71 Fiery Games Of Thrones Facts You Never Knew

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26George's truth

When questioned about the rape and violence, George R.R. Martin replied: “The true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and dark lords, but from ourselves.”

27. The Dothraki and Valyrian languages are heard by more people than Welsh, Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic combined.

28. George RR Martin has said that Game of Thrones characters die because ‘it has to be done’ and that it’s dishonest not to show how war kills heroes as easily as minor characters.

29. A replica of Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, from Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit trilogy, is near the centre of iron throne.

30. Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night’s Watch is revealed to be blind in the novels. He is played by Peter Vaughan, who is legally partially blind himself.

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31Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was doused in so much fake blood during one scene that she got stuck to the toilet seat during a break.

32. In June 2014, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited the sets at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast as part of a three-day visit to Northern Ireland. They met members of the cast and crew and were presented with a miniature version of the Iron Throne. Elizabeth was offered the chance to sit on the Iron Throne but declined, as the monarch of England is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne, even fictional ones.

33. Actor Peter Dinklage, most notably known for playing the character Tyrion Lannister in the medieval fantasy TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, is actually related to nobility in Germany. The Westphalian noble family “von Dincklage.”

34. The Wall stretches for 300 miles and is 700 feet tall, made entirely of ice.

35. The official words of House Lannister “Hear Me Roar!” are seldom mentioned. Their unofficial motto “A Lannister always pays his debts” is often used, mostly in negative context, meaning that Lannisters always repay unkindness with unkindness.

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36Callum Wharry

The role of Tommen Baratheon, portrayed by Callum Wharry, was completely absent from the third season of the series and was later recast for season 4; being then played by Dean-Charles Chapman, who had already previously appeared in the show playing Martyn Lannister in season 3.

37. In the unaired pilot, George R.R. Martin cameoed as a Pentoshi nobleman at the wedding of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. The scene, alongside most of the pilot, was subsequently reshot and Martin did not appear.

38. Daenerys’ dragon Drogon, the largest of the three with black and red scales, is considered in the novels to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread. Balerion was the largest of Aegon the Conqueror’s dragons and was also responsible for the creation of the Iron Throne.

39. Members of the popular rock-band ‘Coldplay’ are big fans of the TV series, their Drummer ‘Will Champion’ in particular. He actually took time off to act in one of the most iconic episodes in the series ‘Red Wedding.’

40. Daenerys' dragons are named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. Each one is named after someone she has lost in her life: Drogon, the largest dragon with black/red scales, is named after her husband Khal Drogo; Rhaegal, who has green/bronze scales, is named after Daenerys' brother Rhaegar Targaryen, who was killed by Robert Baratheon during Robert's Rebellion; Viserion, the cream/gold scaled dragon, is named after Daenerys' abusive brother Viserys. She claimed that she named her dragon this because "Viserys was cruel and weak and frightened, yet he was my brother still. My dragon will do what he could not."

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41Rebecca Van Cleave

A body double was cast to perform Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame in Season 5’s finale. Her body double (Rebecca Van Cleave) performed nude while Lena Headey wore a simple beige shift. The show’s visual effects team then merged the performances together combining Headey’s progression of facial emotions during Cersei’s punishing hike to the Red Keep

42. The Red Wedding was inspired by a real-life event. In 1440, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, a Scottish King invited chiefs of the Clan Douglas for the feast. A single drum started playing when dinner was getting served and the King massacred all the chiefs in the closed room over the dinner table. Head of a black bull was served as the symbol of Black Dinner.

43. The “horse heart” that Daenerys ate for Khal Drogo was actually a three-pound mass of a gummy bear.

44. In 2012, 146 girls were legally named Khaleesi after Daenerys’ nickname.

45. The Dothraki language used in Game of Thrones was designed to sound like Arabic to the untrained ear, or a mix between Spanish and Arabic to anyone who knows Arabic.

46Red Wedding

George R.R. Martin has stated that the infamous "Red Wedding" was the hardest chapter for him to write in "A Storm of Swords." He was so emotionally attached to the characters that he actually wrote the rest of the book first, and then that chapter last. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, upon reading it, declared it was one of the major reasons they decided to option the books for a television series. Their dramatisation differs from the book in a few details. Most notably, Robb's wife is not present at the wedding, nor is she killed. Whether she is pregnant is unknown.

47. Characters from noble houses often have images of their house's sigil incorporated into their costumes.Sometimes the inclusion is almost indiscernible to the television viewer, such as the blue dress Daenerys’ wore through season three which was embroidered with a texture resembling dragon scales and Cersei Lannister dress was embroidered with two lions on it.

48. During the series you can see characters wearing belts with a particular knot twisted after the buckle, this is clearly visible in most knights. The knot is actually correct and used in medieval times, often referred as a garter and used to fix leg armour pieces to the knights' legs below the knees. It is one of the symbols of the English "Order of the Garter", the highest Chivalry Order founded in 1348 by the English King Henry III in the early stages of the Hundred Years War with France. The Arms of the Order of the Garter is a blue belt, or garter, with this same characteristic knot seen in the TV series. An example can also be seen in the tomb of one of the Order founders, Sir Reginald of Cobham, at Lingfield Church in Surrey, his effigy has the garter below his left knee.

49. After Jon Snow’s apparent death in the season five finale of Game of Thrones, Kit Harrington said that the only person he told the character’s fate to was a police officer in order to get out of a speeding ticket.

50. After filming Ned Stark’s death scene for Game of Thrones, Sean Bean played football with the replica of his decapitated head.


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