How ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Look in the Books vs. on the Show

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Look in the Books vs. on the Show

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Look in the Books vs. on the Show

You’ll think many of the Game of Thrones characters are supermodels when you see how they’re described in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books!

Many of your favorite Westeros residents — like Tyrion, Ygritte, and Daario — look way better on HBO than they’re supposed to, apparently.

Read these unflattering character descriptions in the slideshow above, and then check out one artist’s resulting Photoshoppery on the last slide.

Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on Sunday, July 16 on HBO.

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Look in the Books vs. on the Show
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Daenerys Targaryen should have purple eyes

Daenerys Targaryen should have purple eyes Credit: HBO

“They dressed her in the wisps that Magister Illyrio had sent up, and then the gown, a deep plum silk to bring out the violet in her eyes.” – A Game of Thrones

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Daenerys Targaryen should have purple eyes

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“They dressed her in the wisps that Magister Illyrio had sent up, and then the gown, a deep plum silk to bring out the violet in her eyes.” – A Game of Thrones

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Tyrion Lannister should have lost much of his nose

Tyrion Lannister should have lost much of his nose Credit: HBO

“Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran from above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.” – A Storm of Swords

“One green eye and one black one peered out from under a lank fall of hair…” – A Game of Thrones

Tyrion Lannister should have lost much of his nose

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“Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran from above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.” – A Storm of Swords

“One green eye and one black one peered out from under a lank fall of hair…” – A Game of Thrones

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Jorah Mormont should be very hairy

Jorah Mormont should be very hairy Credit: HBO

“Ser Jorah was not a handsome man. He had a neck and shoulders like a bull, and coarse black hair covered his arms are chest so thickly that there was none left for his head.” – A Game of Thrones

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Jorah Mormont should be very hairy

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“Ser Jorah was not a handsome man. He had a neck and shoulders like a bull, and coarse black hair covered his arms are chest so thickly that there was none left for his head.” – A Game of Thrones

Ygritte should be “common”

Ygritte should be “common” Credit: HBO

“Ygritte’s hair was such a tangle that Jon was tempted to ask her if she only brushed it at the changing of the seasons. At a lord’s court the girl would never have been considered anything but common, he knew. She had a round peasant face, a pug nose, and slightly crooked teeth, and her eyes were too far apart.” – A Storm of Swords

Ygritte should be “common”

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“Ygritte’s hair was such a tangle that Jon was tempted to ask her if she only brushed it at the changing of the seasons. At a lord’s court the girl would never have been considered anything but common, he knew. She had a round peasant face, a pug nose, and slightly crooked teeth, and her eyes were too far apart.” – A Storm of Swords

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The Hound should be even more disfigured

The Hound should be even more disfigured Credit: HBO

“The left side of his face was a ruin. His ear had been burned away; there was nothing but a hole. His eye was still good, but all around it was a twisted mass of scar, slick black flesh hard as leather, pocked with craters and fissured by deep cracks that gleamed red and wet when he moved. Down by his jaw, you could see a hint of bone where the flesh had been seared away.” – A Game of Thrones

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The Hound should be even more disfigured

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“The left side of his face was a ruin. His ear had been burned away; there was nothing but a hole. His eye was still good, but all around it was a twisted mass of scar, slick black flesh hard as leather, pocked with craters and fissured by deep cracks that gleamed red and wet when he moved. Down by his jaw, you could see a hint of bone where the flesh had been seared away.” – A Game of Thrones

Daario Naharis should be blue-bearded

Daario Naharis should be blue-bearded Credit: HBO

“Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same color as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold. His clothes were all shades of yellow; a foam of Myrish lace the color of butter spilled from his collar and cuffs, his doublet was sewn with brass medallions in the shape of dandelions, and ornamental goldwork crawled up his high leather boots to his thighs.” – A Storm of Swords

Daario Naharis should be blue-bearded

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“Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same color as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold. His clothes were all shades of yellow; a foam of Myrish lace the color of butter spilled from his collar and cuffs, his doublet was sewn with brass medallions in the shape of dandelions, and ornamental goldwork crawled up his high leather boots to his thighs.” – A Storm of Swords

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Tywin Lannister should be bald

Tywin Lannister should be bald Credit: HBO

“The Lord of Casterly Rock was as lean as a man twenty years younger, even handsome in his austere way. Stiff blond whiskers covered his cheeks, framing a stern face, a bald head, a hard mouth.” – A Storm of Swords

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Tywin Lannister should be bald

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“The Lord of Casterly Rock was as lean as a man twenty years younger, even handsome in his austere way. Stiff blond whiskers covered his cheeks, framing a stern face, a bald head, a hard mouth.” – A Storm of Swords

Syrio Forel should be bald, too

Syrio Forel should be bald, too Credit: HBO

“A slight man with a bald head and a great beak of a nose stepped out of the shadows, holding a pair of slender wooden swords.” – A Game of Thrones

Syrio Forel should be bald, too

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“A slight man with a bald head and a great beak of a nose stepped out of the shadows, holding a pair of slender wooden swords.” – A Game of Thrones

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Here’s one artist’s interpretations

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Here’s one artist’s interpretations

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BuzzFeed’s Maritsa Patrinos created Photoshop renderings of these character descriptions, and the images found their way to Imgur — check ‘em out in the photos embedded above!

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You’ll think many of the Game of Thrones characters are supermodels when you see how they’re described in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books!

Many of your favorite Westeros residents — like Tyrion, Ygritte, and Daario — look way better on HBO than they’re supposed to, apparently.

Read these unflattering character descriptions in the slideshow above, and then check out one artist’s resulting Photoshoppery on the last slide.

Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on Sunday, July 16 on HBO.