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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Here's a look at how some of our absolute favorite GoT stars clean up for nights out on the town -- and high-profile Hollywood events.
Slide 1 of 40Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Van Houten's priestess, known as the Red Woman, revealed herself to be an old woman in Season 6.
Slide 2 of 40Carice van Houten ... as herself!
Van Houten looks considerably younger at the 2019 New York City premiere of Game of Thrones.
Slide 3 of 40Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
He's the king you loved to hate. For very, very good reason.
Slide 4 of 40Jack Gleeson as... himself!
These days, the 27-year-old actor performs with his Dublin-based theater company Collapsing Horse.
Slide 5 of 40Diana 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.
Slide 6 of 40Diana Rigg as... herself!
This photo of Rigg was taken at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Slide 7 of 40Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Christie's Lady Brienne dons as much armor as any knight.
Slide 8 of 40Gwendoline Christie ... as herself!
At the Hollywood premiere of Welcome to Marwen in 2018, Christie favors a bejeweled look.
Slide 9 of 40Conleth Hill as Varys
When Hill's playing Game of Thrones' resident eunuch, he lacks ... hair, of course.
Slide 10 of 40Conleth Hill as ... himself!
On the blue carpet for GoT's Season 7 premiere, Hill shows that he's still got it -- hair, that is.
Slide 11 of 40Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Clarke's character favors leather, blond hair and dragons.
Slide 12 of 40Emilia Clarke as ... herself!
At the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Clarke favors black formal wear, brunette tresses and zero dragon references.
Slide 13 of 40Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Though he dies early in the series, the Dothraki warlord is one of the most memorable characters of Season 1.
Slide 14 of 40Jason Momoa as... himself!
Since appearing on Game of Thrones, the Hawaii-born actor starred in Aquaman and Justice League. His next picture, Dune, is due in 2020.
Slide 15 of 40Kristofer 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.
Slide 16 of 40Kristofer 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.