There's no denying that Game of Thrones is a delight for the eyes; from Danaerys's dragons to the Battle of Blackwater, we've seen some stunning visuals over the last five seasons, perhaps one of the most memorable being that of the infamous White Walkers. Born out of the longest winter Westeros has ever seen, the mythological creatures may be creepy, but they're also quite spectacular, and now that winter really is coming, it's looking like we'll be seeing a lot more of them in Season 6.
But just how does the GoT team turn regular actors into such fearsome mystical entities? Get ready to find out. The show's prosthetics designer, Barrie Gower, answers this question and many more in a new behind-the-scenes video released by HBO for the Making Game of Thrones blog.
While detailing the creative process behind the prosthetics, the clip also shines a light on the eighth episode of Season 5, "Hardhome," in which the formidable Night's King and his imposing army finally made their presence known. Hear Gower talk about how he crafted some of television's most iconic characters below:
In an interview with MTV last year, Gower explained how the Night's King came to be:
“We had to distinguish him from the rest of the White Walkers. The show’s creators were after a look that gave him quite a regal sort of presence. So, one of the avenues we were sort of exploring — he didn’t necessarily have long flowing locks of white hair — but he had almost a crown. Maybe the crown is incorporated into his head. We were talking about a crown of thorns and such, but maybe he has horns, which kind of grow from his skull and kind of give this crown impression — these sort of translucent icy looking, horns growing from his skull.
We did a Photoshop design, which we presented to the guys, and then we did a couple of tests where we basically took a live cast of Richard [Brake] and we sculpted the makeup with modeling clay — it’s quite a long procedure — and then we separated all the pieces and made molds, translucent, silicon makeup, which consisted of 13 appliances in total. Then we did a couple of tests and did a few adjustments here and there, mostly with color, as to the hue, the tone of the makeup, how blue it was or how grey it was, and how translucent it was. We wanted to achieve this look which kind of had this kind of icy quality to it.”
And I think we can all agree that Gower and his team were totally successful in what they set out to do, as is proven by quite possibly the most chilling scene we saw last season:
Prepare yourself to see all of these remarkable prosthetics and more when Game of Thrones returns on April 24.