The seasons of Game of Thrones are always amazing to watch because the end is very near and everyone is curious who will sit on the Iron Throne. It is one of the best TV shows that has won the most Emmy Awards in history. Now, we know what diehard fans this popular show has, but there are some hidden facts about Game of Thrones that you as a fan will surely be curious about.
Here are 50 Cool Facts About Game Of Thrones
50. Peter Dinklage Was Always The First Choice For Author (Martin) & Producers (Dan & David) To Play “Tyrion Lannister”. There Wasn’t Any Audition Held For Tyrion.
I don’t think that Peter (as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones) needs an introduction after this enormous popularity. He fits his character perfectly, and I don’t think any other actor could take his place. You might be surprised when you read this fact that there was no audition for the character “Tyrion Lannister”. This is because both the author (George Martin) and the producers (David Benioff & Dan Weiss) could not think of anyone else but Peter Dinklage. He was always their first choice and always will be.
49. Even Sean Bean Was Producers’ & Author’s First Pick. However, They Still Did Auditions In Case Sean Rejected The Role
Just like Peter Dinklage, Sean Bean was always the first choice for Martin, Dan and David, but they held auditions because they feared that he would reject the proposal offered to him. He plays the character of Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones. He not only works in theatre, television and film, but also gives voice-overs for computer games and commercials.
48. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) Is A 100% Vegetarian. It Is Actually Tofu He Eats On Screen
Yes, Peter Dinklage is a vegetarian, and what you see him eating on the screen is actually not meat. It’s tofu.
47. Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Who Plays Jaime Lannister, Played A Payback Prank On His Producers Dan & David
Nikolaj, who plays the character of Jaime Lannister, played a trick on the producers of GOT. Read this story. Dan Weiss & David Benioff sent Nikolaj an email telling him that they wanted his hair long because it would fit perfectly to his character. Nikolaj thought about playing a trick on them. He sent them back an e-mail telling them that he wanted his character to go in a different direction. He even sent a picture of himself with a shaved head. Both producers were just shocked by his response. They immediately started looking for a person who could make a nice wig that would match Jaime’s hairstyle exactly. Well, the wig cost about $10,000. Luckily Nikolai called before any cash was spent and said it was a prank.
46. For Game of Thrones Filming Locations, 14 Different Countries Were Researched
Producers and directors wanted some extraordinary locations for the sequels. They researched over 14 different countries. Finally, Malta and Ireland were chosen. Gemma Jackson, the production designer of Game of Thrones, shot Winterfell in a parking lot and added some exclusive details for the director’s 360-degree shoots.
45. The Game Of Thrones Initial Tile Sequence Was Inspired By Leonardo Da Vinci’s Machines
Angus Wall, title designer of GOT, told the Hollywood Reporter: “We wanted something different for GOT. It had to be unusual compared to these fantasy maps, and this was the time when we were developing the idea of a world in a sphere”. The map fully reflects the feeling and culture of the kingdom. It is more wintry or rustic than the others. The spherical shape comes from a science fiction space station from the 1960s. And these interlocking gears represent the power struggle of several families. Each season has a new version as the plot progresses.
44. The 3 Middle Stark Kids’ Did A Cover Of The Game Of Thrones Theme Song
Isaac Hempstead (Bran Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) have covered the opening theme with amusing voice overs.
43. Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) Was Also In “Batman Begins”
Remember that little boy with the big eyes in Batman Begins? He’s none other than the Jack Gleeson you see as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones.
42. Kit Harington (Jon Snow In Game of Thrones) Has A Different Name In Real Life
Kit Harington, who portrays the character of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has a different name on his birth certificate. His first name is Christopher, and even he was not aware of it until the age of 11.
41. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) & Rose Leslie (Ygritte) Are Dating In Real Life Too
Yes, there have been some dirty rumors about the two of them meeting both on and off-screen.
40. And There Was Complete Silence Followed By Only Applause
Tim Van Patten (director of Game of Thrones) came to a meeting with his storyboards for the opening sequence of GoT. As soon as he finished his presentation, he eagerly awaited the reaction of the members. No one spoke a word. There was only applause.
39. Sean Bean (Eddard Stark) Tried Stealing Lena’s (Cersie Lannister) Sandwiches In Lunch Breaks
Oh, yeah, he’s a sandwich thief. He once tried to steal Lena’s sandwiches on her lunch hour. Well, after working so much, he must be hungry, of course.
38. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) Never Acted Before
Arya Stark is Maisie’s first big role ever. She’s never acted before.
37. The Wall Showed In The Series Is Actually Inspired By The Hadrian’s Wall Of Roman Britain
George R. R. Martin (Co-Executive Producer of Game of Thrones) once visited a huge wall (Hadrian’s Wall of Roman Britain) in 1981. Today this wall is located in the Upper Denton of the United Kingdom. He always had this wall in his mind. Inspired by it, he created the 700 foot high wall of massive ice that you see in the sequel. This wall protects the 7 kingdoms.
He says to the SF site: “Of course fantasies should be filled with bright colors & must be much bigger than what you see in real life. That’s the reason why my wall is much bigger, more magical, and much longer”.
36. The Horse Heart, Which Pregnant Daenerys Eats Is A 7-Pound Gummy Bear-Like Mass
It is one of the most unforgettable moments when Daenerys eats the raw heart of a horse. She does this to prove herself to the Dothraki people. It was indeed an amazing scene, but it was still disgusting. She said that Dan Minahan, the director of the show, said that it was a “decision situation” for Daenerys because she would either be rejected or accepted by the Dothraki. He promised that it would taste similar to gummy bears, but it certainly did not! In fact, it tasted like bleach. She describes that it tasted like dried noodles with fake blood sugar.
35. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) Is Dating Giles Deacon (A Fashion Designer)
Gwendoline Christie, a British actress who plays the role of Brienne of Tarth, is dating Giles Deacon, a well-known fashion designer. They have been seen together many times. It seems that they are having a great time together.
34. Asst. Stunt Director of Game of Thrones, Buster Reeves, Makes It Easy
Buster Reeves is the one who directs all the stunt and fight scenes you see in Game of Thrones. The actors didn’t have time to learn how to sword fight. He makes it easy for the actors by making the fight scene more like a dance. He shows them every movement in different styles. Watch this video to learn more:
33. Peter Dinklage & Lena Headey Were Good Friends Before Game Of Thrones. In fact, Peter Suggested Lena To His Producers For Cersei’s Role
Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage were good friends even before Game of Thrones began. In fact Peter was the one who suggested producer Lena for Cersei Lannister. Lena was both born and raised in Bermuda. She is 100% vegetarian and even an advocate of animal rights.
32. Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) Apologized To Peter Off-screen For…
Charles Dance, who plays the role of Tywin Lannister, constantly apologizes to Peter on the sets. The reason is that he “treats him horribly” in his role.
31. Sansa (Sophie Turner) Adopted Her Direwolf, Lady, In Real Life
Sophie Turner, who plays the role of Sansa Stark, adopted her character’s direwolf. She brought Lady to her home after the wolf was killed in the series.
In a recent interview with the Coventry Telegraph, she said: “I always wanted to have a dog as a pet, but my parents never allowed me to have one, and I kind of fell in love with my character’s direwolf, Lady, on set.” So she adopted him, and renamed this Nordinuit dog “Zunni”.
30. Natalia Tena (Osha) Is The One Who Played Tonks In Harry Potter
It seems that her role as Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter was a pre-cursor for the role of Osha in Game of Thrones. She is not only a good British actress but also a musician. She plays in the band “Molotov Jukebox” as the main vocalist.
29. Behind The Scenes, Sophie Turner (Sansa) Raps With Jack Gleeson (Joffrey)
She says: “Yes, we rap a lot when we’re not filming. Of course, it’s bad rapping, but we always try. We make our own rap. Jack raps everything while I give the beats.”
28. Sean Bean (Eddard Stark) Has A Tattoo On His Left Shoulder “100% BLADE”
Sean Bean, who plays the role of Eddard Stark, has a ” 100% BLADE” tattoo on his left shoulder. He did this in honor of his beloved football team “Sheffield United”, popularly nicknamed “The Blades”.
27. Michelle Fairley Picks “Live Another Day” Rather Than Game Of Thrones Season 4. Will Catelyn Stark Be Seen In Season 5?
At the beginning of the 4th season of GOT, Michelle Fairley will be replacing Catelyn Stark with Margot, who is a recurring character in the (soon to be released) Fox mini-series “24: Live Another Day”. This 12-episode miniseries is scheduled to premiere on May 4, 2014, & Michelle will replace Judy Davis as Margot. Michelle is currently shooting in London for “24: Live Another Day”. No doubt a few fans will be sad to see Fairley in another series but GOT Season 4 is well prepared for the premiere on April 6, 2014. Sources say she may return for season 5. Only time will tell if Michelle will return in the other seasons of Game of Thrones.
26. Michelle Fairley (Playing Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones) Was Hermione’s Mother In Harry Potter
Recall the Harry Potter series for a moment.
Yes, Michelle Fairley was the mother of Hermione Granger.
25. Game Of Thrones Was Supposed To Be A Movie
The TV series Game of Thrones should be a movie. After the release of the first book, Martin was immediately approached by various producers to turn it into a movie saga, but he said no because many things would have to be cut if it was to be shot as a movie. He thought that making it into a TV series would be much better and the rest is history.
24. How Was Dothraki Language Created?
The producers of Game of Thrones realized that they had to hire a good linguistic creator for the Dothraki language. They hired David Peterson, a linguist, for their scripts. David started with Dothraki folk culture and created about 1700 words before the series even started. At present there are over 3000 words.
23. Do You Know Who Theon Greyjoy Is?
I hope you know pop singer Lily Allen. Take a look at this video to remember. Theon Greyjoy (real name: Alfie Allen) is the younger brother of Lily Allen. She also wrote an uncomfortable song about him – it is called “Alfie”.
22. Remember Filch In Harry Potter? He Is None Other Than Game Of Thrones Walder Frey.
Remember who Filch played in Harry Potter? It’s none other than Walder Frey from Game of Thrones. His real name is David Bradley.
21. Playing The Role Of Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) Is None Other Than Charles Dickens’ Great-Great-Great Grandson
If you’ve seen Game of Thrones, then you must know who Viserys Targaryen is. If you don’t, let me tell you he’s the great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. The relationship goes back to his mother Marion, who is descended from the seventh of Dickens’ ten children. Harry Lloyd lives with a large family and he’s very close to his second cousins.
20. Robb Stark Is Actually Dating Doctor Who’s Clara Oswin Oswald In Real Life
Dreams never come true. Right? Hello, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Richard Madden: What happens in the TARDIS stays in the TARDIS. It seems that Doctor Who actress Coleman & Game Of Thrones’ Richard (Robb Stark) spend most of their time together. They were even spotted in London walking hand-in-hand on a sunny day.
19. Martin Believes In Living A Simple Life
Even after the great success of Game of Thrones, Martin believes in living a very simple life. He drives an old Mazda, is very friendly to his fans, still has contact details in the Yellow Pages, eats regularly in some local restaurants, and blogs. In his childhood he had only a few house turtles, was captain of the chess team, and editor of the high school newspaper.
18. Playing The Character Of Cersei Lannister In GOT Has Not Made Headey Rich
When we talk about the popularity of Game of Thrones, it is definitely massive. Not only is it well admired around the world, but it has actually generated a good income. Nevertheless, there is something surprising to know: Lena Headey, who portrays Cersei Lannister, says that she and her son, who is 2, lived on loans during Lena’s divorce proceedings, despite her involvement in the show.
17. Game of Thrones Season 4 Spoilers – A New Character Played By Mark Gatiss As Tycho Nestoris
The Doctor Who & Sherlock writer and artist Mark Gatiss will be featured in Game of Thrones Season 4 in the new role of Tycho Nestoris. Now you might be wondering who this new character is and how long you expect him to be in GOT. Recently, Mark has given little indication of the type of role he will be playing. If you’re a fan of Mark Gatiss, unfortunately, don’t expect much from his character; he will only be seen in 1 episode.
16. Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) Is The Dad Of Frank Dillane In Real Life
Stephen Dillane, who plays the role of Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, is actually the father of Frank Dillane in real life. Frank was the one who portrayed young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter.
15. Kristian Narn, Who Plays The Role Of Hodor, Is A Well-Established DJ
14. This Is How Kristian Narn Looks When He Is Out Of Character
13. Sophie Turner (Sansa) Is A Natural Blonde
Sophie Turner, who plays the role of Sansa Stark, is blonde by nature. She dyes her hair for the show.
12. Martin Has Already Explained To Producers (Dan & David) The Way He Has Planned Rest of The Series… If He Dies Before Finishing It
We know that the production of Game of Thrones is progressing faster than we thought. In fact, it’s moving much faster than Martin could actually write. Martin is afraid that he might die before the show is over. That’s why he has planned everything about how the rest of the series is supposed to go and has even explained it to the producers (Dan and David). So the three of them know how Game of Thrones will end.
11. There Is Game of Thrones-Themed Burlesque Show Called Dames of Throne
Ruusall S. Beattie, Creative Director, presents the “Dames of Throne – Burlesque Show” in Australia. It is an independent and ongoing parody production. “It is inspired by the people and stories of Westeros. It is sure to set people’s hearts on fire,” says The Vanguard.
10. Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) Is Acrophobic
Off screen, King Joffrey has a fear of heights. He told this story during a recent conversation. Jack said: “There is this big rock called Skellig Rock on the west coast of Ireland, where monks flee from the Vikings. They had built their huts there and I went there with my family when I was young. We had to climb these rocks, which were vertical. That was the time when I realized that the height really scared me”.
9. Gavin Jones (GOT’s Prop Maker) Took 2 Months To Build The Iron Throne
Yes, it took two huge months for Gavin Jones, the prop maker of Game of Thrones, to build this gigantic iron throne. It’s eight feet high. It’s built with a wooden frame and heated swords. You can even buy a replica of this iron throne for only $30,000!
8. Nikolaj (Jaime Lannister) Loves The 10-Minutes YouTube Video Wherein Tyrion Slaps King Joffrey
You can watch this video here
7. Martin Praises Gleeson (King Joffrey) Heavily
The author Martin describes Gleeson (King Joffrey) as a friendly, kind, and charming young man. He even sent a letter to Jack Gleeson in which he wrote: “Congratulations, for your amazing achievement. Everyone hates you”.
6. Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) Says That He Might Never Act Again After Game Of Thrones Ends
Jack Gleeson portrays the figure of King Joffrey and says he has no plans to act again when Game Of Thrones comes to an end for him. It seems that he has had so much fun on the sets of GOT that he may never have as much fun again as he had on these series. And he says that he would rather do other things. Maybe some kind of social job like helping others. You won’t believe it, but he went to Haiti to help the poor. He would like to give up his acting skills when GOT comes to the end.
To a lecture at Dublin University, he said: “I started acting when I was 8 years old and I really loved it. But I think it became more of a job and less of a pastime when I was under pressure to act. That’s when it becomes less entertaining”. He even has plans to perform and write for his theatre group “Collapsing Horse Theater Company” in Dublin. See below the video of his interview and his response to the press.
5. Most Of The Cast Members Of Game Of Thrones Haven’t Read The Books
Yes, it’s true that most of the actors of Game of Thrones have not read the books. They don’t want to know about the future of their characters because they feel that this would affect the way they act.
4. Emilia Clarke Wasn’t The First Choice For Daenerys
Emilie Clarke in Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen
Tamzin Merchant was originally supposed to play Daenerys in Game of Thrones, but her departure gave Emilie Clarke the chance.
Even you know that Emilia is a well-known British actress. She made her first television appearance in the BBC series “Doctors”. After that, Game Of Thrones (GOT) was her next highlight. In GOT she plays the character of Daenerys Targaryen. Have you ever tried to find out how she got to play this character? Tamzin Merchant, who appeared in the unseen pilot episode, was supposed to play Daenerys Targaryen, but her departure on April 29, 2010, gave Emilia Clarke a big chance, and so she was confirmed to play Daenerys on May 21, 2010.
3. Robb Stark’s Bride, Talisa Maegyr Is Charlie Chaplin’s Granddaughter
If you have seen Game of Thrones, you probably know who Talisa Maegyr is. She’s Robb Stark’s new bride. Her real name is Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin in real life.
2. Maisie Williams (Arya) & Sophie Turner (Sansa) Are Best Friends In Real Life
If you’ve seen the Game of Thrones series, then you know how Arya and Sansa interact. They’re always fighting and picking on each other. They don’t get on well, but you’ll be surprised to read this: Off screen, Sophie Turner (Sansa) & Maisie Williams (Arya) are best friends. The two met during the GOT auditions, but got closer on the sets. They are like real sweet sisters who have fun all the time and even share a room in a hotel during the shooting.
Sansa & Arya On Screen
And Off Screen, they are just crazy!
1. Sibel Kekilli (Shae) Used To Be A Porn Actress!
Sibel Kekilli, who plays the role of Shae in Game of Thrones, is a German actress. She was only a guest star in the first season, but in the 2nd and 3rd season she plays an important role. If we talk about her private life now – after graduating from school she completed her training as an administrative employee in the local government. After that, she worked for 2 years in the municipal waste disposal office. Finally, in 2002, she worked in various professions such as a salesperson, nightclub manager, promoter, and cleaner.
A director noticed her in the Cologne shopping centre. After that she appeared in movies and became popular. Soon people found out that she was a porn actress before and used the stage name “Dilara”. After this public scandal, her parents broke off all relations with her. They don’t even contact her anymore.