George RR Martin really hit one out of the park with a Song of Ice and Fire. This epic fantasy was then brought to the main stream by an equally amazing HBO TV series which captured millions of hearts around the globe…and then crushed them with a mailed fist. Although Game of Thrones has been an emotional rollercoaster for many of its loyal fans, we always seem to keep coming back for more. Unfortunately for us fans, the next season always seems a winter away so to tie you over , here are some awesome Game Of Thrones facts.
40. Cleaning Up the Emmies
In year 2015 Game of Thrones cleaned up at the Emmies, taking home a total of 12 awards. This was the most awarded single season of any TV show ever. If that was not impressive enough, they repeated this feat in 2016. That brought their total number of Emmies to 38, making it the most awarded TV show ever.
39. The Beginning
Author George R.R. Martin had written a television series prior to Game Of Thrones but disliked the limitations of TV broadcasting standards. “A Song of Ice and Fire” books were meant to be impossible to film for TV. However, after “The Lord Of The Rings” movies came out and charmed everyone, Martin got contacted by producers that wanted to adapt his books to screenplays.
38. Dreams? What dreams?
When the show first started, its executive producers promised that there would never be dream or flashback scenes. This promise didn’t last long after the character Bran was seen to dream about a three-eyed raven and the series showed us scenes from Cersei’s childhood.
37. The silver hair of a Targaryen
The beautiful blond hair of character Daenerys Targaryen was created using wigs and sophisticated hair makeup artists. Targaryen’s actor, Emilia Clarke, is a natural brunette and the use of wigs ensured she did not have to change or damage her hair for the show.
36. Bound to repeat itself.
In Game of Thrones the major war becomes known as The War of Five Kings, the kings being Stannis Baratheon, Renley Baratheon, Jofrey Baratheon , Robb Stark and Baelon Greyjoy. Surprisingly this battle has gotten part of its inspiration from real life events. In 15th century England rivaling houses fought for the throne in series of wars called ‘the War of the Roses’.
35. An audience of commoners
To avoid confusion some character names had to be changed in the television series. For example, Yara Greyjoy is originally named Asha in the books and Lysa Arryn’s child Robin has name Robert. Their names were changed because Asha sounded too much like Osha while Robert could have been mistaken to Robert Baratheon.
34. Passing the torch
When George R.R. Martin started writing the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series he was hugely influenced and inspired by “the Lord of the Rings” story. George now inspires the next generation of fantasy writers as most recent fantasy books are structured in the POV chapter framework.
33. Things change
When Thomas Brodie-Sangster was casted to be part of the Game of Thrones series he was almost ten years older than the 13 years old Jojen Reed whose character he was going to play.
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