Despite his years of wreaking havoc on Westeros, the Night King’s assault on Winterfell in last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was especially infuriating. I don’t know if it was his I-walk-slow-because-I’m-a-villain vibe or his dumb smile after he survived Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Drogon’s fire assault, but I found myself getting, like, really mad at him…despite the fact that he’s not a real person. You know who is a real person, though? Vladimir Furdik, the actor who plays him.
Although Furdik plays enemy number one on TV, in real life he appears to be nothing like the Night King (thankfully). He’s a celebrated stuntman (he even does stunts and stunt supervision on GoT) who enjoys ice cream, babies, traveling and horses just like the rest of us. At the very least, he looks like a totally normal guy, not an evil being out to erase mankind. Just take a gander at this photo of him IRL and wait for your anger to dissipate.