Game of Thrones isn’t just a television show. Any diehard fan can tell you that. It’s an entirely different world that many people’s Sunday night has revolved around for seven seasons. Since the most recent season has just wrapped up, and it’s been announced that it’s very unlikely that season eight isn’t going to be released until late 2018 or even 2019, a lot of fans are going into GoT withdrawal.
It turns out that the conclusion of the epic battle for the iron throne has not even been written yet, and after that the production team needs to work out a filming schedule, and actually film and edit the content. Previously filming has been delayed to ensure winter weather that would provide a realistic backdrop for the story unfolding.
Although Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) said in an interview that he thought season eight filming was going to start in October 2017, we just don’t know. With all that being said, there are other ways to scratch the GoT itch, beyond re-watching all of the previous seasons and reading the books. Here are 15 other roles that these GoT stars have played to help provide a taste of Casterly Rock before winter arrives, yet again. Warning there might be some GoT spoilers here.
15 Brienne Of Tarth - Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
There is a Game of Thrones and Star Wars connection, although most people don’t know it, and it probably has to do with costuming. Gwendoline Christie looks like she knows how to wield an ax, sword, or maybe even a light sabre. Christie can be spotted in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi where she’ll reprise the role of Captain Phasma, a Legion Commander reporting to General Hux with special armor that allows her to morph into different shapes and more, based on what is being fired at her. In The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part Two Christie played Commander Lyme. Christie is taller than other leggy Hollywood leading ladies including: Uma Thurman and Sigourney Weaver, and stands a tall six foot three.
14 Khal Drago - Jason Momoa (Baywatch & Aquaman)
Jason Momoa was no stranger to acting when he took on this larger than life role of warrior Khal Drago. Although he looks very different today than he did in the late 1990s, Jason Momoa dipped his toes into the waters of acting portraying Jason Ioane from 1999-2001 on the hit TV series Baywatch. While TV, and apparently a very dedicated workout routine have been keeping the star busy in his time post- Game of Thrones, he is also the man responsible for making Aquaman cool, playing the superhero in Superman vs. Batman, Justice League, and the beginning of his own franchise, Aquaman. He has also been cast to play Eric Draven in the rumored film The Crow Reborn. Jason Momoa has been romantically linked to Lisa Bonet since 2007, and the pair have two children together.
13 Theon Greyjoy - Alfie Allen (John Wick)
Family is important in GoT, so it isn’t surprising that Alfie Allen has a famous sister, singer Lily Allen. Turns out before he took on his role on Game of Thrones, other than a few smaller parts, Alfie was a bit of a slacker. Apparently Alfie’s lack of motivation was such an issue that his sister wrote and released a song about what a burnout her baby brother was. The song was released as a single and included a video featuring an unflattering portrayal of Alfie as chronically stoned, petulant, and a lazy puppet. Alfie is happy to be working nowadays with recent film roles including John Wick, Pandemic and The Predator (which is currently in post-production set to be released in 2018).
12 Sansa Stark - Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse)
So many of our favourite actors in Game of Thrones have grown up with their characters, and such is the case for Sophie Turner, who was barely a teenager when she first left Winterfell for Casterly Rock. Perhaps wanting to take a more heroic and less stoically silent role, Turner was cast to play Jean Grey/Phoenix in the 2016 film X-Men Apocalypse. While secrets, politics and good luck are the best defences in the quest for the iron throne, as an X-Men mutant Turner relies on telepathy, telekinesis, mind control, and sometimes her fellow X-Men boyfriend Cyclops (played by Tye Sheridan). In addition to her work on GoT, Turner is reprising her role of Jean Grey in the 2018 X-Men movie which is currently filming.
11 Ramsay Bolton - Iwan Rheon (Misfits)
Netflix fans who want to check out another fantastic, and highly unusual series may want to check out the series Misfits, which stars Welsh actor Iwan Rheon in quite a different role compared to the diabolically evil Ramsay Bolton he plays on Game of Thrones. In Misfits, a group of juvenile delinquents are struck by lightning during some sort of mystical storm and Rheon’s character Simon can become invisible and uses his powers (mostly) for good, although it’s no wonder he left this series presumably for his spot on GoT. Those who want to catch a more comedic side of Rheon should check him out as Ash Weston in the sitcom Vicious. Iwan is also a singer and musician and is set to play Maximus in the Marvel Universe’s Inhumans.
10 Jon Snow - Kit Harington (Pompei)
While it may seem that Jon Snow was the role that made Kit Harington who he is today (or some may argue this is the role that Kit Harington truly made his own), the actor has been in a few other productions in addition to his time on the other side of the wall with the Night’s Watch. Fighting for what is right, and what he loves is something that comes naturally to Harington, and is likely why he was cast to portray Milo in the 2014 action flick Pompei, as a young slave turned gladiator who races against time and other obstacles to save his true love while Mount Vesuvius erupts, dooming Pompeii. Harington has also provided some voice work in the 2014 children’s movie How to Train Your Dragon 2.
9 Tyrion Lannister - Peter Dinklage (Elf)
While it took GoT to catapult Peter Dinklage into fame as a regular household name, the actor has been working for a very long time with parts on shows including Oz, Nip/Tuck, 30 Rock, and Entourage. Indie films like The Station Agent are a great way to get a feel for the complex range Dinklage is capable of and recognize he’s been putting his talent stamp on TV and films since the 1990’s. Feeling festive? Peter Dinklage plays a prominent role in the holiday movie Elf alongside Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, portraying a successful, ego-centric, and volatile children’s author named Miles Finch. Yup, he’s the one who fights Buddy the Elf when Buddy calls him an elf because of his size.
8 Robb Stark - Richard Madden (Cinderella)
While Jon Snow may get all of the glory as the best looking man on Game of Thrones, it’s worth mentioning that Robb Stark wasn’t terrible to look at until the red wedding. No matter what happens on GoT, Richard Madden was meant for royalty, only not HBO royalty, Disney royalty. In the 2015 live action film Cinderella Madden played Prince Kit and won over Lily James, and happily ever after fans. Madden has a warning for the fans of popular series and says, “Google is the enemy. I would tell that to anyone who enjoys any TV show like 'Game of Thrones' to avoid it; it spoils so many story lines.” Keep an eye out for Madden in several TV series and TV movies set to come out later this year.
7 Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane - Rory McCann (Hot Fuzz)
Rory McCann, who plays the mountain of a man, known as The Hound on GoT, stands a lofty six foot six and has used his epic size to portray a number of notable characters over the year. While some may find the hound to be a grizzled, yet somewhat oddly loveable scoundrel with his highly complicated relationship with Arya Stark, as an actor he has a very impressive range. McCann has played Father Crichton on the TV Series Shameless and Attila the Hun in the TV Series Documentary on Heroes and Villains, Attila the Hun. Fans of Simon Pegg’s films can keep an eye out for McCann in the 2007 film Hot Fuzz, as he portrays the character Michael Armstrong.
6 Petyr ‘Little Finger’ Baelish - Aidan Gillen (The Dark Night Rises)
If something has always seemed a little familiar about Petyr Baelish, odds are I’m not the only one who has felt this way. With a long career, this Irish actor has been in a lot of roles. Back in 1995 he was in the film Circle of Friends alongside Minnie Driver. More recently, he played Councilman Thomas Carcetti in the TV series The Wire. He has portrayed a CIA cop in The Dark Knight Rises. Gillen got his big break in the critically acclaimed, but also controversial TV series, Queer as Folk. Aidan Gillen is a dedicated father and likes to plan his roles around spending time with his family, so he really needs to be passionate about a project to give it a go.
5 Daenerys Targaryen - Emilia Clarke (Me Before You)
So many of the Game of Thrones actors might be hard to spot in their other roles, and in many ways this is because they truly have become the characters they play in the series. Other times they’re harder to recognize because they usually look quite different from their GoT characters physically. This is the case for Emilia Clarke who normally has dark chestnut hair, which is a stark contrast to her white/blonde locks when she’s tending to her dragons. While Clarke is still getting her feet wet with other roles, most notably she was in the 2016 Drama/Romance Me Before You. Those who decide to watch this romantic film will also be graced with another GoT actor, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister).
4 Cersei Lannister - Lena Headey (Pride And Prejudice And Zombies)
It turns out that playing someone of the upper crust who is able to kick butt whether it’s with words, strategy or other means comes naturally to Lena Headey, who is best known for her role as Cersei Lannister on GoT. As someone who will take on whatever stands in her way, whether it’s White Walkers or Zombies, it’s no surprise that Lena Headey portrays Lady Catherine de Bourg, Mr. Darcy's aunt and Mr. Collins' patroness, in the modern take on the Jane Austin Novel turned movie re-imagination, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Always fit for royalty, Headey also plays Queen Gorgo in the 2014 film 300: Rise of an Empire. Terminator Fans can enjoy Headley’s depiction of Sarah Connor in the two season FoxTV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
3 Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark - Sean Bean (Lord Of The Rings)
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how long you’re in a role, it’s still memorable. While Eddard Stark’s legacy lives on, he hasn’t been a part of the show since the very first season in a finale that still has fans talking. Apparently, veteran actor Sean Bean knows a good part when he sees one! If the star looks familiar, it’s not just because he’s been in just about everything for the past 30 years, he also had a prominent role in the Lord of The Rings series portraying the valiant warrior Boromir. Bean has been spending most of his time on the small screen since his time on GoT with roles on the TV series, Broken, The Frankenstein Chronicles, and Roman Empire: Reign of Blood, Wasted, and Legends.
2 King Robert Baratheon - Mark Addy (The Full Monty)
In the beginning of GoT we were introduced to a king who liked to party hard. While King Robert Baratheon was Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm and was once a great warrior, he finds his untimely end thanks to his love of drink, women and hunting. Mark Addy may be well-known for this role, but he’s been involved in some fantastic comedic roles over the years, most notably his role as Dave, when he takes off his clothes in the 1997 comedy hit The Full Monty. Addy has had other comedic roles as a regular guest star on Married with Children and played Fred Flintstone in the 1994 and 2000 films. Look to television series to catch more modern work from the actor on New Blood, Jericho, and Atlantis.
1 Ygritte - Rose Leslie (Downton Abbey)
Ygritte is easily one of the best looking women on Game of Thrones both on and off-screen. Just ask Kit Harington as the two connected both in the realm and reality. In July, rumours were quickly quashed that Harington and Rose Leslie. Even Nicole Kidman was curious and asked Harington who replied, "I mean, it’s step by step, step by step." Showing that the two aren’t rushing into anything, but that doesn’t mean that the two won’t get to enjoy their happily ever after one day. In addition to her short but memorable stint on GoT, Rose Leslie has been connected with another ‘must watch’ TV series, Downton Abbey as she played Gwen Dawson/Harding. The Scottish redhead also appears as Maia Rindell on the TV series The Good Fight.