Do you think you know everything about the things you love? No!
A series loved and appreciated by all. The best of story, the best of cinematography and the best of one of the most disappointing endings. Sigh. However, it is still a beloved show, critically acclaimed and technically brilliant. Read on to find out some really unexpected trivia and see your jaw drop.
What is Games of Thrones?
Game of Thrones, the American fantasy drama created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss remained the focal point of all discussions in the office, on social media, everywhere one can imagine. The hit book series inspired it, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R. R Martin, Game of Thrones’ popularity just keeps increasing every single day. It became a phenomenon loved by everyone and remains a favorite.
Let’s get through some of the lesser-known facts of this top-rated cult show.
⦁ Future predictions and dignified deaths
In episode 8, The Mountain and the Viper, which was the first broadcast in June 2014, Littlefinger tells Robin Arryn about the importance of valuing life. Hee said: “People die at their dinner tables, they die in their beds. “They die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies sooner or later. “Don’t worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge of your life for as long as it lasts.” Littlefinger’s comments were, it now seems, spookily prescient.
In that same season, Lady Olenna Tyrell poisoned Joffrey at this wedding feast and was seen convulsing on the floor., much to the guests’ horror. Subsequently, Tyrion strangled his former lover, Shae, in bed after she betrayed him with scathing testimony in court, accusing him of treason. And Tyrion then killed his father, Tywin, with a crossbow while he was on a toilet – perhaps the saga’s least dignified death of all.
⦁ Steels of India
Valerian steel is based on Damascus steel. Originally from India and the Middle East, the exact technique to make Damascus steel has been lost. To date, the metal’s technique has not yet been figured out.
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⦁ One less dire wolf on the street
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) adopted the direwolf from the show and named the dog Zuni. She says, “I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one, and I fell in love with ‘Lady’ (the direwolf on the set).”
⦁ The one with the famous name
In 2014, Khaleesi was indeed the 755th most common newborn girl name. This was an increase from the 1020th spot from the previous year.
⦁ Candy Fest for the queen
Daenerys Targaryen ate horse hearts during her wedding ceremony. Turns out, the ‘horse heart’ was actually a three-pound gummy candy.
⦁ Famous and how
Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. With a whopping 14 million illegal downloads, the season 5 finale remains the most pirated episode. Recent studies show that the number of illegal downloaders just keeps increasing each day.
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⦁ Not first but the last
Jack Gleeson, the actor known for his role as Joffrey, wholly retired from acting after this role. Talking about his decision, Gleeson said,” When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it; it’s just not what I want to do.” He previously was a child actor in ‘Batman Begins.’ Also, George R. R Martin (author of the Game of Thrones books) praised his performance and sent him a letter saying, “Congratulations on your marvelous performance, everyone hates you.” Now, isn’t that every actor’s greatest wish?
⦁ Kamasutra isn’t the only book.
This show invented the word ‘Sexpositions,’ which is a wordplay on ‘sex’ and ‘expositions.’ Myles McNutt came up with this term. It refers to the usage of sexual scenes to reveal plotlines or other vital information to the viewer. The term has become very popular among the series fans and even the creators of the show.
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⦁ We could have seen R.R.Martin.
There was an unaired pilot episode of Game of Thrones, but it was a bit of a failure. After watching the pilot, one of the showrunners, Benioff, said in an interview, “and I had this yellow legal pad, and I just remembered writing in all caps, ‘MASSIVE PROBLEM.’ Author George R.R. Martin had a cameo in it as a guest at Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding.
⦁ Dothraki is real
The Dothraki language of the Essos warriors is an actual language. David J Peterson (the creator of the Dothraki language) released a 128-page language guide that contains the basics of the Dothraki language.
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⦁ One man, Many masks
Ian Whyte plays four different roles in Game of Thrones. He initially played the role of a ‘white walker’ in the show’s first two seasons. Additionally, he was one of three actors who played Ser Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) in season two. Then in season 3, he played an unnamed giant and eventually moved on to play yet another giant- Wun Wun, in season 5. Quite an impressive feat for the Welsh actor and stuntman.
⦁ Floor rugs to fashion
The fur worn by the cast of the Game of Thrones is actually Ikea floor rugs. The rugs were trimmed and shaved to look like authentic fur. So, the next time you see Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen out in the snow, remember Ikea.
⦁ Method acting at its best
Charles Dance played the role of Tywin Lannister. One of the scenes from the first season that leaves a lasting impression is that of Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) skinning a deer. It was a natural dead deer in the scene, and Charles had to learn to skin it. The authenticity of this show and the dedication of the actors on this show blows your mind away.
⦁ Peter Dinklage is the first one to be cast.
Even before the show was conceived, George R.R. Martin had written the character of Tyrion Lannister while keeping Peter Dinklage in his mind. Tyrion Lannister is also George R.R. Martin’s favorite character. Tyrion has appeared in 61 episodes in the series, more than anyone else. Not so surprising, after all.
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⦁ Bad Breakups and working together
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) went through a horrible breakup that left them on bad terms. So, both the actors decided to write it into their contracts to not film any of the seasons in the rest of the series together.
⦁ GOT could have been a musical
Several musicians appeared on Game of Thrones as extras. In the Rains of Castamere, Coldplay drummer, Will Champion, played one of the musicians in the iconic red wedding. Heavy metal band Mastodon can be seen as wildlings that the White Walkers kill. And Ed Sheeran made a cameo too in season seven. But fans were disappointed.
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⦁ A very dedicated audience
An Israeli television network, ‘Yes,’ aired a particular channel that was solely dedicated to Game of Thrones. It premiered before season six, and it showcased the entire rerun of GoT till season five. Stream it on HBO.
Game of Thrones broke several records, sparked a few debates, and provided us with 73 spectacular episodes (I mean, let’s never talk about season 8, please) of entertainment throughout eight seasons. And, obviously, it made us all wish for our own dragon.
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