It's hard to imagine Game of Thrones without any CGI added. "The special effects as a department brings to a production the chaos and mayhem," Sam Conway, the show's special effects supervisor, said in HBO's newly-released clip detailing just what goes into filming the show.
The network's video gives a glimpse of a pre-CGI Game of Thrones, and it's truly something:
The highlight in it is Daenerys', played by Emilia Clarke, performance with pre-CGI dragons. Here's what it actually looks like when she strokes one (via Uproxx):
Versus the final product:
And here's what it looks like when Clarke is shot riding a dragon. Her face here—and its unbreakable focus—must be applauded:
Makes you really appreciate the final product more, doesn't it?
The behind-the-scenes look is almost as good as Dan Stevens performing as the Beast pre-CGI.