Game of Thrones fans have been given a rare insight into the extended cast’s playful off-screen antics in a behind-the-scenes video filmed during its season seven finale.
Viewers of the show were gripped as Queen Cersei finally met nemesis Daenerys Targaryen – her rival for control of the Seven Kingdoms – as they formed a shaky alliance against the advancing army of the dead.
But despite its sombre tone the mood off-camera was decidedly light hearted as they filmed scene over six painstaking days.
Indeed, Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei, and co-star Peter Dinklage, hated screen brother Tyrion Lannister in the hit show, are seen checking their mobile phones while dressed in character.
Gwendoline Christie is also filmed stroking co-star star Liam Cunningham’s beard ahead of a new scene as respective characters Brienne of Tarth and Davos Seaworth.
Elsewhere actor Rory McCann is seen cracking a smile – a rare sight given his role as fearsome warrior Sandor Clegane, AKA The Hound.
The 12-minute film offers a glimpse at the hectic preparations required for the show’s crucial Dragon Pit sequence.
The extended scene resulted in Cersei hatching a devious plan to betray Daenerys after initially agreeing to join forces in their war against the Night King.
And one of his undead soldiers, kidnapped by Jon Snow during a previous mission beyond the Wall, is seen receiving a much needed touch up before terrifying the Queen of Westeros.
‘It can go south very quickly and that’s the brutal, brilliant part of the sequence because you know how quickly things can turn on this show,’ explained Dinklage, whose character faces an uneasy reunion with sister Cersei.
‘I know a family reunion is awkward for anyone but let’s just say the Lannisters are a complicated bunch.’
The episode also saw characters Jon and Daenerys getting hot and heavy on the seventh season finale – without knowing they are related by blood.
And after the episode aired, actors Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke admitted the scene was ‘weird’ to film, knowing the relation between their roles.
Speaking in a special behind-the-scenes commentary for HBO, Emilia, 30, revealed ‘gagging’ was her first reaction to the tryst – while Kit acknowledged the ‘weird’ encounter had been inevitable, after weeks of building romance.
The seventh season finale received an explosive reaction from fans, after Daenerys and Jon were seen having sex – without either knowing they are nephew and aunt.
Speaking after the scene aired, the two stars were quick to admit the scene had felt ‘wrong’ to film, when aware of the relation of the characters.
Admitting the scene had even made her feel sick, Emilia explained: ‘The reality of what they are to each other, I don’t know how that’s going to… I think [gagging] might be the reaction.’
However other fans were quick to express their disgust at the moment, writing: ‘So is nobody gonna talk about that moment with #Tyrion down the hall from Dany and Jon?’ and ‘Why was Tyrion spying on Jon and Dany making out?’
It was a thrilling episode for fans on Sunday night after the Night King finally made his move to wipe out the people of Westeros, by bringing down The Wall.
The season finale ended with the land of the living on a knife edge, with the leader of the White Walkers using his powerful new undead dragon mount to smash an enormous hole in the structure that has stood for around 8,000 years.
It was part of an action-packed episode that revealed Jon Snow’s real name and saw Littlefinger brutally executed by Arya Stark for treason.