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.
32. Loved and lost
Game of Thrones is known for its desire to kill the characters that are loved by the fans. Usually these deaths happen without warning and compeltely crush your soul. During the first six seasons, 45 main characters have died. There have only been two episodes of the Game of Thrones series that don’t have any death in them: Lord Snow (2011) and The Bear and the Maiden Fair (2013).
31. Valyrian steel is a thing
In the Game of Throne world, the best swords are made of Valyrian steel. There is no such a thing as Valyrian steel in the real world but it has said that author George RR Martin based this incredible metal on Indian Damascus steel. Both alloys have similar qualities: strong material but light weight. Damascus steel’ recipe was lost in 18th century so nowadays you can only make Damascus object out of another Damascus object – just like Valyrian swords.
The dragons are some of the most loved characters/creatures in the Game of Throne series. One may wonder how the production team made these majestic but fairytale creatures seem so real. The dragon movements were rendered from animals that are more familiar to us and definitely real including cats, geese and even bats.
29. Those Lyin eyes
Emilia Clarke was originally supposed to wear violet contact lenses as Daenerys Targaryen has violet eyes in the original story. However, it was decided that the contact lenses would be scrapped as they were making Emilia uncomfortable and were preventing her from acting to her full potential.
28. Burn them all
Some of the characters that the television show has killed off during its many seasons are still alive in the George RR Martin’s books. This includes everyone killed in the Sept of Baelor by wildfire, Stannis Baratheon, Shireen Florent (Baratheon in the show), and Ramsay Bolton.
27. Lady’s redemption
Game of Thrones character Sansa Stark and her dire wolf Lady had an extremely close bond. This was made all the more real by the relationship Sophie Turner (Sansa), had with the Northern Inuit dog Zunni, who played her dire wolf, behind the scenes. The bond between them grew so strong that after Lady was killed off in the show, Turner and her family adopted Zunni for real.
26. Anha vazhak yeraan thirat
Producers of the show hired linguist David J. Peterson to create two new languages for the show. Dothraki and Valyrian that both have few words of them in Martin’s book were turned to full languages with real grammar and words. Peterson had even published 4,000-word long dictionary for Dothraki.
25. A pretty penny
It’s often asked why producing the Game of thrones series costs so much. Much of the cost can be attributed to the difficulty surrounding filming in such desolate but scenic locations. The series has been filmed in several countries including Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Malta and America.
24. Stick to my girls like glue
Game of Thrones actors have shared many funny behind-the-scenes stories from the sets. A favorite was a story told by Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) on Jimmy Kimmel. During the scene where she had to eat a horse’s heart she was completely covered in sticky fake blood. At one point Emilia disappeared from the set and no one could find her. Apparently this was because of the sticky blood, which temporarily glued her to a toilet.
23. Ser Gregor, the Tickler, the Hound, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn, King Joffrey, Queen Cersei
Arya Stark is strong-minded character who has an unusual habit: before going to sleep she chants the names of people who have hurt her or her family who she wants to kill. Actor Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, tells that fans consistently ask her to act out this scene and add their name to the list.
22. These things never end well
Before the show started actors Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) were in relationship that didn’t end in the best possible way. Because of that the duo were always separated in the filming set and will not appear in same scenes.
21. A delay of film and broadcasting
The first George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” series was first published in 1996. Game of Thrones is the name of the first book in the series. The show Game of Thrones premiered in 2011 which was actually the 15th anniversary of the literary series.
20. The show has gone rogue
One would think that the television seasons follow the books but this is not the case. The first two seasons go with the first two books “A Game of Thrones” and “A Clash of Kings” in order. The third season covers the first half of the third book “A Storm of Swords”. The fourth season starts with the ending of third book and has some chapters from the fourth “A Feast for Crows” and fifth “A Dance with Dragons” books. Finally the fifth season covers the rest of the fourth and fifth books and even some parts of the sixth book “The Winds of Winter”.
19. Shae is bae
George R.R. revealed that in his opinion, some of the television series’ characters are much better than the ones in his books. He has specially mentioned the roles of Natalia Tena as Osha and Sibel Kekilli as Shae.
18. Khal Drogo is truly a gentleman
Game of Thrones is well known for its freely shown sex scenes in which some are quite wild, raw, and even cruel. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Jason Momoa as her arranged husband, Khal Drogo, have a few not so nice sex scenes together. Clarke has told that even if the scenes were quite scary her co-star helped her feel at ease. Momoa, on the other hand, revealed that he frequently apologized to Clarke after the scenes had been filmed.
17. Sorry George…
Author George RR Martin is 68 years old and some fans have brought to light their (extremely self-centered and generally terrible) worry of Martin dying before he finishes writing the books. George has on many occasions shown his discontent with questions on this topic. However, don’t worry! Martin has shared the ending of his story with the producers of Game of Thrones so even if something happened to him, the fans would get to see the ending they have been waiting for. SMH.
16. In the game of thrones, you watch or you download
Game of Thrones has earned the title of most illegally downloaded television series for several years after its release. For example, in year 2015 the show was illegally downloaded approximately 14,4 million times while the second most downloaded series The Walking Dead was downloaded only half of that 6,9 million times.
15. House Lannister = worst house
House Lannister’s official motto is “Hear me roar!”. However, this sentence isn’t often heard in the series where the unofficial motto “A Lannister always pays his debts” meaning that Lanister family repays unkindness with unkindness is heard frequently and in bad context.
14. Do you even Winterfel?
Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Richard Madden (Rob Stark) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) are seen in the first episode of the series shirtless getting ready for king Robert’s welcome in Winterfel. They all later admitted to doing push-ups and flexing before such scenes to look more muscular on camera.
13. Ballin on a budget – a big one.
Game of Thrones has enormous budgets for its every episode. Average production cost for all episodes until season six has been $6 million while for season six the budget was about $10 million per episode. This makes the show one of highest TV production costs ever.
George RR Martin has said that some fans of the series have guessed the ending correctly. There are countless fan theories and no one (except George) knows which one Is the right one. Although we don’t know yet, we are soon to find out as there will only be two more seasons of the show so the wait should not be too much longer.
11. King Renly’s not so secret
In the “A Song of Fire and Ice” books King Renly Baratheon’s private guard detail is know as the Rainbow Guard. HBO decided to change that name to King’s Guard because the original name seemed to point out the character’s homosexuality that is only subtly mentioned in books. Because this was shown explicitly in the tv-series, there was no need for such a perceived subtle hint.
10. Kit Harington is not Jon Snow-y enough
The actor of Jon Snow, Kit Harington, was once approached in bar by stranger who told him that he looked exactly like Jon Snow. When Harington then revealed that he was in fact Jon Snow the stranger told him that he was too short to really be Jon Snow.
9. Never attempt to climb the wall
During Game of Thrones season 3 the crew faced an interesting problem when actor Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, broke his leg. The actor got locked out of his own apartment in London and decided to attempt to climb into it. Predictably, he fell and broke his leg. The Film crew had to come up with creative ways to film around the injury. Primarily, they had to use Jon Snow stand-ins wearing matching costumes and wigs.
8. Two – or three – becomes one
There are a few characters in the show that are combinations of lesser book characters. One of the most notable composite characters is the prostitute Ros who is based on several named (Alayaya, Chataya, Kyra) and unnamed prostitutes who appear in the books. Additionally Gendry is believed to be a composite of the young Aegon Tarageyen and Edric Storm although this is unconfirmed.
7. Its all in the details
Noble characters are often seen wearing intricately designed clothes with motifs of their house’s sigil. Sometimes these designs are almost impossible for viewers to see. A few examples of these amazing small details are the lion headed jewels Cersei seems to always be wearing and Daenerys’ blue dress that features dragon designs.
6. Lost and found
The long Game of Thrones opening credits feature a little secret that may make you want to stop skipping them. The maps seen in the pre show credits feature different cities and towns around the GoT world. The cities chosen for the intros are places that are going to be significant in the current episode.
5. A true warrior
Many of the Game of Thrones stars had interesting auditioning situations but Jason Momoa, who plays Khal Drogo, had one of the wildest auditions by far! The audition ended with him performing a Maori haka without shirt because he had ripped it of earlier. If you are unsure what a haka is you should watch the New Zealand All Blacks before a rugby match.
4. The Pope of thrones
The main religion of Westeros is the Faith of the Seven. You may be surprised to hear that the religion is based loosely to Catholicism. Both include one god and seven aspects.
3. Girl power!
Emilia Clarke originally had written into her contract that she wouldn’t do any more nude scenes (post season 1). So what made her want to change her mind and emerge from that flaming hut as naked as the day she was born? Emilia said: “It was just a wonderful, strong moment I wanted to own, a real empowering, girl-power wow scene.” “I was so thrilled with it. It’s not a sexy scene, she’s not naked for no reason, it’s not gratuitous. She’s naked because she’s just destroyed her enemies in this almighty blaze after they underestimated her – how could I say no?”
2. Real Accents
Game of Thrones is truly international television show and only has two American born actors: Jason Momoa, who plays Khal Drogo, and Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion. A lot of the different accents you hear are because this is how the actors actually speak. The slight difference in accent adds to the depth of the characters from the various regions of the world.
1. We’re gonna need a bigger wall
One of the show’s most important and impressive structures is the wall. It defends the people of Westeros from the magical dangers of the North. In the show it’s said to be around 700 feet tall but in reality the wall is mostly CGI. There is a real wall and its height is only 17 feet.
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