Seeing The Cast Of Game Of Thrones In Modern Clothes Makes My Brain Hurt

Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark at the Game of Thrones season three premiere partyI have a case of what I’m gonna call the Downton Abbeys, because I’m having a really hard time adjusting to seeing the Game Of Thrones cast members in fancy modern clothes. They were out on the red carpet in full force last night for the season three premiere party, and my poor dear brain just can’t quite get over it.These people are supposed to be in heavy layers of furs, with snowflakes blowing into their hoods. Winter is coming, after all, as anyone who’s even picked up one of the books can and will tell you. They all occupy very specific areas in my consciousness, and those areas overlap zero percent with the pop culture and red carpet areas, so I’m struggling right now.

Probably the hardest to adapt to are the women, because it seems like so many of them have different natural hair colors than their characters. I knew that Emilia Clarke wasn’t a natural blond, mostly because that wig for Danaerys Targaryen is so blatantly obvious, but Lena Headley really surprised me by having dark hair in real life even though Cersei Lannister is so quintessentially blond. And seeing Arya Stark in a dress! Egads! She’s supposed to be scurrying around like an androgynous little rodent, getting into trouble and being my favorite character, not getting dressed up for a silly old party.

But perhaps your minds are more full of wisdom than mine, and more accepting of new information, and these pictures won’t be so jarring for you. With that in mind, I’ve made a gallery of some of my favorites, for your perusal.

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Alfie Allen, aka Theon Greyjoy.

Fun fact: Alfie is the little brother of singer Lily Allen.

Carice van Houten, aka Melisandre.

She's a lot less terrifying in a tutu and with no pulsing red stone at her throat.

Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys Targaryen.

She may not be rocking that blond wig, but she is NOT skimping on the eyebrows.

Gwendolyn Christie, aka Brienne of Tarth.

Believe it or not, this gal is supposed to be pretty ugly. It's written into her character.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, aka Bran Stark.

He can walk!

Kit Harrington, aka Jon Snow.

He took the black...and kept it, all the way into 2013.

Lena Headey, aka Cersei Lannister.

This one messes with my head the most. She's supposed to be blond!

Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark.

A dress? Get real.

Michelle Fairley, aka Catelyn Stark.

You ladies HAVE to stop changing your hair color.

Natalie Dorner, aka Margaery Tyrell.

I actually really love this dress. But it's still confusing.

Natalie Tena, aka Osha.

But...but...your hair! It's so bright! And your face is so youthful! My braaaaiiiiinnnnn....

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister.

Still hot, don't care.

Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister.

Still a baller, don't care that his hair is a different color.

Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark.

Okay, I'm coming around to admitting that some of these gents are hotter on the red carpet than in real life.

Rory McCann, aka Sandor Clegane.

Like this guy! Holy non-melty face, Batman!

Rose Leslie, aka Ygritte.

You lucky little lady...roles on Downton Abbey AND Game of Thrones. Quit trying to confuse me.

Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark.

I feel like she looks mostly the same, just older. And smiling.
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    • Jill O’Rourke

      They all kinda look like they’re starring in a rock opera version of a fantasy series.

    • Princess Bitchface

      Naw it won’t go past Cersei for me :( But wow so THAT is the little stoner brother Lily wrote about?! Mind blown.

    • mse

      To me Lena is first and foremost Sarah Connor from TSCC with dark hair and white tank tops. But I do have trouble connecting her and that character to Cersei Lannister. I just treat the latter as a whole different entity tbh which I’m sure Queen Cerseu herself would appreciate.

      Also Sophie Turner is actually blonde in real life, you’re welcome for this brand new confusing information.

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    • Chelsea DeLoney

      I really don’t mean to come off as rude because I really enjoyed this slideshow, but Natalie’s last name is Dormer as opposed to dorner. I’ve been a big fan since The Tudors! I was excited to see her on the show. Also it’s hilarious that Lily Allen’s song Alfie is about the same guy who plays Theon Greyjoy. LOL