Game of Thrones is one of the most talked about shows on TV right now. It only runs for 10 weeks at a time, but people still can’t stop talking about it for the rest of the 42 weeks a year that it’s not pumping out new episodes. For a show that people love so dearly and are obsessed with like no other, you’d think they’d want to make more episodes in order to produce an even greater profit. I’m sure the producers would love that just as much as we would, but unfortunately, it isn’t really easy to make this show.
The series is basically like a new short movie every week. Different episodes require different amounts of work and different levels of production. The show is currently one of the most expensive series ever made due to the high paid actors as well as the extensive set, costumes, and special effects required. The show never fails to disappoint, however, and fans can truly see the production value in each and every episode. The beautiful settings and amazing graphics take the viewer into a truly different world. Not only are we living in a fantasy, but after seeing these next few pictures, you’ll soon understand we’re living in a bit of a computer world every once in awhile as well.
The show uses a huge amount of CGI, so a lot of scenes are shot different than others. Not only that but the cast are all pretty close knit, so it’s interesting to see them in a not so serious context. Check out these 15 must-see photos from behind the scenes on set.
15 The Green Wall
The wall is a location in the series that is often discussed throughout several storylines on the show. If you live north of the wall, that’s a big deal, if you live south of the wall, that’s an even bigger deal, depending on who you are. The reality is, that most walls in the series have a good chance of being fake! A lot of the buildings and settings throughout the series need to give off the appearance that they’re aged. It’s a lot cheaper to just set up a giant green screen and fill it with your desired background than it is to actually pay for the effects as well as the labor that it takes to set it up. Instead, they just hire a crew to put up the wall first, and then a small team of guys to fix it up after they put in the effects.
14 White Walkers - Still As Scary
When you see a white walker at any given moment, there’s a good chance you can tell that there’s some sort of CGI to enhance them. For a lot of people, we just assumed that they were completely fake. As you might know from The Walking Dead, it’s actually cheaper to have robot zombies than it is to hire the extras to play the roles. You would think that the same would go for Game of Thrones, but as you can see here, that is clearly not the case. Instead of just using robots, CGIs, or a completely different method, they’ve decided to use gold ol’ fashioned people. The white walkers are among some of the scariest creatures we’ve seen on the show so far. You would think that seeing them out of their element and behind the scenes would make them less scary, but this only creates a new breed of nightmare fuel.
13 Glamour Time
Tywin Lannister is one of the most vicious guys that we had the pleasure of seeing on the series. He was always tough, and you probably have difficulty recalling a time that he actually showed a smile. That is why it feels so strange to see him sitting in this chair getting all glammed up. When we think of people getting their makeup done, you either picture someone super glammed up, or someone looking completely terrifying and gory. Tywin is neither of those things. Instead, he’s just an old, grumpy looking man a little out of place getting his makeup done. It also appears that even out of character, he has trouble losing that stern look. Next time you watch the series it’ll probably be difficult to picture him without wearing makeup. At least he’s always ready for his close-up!
12 Regular People On Set
The thing that’s always the hardest about taking a peek into the backstage of our favorite TV shows is the reminder that at any given moment, even the most intimate of interactions between characters, there is a large crew standing right behind the actors. Not only that but in this specific scenario, they’re all wearing normal, every day looking clothes. You would think they might want to dress a little more classic just to help the actors get into character a little bit. It’s also interesting to think about the boom mic operator who has to stand there and hold up the boom for hours at a time. It may be a difficult job, but it would be an amazing opportunity to get to see all the action up close and personal. Even if that means you’ll see all the green screens too.
11 Running On Green
The war and battle scenes are some of the most brutal scenes we've ever seen. They’re extremely intense, with everything from the music, the outfits, and the extensive amount of gore. The preparation for them is taxing as well. They have to pay for training for the actors to help get them comfortable with how on-screen combat works. You’d think it’d be easy to learn how to fake a fight for the big screen, but it can actually be a process that requires a lot of practice. Aside from that, a lot of people have to get trained on how to properly ride a horse. Not only do you have to know how to ride a horse for this show, but you have to convince people that this is the only form of transportation you know. It seems silly then, to see them all just trotting down the path of a green screen.
10 Lots Of Green Spandex
When you watch the scenes with the white walkers, it’s always so surprising that the characters are able to be so brave as to fight them off. If any one of us were faced with the image of a rotting corpse trying to murder us, we might not be so brave. One of the reasons it’s probably a bit easier for the actors to not show as much fear on screen is probably due to the fact that they’re all just prancing around in green suits. It’s like if It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Game of Thrones had a crossover episode. What a challenge that would be to write! Even though we may think it’s a bit silly to see them in this context, it’s an everyday norm to the characters and actors on the show. Imagine how terrifying it must be for them to see the episode with full CGI for the first time!
9 Mother Of Green Balls
Some of the most intense scenes throughout the entirety of the series are any moments that involve Daenerys and her dragons. As we can assume, the dragons are not real. Sorry to break it to you if you weren’t aware of that fact yet either. But no matter what you thought to be true, Daenerys using a green ball during shooting is probably the last thing you ever expected to happen. Remember the person from the previous picture who had to hold the boom up? Imagine what the job of the person who holds the green ball on a stick’s career is like. You would think that it would at least look a little bit like a dragon. But Emilia Clarke just has to actually envision a dragon really hard while filming. We don’t even want to know what it looked like when she rode around on the dragon in the last season.
8 Death Scenes
Shows do more and more intensely gruesome things in order to shock and terrify audiences. It seems every horror movie and dramatic show gets more and more violent as time passes. That is definitely true for Game of Thrones. This show has managed to kill children right in front of our faces. In one of the more brutal scenes, we had to witness the hanging of yet another child. we imagined the shooting of that scene to be rather grim, but actually seeing it is an entirely new story. It would be really awkward to have to be the guy to put the noose around his neck. Obviously, the writers are responsible for killing his character off, but in a way, this guy’s sort of the one for going through with the actual deed. We don’t want to know what the set looked like after this scene had finished being shot.
7 Break Time!
Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of her name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons is one of the most respectable, poised, and graceful characters we’ve seen on this show, or any show for that matter. But out of character, Emilia Clarke seems to have no problem in showing off her love for a giant cake. Is wardrobe OK with letting her dive into a pool of frosting while wearing that fancy gown? The most comical part of this picture is also the fact that there are paper plates as well as a plastic table cover on the table. Could you imagine if the actual characters used paper plates throughout the show? At least it’s good to know that the cast and crew are being fed throughout their long shooting days.
6 Card Playing On Set
Even though we all love Game of Thrones and you’re probably only reading this list if you are a mega fan; you have to admit, even this show has its slow moments. We can’t imagine, then, what the rest of the cast has to go through while filming! Even with the easiest, shortest, most low-budget project, production can be dragged out months over the expected time limit. It’s no wonder then, that the cast members would turn to each other for entertainment. The funniest part of this picture is how they’re all still completely in wardrobe as well. But suiting up and down in such elaborate costumes has to be a difficult and tiring task, so we don’t blame them for wanting to keep it on. Plus it’s basically like Halloween every day when you get to be on this show, right?
5 All The Gowns
The costumes on the show are arguably one of the best aspects of productions. The gowns take an extensive amount of time to make, and each one is unique to the individual. Oftentime, you’ll see within the embroidery that the stitching actually tells the story. That can be a difficult aspect to see, however, which is why the designers have put their costumes on display at certain locations. After all the hard work and money that goes into making the perfect outfit, why would you want to just put it in the closet of some set? Not only are the gowns extensive, but the rest of the cloaks and armor are as well. Anything that people will be wearing in rugged settings are aged for two weeks before the shooting of the scene in order to give them a bit of an antiqued look. Next time you watch, you’ll indeed want to pay close attention to the costumes.
4 Sailing Towards Nothing
Seeing a picture like this really just reminds us of how incredibly talented these actors have to be. You probably don’t think about it, but it’s really challenging to shoot scenes in water due to the lack of gravity and seasick crew. A lot of the scenes you watch that take place in water look something like this in reality. That means that for the actors, instead of being out in the middle of the ocean with blue skies and blue waters, they’re actually placed in a studio surrounded by green walls. The only thing that’s on set at the time is them and whatever large prop they have around them. This is acting that seems almost more difficult than stage acting. At least in that situation, there’s a more realistic setting. But the actors are really required to build the rest of the world around them using only their imagination.
3 Not A Real Giant
Just like dragons aren’t real, unfortunately, giants aren’t either. Sigh. A lot of us have always wondered just how exactly they were able to shoot most of the giant scenes. Well, here you have it: even more green screen. The scenes with the giant are all shot in a different setting than the rest of the crew. This is actually a little sad if you think about it. especially whenever they’re in a big battle scene. The rest of the crew all gets to be pumped up and work off of each other’s energy. Together, they can really create an inspiring and emotionally charged scene. But the poor giant has to do most of it on his own. It’s no wonder he’s able to portray sadness so well while on screen! And even though he is often alone, it’s still pretty cool to play a giant- so he can’t be too broken up about it.
2 Not That Risky
Any shot of them attempting to climb up the wall is absolutely terrifying. The shots they use to show the distance to the ground are absolutely terrifying. But in reality, they really aren’t that far from the ground. And even if something did happen and they ended up falling, they’d get to land on a giant mattress, so nothing too serious awaits them. It does seem a bit easier to elicit real emotion rather than just the ship on the sea of green. There is still a chance that they might fall, and even though nothing bad would come from it, it’s still never an easy feeling to have that you might fall at any moment. And climbing is a hard task for anyone, so the fact that they actually do some amount of climbing while pretending they’re hundreds of feet from the ground is pretty impressive.
1 Cuddle Time With Green
Here we have Daenerys again, all cuddled up with her little green blob. At least this one is a little more dragon shaped! In these scenes, the dragons get a little cuddly, moving slowly through her hands as she caresses them for comfort. The funny part is to imagine someone holding the stick out and moving it back and forth as if it were a real dragon. After learning just what Emilia Clarke has to deal with, it gives us an entirely new found respect for her as an actress. Acting is a difficult business, but she’s able to take a strong character and make her believable, all while stroking green objects pretending they’re dragons. But until we saw this picture, we were convinced! Really anyone who has a run-in with a dragon from now on will be reminded that they’re probably just looking at a floating green object flying through the sky.