Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones plot points through season 8, episode 5. It also contains adorable behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and crew being cute between takes, and you might not be able to help yourself from squealing in delight when you see them. You have officially been warned.
We are coming to the end of Game of Thrones, the show that has carried us (and to be honest, HBO) through nearly the last decade. After Sunday, there will be no more new Game of Thrones episodes ever...or at least not for like two years until they decide to "reboot" it. I know, I know. It's hard to hear, and it's even harder to comprehend. And if it's so difficult for us as fans, imagine what it's like for the cast and crew to let go of a life-changing, career-making job like this one.
Luckily, many members of the beloved Game of Thrones cast have Instagram. And post to that Instagram. From set. So while we might be saying goodbye to Game of Thrones, we never have to say goodbye to these cutie patootie behind-the-scenes posts from the citizens of Westeros.
1. Ser Jorah and his queen
Emilia Clarke posted this perfect photo after Ser Jorah died protecting Daenerys at the Battle of Winterfell in the third episode of this final season. This was probably the most solid relationship in the whole series, if we're being honest. Jorah loved his queen, and you can tell actors Iain Glenn and Emilia Clarke have soft spots for each other as well.
2. Cersei and Missandei
Sure, Cersei may have ordered the beheading of Missandei, but in real life, Lena Headey and Nathalie Emmanuel are buddies. Headey's caption reads, "You represented hope and true strength. I didn't like that day up there." Awwwwww.
3. Arya and the Night King
Could you imagine just hanging out on set with the Night King? Stuntman and actor Vladimir Furdik — the Night King himself — posted this cheery photo from set with his cold-blooded killer. I bet it's really hard to smile under all those prosthetics and makeup.
4. Two dudes on a beach
This looks about right for two guys who just filmed a scene where they beat the crap out of each other. They're tired, they're bloody, and they're sweaty, but they're still looking gooooood. Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) posted this photo on his Instagram, even though he's "the man who killed Jaime Lannister."
5. A set visitor
Oh my gosh. There is so much going on in this picture Emilia Clarke posted to Instagram. First of all, is that the notorious coffee to-go cup that ended up in that shot? Second of all, Jason Momoa just popped by set to say "hi" to everyone?! That's beautiful. I'm not getting emotional, you are! Third of all, what is that hat he's wearing? It's a crime that this photo is cropped where it is.
6. Legs for days
While Euron Greyjoy is easily one of the most hatable characters on Game of Thrones, Pilou Asbæk seems like a straight-up delight. He's goofy and funny and from this picture, I can tell he also has really good legs.
7. A boy and his butler
This picture, which Bran himself (Isaac Hempstead Wright) posted, would be a very... different direction for the show to have taken. In an alternate universe, Bran and the Night King become friends, the Night King cares for Bran, and they travel the world together getting to know each other and learning life lessons.
8. Bald and stressed
Emilia Clarke posted this after episode 5 of the last season aired and wrote, "This is what it took not only to shoot ep5... but to watch it too!" I hear ya, sister! It stressed me out, and I wasn't even the one riding the dragon burning up thousands of innocent people!
9. Bald buds
If you think about it, Game of Thrones should really be called Game of Wigs, because there's only one Iron Throne but there were about a million insane wigs throughout the run of the show. Here, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau make funny faces in their bald caps before they get their serious wigs on and go back to business being very dramatic all the time.
10. Wigged and goofy
Just kidding! Turns out these two know how to be goofy even with their wigs on! Incest isn't cute, but Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey as Jaime and Cersei Lannister totally are. Those two really seemed like they had fun together on the show. This is the way Nikolaj decided to send off his "sister from another mother" on Instagram, and we love it.
11. Set nap
Sophie Turner shows us the less exciting side of being on set with this picture of her fast asleep, mouth open, probably dreaming of actually sleeping in a real bed. These actors have worked so hard for so long to bring us this epic show. I'm glad they'll finally be able to get some shut-eye.
12. The glamorous life
"The thing is," Lena Headey says in this video, "it's nonstop glamour." And then she pans around a makeshift black screened shelter and a couple of her coworkers, sitting and staring at their phones. For that is life on a television set.
13. Rain, rain, go away!
When you do things like shoot television shows outside, sometimes the weather doesn't quite cooperate. And so you have to put on a really silly-looking rain cap to protect your wig. Emilia Clarke is a real trooper.
14. True love
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, in all his Mountain makeup, poses for a cute side-by-side with his wife, Kelsey Henson. It's got to be so weird seeing your husband all zombified and ready to fight his brother to the death!
15. Stunt day
I have watched this video approximately 90 times, and I don't think I'm stopping anytime soon. Stuntman Vladimir Furdik posts the coolest moments from the Game of Thrones set, although this video, where they set a man on fire and he willingly jumps off a platform, may be the coolest of them all.
16. Throwback to day one
Maisie Williams recently posted this throwback picture of her on set on her first day of Game of Thrones. Oh, how far we've come! We've literally grown up with these people. Are you ready to say goodbye? Because I'm not. Tune in on Sunday night for the final episode of one of the biggest shows in history, and to see me weep into my popcorn because that's definitely what I'll be doing.