The third season of HBO’s cult TV series, “Game of Thrones,” is set to premiere this Sunday, March 31, at 9 p.m., and the hype around the show has already reached a fever pitch. The epic drama pits fire against ice, royal against rebel, and knights against monsters—all with spectacular costumes and settings.
The show’s dramatic costumes take influence from many cultures, including Japanese and Persian garb, and often includes flowing robes, armor, and lots of fur. The makeup and hair looks also range from dirty-and-disheveled to braided-and-regal, depending on the character.
Most interestingly, several of the main characters sport wigs and transformative makeup that makes the actors who portray them practically unrecognizable in real life when they’re not in costume. Daenarys, the exiled princess, is a brunette in real life (not a platinum blond); On the red carpet, Arya Stark is far from the tomboy she portrays on the show; and Jon Snow cleans up incredibly well in real life!
In honor of the season three premiere, click through the slideshow above for a look at the cast both on and offscreen, and let us know which actor you think has the most incredible on-screen transformation!
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