Can you believe it's been eight years since we first learned winter is coming?

Well, winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, and the characters are set for an epic showdown on the upcoming eighth and final season.

The cast and characters have certainly come a long way since the HBO fantasy series' 2011 debut. Original stars Sophie Turner, 23, who plays Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams, who plays her warrior sister Arya Stark, 21, were just teenagers when the first season aired. The two have grown to become beautiful young women, Turner is now also an X-Men movie star, and she is also set to join House Jonas; she and Joe Jonas got engaged in 2017.

Speaking of romantic couples, Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Throneslast year married Rose Leslie, who played his character's first onscreen love interest. The two were all smiles at the Game of Thrones season eight premiere in New York on Wednesday.

See photos of the Game of Thrones cast and characters in their first season and see how much they've changed.

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Lena Headey, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Kit Harington, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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John Bradley, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Conleth Hill, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Isaac Hempstead Wright, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Kristofer Hivju, Game of Thrones

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Carice Van Houten, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Hannah Murray, Game of Thrones

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Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

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Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones

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Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones

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Jack Gleeson, Game of Thrones

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Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones

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Sean Bean, Game of Thrones

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Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones

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Natalie Dormer, Game of Thrones

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Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones

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Richard Madden, Game of Thrones

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Harry Lloyd, Game of Thrones

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Rory McCann, Game of Thrones

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Tom Wlaschiha, Game of Thrones

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Richard Dormer, Game of Thrones

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Pilou Asbaek, Game of Thrones

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Indira Varma, Game of Thrones

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Drogon, Game of Thrones, Actors, First Season, Last Season

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Robin Arryn, Then & Now, Game of Thrones

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The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO on Sunday, April 14.

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