It's been nearly eight years, 67 episodes (and counting), and many millions of dollars spent since Game of Thrones began.

With the epic Emmy-winning fantasy-drama about to drop its eighth and final season, we've gone back through the first seven seasons to compare and contrast how the major characters looked when things started in 2011, and how they look now.

Think of this as something to keep you going until the Season 8 opener premieres on April 14.

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These beloved and beguiled characters have been put through the ringer. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) lives and dies, and lives again. The hatchling dragons of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) mature into full-grown flying beasts. And then there's poor Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who starts off with two hands and works his way down to one.

Brutal weather, excessive bloodshed, and non-stop backstabbing take their toll. We've looked back at the characters' first appearance vs. where they are today, as Season 8 begins, and it's going to make your jaw drop.

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