Game of Thrones might have ended, but the show still lives in the hearts of the fans. Creating eight seasons of the highest quality of content must have been quite a tough job. In between the hard work, life on the sets of this show was full of fun, and these behind-the-scenes photos shall prove it, accompanied by so many secrets you may not yet heard before.
Good things come with a fine price
We don’t need to point out the fact that the last season of GoT was one of the most highly-anticipated season finales of all time. We were all clueless about the ending, and we were all eager to see what would happen. At the time, fans were waiting for the last few episodes with different emotions. Now that you know what went down in the end, did you know that each episode from the eighth season cost up to $10 million to produce?
Most challenging tasks
GoT fans know The White Walkers are some of the most frightening creatures in the show. But let us tell you something about how these characters came to life. Some of these were doctored with the help of CGI. But, the actors who played these characters had to work with some very complex prosthetics on their faces. You can’t just buy this kind of stuff from a store. In short, making just one of these took six weeks for a team of 10-15 artists.
While you were watching the fighting scenes in the show, it would’ve been pretty easy to assume that the weapons used were real. That’s understandable because the characters put a lot of effort into throwing those spears and swinging those swords. But in reality, it’s not what you think. The weapons weren’t even replicas of lighter metal or steel. These weapons were made of 99% rubber by the weapons master Tommy Dunne. He knew that the real-steel heavy weapons wouldn’t be a practical option for filming.
Many people love Brienne of Tarth from the show; it was a big break for Gwendoline Christie. But every knight needed a strong costume, so she also had to don an impressive and heavy suit of armor for filming the show. It might have looked cool on the screen, but unfortunately, it adversely affected her. She said that her costume was pretty intense and painful. Its weight made her change the way she walked. Because of that, it also affected her walk permanently.
If there’s one thing that makes Game of Thrones the show, it’s those dragons. The creatures did well with the Mother of Dragons. Emilia was told to treat the dragons as if they all were her cats. In reality, she had to sit on wooden dragons and pat cushions covered in green fabric. The dragons were created with CGI and special effects, but much planning had to go into making the creatures look believable. Here’s an interesting fact: The dragon roars were inspired by the sound that tortoises make while mating!
Fans went through a lot of emotional ups and downs, especially during the finale. The characters from the Seven Kingdoms had it quite rough. Characters had to wear a lot of layers. We hope you remember when Cersei Lannister’s hair was chopped off. Therefore, Lena Headey, who played Cersei, had to wear a shorter wig that she called “The Trump wig!” It was itchy, and she wanted to burn it after filming, but that didn’t happen.
If you think of Game of Thrones, you think of the phrase “winter is coming.” That means that you need to wrap yourself up! On the show, you could often see Jon Snow wearing some fancy capes that would shield him from the cold Northern winds. Although these rugs looked like they were made of expensive animal furs, they were actually from IKEA! The costume department didn’t want to get costly animal furs for filming, so they chose a cheaper option. But they did add their own touches!
My co-wig friends
You might know her as Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen, Breaker of Chains, or the Mother of Dragons. You could always recognize her from her platinum-blond hair. Other cast members loved trying her wigs on, but it was a huge struggle for her. Emilia had just one wig during season one. Fast forward to season eight, and she had four wigs! She named the wigs Dany, Diva, Candice, and Blondie.
Without a doubt, Emilia Clarke played the role of one of the strongest women in the world of movies and shows. Fans commended her for her portrayal and her real-life power. While shooting Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke had to go through two brain aneurysms, but it didn’t stop her from perfectly portraying the role. The first aneurysm was during the first season, and she underwent brain surgery during the third season. She had another aneurysm shortly post-that.
Thinking up the costumes for TV shows and movies must be pretty cool, especially for shows like GoT. There are so many characters and so many areas of the Seven Kingdoms. But it looks as if the costume department struggled with the Kingsguard. Michele Clapton, one of the costume designers for the show, said that the early Kingsguard costumes had to be changed because they made a lot of sounds, which were too loud for the mics. The suits had metal scales like armor, which caused the issue.