‘Game of Thrones’: Behind the Scenes of the Final Season With the Cast (PHOTOS)

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Gemma Whelan, Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau via Instagram
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And now their watch has ended… Sophie Turner shared this big group image with the caption, “I’ll miss this more than anything.”

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“New make up chap,” wrote Gemma Whelan alongside this image of star Kit Harington pampering his onscreen siblings Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Sophie Turner.

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John Bradley bid farwell to his character with this image on social media featuring his original schedule from the first season.

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Sophie Turner shared this image on Instagram following the series finale with the caption, “The pack survived.”

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This green-screen scene was shared by star Pilou Asbæk ahead of his final episode.

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“Thanks @nikolajwilliamcw,” Pilou Asbæk wrote on Instagram alongside this image. “Two men enter, One man leaves…. it’s been such a pleasure working with you!!! Oh and sorry about last night…didn’t know you were in a hurry…. don’t have that many friends on #gameofthrones and just wanted to hang out on the beach…” he joked about their final scene together.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau commemorated his character’s last episode with this photo and the caption, “The best, sweetest most wonderful sister from another mother @iamlenaheadey . That was a fun decade.”

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Lena Headey shared her own photo alongside her onscreen twin. “When @nikolajwilliamcw and I wore jellyfish … I fucking love you ya big weirdo,” she wrote.

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Kristofer Hivju shared this selfie with costar Rory McCann from between scenes.

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Gemma Whelan who plays Yara Greyjoy shared this photo with her baby between takes on the finale.

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Gwendoline Christie captioned this image, “being told the ending to @gameofthrones.”

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“This is what it took not only to shoot ep5…but to watch it too!” Emilia Clarke wrote alongside this hilarious photo.

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Alfie Allen shared this image in his Insta-story with costars Isaac Hempstead Wright and Dan Portman.

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Gwendoline Christie bid adieu to her character Brienne of Tarth with this touching image of her embracing an AD she identifies as Ciaran in an Instagram post.

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“Here’s a still taken from the alternate episode 3 ending in which the Night King becomes Bran’s carer and they both live happily ever after,” star Isaac Hempstead Wright wrote alongside this photo taken during filming.

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Emilia Clarke lamented her costar Iain Glen’s exit with the above photo accompanied with the caption, “YOURE SIMPLY THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST, BETTER THAN ANYONE, ANYONE IVE EVER MET…..”

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Arya may have killed the Night King, but there are no hard feelings between Vladimír Furdík — the actor who played the villain — and Maisie Williams as he shared this photo with the caption, “She killed me with a smile.”

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“Did most of my scenes high on Earl Grey tea with milk and honey,” Carice van Houten wrote alongside this image of her on set.

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“GiantKILLER and Mr. GiantBABE!What a blast to work with @bellaramsey A super talented, hard working and fearless actor (and warrior!)” Kristofer Hivju wrote in tribute to departing star Bella Ramsey.

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Star Alfie Allen paid tribute to his character Theon with this photo and touching caption. “Its been so touching to read how Theon has affected fans of GoT,” he wrote. “To be given the opportunity to challenge and question people’s emotions through a characters journey that was given to me by D&D and George R Martin… is something I am extremely thankful for. What an honour it has been. Thank you.”

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Daniel Portman shared this image ahead of “The Long Night” episode which featured the Battle of Winterfell.

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“[Kristofer Hivju] and I doing selfies while illustrating what’s to come… not only on GOT but life in general,” wrote Pilou Asbæk. “Photos taken almost two years ago at the table read….or is it???….!!! Cheers!!!”

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“OH MY POD!” Gwendoline Christie wrote alongside the above photo as she directed her sentiment towards costar Daniel Portman. “Spending the last five seasons with the absolutely wonderfully talented Daniel Podrick Portmanteau has been a POD-SEND! I love you and I miss you and I can’t wait to watch you bloom through the rest of your career! IF YOU WERE A BAG, YOU’D BE A BAG-FOR-LIFE.”

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While this image may not be from set, Emilia Clarke shared this photo of herself and Kit Harington shortly after her character Daenerys learns about Jon’s true identity. “The family portrait,” she captioned it.

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When two worlds collide. “SUCH A GOOD DAY AT WORK,” Lena Headey captioned this photo of herself on set with costar Peter Dinklage and some familiar faces from Sesame Street.

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“Me and my baby (dragon) (Drogon) just very excited for you all to see #season8gameofthrones which if I’m not mistaken begins….now,” wrote Emilia Clarke beside the photo above.

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“Great shot by Mr. Kit Harington,” Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund, captioned the candid behind-the-scenes photo.

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“Best hair job I’ve ever had,” Melisandre actress Carice van Houten wrote beside this image of her in the character’s wig.

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Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Emilia Clarke and showrunner D.B. Weiss posed for this selfie posted on Clarke’s Instagram page.

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Gwendoline Christie shared this image of her with costar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau behind the scenes.

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Star Lena Headey shared this picture of her and costar Pilou Asbæk with the caption, “Who wore it best.”

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Sophie Turner rang in the new season by sharing this snapshot which she captioned, “In honour of the final season of Thrones premiering tonight …. Here’s a picture of me asleep on set.”

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Maisie Williams captioned the photo of her blood covered shoes with, “goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had. here’s to the adventures to come.”

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“For the night is dark and full of KITKAT @maisie_williams,” wrote van Houten in this image that appears to be taken by costar Maisie Williams.

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“Best Bro,” Headey wrote beside this photo of herself and onscreen brother Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

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“Season 8 … Hair and Teeth … HAIR AND TEETH !!!” Headey captioned this image of her with makeup and hair crew members Candice Banks and Kev Alexander.

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Star Jacob Anderson celebrated the show’s return by sharing this image. He captioned the selfie with costars Emilia Clarke and Nathalie Emmanuel, “In the immortal words of Chance The Rapper – ‘And we back and we back and we back and we back…'”

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Though Game of Thrones has finished its final season, we can’t help but reflect on the time it took between the last episodes and Season 7.

During the show’s long on-air hiatus, the stars of Thrones were busy creating memories with some awesome behind-the-scenes photos. From tributes to their characters to the funny appearance of pre-special effects dragons, the stars have captured a lot from the set. So, to celebrate the show’s final season, we’ve collected some of their behind-the-scenes photos in this gallery.

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Click through the images above for a look into Season 8’s lighter moments when the cameras weren’t rolling.