Game of Thrones is back. It's back for one final season of dragons, swords, and family feuds for the ultimate battle between ice and fire. Alongside the usual witty lines, moving monologues, and heart-stopping show-downs, there's another thing that we can always rely on GoT to bring. Beards.
From Jon Snow to Jamie Lannister, Tyrion to the wildlings, it seems like on GoT, everyone has a beard. They've become so common and so well-loved that it can be quite shocking to see cast members without their beards.
But that's exactly what we are going to do right now. Whether it's Khal Drogo, the Dothraki warlord, or Ned Stark, Warden of the North, these actors are almost unrecognizable without their beards. Wait until you see Tormund Giantsbane. You won't believe it's him.
Warning: if you're still catching up, and are halfway through Game of Thrones, beware of spoilers.
Kit Harrington has started showing off his no-beard look.Look at it. It's a great beard! Why would he ever get rid of it?
We are used to seeing Kit Harrington with a certain look.Kit Harrington plays our beloved Jon Snow. Snow is supposed to be the epitome of a good northern man, or, if you're from anywhere outside of the UK, a good Englishman. He is hard-working, loyal, and honest, and he doesn't care about his appearance. But of course, that's Jon Snow. Kit Harrington is a little different.
This seems like the end of Jon Snow as we know him.
via: GettyTurns out, Kit Harrington shaved his beard especially for his appearance on SNL. "I had to play Michael Jackson and Winston Churchill," Harrington said. "That’s a sentence I’ll never say again… It’s the first time I’ve had a reason to shave in a long time."
People could not believe what they were seeing.
Im suing SNL for having kit harington shave his beard. This is an utter travesty— ushy gushy (@ushy gushy)1554609452.0
Some people may have taken it a little too far, though.
me: wow kit harington is so attractive 😍😍😍 kit harington: *shaves his beard and does an american accent* me: I’ve n… https://t.co/mi8rHx97yW— Molly Keran 🫖 (@Molly Keran 🫖)1554643553.0
First up, Tyrion Lannister.A wonderful character with an even-more-wonderful beard.
The beard is a slightly newer addition to Tyrion's character.Tyrion wasn't always this way. At the start of the show, he was actually much more kempt, with styled blond hair and a clean-shaven face. As the show has progressed, and his character has become more loved, he has grown an increasingly large beard. Is this to distance himself from the Lannisters, or just to keep up with the GoT fashion?
Tyrion isn't the only Lannister to grow a beard.While Jamie used to be seen as just another incestuous, evil Lannister, when he was kidnapped, we started to change our minds about him. It seemed that spending time with Brienne of Tarth made him open up about his life and he started to show that he cares about others. He began to seem like a conflicted character, and with the emotions came the beard.
The King Slayer traded a hand for a beard.Usually, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, sports a more clean-shaven look in the show. Jamie usually represents the well-kept, rich, and untrustworthy southerners of the show. But recently, he's started to show that there's more to him than meets the eye. As he finally starts to stand-up to his sister, will we be seeing the return of the beard?
Where do we stand on Theon Greyjoy?The conflicting emotions we might have about Jamie are nothing compared to the complex character that Theon Greyjoy has become. Over the course of the show, he has gone from honorary Stark, to Iron-born traitor, to tortured wretch, to supporting his sister in leading the Iron-born, to deserting his sister, to trying to save her again. Phew. It's certainly been an emotional rollercoaster with this one.
Theon hasn't always been so beardy either.
via: GettyTheon Greyjoy is played by Alfie Allen, who is the younger brother of British pop star, Lily Allen. Lily even wrote a song about him called "Alfie." This was back in the days before GoT and before facial hair became a staple. It was probably before he could even grow a beard! Lily Allen was actually approached to play Yara Greyjoy in GoT and was reportedly keen to be involved until she heard about the incestuous scenes. That was probably a good call.
Ser Davos Seaworthy has a lot more hair on his chin than his head.Davos is the ultimate loyal supporter of a would-be-ruler (Jorah takes it too far). He is loyal, but he is also fair and frankly spoken. Not only is he a good fighter, but he often provides some light relief. Who can forget the moment he and Jon met Daenerys Targaryen? After being given her full title - Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains etc. - he introduces Jon Snow as… Jon Snow.
Is a beard a sign of being trustworthy?
Liam Cunningham without his beard. "I look 12." #ElectricDreams #NYCC2017 https://t.co/ZQpNHbc6xh— SYFY WIRE (@SYFY WIRE)1507301224.0
Beards seem to be a key feature of the Stark men.Back in the first season, it could sometimes be difficult to tell Robb, Jon and Theon apparat. In fact, a lot of the characters seemed pretty similar, especially given the number of characters that there have been over the course of the series. Robb Stark quickly became a favorite, as Starks tend to, but there aren't many that can forgive his decision to marry Talisa Maegyr instead of the Frey daughter that he was betrothed to.
Richard Madden cuts a smarter look without his beard.
It makes sense that the head of the Stark family had the greatest Stark beard.Ned Stark was the Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North, the King's hand, and all-round nice guy. He was so nice that he was pretty naïve, and other characters have started referencing him as someone that they are smarter than. He taught his children the importance of taking responsibility for their actions and being honest in every situation. He was also the first one to say the all-so-important phrase: "Winter is coming."
Everyone is pretty used to seeing Sean Bean with a beard.The role of Ned Stark wasn't the first role that demanded that Sean Bean dresses in medieval clothing and dons a beard and a sword. He infamously represented mankind in the fellowship of the ring in Lord of the Rings. It would seem that he is a man of many beards, and many catch-phrases.
It's hard to recognize Sean Bean when he's not in medieval clothes with a sword.
Khal Drogo was the ultimate chief.Back in season one, when we were first introduced to the Dothraki, we (those of us who hadn't read the books) had no idea that it was the start of Daenerys' quest for the throne. It was the gift of three fossilized dragon eggs for her wedding that set-up her up to be the mother of dragons. Khal Drogo is the owner of what is undoubtedly one of the most impressive beards in the whole of GoT. In fact, there is only one person left who may have a better beard than him...
From Dothraki warlord to DC superhero.
Most of the characters shed their beard when they leave the show, or at the very least they tend to give their beard a thorough trim. But Jason Momoa isn't every man. After his time in GoT was over, he went on to play Aquaman. It looks like hair and make-up hardly had to bother with him, he already had the image. But he hasn’t always looked like that. Take a look below.
Can you believe that this is the same man?
Jason Momoa without long hair and a kickass beard looks like an American Idol finalist. Proof that there’s hope for… https://t.co/bOmlLGzY8V— #️⃣1️⃣🔑 (@#️⃣1️⃣🔑)1545681599.0
Tormund is the King of the beards.
Tormund is a leader of the freefolk, and was first introduced to us when he was roaming north of the wall under Mance Rayder. Originally, he seemed to just be another big wildling, but over the course of the show he has developed a much stronger bond with Jon, as well as others from Westeros.
He is so beardy that he's been compared to Chewbacca
In fact, Tormund's beard is somewhat renowned.
tormund and his amazing red beard can get allllll over me 😍 #GameofThrones— dannnibal lecter (@dannnibal lecter)1555329233.0
This video shows how important the beard really is.
@kristoferhivju https://t.co/evuAlLMtOI Still a classic. #beard #shave— Mimmolabestia - Víðarr - hljóður e myrkur (@Mimmolabestia - Víðarr - hljóður e myrkur)1555416617.0
Did you ever imagine Tormund to look like this?
Just seen this photo of Tormund without his beard and it's ruined my day so now you have to look at it. https://t.co/pN9nOM2SWg— Carl Anka (@Carl Anka)1502803823.0
Some people think they know who beard-less Tormund really is.
@78__Rebecca With the beard he's Tormund, without it he's the prince from Beauty and the Beast! https://t.co/M1MaAYSqOI— Paul (@Paul)1555358263.0
Don't believe us?
#TFW you realise Tormund without a beard is Prince Adam from #BeautyAndTheBeast #GoTS7 #GOT #TormundWithoutBeard https://t.co/vxylFHfDv3— Laura | Writer + Funny Onion (@Laura | Writer + Funny Onion)1503617075.0
How important is the beard?
Tormund is my favorite character on GoT... I love that man with or without his beard https://t.co/Z3RoJZt9MI— DeJay BLM (@DeJay BLM)1503427502.0