A.I. Shows What the “Game of Thrones” Characters Would Look Like According to Book Descriptions

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Played masterfully by Conleth Hill, Lord Varys quickly became a character of note thanks to his work as the Master of Whispers. His shifting loyalties and enigmatic ways made fans weary of trusting him – and often for good reason.

Thanks to this AI rendition, we can pretty safely say that the casting department did a fantastic job both visually and acting-wise. Fun fact, Conleth Hill also supplied his voice in the 2012 video game based on the show.

Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains. Impressive!

But did you know that the show actually gave her a pretty extreme growth spurt? At the beginning of the book, she’s only 13 (yes, even when she’s sold as a bride). Thankfully, the showrunners decided that was one taboo they weren’t going to touch.

Tywin Lannister
As we well know from him, “A Lannister always pays his debts” — that’s definitely not someone you want to mess with! Looks like the showrunners understood that and made him surprisingly similar to his literary counterpart.

You have to admit that Charles Dance strikes a surprising resemblance to the AI photo, and, of course, his portrayal of Tywin is just as ruthless and cunning. Interestingly, in both the books and the show, he meets his demise at the hands of his son on a porcelain throne.

Jaqen H’ghar
You’d think a fantasy hitman would rather look less conspicuous, but the faceless man known as Jaqen H’ghar apparently prefers aesthetics over anonymity. Seriously, who’s going to not notice a dude with hair that’s half red, half white?

At least in the show, where he’s played by Tom Wiaschiha, they choose a more subtle approach to this impressive look — only giving him a small white patch. Fun fact, in the book, Arya is reminded of Syrio Forel when she looks at him, giving grounds to a fan theory that they may be the same person

Lysa Arryn

Who can forget when the internet went into an uproar over the show having Lysa Arryn, portrayed by Kate Dickie, nurse her child, Robin? It was truly disturbing and exactly on brand for the show.

In the books, however, she’s described nothing like Dickie’s portrayal. Book Lysa is described as having been “once beautiful,” but has since turned “thick and puffy due to pregnancy issues.” She does, however, probably have the same judgmental look.

Jaime Lannister
Twin brother to Cerci and father of her children, Jamie Lannister quickly became a fan-favorite thanks to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s exceptional portrayal of the complex character. And he really is complex! While he’d do every dishonorable thing on earth to protect his family, he also somehow has impeccable knightly honor.

Amazingly, they also pretty much nailed the character physically — except for his age (which should be about 30), Nikolaj pretty much fits the AI photo. Is it any wonder that people were so annoyed by his fate in season eight after his character arch?

Okay, so with this one, we actually take a small issue with the AI photo. You see, in the books, Ygritte is supposed to be about 19, but, as you can see, she looks about 12. They did get her wild hair and crooked teeth right, though.

Rose Leslie, of course, plays her beautifully. Maybe a bit too beautiful, though. In the books, Jon Snow actually doesn’t think she’s all that attractive. While Ygritte and Jon didn’t end up together on the show, we’re so happy that Rose and Kit Harington are together in real life.

Arya Stark
We bet if you ask fans of the show who their favorite character was, many of them would quickly say Arya Stark. But it’s not just Maisie Williams’s amazing performance — the character herself is pretty interesting, in our opinion.

If you haven’t read the books yet, keep in mind that Arya’s story is a whole lot darker. Although she’s only nine when the books begin, as she goes on her journey of vengeance, she loses her humanity.

Myrcella Baratheon
Considering her horrid brother and devious parents, it’s a true wonder that the words that best describe Myrcella Baratheon are “sweet and innocent.” We definitely think that actresses Aimee Richardson (seasons 1-2) and Nell Tiger Free (seasons 5-6) captured that essence pretty flawlessly.

Unsurprisingly, her character was also aged up to match the other kids (in the books, she’s only 11 when sent to Dorne). Also, as the books progress, it becomes clear that she’s incredibly smart. Luckily, in the books, she’s yet to meet the same fate as her show counterpart.

Brienne of Tarth
We honestly believe that more than just movie magic was used to somehow turn the breathtakingly beautiful Gwendoline Christie into Brienne of Tarth for the show. Yet, even after that physical transformation, she still doesn’t fully resemble the book’s description.

Honestly, though, we don’t care — Christie’s performance as the female knight is so captivating and well done that we wouldn’t have traded it for anyone else. Is it any wonder that she’s many fans’ favorite character?

Ser Jorah Mormont
As you can see from the photo, book Jorah Mormont and Ian Glen, who plays him on the show, don’t really look much alike. Unsurprisingly, in the text, he’s described as “not a handsome man.”

Of course, his most memorable arc in the show (beyond his love and loyalty to Daenerys) is his infection with Greyscale. So, you might be quite surprised to know that it doesn’t happen in the books at all. Of course, he’s also still alive in the books.

Syrio Forel
Unsurprisingly, considering he only appears in three episodes of the show, not much of Syrio Forel’s story is changed from the books. What was drastically altered was, of course, his looks. Mittos Yerolemou, who plays him, is about as slight as the description.

However, his beaked nose and bald head are nowhere to be seen in the show. In both, his fate is unknown, although Arya (who keeps his memory alive in both) believes him to be gone.

Cersei Lannister
Without a doubt, Cersei Lannister is one of the most interesting characters in Game of Thrones, in which she’s often painted as the villain. Cunning, ambitious, and vindictive are her main defining characteristics, along with her “love” for her children.

While, of course, there are plenty of changes to the plot between the show and the books, we think that in Cersei’s case, Lena Headey managed to get much of her personality across — including her insatiable hunger for power. Amazingly, though, in the books, she’s even stupider and more paranoid in her actions.

In Melisandre’s case, the show did a surprisingly good job keeping both her personality and plot on par with the books (until the show diverged from the text, of course). In both, the Red Witch is a mysterious figure.

Glaringly, Carice van Houten is missing Melisandre’s red eyes, but we absolutely understand why the production decided not to hide van Houten’s striking blue eyes behind lenses. So, pretty good job staying true to the books on this one!

Gregor Clegane
The Mountain That Rides is probably one of the most intimidating characters on Game of Thrones — partially because, next to him, everyone looks like a child (even Brianne of Tarth).

In the books, of course, he’s described as just as freakishly tall and as violently brutal as his portrayal suggests. Interestingly, three different actors played this part on the show — Conan Stevens in the first season, Ian Whyte in the second, and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson from season four onwards.

Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Look, we know that the true big bad of the show is supposed to be the Night King (or Cersei, depending on who you want), but the one who truly makes our skin crawl is the manipulative and creepy Littlefinger.

Like in the show, Petyr develops a crush on Catelyn when they meet in their youth. He also later becomes obsessed with Sansa (possibly due to her resemblance to her mother). Did we already mention how sleazy this character is both on screen and in the book?

Sansa Stark
Fun fact — did you know that Sophie Turner ended up adopting the dog who played her direwolf, Lady, after the canine was killed on-screen? As for Turner’s role as the elder Stark sister, besides aging her up for the show, we’d say they got it spot on.

Just like her book counterpart, in the initial seasons, she was meek, whiny, and somewhat spoiled. Though, in the books, it’s easier to chalk it up to immaturity due to her younger age. Her fate in the books still remains a mystery.

Lyanna Stark
In case you somehow missed it — here’s your spoiler warning! Seriously, if you’ve yet to finish the show, you should probably skip this. You see, basically everything that happens in the show (and frankly, in the books) happens because Robert Baratheon falls for Lyanna Stark – who doesn’t love him back.

Ned Stark
Frankly, even if we hadn’t read the books before the first season came out, we should’ve known that Eddard (Ned) Stark’s life would end in tragedy when we saw that the actor playing him was Sean Bean.

Jon Snow
Without a doubt, we all became pretty much obsessed with Jon Snow from the moment we saw him adopt Ghost (and not just because of how handsome and soulful Kit Harington looks). Of course, seeing him become a natural leader was also pretty impressive.

Loras Tyrell
Here’s why it isn’t always easy to adapt a book to the screen — you see, Loras Tyrell is described as having liquid gold eyes. Now, we don’t know about you, but we’ve never seen eyes that shade in real life.

Joffrey Baratheon
Just a reminder that although Joffrey Baratheon is an absolutely vomit-inducing character, that doesn’t mean that Jack Gleeson, who played him, is anything like that in real life. So, please don’t bully him just because you hate the character.

Margaery Tyrell
Probably holding the show’s record of unconsummated marriages, Margaery Tyrell was played to perfection by the incredible Natalie Dormer. Unlike the Baratheon family, who she marries into, the Tyrells are a loving and close-knit family.

Catelyn Stark
While she dotes on her five children wholeheartedly, Catelyn Stark has nothing but contempt toward her adopted son, Jon Stark. Trust us, the show doesn’t show half of how hard she is on him. But there’s a much bigger change between show Catelyn and her book version.

Tyrion Lannister
It’s impossible to talk about Game of Thrones without mentioning one of its most prominent characters, Tyrion Lannister, who’s expertly portrayed by the incredibly talented Peter Dinklage. But, did you know that if you go by the book description of Tyrion, Peter really doesn’t fit?

Podrick Payne
Young Podrick, Tyrion’s loyal squire and partner in more than one misadventure, might be familiar to you thanks to his portrayal by Daniel Portman as a skilled ladies’ man. But, he’s described very differently in the books.

Robb Stark
No, you’re not seeing double. It’s just that Richard Madden looks frighteningly like what the AI imagines the eldest Stark kid to look like. But, of course, there are a few small inaccuracies. First, like the rest of the children, Robb was aged up in the show from 14 to 17.

Robert Baratheon
For someone who was only around for the first season of the show (and just seven episodes), Mark Addy in the role of King Robert Baratheon sure left a lasting impression. His character also left quite a mess after he passed away.