80 Little Known Facts About Game of Thrones

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26George Bush's prop head

Game of Thrones used a prop of George Bush's head in several of the beheading scenes


27. To illustrate the producers that he was Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa performed the Haka (a traditional Maori war dance) at his audition for Game of Thrones.


28. During his childhood, George R.R. Martin wrote stories about a kingdom inhabited by his pet turtles and that they would kill each other in sinister plots.


29. Before writing Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin wrote a novel, called Fevre Dream, about steamboats and vampires.


30. George R. R. Martin still types his novels using a DOS computer with WordStar 4.0 software


31Rose Leslie's ancestry

Rose Leslie (Ygritte) grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, her family’s 15th-century ancestral seat in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is a descendant of Charles II.


32. Doune Castle, which was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was also used in the filming of Game of Thrones.


33. 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.”


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


35. 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.


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36Glamdring

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


37. 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.


38. 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.


39. 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.


40. 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.”


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41The Wall

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


42. 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.


43. 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.


44. 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.


45. 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.


46Coldplay

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.’


47. 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."


48. 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


49. 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.


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

2 COMMENTS

  1. Um, 12 is very false.
    12. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) does not know her birthday or her age.

    Her age and birthday are very well known and posted on her wiki page.

  2. The Titanic was not built in a studio it was built in a dry dock. The titanic studios complex is nearby in an area generally known as the Titanic quarter also containing an exhibition building and hotels etc. I stopped after that probably most of the “facts” are as rubbish as this one

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