As Game of Thrones fans recover from the 'The Long Night' at the Battle of Winterfell and prepare for the "the last war" - Bored Panda offers viewers some behind-the-scenes photos of how the icy magic is made. Intricate make-up, prosthetics, props, and green screens are all part of the grueling off-screen process that comes together for the epic cinematic sequences we have come to expect from this TV show.

Putting together each scene takes an army - especially the battles. The show's previous longest battle, "The Battle of the Bastards," reportedly required 600 crew members, 500 extras, 70 horses, and 65 stuntmen. Scroll down below to see your favorite Game of Thrones characters in between takes, and don't forget to upvote your favs!

#1

Together With Gwendoline Christie

Together With Gwendoline Christie

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Gwendoline is so gorgeous ❤️❤️

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Through glorious dialogue, editing, costume and set design - the production team transports viewers to the Game of Thrones realm seamlessly, but what happens when the cameras aren't rolling? What moments did the famous actors most enjoy shooting? How does it all come together?

#2

Day 1

Day 1

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Merps
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1 year ago

She so CUTE

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The beauty of Game of Thrones is that despite the extensive use for CGI used to create the dragons or zombie polar bears, the team tries as hard as they can to create "realistic" elements. The White Walkers are not computer creations and were designed by the shows prosthetic designer Barrie Gower. If you look at the behind-the-scenes photos what you see off-screen is the same as onscreen. Gower said the White Walkers were originally inspired by The Walking Dead, but evolved into their own unique wintery design for the HBO series.

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House Lannister

House Lannister

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Before it gets awkward

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There are some pretty massive actors among the Game of Thrones cast. For example Ian Whyte who played the wildling giant Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun is 7ft 1." However, he's not the only one, Hafthor Bjornsson who plays Gregor Clegane or the Mountain, was officially crowned the world's strongest man. He also won Europe's Strongest Man and the Strongman Classic (Arnold Scwarzenegger's competition), making him the first man to do so in the same year. Bjornsson stands at 6'9" and weighs 397 lbs - no editing magic needed here.

#4

Season 1 Behind The Scenes

Season 1 Behind The Scenes

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

3 out of 4

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Working with CGI and green screens can be more difficult for the Game of Thrones actors than when they have to work with real animals or elements. This was evident when they had to create the zombie bear polar bear. Actor Rory McCann, who plays the Hound, referred to his fake acting partner as the “ping-pong-ball thing” and said he found it difficult to pretend as though it was in fact a real bear. Well, he had us fooled!

#5

I Mean, Jeeeze, One Pet Of A Dragon And He Thinks He's One Of Them

I Mean, Jeeeze, One Pet Of A Dragon And He Thinks He's One Of Them

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PyroarRanger
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1 year ago

Who wouldn't do that on a windy day with a cape?

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#6

Game Of Thrones Stunt Doubles

Game Of Thrones Stunt Doubles

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Off-brand cereal

Ed Souza
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1 year ago

I'd take the off-brand Daenerys any day.

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Panda Kicki
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1 year ago

Well, this was akwardly disturbing...like having the wrong glasses on..

Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Awesome

Amazon QT
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1 year ago

I wonder if Tyrion’s BD “drinks and knows things” too!!??

Nikki D
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1 year ago

Only the queen of dragons is even close!

Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

Could have fooled me...

Saiken
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1 year ago

Why does missandei need a stunt double?

pony33
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1 year ago

Blondie, she hotter than the real one...

Kevs Build
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1 year ago

Pretty Blonde

Samuel Rosen
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1 year ago

Wow, these folks really do look like the actors. What a great job for them!

Laura Martin
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1 year ago

Unsung heros, great to see their pictures!

Denise Mirto
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1 year ago

great job!!

Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

The unsung heroes!

Lorenz Pacis
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1 year ago

Too bad stunt doubles' jobs are "slowly" being replaced by robots.

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To survive all the tough elements and action and endless filming in Game of Thrones the actors get some help from their body doubles. Any scene where you don't see their face it is probably the acting of their double. Remember Season 1 where Jaime pushed Bran out the window? The producers experimented with how clothed they wanted him in the scene - so that meant a naked body double for the popular character was waiting patiently nearby.

#7

Sansa's Hidden Skill

Sansa's Hidden Skill

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

love her

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While the talented prosthetic's team were able to create 'realistic' creepy White Walkers, building a dragon was left to the computer animators. Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys might portray a convincing bond with her giant dragon babies - but it's all acting. In real life Clarke is talking to, petting and riding what looks like a giant mechanical bull. Fans are used to give the illusion of her hair blowing in the wind but the rest of it is pure editing magic.

#8

'Haha'

'Haha'

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Withnail
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1 year ago (edited)

"We're all going to die! LOL!" Probably, I haven't seen the latest episode, so please don't say anything. Now if that last sentence isn't the biggest troll bait, I don't know what is!

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#9

Ser Brienne Of Tarth. A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms

Ser Brienne Of Tarth. A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

She's the best

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#10

Happy International Yoga Day From Meereen

Happy International Yoga Day From Meereen

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Ms Phit
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1 year ago

Skills!

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#11

Emilia Clarke's Selfie From Season 1

Emilia Clarke's Selfie From Season 1

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 year ago

Holy shit, Aquaman. Shared universe confirmed.

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#12

Best Selfie

Best Selfie

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

Dr. White Walker

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#13

Jamie Lannister And His Creepy Extra Arm Behind The Scenes

Jamie Lannister And His Creepy Extra Arm Behind The Scenes

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

I thought It was CGI the whole time, this is incredible

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#14

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Celebrating His Birthday In Chains, Season 2

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Celebrating His Birthday In Chains, Season 2

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Dee Hunter
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1 year ago

Two years old and looking so grown up already! xD

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#15

David Benioff And Wun Wun The Giant

David Benioff And Wun Wun The Giant

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Withnail
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1 year ago

The difference between 1,88 m and 2,16 m!

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#16

The Nights Watch Holding Umbrellas

The Nights Watch Holding Umbrellas

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Kiss Army
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1 year ago

R.I.P. Peter Vaughan

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#17

Now This Is More Like It. Congratulations To My Brothers (Literally) From Other Mothers. I’m A Lucky Lucky Sista To These Mistas

Now This Is More Like It. Congratulations To My Brothers (Literally) From Other Mothers. I’m A Lucky Lucky Sista To These Mistas

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Lol, if only she was that nice in the show.

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#18

Emilia Clarke With A Crew From Season 5

Emilia Clarke With A Crew From Season 5

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

her smile though!!

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#19

The Dragon And The Wolf

The Dragon And The Wolf

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C
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1 year ago

This is the famous meme face

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#20

Me And My New Bestie

Me And My New Bestie

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Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

His eyes are almost twirling!

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#21

My Good Friend In Belfast Prosthetic Make Up

My Good Friend In Belfast Prosthetic Make Up

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ptm45
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1 year ago

As bad a villain the Night King is the actor was even awesome! Being in prosthetic is not comfy.

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#22

King Tommen Falling Out Of The Window Behind The Scenes

King Tommen Falling Out Of The Window Behind The Scenes

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Nikki D
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1 year ago

That mat doesn't look very soft..

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#23

Red Woman Reality

Red Woman Reality

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Panda Kicki
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1 year ago

Lost the fire..? 😉

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#24

Walk Of Shame Prep

Walk Of Shame Prep

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

green eyes

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#25

It’s Happening. Flash Back Sunday Full Disclosure. I Love Septa. She’s Aces. Can’t Believe This Is It. May You Enjoy So Hard The Final Season Of The Show That Carried Us All For A Decade

It’s Happening. Flash Back Sunday Full Disclosure. I Love Septa. She’s Aces. Can’t Believe This Is It. May You Enjoy So Hard The Final Season Of The Show That Carried Us All For A Decade

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

no shame

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#26

Throwback

Throwback

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Dibbo Sadhukhan
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1 year ago

duraflame........... so thats what she used on the arakh

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#27

Actors Charles Dance And Julian Glover Taking A Break During The Filming Of Season 4 In Dubrovnik

Actors Charles Dance And Julian Glover Taking A Break During The Filming Of Season 4 In Dubrovnik

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Royal Shakespeare Company in the house. Some serious talent sitting there.

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#28

Wait..... Did I Not Tell You Guys?! Um Yeah. Now If He'd Only Bend The Bloody Knee There'll Be No Problems

Wait..... Did I Not Tell You Guys?! Um Yeah. Now If He'd Only Bend The Bloody Knee There'll Be No Problems

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Oathbraker
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1 year ago

This should have been the actual scene and reaction where he reveals his real name.

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#29

Peter Dinklage And Lena Headey

Peter Dinklage And Lena Headey

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Hey wait a minute! IPhone's aren't period! Lol

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#30

Between Takes Trying To Get The Water Out Of My Boots. I Still Got These Boots. My Precious Yara Boots

Between Takes Trying To Get The Water Out Of My Boots. I Still Got These Boots. My Precious Yara Boots

This is from a season 6 dash down the beach trying to look tough whilst running on sand with boots full of water. I will miss these times very much. Precious memories of a magical job.

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Ooh I hate squishy feet.

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#31

How Am Feeling After That Episode. Not Today Bby

How Am Feeling After That Episode. Not Today Bby

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

He's ET!

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#32

In Honour Of The Final Season Of Thrones Premiering Tonight... Here’s A Picture Of Me Asleep On Set

In Honour Of The Final Season Of Thrones Premiering Tonight... Here’s A Picture Of Me Asleep On Set

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♥Kitty♥
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1 year ago

Her skin is flawless!

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#33

Boot Draining Between Takes Last Year

Boot Draining Between Takes Last Year

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Andy Kemp
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1 year ago

What is wet will never dry

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#34

Even Warriors Need A Yellow Umbrella Once In A While! (Even If The Snow Is Fake)

Even Warriors Need A Yellow Umbrella Once In A While! (Even If The Snow Is Fake)

This behind scene pic is from season 5. The well dressed gentleman is the eminent DOP (director of photography) Fabian Wagner. He did "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards".

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 year ago

My man Hivju! Norwegian badass!

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#35

Night King Behind The Scenes

Night King Behind The Scenes

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

He'll be beaten by the Day King

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#36

Battle Of The Bastards

Battle Of The Bastards

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Molly Block
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1 year ago

How do they get the horse to mug for the camera like that?!

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#37

See What I Have To Put Up With ??

See What I Have To Put Up With ??

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Hodor!

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#38

You Become A Bit Crazy After 4 Week On The Battlefield! Love Working With This Man - He Did Great Work As Smalljon Umber

You Become A Bit Crazy After 4 Week On The Battlefield! Love Working With This Man - He Did Great Work As Smalljon Umber

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

Still in character, both!

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#39

Here's Da Reel Roadmans Of Westeros

Here's Da Reel Roadmans Of Westeros

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Alex Grosdanofski
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1 year ago

Looks like her undercarriage needed adjustment lol

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#40

Oh My Pod! Spending The Last Five Seasons With The Absolutely Wonderfully Talented Daniel Podrick Portmanteau Has Been A Pod-Send

Oh My Pod! Spending The Last Five Seasons With The Absolutely Wonderfully Talented Daniel Podrick Portmanteau Has Been A Pod-Send

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Hseed
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1 year ago

Pod-cast? Ok I'm out...

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#41

Green Dragon From Season 7

Green Dragon From Season 7

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Dang, I was hoping they were real

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#42

Happy Days

Happy Days

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Sarcastic Cow
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1 year ago

"Hi, I´m Melisandre and this is my cooking show. First - prepare the meat."

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#43

I Kinda Miss This Lady

I Kinda Miss This Lady

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better version of alex
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1 year ago

No idea who she is, but she's beautiful

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#44

Me And My Baby Drogon Just Very Excited For You All To See

Me And My Baby Drogon Just Very Excited For You All To See

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

Drogon's x-rays picture!

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#45

The Real Winterfell

The Real Winterfell

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

Camera man looks tired...

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#46

Start Long Night. Night King Without Make-Up

Start Long Night. Night King Without Make-Up

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Arkeen
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1 year ago

Hum ... "without make-up", are you sure about this ? :D

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#47

Assassination Of Balon Greyjoy

Assassination Of Balon Greyjoy

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

I love watching behind the scenes pics!

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#48

Behind The Scenes Of Season 7

Behind The Scenes Of Season 7

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

That would be hilarious if the dragon was just a Muppet.

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#49

This Scene Was So Crazy Good Especially The Blood Curdling Scream From Ned Umber, Wight Edition

This Scene Was So Crazy Good Especially The Blood Curdling Scream From Ned Umber, Wight Edition

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

The scream and the "artwork" left by the Night King...

#50

Sophie Turner Behind The Scenes Of Season 5

Sophie Turner Behind The Scenes Of Season 5

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

That's a nice dress, very Winterfellish!

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