‘Gay of Thrones’ Host Jonathan Van Ness Predicts the Ending of ‘Game of Thrones’



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“Queer Eye” grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness has another area of expertise: “Game of Thrones.”
Van Ness is such a fan of the HBO drama that he started an after show with Funny or Die in 2013 called “Gay of Thrones,” in which he and a celebrity guest recap the latest episode while he does their hair.
We caught up with Van Ness to ask his expert opinion about how the show will end.
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“My prediction was always that Bran was going to learning how to warg the dragons away,” Van Ness said, referring to Bran’s ability to take over and control the body of animals. In the books, several of the Stark children warg at some point with their direwolves (in addition to Bran, Arya and Jon do so).
But Van Ness said that after the Season 7 finale, he has a new theory: “I think he’s the Knight King. I think he’s the Knight King!”
“Their faces are eerily similar, and he can time travel. Cause I used to think that he was gonna warg the dragons, but maybe it’s not that he’s gonna warg them, he’s gonna f—ing–excuse my French–but he’s gonna control the zombie dragon. Which I just didn’t see that s— coming at all. Even with that blue dragon eye on the poster, I still didn’t see that coming. I had no idea it was gonna hurt so bad,” he said.
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“Leave it to me to start cussing when we start talking about dragons,” he added.
In “Gay of Thrones,” the hairstyles Van Ness gives his guests often play right into the comedy of their recaps, but he said he does draw some inspiration from “Game of Thrones” IRL.
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“So much of the hair on ‘Game of Thrones,’ especially like in King’s Landing and High Garden, a lot of it is so like ‘The Other Boleyn Girl.’ Which is great, but I’m kind of really into like… shag and really textured, like chin to collarbone length, like more medium length,” he said, adding that the hairstyles on men in the show strike him as more “on trend.”
“It’s like a little rougher and edgier and not so groomed and not so pampered. It’s like the opposite of being metro,” he said, adding that that look is also simply a symptom of the medieval world in which “Game of Thrones” takes place.
“Honey, no one has time for grooming in the Battle of the Bastards,” he said. 
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It’s no Battle of the Bastards, but shooting last season’s “Gay of Thrones” provided its own scheduling difficulties because he was also shooting “Queer Eye” for Netflix.
“I would shoot in Atlanta Monday through Friday, fly to LA, do hair, like, for twelve hours on Saturday and then go to Funny or Die and we’d watch ‘Game of Thrones’ on the East Coast feed, write it, shoot it, produce it, all of it by Sunday night. And then I would be on like the 5 a.m. flight out of LA back to Atlanta every Monday, and usually I’d go straight to set.”
You can watch “Queer Eye” on Netflix now and watch old episodes of “Gay of Thrones” on Funny or Die until “Game of Thrones” returns in 2019.

Now that Season 7 is over, we have a giant “Game of Thrones”-shaped void in our lives. To help ease the loss, here’s some “GoT” trivia for you. Did you know there has been a preponderance of popular characters who have been recast over the span of the hit HBO series? Browse through to learn who they are. 
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Ser Gregor Clegane
In Season 1, The Hound’s older brother was played by Conan Stevens (left). When scheduling conflicts with his role as an Orc in “The Hobbit” arose, Stevens was replaced by Ian Whyte (center) for Season 2, who was playing a White Walker. Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (right) took over the part for the remaining seasons. 
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Daario Naharis
One of Daenerys’ love interests, the leader of the Second Sons, has been played by two actors. Ed Skrein (left), who played Daario in Season 3, told E! News in 2015 he left because of “politics.” “It was a wonderful experience, but politics led to us parting ways,” Skrein said at the time. Michiel Huisman (right) took over the role for Season 4 and beyond. 
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Tommen Baratheon 
The young Callum Wharry’s (left) first acting role was that of Tommen Baratheon, son of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. He played Tommen in the first two seasons, but by Season 4, Dean Charles-Chapman (right) took over the character. Charles-Chapman previously played the part of Martyn Lannister, Tommen’s cousin. 
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The Three-Eyed Raven
For the very brief scene in which The Three-Eyed Raven is introduced in Season 4, the mystical character was played by British actor Struan Rodger (left). The role was taken over in Season 6 by Max von Sydow (right) for the meatier scenes in which he takes Bran through time. 
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Myrcella Baratheon
Another one of Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s children, Myrcella, was recast after a two-season hiatus. In Seasons 1 and 2, Aimee Richardson (left) played the (bastard) princess after being a stand-in. But after Myrcella was sent to Dorne, she didn’t reappear until Season 5. Nell Tiger Free (right) then took over the role to play the older Myrcella. 
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The Night King
Richard Brake (left) played The Night King in Seasons 4 and 5, before the role was taken over by professional stunt performer Vladimir Furdik (right) from the episode “The Door” onward. In that episode, we see The Night King when he was still human, and the producers said they wanted to give the cold weather character a more distinctive look from the other White Walkers. 
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From The Mountain to The Night King, these characters have been played by multiple actors

Now that Season 7 is over, we have a giant “Game of Thrones”-shaped void in our lives. To help ease the loss, here’s some “GoT” trivia for you. Did you know there has been a preponderance of popular characters who have been recast over the span of the hit HBO series? Browse through to learn who they are. 

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