On HBO's Emmy-winning Game of Thrones, life is hard, and the good and bad folk of Westeros are always prepared, if not dressed, for battle.
That's why it's always a kick to see the stars of GoT away from the set and on the red carpet. It's at these times that Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, John Bradley and the rest let their hair, necklines and defenses down.
Now that the series has reached its end after its eighth season, it's a great time to look at the HBO stars working their magic on the red carpet over the years.
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Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Van Houten's priestess, known as the Red Woman, revealed herself to be an old woman in Season 6.prevnext
Carice van Houten ... as herself!
Van Houten looks considerably younger at the 2019 New York City premiere of Game of Thrones.prevnext
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
He's the king you loved to hate. For very, very good reason.prevnext
Jack Gleeson as... himself!
These days, the 27-year-old actor performs with his Dublin-based theater company Collapsing Horse.prevnext
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
This last-standing member of House Tyrell dies in Season 7 when she is made to drink poison by Jaime Lannister.prevnext
Diana Rigg as... herself!
This photo of Rigg was taken at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.prevnext
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Christie's Lady Brienne dons as much armor as any knight.prevnext
Gwendoline Christie ... as herself!
At the Hollywood premiere of Welcome to Marwen in 2018, Christie favors a bejeweled look.prevnext
Conleth Hill as Varys
When Hill's playing Game of Thrones' resident eunuch, he lacks ... hair, of course.prevnext
Conleth Hill as ... himself!
On the blue carpet for GoT's Season 7 premiere, Hill shows that he's still got it -- hair, that is.prevnext
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Clarke's character favors leather, blond hair and dragons.prevnext
Emilia Clarke as ... herself!
At the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Clarke favors black formal wear, brunette tresses and zero dragon references.prevnext
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Though he dies early in the series, the Dothraki warlord is one of the most memorable characters of Season 1.prevnext
Jason Momoa as... himself!prevnext
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
The wildling leader survives the final battle with the Night King and ultimately returns to his people north of the wall.prevnext
Kristofer Hivju as... himself!
The Norwegian actor, seen here with wife Gry, also plays the role of Connor Rhodes in 2017's The Fate of the Furious.prevnext
Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
This leader of the Unsullied, who spends most of the series serving Daenerys, survived the end of the series.prevnext
Jacob Anderson as... himself!
Anderson, seen here at a Game of Thrones Season Finale Premiere event in Belfast, is also a talented singer-songwriter and record producer.prevnext
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Coster-Waldau's anti-hero lost his hand in the Season 3 episode, "Walk of Punishment."prevnext
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as ... himself!
Coster-Waldau shows off his perfectly fine, perfectly attached right hand as he departs for a red-carpet event at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France.prevnext
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Allen's gray-favoring prince blends in with Game of Thrones' bleak landscape.prevnext
Alfie Allen as ... himself!
At the 2019 NYC premiere of Game of Thrones, Allen stands out on the red carpet.prevnext
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
As Ned Stark's daughter, Williams' character is willing to get down and dirty.prevnext
Maisie Williams as ... herself!
Williams shows off her perfectly purple 'do at the 2019 Game of Thrones premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.prevnext
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
In the face of mistreatment, Dinklage's lord is smart, witty -- and really stylish.prevnext
Peter Dinklage as ... himself!
If Tyrion lived and dressed in the 21st century, he couldn't rock the cool anymore than Dinklage does at the 2017 U.K. premiere of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.prevnext
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Cunningham's Onion Knight is a buttoned-down, neck-armor kind of guy.prevnext
Liam Cunningham as ... himself!
At the International Rotterdam Film Festival in 2016, Cunningham is an unbuttoned-collar kind of guy.prevnext
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Headey's sinister royal accessorizes with armor and a crown.prevnext
Lena Headey as ... herself!
At the 2014 Hollywood premiere of 300: Rise of an Empire, Headey needs neither armor nor a crown to create a buzz.prevnext
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Harington's heroic outsider is weighted down with family baggage -- and winter wear.prevnext
Kit Harington as ... himself!
Harington is a vision in summer white at Italy's Giffoni Film Festival in 2017.prevnext
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
When he plays Jon Snow's trusty mate, Bradley wears a worried expression -- and a lot of layers.prevnext
John Bradley as ... himself!
Bradley is open-necked on the red carpet for a movie premiere in London in 2016.prevnext
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
On Game of Thrones, Glen plays a knight in exile -- and in the cold.prevnext
Iain Glen as ... himself!
Glen enjoys warmer climes and times at a film premiere in London in 2017.prevnext
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Turner's Stark is a fair lady who's seen grim stuff -- and, from the looks of it, grooms herself accordingly.prevnext
Sophie Turner as ... herself!
At the 2019 New York City premiere of Game of Thrones, Turner looks to have left the weight of the Stark world behind.prevnext
Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
In GoT, Wright plays a typical young man who, you know, has visions and dresses like the Fifth Beatle of Westeros.prevnext