Can You Identify These “Game of Thrones” Characters if We Make Them Look Like Kids?


By: Jonnathan Chadwick

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In this day and age, kids grow up with all their baby and school pictures. From the day they're born to their first blink, first steps, first words and more, everything is recorded. But there was a time, like during "Game of Thrones," when people had zero baby pictures of themselves. But thanks to technology, we can see what anybody looked like as a cute kid, even fictional characters from fictional places during fictional times.

"Game of Thrones" is over, but spin-offs and sequels and prequels are sure to follow, and with today's technology, the actors might not even change. Aging and de-aging technology has become all the rage in Hollywood and people are experimenting all the time. In the 1970s, Francis Ford Coppola cast two different actors to portray Don Corleone in "The Godfather" trilogy. In 2019, Martin Scorsese simply used de-aging technology so the same actor could play the same character throughout decades. Coppola's method won two Oscars and Scorsese's won none, so nobody's in a rush to normalize the practice, but there's still a chance.

It's never too early to get used to seeing your favorite actors through an aging filter. Can you identify these "Game of Thrones" characters if we make them look like little kids?

Who's this Wildling who knows more than Jon Snow?

Ygritte was one of the best Wildling fighters and one of the best soldiers in the entire show. She fell in love with Jon Snow, and when she had a chance to kill him, she let him escape instead. She later died in his arms as she told him he knew nothing.


Do you know this expert assassin who grew up to slay the Night King and defeat the White Walkers?

Arya falls in love with sword fighting very early and spends most of the story traveling and training to be an assassin. She eventually makes her way to Braavos where she trains with the Faceless Men in the House of Black and White. Her sword's nickname is "Needle."


Do you know Cersei's youngest child?

Tommen was the total opposite of Joffrey but his kindness was taken for weakness. He was easily manipulated by the High Sparrow and simply did whatever Margaery told him to do when he was king. He ultimately couldn't handle the pressure of being king.


Can you name this Wildling-lovin', king-slaying night's watchman who knows nothing?

Jon Snow manages to "break the wheel" and end the Targaryen reign of Westeros when he kills Daenerys at the end of the story. Snow was raised in Winterfell and then moved on to the Night's Watch, but was actually a Targaryen by blood.


Who's this Lady of Winterfell who grew up to become Queen of the North?

Sansa wanted to be queen when she was young, but after moving to King's Landing and living with Joffrey, she changed her mind. She was later held captive by Ramsay Bolton before fleeing and recapturing Winterfell.


This ugly duckling was the only Lannister to survive the game of thrones. Who is he?

The war between the Starks and Lannisters was started in part because Catelyn Stark took Tyrion as prisoner. Tyrion was in the middle of the fighting from beginning to end, but somehow manages to be the only Lannister to survive the story.


Can you recognize the Mother of Dragons as a kid?

Daenerys Targaryen eventually became Queen of the Andals and the First Men, but she's most known for being the Mother of Dragons. House Targaryen ruled from the island of Dragonstone before Jaime Lannister slayed the Mad King.


Who's this king who got pushed out a window and learned how to fly?

Bran Stark is the Lord of the Six Kingdoms, and his sister Sansa is the Queen of the North, which is the seventh kingdom. Bran's also the Three-Eyed Raven and has the ability to see everything that's ever happened.


Who's the original Kingslayer?

The Mad King's reign came to an end when Jaime Lannister, the then-head of the Kingsguard, turned on him. The Mad King wanted Jaime to kill his father, Tywin, and burn King's Landing, but Jaime refused.


The night was probably dark and full of terrors when this Red Priestess was born. Do you know her?

Melisandre earned the trust of Stannis early on in the story and carried out a series of very questionable practices. She's known as the Red Woman and she was a priestess who worshiped the Lord of Light. She was known to practice blood magic.


Can you name Cersei's first child?

Cersei's first child was one of the most evil characters in the story. He nicknamed his sword "Widow's Wail," and recklessly executed Eddard Stark, which started the War of the Five Kings. When it came time to battle, he safely hid inside.


This only child from Highgarden didn't just become "a" queen, she became "the" queen. Who is she?

Margaery let her ambitions be known early on that she didn't just want to be a queen. She wanted to be the head queen in charge. She did her best to change Joffrey's evil ways and was able to manipulate Tommen with ease.


Who's this loyal oath keeper from Tarth?

Tywin Lannister melted Eddard Stark's sword when he died and made two swords. They were both made of Valyrian steel. He gave one sword to Jaime and Jaime gave it to Brienne. Brienne named it "Oathkeeper" in honor of her oath to save Sansa Stark.


Can you name this former slave who grew up and learned 19 languages?

Missandei was captured and enslaved at a young age. She eventually became a translator but was freed by Daenerys Targaryen after she began liberating Slaver's Bay. Missandei knew 19 languages and was one of Daenerys' most trusted aides.


Do you know this Lady of the Iron Islands with an underachieving younger brother?

Theon Greyjoy was one of the most disappointing characters in the show. The Greyjoy name would've been ruined if it weren't for Yara and her bravery. After King's Landing is toppled and Daenerys is killed, Yara is later seen sitting on the council to elect a new king.


Do you know this Lady of Bear Island who began leading her family in combat at just 10 years old?

The men in the Mormont family all left for various reasons, leaving Lyanna and her mother to run the house. Lyanna eventually became the head of the household at a very young age after her mother died in battle.


Who's this evil kid who kidnapped Sansa and captured Winterfell?

Just when life for Sansa couldn't possibly get any worse, she met Ramsay Bolton. Ramsay was one of the evilest characters in the story and even married Sansa. He faces off against Jon Snow in the Battle of the Bastards and eventually meets his fate.


Do you know this middle child who meets her fate after a deadly kiss?

Myrcella is Joffrey's younger sister and Tommen's older sister. She was killed by Ellaria via poisoned kiss because Cersei had Ellaria's lover, Oberyn, killed by The Mountain. Cersei later kills Ellaria's daughter with a poisoned kiss in an act of revenge.


Do you know this Lord of the Iron Islands?

Theon Greyjoy grew up like a son to Eddard Stark but he eventually turned on the family. He captured Winterfell for a short period of time before it was taken over by Ramsay Bolton. Bolton later imprisoned Theon and changed his name to Reek.


Do you recognize this kid with little fingers?

Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish sneakily put into action many events that shaped the War of the Five Kings. He and Olenna Tyrell plotted to poison Joffrey Baratheon, and he also secretly had Jon Aryn killed.


Do you know this twin who grew up and became the most powerful person in King's Landing?

Cersei became mother to two kings and was the most powerful person in Westeros at multiple points in the story. She even claims the Iron Throne at one point, and although she has no legitimate claim, no one in the city is powerful enough to stop her.


Who's this Lady of Winterfell who met her fate at the Red Wedding?

Catelyn Stark caused quite a stir across the kingdom when she decided to hold Tyrion prisoner at the start of the story. She joined her son during battle and eventually met her fate along his side at the Red Wedding.


Little kids are known for crying, but this one became a Master of Whisperers. Do you know him?

The Master of Whisperers is essentially the director of national intelligence for Westeros. Lord Varys operated a network of intelligence gatherers that he called "little birdies." They were street kids who lurked around and several other spies.


Do you know this assassin?

The guy who uses the alias Jaqen H'ghar really has no name and is a Faceless Man. He trains Arya Stark in the House of Black and White in Braavos and turns her into an assassin. He's one of the few fighters who survive the story.


Can you name this firstborn who grew up to be the King of the North?

Robb Stark was the first person to be named King of the North in three centuries. He shocked all of Westeros by continuously winning battles, but he was eventually tricked and killed at the Red Wedding.


Who's this Unsullied warrior who grew up and fell in love with Missandei?

The Unsullied is a group of warriors in Astapor who do nothing but fight and kill. Grey Worm is the commander of the Unsullied, and although he's been a fighter his entire life, he falls in love with Missandei.


Can you name this battlefield nurse who married the King of the North?

Talisa was pregnant with Robb Stark's child when they all met their fate at the Red Wedding. She was a noble from Volantis who disagreed with a life of nobility and decided to serve as a nurse. She met Robb during battle and the two soon got married.


Can you name this Night's Watchman who grew up to become Grand Maester?

Samwell Tarly was one of the most timid and least brave Night's Watchmen in the story. All he wanted to do was read and learn, and he eventually lived out his dream when he visited the Citadel and ultimately became Grand Maester.


Can you name Robert Baratheon's younger brother?

Stannis Baratheon was the middle child between older brother Robert and younger brother Renly. He was a master at sea warfare and battle strategy, but he ultimately met his fate after putting too much trust into Melisandre.


This young lad grew up to be the most feared man in Westeros. Who is he?

The Mountain's real name was Gregor Clegane and he was the head of his house. He was one of the deadliest fighters in Westeros. After he suffered a deadly injury, he was resurrected and turned into a half-man/half-monster fighting machine.


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