Game of Thrones is the greatest television show to ever exist. In fact calling it a television show seems to not truly express how amazing it is. It’s got violence, sex, british people and dragons. What more could you want? There’s also a ton of complex and intriguing characters on the show as well, although they seem to be getting killed off left and right. So it’s a good thing most of these actors had successful careers before appearing on the HBO hit drama. Here’s what some of the most popular Game of Thrones stars looked like when they were younger.


Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) in Pascali’s Island

So apparently now we know how a Lannister pays his debts…


Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in The Bill

Apparently “Robert’s Rebellion” was a Westeros punk band in the 1980s.


Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in The Jungle Book

Much like the wine she loves to drink, Cersei only gets better with age.


Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in The Station Agent

He definitely looks better without a giant scar over his face.


Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) in The Avengers

This is a little before Robert Downey Jr. became Iron Man.


Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) in Queer as Folk

He was also the mayor on The Wire. Also, that’s young Jax from Sons of Anarchy on the right.


Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) in Hidden Agenda

She probably has more fun in prison than she does at weddings.


Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) in Equus

Apparently he’s also Lily Allen’s little brother.


Sandor Clegane a.k.a The Hound (Rory McCann) in The Book Group

Wow, he looks a lot better without half his face scarred from burn marks.


Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) in The Full Monty

He also played Fred Flintstone in Viva Rock Vegas, so he’s pretty used to playing the buffoon.


Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) in Welcome to Sarajevo

He looks like he was willing to burn people alive even then.


Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in Mountains of the Moon

Maybe he’d have a better shot with Khaleesi back then.


Hodor (Kristian Nairn)

Before he was busy saying “Hodor,” over and over again, Kristian worked as a DJ. You don’t need a lot of credits to say one word hundreds of times.

(h/t Dorkly)


Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.