The characters from Game of Thrones have become our TV besties, we feel like we know them inside and out – what they like, what they don’t like, their strengths and weaknesses.
We take inspiration from them, after all, they deal with some heavy stuff on a regular basis and still continue to thrive… well, except all the ones who have died, but we’ll save that for another day.
If Daenerys Targaryen can train dragons, well then goll darnet, you can get through this brutal workday!
One Game of Thrones fan has taken their obsession to comedic heights, using Photoshop to turn our favorite characters into Olympians.
The results had me rolling on the floor laughing – because oh my Lord of Light, they are too good to the true!
Welcome to the first Olympic Games in Westeros…
1. Theon & Yara Greyjoy
“You have to take your characters and you have to put them through crisis. That’s what fiction and drama is all about,” said (our hero) George R.R. Martin when asked about his method behind developing characters in an interview with Wheeler Centre.
2. Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish
“Things have to happen that … [make] characters question who they are and what their place in the world is and what the meaning of it all is,” he said. “To go through the dark nights of the soul and the times of fear and terror.
You know, I’ve always taken it as my mantra, William Faulkner words in his Noble Prize acceptance speech where he said ‘The human heart in conflict with itself … is the only thing worth writing about.’ I think that’s true of all fiction, of literary fiction, such as Faulkner wrote, and also science fiction, and fantasy, and historical novels, and nurse novels, and whatever.
I mean, if you have real characters grappling with real problems, the human heart in conflict with itself, doesn’t matter if it’s in a castle, a spaceship or whatever, if you have that, then you have power. And if you don’t, you don’t.”
[For example,] Jamie losing a hand, the very thing he defined himself with, is crucial to, I think, where I want to go with the character.”
3. Tyrion Lannister
Peter Dinklange almost turned down the role of Tryion Lannister. “I had one hesitation, because of the fantasy genre, I told [showrunner David Benioff] I didn’t want a really long beard and pointy shoes,” Dinklage said.
So, how’d they talk him into it?
“[Benioff and D.B. Weiss] assured me this character and this world wasn’t that. They told me about his complexity, the fact that he wasn’t a hero or a villain, that he was a womanizer and a drinker, and they painted a flawed and beautiful portrait of him, so I signed on.”
4. Daenerys Targaryen
The original plot had to be shelved and reshot. “We got everything wrong on a very basic level with the writing of it,” show co-creator David Benioff told Variety.
In the original pilot, Daenerys Targaryen was played by Tamzin Merchant instead of Emilia Clarke. In addition, Catelyn Stark was played by Jennifer Ehle, only to be replaced by Michelle Fairley.
5. Jon Snow
The night before he was scheduled to audition for Game of Thrones, Kit Harington found himself in a McDonald’s late at night with a date. He was sharing a table with a stranger, when suddenly that stranger started making rude comments about his date.
When Harington stood up to challenge the rude stranger he realized how tall and beefy the man was. “I got battered,” he admitted.
Although he had to show up to the audition with a fresh shiner, he actually thinks it helped him land the role.
“I think that man who punched me in the face may have helped me get the job,” he said. “So if you’re watching, thank you.”
6. Cersei Lannister
All of the nude scenes featuring Daenerys weren’t so easy for actress Emilia Clarke to stomach.
“Once, I had to take a little time out,” she told Esquire of filming the first season. “I said I needed a cup of tea, had a bit of a cry, and was ready for the next scene.”
7. Jaime Lannister
8. The Night King
9. Brienne of Tarth
10. Euron Greyjoy
11. Brian Stark
12. Arya Stark
13. Sansa Stark
Sophie Turner (the actress behind Sansa Stark) ended up adopting Zunni, the Northern Inuit dog that played her pet direwolf during the first season.