10 Struggles That Hit 'Game Of Thrones' Cast While Filming The Show

‘Game of Thrones’ is absolutely epic and has changed the way people think of television series. Creating a TV show is hard, and this one has some of the most intense scenes in the world, which means that the cast and crew endured a lot during the making. From mental strain to natural disasters, let’s find out what they went through!


The mother of dragons has overcome so much since Season One, and she might just take the Iron Throne in the end. Actress Emilia Clarke does an amazing work portraying this strong character, but she is also incredibly powerful in real life. Emilia suffered from two brain aneurysms that almost took her life while the series was filmed.

The first one happened in Season One, and she went through a bit of amnesia but did not require surgery. When they wrapped up Season Three, another one hit her. Unlike the previous one, it did need a medical procedure. She recently wrote about her experience and recovery in The New Yorker. What is more, the actress now works for SameYou, an organization that helps people who go through such maladies.


In terms of natural disasters, the only one that they fear on ‘GOT’ is winter, but the cast and crew went through a very real one during Season Two. While they were working in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, Hurricane Katia came around. The Belfast Telegraph reported that several tents were blown away, and around five people were mildly injured.

They were working on the scenes featuring Renly Baratheon’s war camp. Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) was in a skimpy gown, and she had to endure the terribly cold weather. Fortunately, the crew tried to keep her warm during breaks, and Dormer was extremely thankful.


Everyone might hate Cersei Lannister, but no one can deny that Lena Headey’s acting is top notch. In an interview with ‘The Edit’, the actress revealed that she went through postpartum depression during Season One.  "I was postnatally depressed but I didn’t know it,” she said.

“I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, 'Am I? Why is that?' I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year on Game of Thrones in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky."


Arya Stark is definitely a fan-favorite character as she went from an innocent little girl to a trained assassin. However, that journey came with a lot of scrapes along the way, and actress Maisie Williams had some issues too. During a scene with The Hound, played by Rory McCann, she fell off the horse, and her foot was stuck in the reins.

Luckily, Icelandic horses are smaller than average, almost like ponies. Therefore, the actress was not truly hurt. They had other problems with those scenes as McCann is 6’5”, and the horses seemed even tinier than they were. The show had to shoot his parts from a distance so the difference would not be so noticeable.


If there is anyone more hated than Cersei Lannister, that is her son, Joffrey Baratheon. He was a monster, and fans truly celebrated when he was killed in the Purple Wedding. However, actor Jack Gleeson is nothing like his character, and he once told The Daily Beast that some scenes were particularly tough for him.

"...it’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way because I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women. But, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one,"

he said. ‘GOT’ was criticized for some of its more explicit parts like Sansa’s rape. But this show does not shy away from violence. 


As mentioned earlier, this series has some of the most intense situations imaginable, and that sometimes takes a toll on the actors. Jon Snow, played by Harington, had some of the worst scenes, and he had a safe word to yell when it would become too much for him. Cameraman Sean Savage talked about it, saying,

“When Jon Snow is forced to the ground and trampled and this seemingly immortal hero of ours looks like he’s close to the end, it was something Miguel Sapocknik, the director, added into the show."

It seems that Kit had a hard time getting up after filming was done, but he always did. 


Daario Naharis appeared in Season Three and became Daenerys’ lover for a while. Back then, he was played by actor Ed Skrein, but they replaced him with Michiel Huisman for Season Four. Fans were surprised by this, and rumors stated that Skrein had left because of the film ‘The Transporter’. However, that was not true.

The actor talked to Entertainment Weekly about his situation,

"My plan was to stay with Game of Thrones for the long haul. That was always my plan. I would have loved to. It was a wonderful experience, but politics led to us parting ways."

We might never know what happened behind the scenes there.


Sansa Stark started as a naïve, selfish girl but has gained the fans’ admiration since Season Six and Seven. However, during her younger years, she really loved lemon cakes, and there was one particular scene that required her to eat a lot. As it turns out, actress Sophie Turner despises the tasty treats, which must have made it worse.

During the ‘GOT’ Season Four DVD commentary, she said,

"I hate lemon cakes. I can't hate a cake more than lemon cakes, and I had to eat like 50 of [them]." Even those that do love lemon cakes would get tired after eating so many.

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In Season One, Daenerys had to eat the heart of a horse to prove herself in front of the Dothraki. Of course, Clarke was not actually forced to do it. However, the actress revealed that the prop they gave her for the scene was just as disgusting.

"They promised me that it would taste similar to a gummy bear and it definitely didn’t. It was kind of like … the best way to describe it is sort of a congealed jam kind of thing. On the outtakes, there will be me heaving into a bucket."

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Playing Jon Snow is no easy feat, and Harington talked to Variety about expecting too much of himself in the role. "I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world when actually, I felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life around there — like I think a lot of people do in their 20s. That was a time when I started therapy and started talking to people,” he said.

“I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn’t talking to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f—ing act."

After almost ten years of playing the role, it was hard for Harington to give him up.

"I took off the costume, and it felt like my skin was being peeled away. I was very emotional. It felt like someone was shedding me of something."

Even the behind-the-scenes stories from ‘Game of Thrones’ are epic. Let us know what you think about the actors’ real-life struggles while filming. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have cannot wait to see the rest of Season Eight. See you next time!

Source: Screen Rant, The Belfast Telegraph, The Daily Beast, Entertainment Weekly,


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