Now that we’ve experienced six full seasons of Game of Thrones, and in some cases, literally watching some members of the cast grow up right in front of our eyes, perhaps it’s time to take a look back at each one of the major players from the show, to see what they looked like before becoming household names, with international fame. Sadly, some of the cast members have seen their last day on Game of Thrones, but it will be fun to gaze upon the visage of each one of these now superstars who are recognizable around the globe. The photos come via a Reddit thread posted some months ago, and thanks to imgur user ComebackherejessicahNOWjessicahhh, we’ve got a plethora of photos to look through.
As you can see, while scrolling through the 16-page slide show, some the Game of Thrones cast have changed their appearance a great deal. You could chalk it up to simply growing up, good living, or the need to reinvent one’s self. I think one my favorite of the cast photos is Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), as he looks like he could be a body double for David Bowie (may he rest in peace), or at the very least, the lead singer in a Bowie cover band.
Sean Bean (Ned Stark) gives off a punk rock vibe in his then and now photo. I mean, just look at the earring!
Lena Heady looks like an extra on Beverly Hills, 90210, in her photo. I wonder if she were on that show, and had an affair with Dylan behind Brenda’s back if they would have made her do a walk of shame down Rodeo drive, with Donna walking behind her, ringing a bell, shouting, “Shame!”
EMGN.com also put together a few then and now photos of Game of Thrones cast members, which you can see the entire layout by clicking the link provided. However, we chose a few of the better ones from imgur to show you. For instance look at a young Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister).
What really stands out in these photos, is the great beauty of Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell).
And, the frosted tips of Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger).
These actors sure have changed over the years, and for some, the change was definitely for the better. It’s fun to look back at the cast of Game of Thrones before they were stars, and we probably shouldn’t get too attached, as there is sure to be a culling of characters in both Season 7 and Season 8. Who stands out the most, in regards to a completely new look? Let’s discuss in the comments.