Earlier this week, we showed you something shocking. It was Kristofer Hivju (Tormund from Game of Thrones) in his younger days, clean-shaven and fresh-faced. It was striking, basically because we find it difficult to divorce the courageous Wildling warrior from that glorious beard of his.

However, it got us thinking ‘what about some of his co-stars?’ What Game of Thrones actors possess rather embarrassing younger photos? We did some digging and assembled a collection of what we think are the best ones. So, without further ado,

Here are some hilariously young photos of Game of Thrones actors that will blow your freakin’ mind!

Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)


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So yeah, Momoa probably wants that first pic off the internet altogether. Fortunately, it’s still there. He still looks like he’d melt the heart of a Mother of Dragons, but he might wanna lose the wheat from his mouth…

Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)

Then and now

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As you can see on the left, the physically imposing Christie looked very much like a Disney princess before she single-handedly took down The Hound and Stannis Baratheon. We wouldn’t want to mess with her, even back then, she’d probably still knock us out with one hand.

Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont)

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One of our favourite actors on the show, there’s Glen channeling his inner-Clint Eastwood in the first photo, riding in what we can assume is a swanky car with a blonde bombshell in the foreground. Scroll down and it’s another blonde bombshell, but wait, it’s HIM! Glen has aged well, admittedly, greyscale or no greyscale…

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)

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There she is. The Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains…and so on and so forth. She’s nothing back then — just an adorable childhood sweetheart. I mean look at her: who could have ever predicted she would command the Unsullied and takeover the Khals? Well, fair play to Clarke – she’s developed impressively into one hell of a badass.

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)

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BABY ARYA! Cherub overload.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain)

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Unbelievable! The Mountain looks more like a molehill here. But, erm, a molehill who could crush any naysayer! In his younger days, the Icelandic goliath sported a sleeker, athletic frame, before he started eating 8000 calories a day and lifting trucks.

Kit Harington & Alfie Allen (Jon Snow & Theon Greyjoy)

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Well, there you go. There’s the resurrected Lord Commander, looking completely innocent. Actually, he kind of looks like a NERD! Don’t think you’ve gotten away that easy, Alfie, we didn’t miss a younger Theon.

Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)

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Well, the head of House Lannister doesn’t look so intimidating in his younger days, does he? We wouldn’t say that to Charles Dance though. That man is terrifying.

Rory McCann (The Hound)


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Now watch the grown-up Game of Thrones actors in the preview clip for the latest episode. It promises to be a big one folks!