Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Video: How 'Game Of Thrones' Makes Its White Walkers

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.


This video show just how much work it takes to make Game of Thrones terrifying White Walkers and other creatures. Barrie Gower works as prosthetics designer for Game of Thrones. He explains in the video from HBO that his love for monster-making began as a child, growing up in England. His father was the manager of a movie theater, and he saw lots of movies, then spent his free time trying to turn himself into gruesome creatures.

He explains that the Thrones crew consists of people from all backgrounds, and sometimes a team of 15 to 20 people all work on a character. This includes tasks like creating molds, painting, sewing in hair and then actually applying the costumes. When the team is told they need to create a character, they first have to be practical.

Someone needs to be able to wear it, move in it and breathe in it. They start by making a cast of the actor's head, then making copies of that head. They apply modeling clay to the heads, then make a mold of the final look. The molds are made out of silicon rubber, which can be glued to the actor's face. If there's hair, it's usually sewn in individually via a small needle. It takes about four weeks to create a prosthetic character.

Work days for the prosthetics crew and the actors who have to wear them start at about 3 a.m., as it takes two to three hours just to glue on the prosthetics. Then, of course, there's hair, costuming and maintaining the look throughout an 8- to 10-hour shooting day and finally taking it all back off.

Support for LAist comes from

Now, imagine all the work it took to pull off that single-shot Walker-centric scene in Hardhome! Game of Thrones will return on April 24.

[h/t Nerdist]