After eight years, a lot of nudity and more deaths than an episode of Midsomer Murders, Game of Thrones is finally drawing to a close.
The eighth and final season will consist of just six episodes, the first of which will be broadcast in the US on Sunday and a day later in the UK.
The HBO series is regarded by critics as one of the greatest TV shows of all time and has inspired an almost religious following amongst its fans.
But what might be next for its sizeable cast, many of whom were given their big break by the show? And will the stars be able to shake off their characters?
“I think perhaps those actors who are less obviously associated with the roles have done best so far,” the Guardian’s Sarah Hughes tells BBC News, drawing particular attention to actors who were in the series for a relatively short period of time.
“Thus Richard Madden‘s role in Bodyguard has done wonders for his profile, Rose Leslie has the part in The Good Fight, Jason Momoa is building a reasonably respectable action career.”
Momoa may only have spent a couple of years on the show, but has since played Aquaman, which made more than $1bn ($760m) at the box office, and is now one of the most distinctive faces in Hollywood.
She adds: “The likes of Jon Bradley and Hannah Murray [Gilly] will probably get parts on British TV even if not Hollywood.”
But Hollywood has already come calling for several of the show’s biggest names.
Along with Momoa, Emilia Clarke is possibly one of the most obvious examples of a GoT star who has achieved big-screen success.
She has landed leading roles in several major films since playing Daenerys Targaryen.
Clarke acted opposite Sam Claflin in the 2016 film adaptation of JoJo Moyes’s best-selling novel Me Before You, and last year portrayed Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
But Hughes says Clarke is someone “who might well struggle” with other roles going forward.
“Hers is such an iconic role that its hard to break free from it, and so far her non-GoT choices haven’t been that good.”
“It’s really hard to be cast in [a dramatic film],” Friends actress Jennifer Aniston said in 2015. Especially if “you’re someone who is battling a persona. Sometimes it’s hard to disappear from it in a role.”
Similarly, Alfonso Ribeiro has found it difficult to break free from his portrayal of Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the 1990s.
“It has forced ME to be my character,” he told Metro in 2017. “I would like to try some stuff that is different from how the world sees me, just sink my teeth into… shoot, I could be a deranged killer!
“But I doubt someone would automatically think of me when they go, ‘We need to cast a killer, let’s get the dude who played Carlton’.”
Therefore, the Game of Thrones actors who were already well-known prior to the show may find it easier to shake off their characters.
“The established stars such as Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey will probably go back to solid careers,” says Hughes.
“Even if they’ve played icon parts they’re still just stops in longer careers and Headey’s really raised her profile since GoT.”