they try not to spoil anything. These pictures show us that not ever member of the cast is as serious as they might seem on screen. Although they're all professionals, they like to have fun when they can.
Of course, some members of the cast are more willing to pose than others. But you get the sense in every one of these photos that the show's cast is a family. They've been working together for years, and they clearly have a lot of love for one another. This lovable cast has had a lot of faces over the years. Here are some of the very best behind-the-scenes photos of them that you've never seen before.
Richard Madden and Kit Harrington only shared a few scenes together on Game of Thrones, but there's clearly a lot of brotherly love between them. In this picture, the two share a nice reunion sometime after Richard's character was killed off.
Looking at the two of them, it's easy to see how they could be related to each other. Of course, we come to find out that Jon Snow is not Robb's brother. Instead, the two are cousins. Still, the resemblance is certainly there, even if we'll never get to a firm answer on which one is more attractive.
Jason Momoa was only on Thrones for a year, but he certainly made his presence know. As Khal Drogo, he was charming, even as he committed a fairly large number of atrocities. His relationship with Daenerys also evolved into something special, as did Jason's off-screen relationship with Emilia Clarke.
The two of them still seem to interact fairly frequently, and it's clear that whenever they do, they have a lot of fun together. There's also something incredibly appealing about the enormous height difference between them. Because Jason is enormous, he towers over Emilia, which makes most of their photos together even more adorable.
Neither one of these dudes is a major cast member on Thrones, but they do share one scene that most fans remember. That scene, of course, is the one in which Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson's character The Mountain popped Pedro Pascal's character Oberyn Martell's head. It's always funny to see these two interact outside of the show because of the brutality of that scene on screen.
Offscreen, though, the two are friendly as could be. Still, they might want to spare us too many of these photos moving forward. They reopen old wounds that most of us that had closed up for good.
Kit Harrington is a pretty unassuming fellow, which is clear from his expression in this photo. Of course, one of the women posing with Kit is Rose Leslie, who he's now married to. She doesn't get him all to herself, though, as the photo also features Natalie Dormer, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams.
It speaks to the bonds this cast forms that Kit doesn't share much screen time with Maisie or Emilia, and he has no scenes with Natalie. This cast can bond even if they aren't working together at all. On a show like Game of Thrones, the actors often don't get the chance to meet on screen.
Pedro Pascal is an incredibly prolific photographer. No matter who he's with, he seems to be ready to snap a photo and post it on his Instagram. This time, it seems like the actor who played Oberyn Martell was hanging out with Jack Gleeson, the actor who played Joffrey. Joffrey and Oberyn don't share any scenes during the show, but that hardly seems to matter.
This cast did press all around the world to promote every season, and they seemed to have found plenty of ways to bond with one another off camera. As Pedro writes in the photo's caption, "there is only one Jack." Joffrey may have been a monster, but Jack was great at playing him.
One of the great tragedies of Game of Thrones is the way the Stark family separates early in the first season, and those that live don't reunite until the start of season eight. Even so, we have photos from the show's early days to give us a sense of what things were like when most of the cast was in one place.
In those days, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright were still quite young, and that youth shows in this photo. Of course, it's possible these two would be just as ridiculous on set today, even if Bran has become a little bit stranger than he once was.
Emilia Clarke is incredibly active on Instagram, and that's a very good thing. In this post, Emilia has found some highly flammable chemicals and decided to pose next to them to feel closer to her children. Of course, we know that fire can't kill a dragon, so even if those chemicals did catch on fire, they wouldn't have any impact on her.
It's likely that this picture was taken during some downtime for the Khaleesi on set, and it's always interesting to get a look at how the real world clashes with the fantasy the show depicts. The only flammable chemical on Thrones is wildfire.
Flexibility isn't a skill many characters on Game of Thrones seem to need, but that doesn't mean it isn't impressive. During a free moment on set, Nathalie Emmanuel and Reece Noi, who play Missandei and Mossador respectively, got a chance to show off their yoga skills.
While Nathalie has stuck around, Reece's tenure on Thrones was remarkably short. Unfortunately, his flexibility didn't help him one bit when Dany decided she had to cut Mossador's head off for rebelling against her orders. Thankfully, he and Nathalie got the chance to do some yoga before his character left the show for good.
There's certainly a lot going on in this behind-the-scenes photo from Emilia Clarke. In it, we see that it takes two people to get her wig in place properly, and she gets to do some snuggling with her dog while she gets it done. In plenty of ways, being an actor is a great gig. The hours in the makeup chair, though, especially for something like Game of Thrones, do seem like a definite tradeoff.
After all, part of Dany's character is her silver hair. That's likely what keeps Emilia in the makeup chair for hours on end. It must be hard to get something like that right, but at least she gets a dog to keep her company.
In the grand scope of Thrones, it can be easy to forget the show's humble origins as a complex book series from the mind of George R.R. Martin. Although the author hasn't produced a new book in eight years, there's still plenty of reason to be grateful for the job he's already done in creating the characters and world of the show.
It's fitting, then, that the author finds himself surrounded by the show's cast and crew. After all, none of them would have jobs without the books he has been working on for more than 20 years of his life.
In Game of Thrones, Tyrion and Oberyn Martell don't share a ton of screentime. The scenes they do share are incredibly meaningful, though, as Oberyn eventually agrees to fight on Tyrion's behalf in the trial by combat that will decide whether he's guilty of murdering Joffrey.
It makes sense that Pedro Pascal and Peter Dinklage would have bonded during those scenes. In this picture, the two are clearly having a good time celebrating Pedro's birthday. 42 never looked so good. Despite his short run on the show, it's clear that Pedro has lasting relationships with many of the people he worked with.
Because Daenerys spends most of her time across the Narrow Sea, she doesn't get to interact with many of the show's other major players until later seasons. Eventually, though, Emilia Clarke does get to spend some time with Peter Dinklage and Conleth Hill, who plays Varys. It seems as though when the three of them had a day off, they decided to a soccer match between Barcelona and Seville.
It's clear that Emilia and Conleth are having a great time at the match. The roar of the stadium is nothing compared to the fighting pits of Meereen, but they seem to work well enough on their own.
This is something we don't get to see very much: all three Lannister children getting along. For most of the show's run, Tyrion and Cersei aren't exactly best friends, and eventually, Jaime turns against Cersei as well. It's clear that off-screen, the three of them have a great working relationship, even if they're not often all in a scene together.
Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage have in many ways been the show's beating heart. They may not be the most loveable characters, but the Lannisters are certainly among the most interesting, and that's what Game of Thrones is all about.
This is another pairing of actors that we never actually got to see on the show. Although Jason Momoa's Khal Drogo didn't speak much English, it would have been fascinating to see him paired with Tyrion in at least one scene. Of course, that wasn't going to be, but at least we got this photo of the two of them flipping the bird.
It's likely that whoever took this photo felt a little burnt by the gesture, but it was probably all in good fun. After all, it seems like both Peter and Jason can really be the life of the party if they want to.
This is yet another example of Pedro Pascal making friends with someone he never shared a scene with on the show. Although Brienne and Oberyn both attended Joffrey's wedding, they don't ever share the screen. It's likely that the two characters would have liked each other if they ever had crossed paths.
Still, sharing scenes isn't the only way to bond. Gwendolyn Christie seems like a genuinely delightful person, as does Pedro Pascal, so it's no surprise that the two of them hit it off, and even managed to catch up with one another in Rio. Thankfully, neither one of them had to be in costume.
We all remember the time in Game of Thrones history when Arya was in Braavos training with the faceless men. It was there that Arya lost her sight, and Maisie Williams was forced to wear contacts that made her look blind for several episodes. Apparently, those contacts weren't exactly great for the young actress's eyes.
Although it doesn't seem as though they did any permanent damage, it's clear that Maisie had to apply some sort of gel to recover from wearing them. Acting can often seem like a really glamorous life, and it often is, but sometimes you just have to put weird gel packs on your eyes.
It's hard to imagine a less fun party in the world of Game of Thrones than one where the only attendees are Ramsey Bolton, Jon Snow, and Theon Greyjoy. All these people despise each other for one reason or another. Outside the show, though, it seems that Alfie Allen, Kit Harrington and Iwan Rheon are good friends.
The three of them are at least friendly enough to pose for a picture, one which Kit posted on Iwan's 32nd birthday. Notably, Kit is also wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers hat in the photo. Maybe he just likes the photo, or maybe Kit has a love of American football.
The moment when Jon Snow returns to the land of the living is still one of the most shocking and exhilarating moments that Game of Thrones has ever produced. When you see the work that went into making that moment happen, though, it's clear how much effort every member of the crew puts into making the show as great as it is.
The makeup team worked to make Kit Harrington look super dead. What's more, the crew at the camera had to frame the show perfectly, so that when Jon takes his first breath, it's as thrilling as possible. All of that had to go right to make the moment work.
The men of Game of Thrones work hard, but they also make time to hang out together when they aren't on set. This photo, which was posted by Pedro Pascal, shows Kit Harrington and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hanging out with Finn Jones, who played Loras Tyrell and Roger Ashton-Griffiths, who played his father.
It's amazing to see so many members of the cast, many of whom are not with the show anymore, casually hanging out and having a good time together. It speaks to the inclusive nature of the cast, and the way actors could come in and out of the show without feeling out of place.
Jon Snow's death doesn't seem like a great occasion to crack a smile, but then again, Carice Van Houten, the actor who plays Melisandre, may have known his death wasn't going to be permanent. This photo, which was snapped while the actress was filming the scene in which she resurrects Jon, shows us what Melisandre was really thinking at that moment.
On the show, of course, Jon's death is a moment of great doubt for the character, as she questioned her faith for the first time. Off-screen, though, it's clear that things were a little more light-hearted than they might have been in front of the camera.
This photo was taken as a tribute to Oasis, and it's clear that Emilia Clarke is a really big fan. The photo also features John Bradley, who plays Sam, as well as Conleth Hill and showrunner D.B. Weiss. As per usual, it seems like Emilia Clarke is always ready to have the time of her life.
It's interesting that she plays Daenerys, who is often quite serious because most indications suggest that Emilia's personality is a lot bubblier than her show counterpart's. Still, she's done an amazing job playing a character at the show's center. The show wouldn't have worked without her.
Brienne and Jaime are one of the show's very best dynamic duos. Off-screen, it's clear that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie are great friends. In this photo, the two of them have teamed up to wear My Little Pony shirts for a great cause.
The two actors are wearing the shirts to promote WarChild, a charity that takes care of children who have been impacted by war. By showing off the shirts, the actors are promoting the charity. It's just a side benefit that they both happen to look great in them. Of course, these two probably look great in most shirts.
There are plenty of things to love about this photo. There's the reunion of husband and wife as Jason Momoa takes Emilia Clarke in his massive arms in front of a fake Iron Throne. There's the fact that he seems to be able to do this with relative ease. On top of all that, there's the fact that, wherever they are, he's chosen to wear slippers.
This photo is relatable for millions of different reasons, but the fact that he's wearing slippers really takes the cake. After all, if you were ridiculously famous and ridiculously attractive, wouldn't you wear slippers in public too?
Lena Headey apparently flips people off rather frequently. In this image, she's making the gesture at Conleth Hill, who is apparently the person taking the picture. Although Lena is undoubtedly friendlier than Cersei, this photo does speak to certain qualities that the two have in common.
After all, you can't effectively play the queen of the seven kingdoms if you aren't a little ruthless in your actual life. Cersei is a dark, brash person, and Lena clearly knows how to play those qualities incredibly well. She's a take-no-prisoners kind of person, and that's why her performance as Cersei has been so consistently great.
Actors work incredibly long hours, and sometimes the work can be very physically demanding as well. It's no surprise, then, that actors on Thrones like to sneak in naps when it's possible. When you have to wake up before dawn and film well into the evening, you take your rest where you can get it.
This picture, which Sophie Turner posted, is of her actually asleep on the set of Thrones. Now, as most of us know, we're not at our cutest when we're passed out. It speaks to how comfortable Sophie is in her own skin that she was willing to post the pic.
The burning of Shireen Baratheon remains one of the most singularly traumatizing things that has ever happened on Game of Thrones. It's an action that forever tarnishes Melisandre, so it's slightly strange to see Carice Van Houten posing with Kelly Ingram, the young actress who played Shireen.
Not only are the two of them posing together, Carice is also holding a box of Duraflame Quick Start. This is the cruelest joke imaginable. It's a reminder of the truly horrific way that Shireen met her end. She was one of the show's purest characters, and one of the least deserving of the fate she received.
Game of Thrones is, in general, a pretty grim show. That doesn't mean it doesn't suffuse itself with plenty of humor. Often, that humor comes from characters like Ser Davos, but even he can be serious when he needs to be. In this photo, though, it's clear that Liam Cunningham isn't doing much acting.
That's not the kind of face we've ever seen from him, or from any other actor on the show. It's a moment of levity from an actor who often brings a great deal of joy to his work. Ser Davos may not be much of a fighter, but he can certainly make an inspiring face or two if he needs to.
Tormund Giantsbane has become a fan favorite in large part because of his incredibly strange but deeply lovable personality. Of course, Tormund is also a fierce fighter and a great and loyal friend. In this photo, Kristofer Hivju, the actor who plays Tormund, is showing off the toy version of him that was made for the show.
One of the coolest things about being in something as popular as Thrones has got to be the toys and other merchandise that comes out of it. I don't think Kristofer ever imagined there would be a toy version of him, but there it is, sitting on a table in front of him.
Yara Greyjoy is sneakily one of the very best characters on Game of Thrones, and she also gets to take part in a fair share of the show's action. As this scene suggests, Gemma Whelan is more than willing to leap from the bow of a ship towards her enemies.
Of course, this is also a great reminder that almost nothing on Game of Thrones is totally real. The green screens do shatter the illusion a little bit, but it's comforting to see that members of the show's cast get to do some of their own stunts, even if they are done on CGI backdrops.
Maisie Williams was so little when Game of Thrones started. In this throwback, we see what the actress looked like for her very first day on the show's set. The font is a little strange, but the picture captures a moment when a journey began for Maisie, one that would last for a decade.
It's amazing how good the casting of all these young actors was. They've had to carry the show for the last decade as adult after adult fell by the wayside, and they've all done a remarkable job. They were just children when the show began, and we've watched them age into adults.
Carice Van Houten and Jack Gleeson never appear on screen together, although that definitely would have made for an interesting scene. In spite of this, the two found time to share the Iron Throne, a chair that Jack should be very comfortable sitting in.
It's slightly alarming to see how pleasant Jack seems to be when he isn't playing Joffrey. He does such an outstanding job of making a hateable character that, when he isn't acting like that guy, it's a bit jarring. Playing the villain can be a lot of fun, though, especially for people who are very pleasant in their real lives.
If you were to create a superteam of fictional characters, it might include Dany, but it might also include characters like Spongebob Squarepants or Dora the Explorer. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea is getting along too well with Dora or Spongebob in this photo.
In fact, Emilia Clarke seems downright disturbed by the presence of these cartoon characters come to life. It seems as though, based on Emilia's caption, the people under the masks might be showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, although who can say for sure? Maybe they just wandered onto the set.
One of the most recent additions to the Game of Thrones family that had fans talking was Lyanna Mormont, the young leader of Bear Island who is as fierce as she is tiny. In this pic, she's doing some behind-the-scenes bonding with Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund, another character that fans of the show love.
Although they've been near each other plenty on the show, Tormund and Lyanna have never interacted directly. A conversation between them would likely be wildly entertaining. Tormund's a pretty strange dude who claims to have had sex with a bear, and the Mormont sigil is a bear, so they'd have lots to discuss.
If there's one thing that every actor on Game of Thrones should know how to do, it's pose in front of a camera. Although these people all definitely like each other, the photo makes it pretty clear that the actors are posing. Either that or one of them has just told an incredibly funny joke.
There will always be something thrilling about seeing so many of these actors together, in part because the show has often kept them separated. In its final seasons, though, they have started to come together in ways that have been truly satisfying and often quite sad.
Neither one of the characters these actors play meets with a good end, so it's good to know they were having fun when they weren't filming the show. This photo of Dean Charles Chapman, who played Tommen Baratheon and Martyn Lannister on the show, with Hannah Waddingham, who plays Septa Unella, is a charming look at how onscreen enemies can bond in real life.
Because Dean played two characters on the show, he actually got a chance to die twice. Most memorably, King Tommen kills himself by jumping out a window after his mother blows up the Sept and murders his wife.
The visual effects used to create the dragons on Game of Thrones are truly astounding. They only become more astounding when you realize what the dragons actually look like before they're made with CGI. Basically, they look like large mechanical bulls that can move in almost any direction to simulate flight.
Even though they aren't the real thing, it's clear that Emilia Clarke loves them all the same. After all, they're her babies, and even if they aren't real, it must be kind of fun to try to remain on the back of one of them as it flings you around. It's like an amusement park ride.
Although neither Brienne of Tarth nor Melisandre worship the many-faced god, their actors are willing to use technology to achieve a similar effect to the faceless men. Swapping faces is always an odd effect, but it's especially strange because of the enormous height difference between the two actors.
It really speaks to the normalcy of this cast that, like many real people, they spent quite a bit of time learning what they would look like with each other's faces. Still, these face swaps aren't quite as convincing as the faceless men usually manage to be. Luckily they aren't doing it to impersonate each other.
The real-life friendship between Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams is truly one of the sweetest things about Game of Thrones. In this image, we see the sharp contrast between the relationship between Arya and Sansa on screen and the relationship between Maisie and Sophie off-screen.
Ironically, Maisie and Sansa are closer than the sisters that they play on the show. They're also way sillier, as the photo might suggest. Even when they're in full costume, they're always willing to make fools of themselves, and that's what has made fans love them so much. They may just play sisters, but they're at least as close as sisters in real life.
On TV, Jon Snow is the King in the North. He's a total badass. In real life, though, Kit Harrington's sensibilities are a little more bookish, which is suggested by the glasses he's wearing in this photo. Both Kit and Emilia look unbelievably cute, even if Emilia is feeling some slight frustration that Jon is reluctant to bend the knee.
Still, the scene where these two meet was hotly anticipated for fans of both the show and the books. After all, these are the show's two biggest characters, and they're the ones that, in the end, could rule over Westeros together.
The makeup team on Game of Thrones is really incredible, and this may be their very best work. Carice Van Houten is an incredibly beautiful woman, but through the magic of makeup, they made her look 400 years old. This makeup was applied for the scene when Melisandre removes her necklace, and viewers discover just how old she really is.
It's a reminder that, especially with this character, things aren't always what they seem. If you look carefully, though, you can still see Carice's features underneath all of that insanely impressive makeup. She looks like the same woman, just much, much older.