Game of Thrones couldn’t have become television's greatest fantasy epic without the sophisticated makeup required to create its terrifying monsters. What's that, you say? Cersei Lannister didn't even wear so much as a smoky eye? No, it's the White Walkers, undead giants and wights that had the GoT makeup department putting in their own long nights. Bringing creatures like the Night King and his Army of the Dead to life (so to speak) took its own army of makeup and prosthetic artists. With the final season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look behind the curtain to find out just how they did it. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside this exclusive look from HBO:

  1. Discover the many challenges of creating makeup and prosthetics for Game of Thrones from prosthetics designer Barrie Gower 
  2. Find out how long it takes to build a single prosthetic, like the Night King’s head
  3. Learn how a team of fifty makeup and prosthetics artists in the workshop built an army of wights for Season 8
  4. Take a look inside Season 5's Battle of Hardhome, the team’s first foray into creating dozens of prosthetics for a single episode
  5. Enjoy a clip of a makeup artist meticulously arranging a White Walker’s hair
  6. Watch the incredible time-lapse process of transforming actor Vladimir Furdik into the Night King

And don't stop there. Stay behind the scenes on Thrones with our look at the Battle of Winterfell.