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Were you as shocked as we were by the sheer height of Brienne on Game of Thrones Season 2, Episode 3: "What Is Dead May Never Die”? The character, a female warrior who petitions to join Renly’s guard after winning a joust, towers over both women and men in the show, leaving us to wonder if the GoT Powers That Be used special tricks to make the actress look like a giant.

As it turns out Gwendoline Christie, the actress who plays Brienne is in fact really really tall. Gwendoline said in a previous interview that she is 6’3”, which could easily explain her eclipsing Catelyn Stark in one scene.

Gwendoline describes Brienne as "not just tall, but big, broad, phenomenally strong,” and admits that she created an intense workout that involved cardio, yoga, kickboxing and quitting drinking. It looks like her work paid off!

Catch the next episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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