FASCINATING FACTS: 24 Interesting Facts About ‘Game Of Thrones’
Game of Thrones is one of the TV shows that is hard, if not impossible, to ignore. The sheer magnitude of the fictional world, the characters and the plot lines are enough to make anyone forget that real world exists. It is immersive, seductive and addictive, and there is no escaping it. To satisfy your appetite for this rich world of fantasy further we’ve listed down some interesting facts about Game of Thrones gathered from IMDB and various other sources. (Might contain spoilers!)
1. Both Rose Leslie and Kit Harington are descendants of King Charles II.
Among all the cast of Game of Thrones, only Rose Leslie, who plays a wildling and not part of the knee-bending civilization, lived and grew up in an actual castle. She is also a descendant of Clan Fraser through her mother and belongs to Clan Leslie.
2. Hafþór Björnsson (the Mountain) was a baseball player weighing 230 pounds in 2008. Now he is 396 pounds and champion of many Strongest Man contests.
He took a break from basketball after having knee injuries and instead took on weight lifting. He can pull airplanes and 15 tons weighing trucks, runs with cars on his shoulders and even has a 1,000-year-old Viking record.(source)
3. Harry Lloyd who played Viserys Targaryen is Charles Dickens’ great great great grandson.
4. Iwan Rheon based his character Ramsay Bolton on Heath Ledger’s Joker, Dennis the Menace and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher.
The thing common among the three is that they are all unbearable in some way or another. The relevance can perhaps be easily found with Heath Ledger’s Joker. The delight Ramsay finds in torturing people for sport and the lack of empathy for others suffering are reminiscent of Joker in some form. The difference probably is that Joker is more nihilistic while Ramsay is sadistic.(source)
5. Tommen Baratheon is the seventh king to die in the show. A king per season has been killed since the beginning of the show, except in season 6 it was two.
The first king to die was Robert Baratheon who died after a hunting accident in season 1. The second was Renly Baratheon who died after a shadow sent by Melisandre stabs him in season 2. The third king Robb Stark dies at the Red Wedding in season 3. The fourth to die was Jeoffrey Baratheon at his own wedding from poison in season 4. The fifth king was Stannis Baratheon executed by Brienne of Tarth for killing Renly Baratheon in season 5. The sixth king was Balon Greyjoy thrown off a bridge by his younger brother Euron in season 6.(1, 2)
6. One of the swords in the Iron Throne is a replica of Glamdring, Gandalf’s sword from Lord of the Rings movies.
7. The faces of the show’s creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss were two of the faces Arya sees when she enters Hall of Faces.
The easter eggs were designed by prosthetics supervisor Barry Gowen. One of the faces Arya touches at one instance in the scene was his mother. For the set they have created as many as 600 faces of different sizes, shapes, colors and ethnicities.(source)
8. Peter Vaughan, who plays the blind Maester Aemon, is partially blind.
The 93-year-old actor acted in many roles including Winston Churchill, the German Nazi figure Alexander Izvolsky and Hermann Goring. His character, in Game of Thrones, Maester Aemon gives up his claim to the Iron Throne after his father dies in a battle. Instead he joins the Night’s Watch pursuing knowledge and wisdom as a maester.(source)
9. According to G. R. R. Martin the north of the Wall is as large as Canada.
Beyond the Wall is a large area of land which was part of Westeros. The building of the wall essentially segregated it from the rest of Westeros because of its supposed uninhabitable conditions. The wildlings, or free-folk as they themselves refer to, live a very nomadic life because of the cold and the dangers associated with it. The danger of White Walkers were entirely forgotten by the rest of Westeros, thinking them a myth and changing the Wall’s objective to preventing wildlings from entering the south side.(source)
10. Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean were the first choices of the show writers for the roles of Tyrion Lannister and Ned Stark.
For the rest of the characters there was an extensive amount of auditioning. Some of the actors were recast after the pilot was filmed. Michelle Fairley replaced Jennifer Ehle for Catelyn Stark and Emilia Clarke replaced Tamzin Merchant for Daenerys Targaryen. The writers also had to conduct auditions for subsequent seasons as there were always new characters.(source)
11. Dire wolves actually existed during Ice Age. They were bigger than present day grey wolves and had very large teeth.
According to the fossils found in the natural asphalt pits in Hancock, Los Angeles, they have existed and became extinct about 16, 000 years ago. The fossils are known to be found in great numbers in North American regions, especially California and Florida.(source)
12. The series was filmed in Titanic Quarter, Ireland, where RMS Titanic was also built.
It is also home for many film studios, apartments, educational institutions, entertainment, and, of course, Titanic-themed attractions. It was in one of the studios known as Titanic Studios or Paint Hall Studios that the Game of Thrones shoot was done.(source)
19. G. R. R. Martin agreed to the TV series adaptation of his books because Benioff and Weiss answered correctly when he asked “who is Jon Snow’s mother”.
After his agent’s phone conversation with Benioff in January 2006, Martin sent him the first four books for reading. Benioff loved the book so much that he finished the first thousand-paged book in 36 hours. Along with Weiss, Benioff successfully managed to convince Martin in a course of five hour meeting and then pitched HBO to start the series.(source)
20. A typical Game of Thrones episode requires around 700 costumes and the show’s costume department has over 100 people who work on them.
After designing the costumes, around ten members of the department are tasked with aging and wearing down the costumes to make them look authentic. This process is especially necessary for the commoner’s clothes which are ragged, torn, muddy, stained and soaked in sweat. With the costumes of rich and nobility it wasn’t a problem as they wore fresh new clothes.(source)
21. Maisie Williams wore 16 mm hand painted contact lenses for her blind scenes in season 6. For fight scenes she wore pin pricked lenses so that she wouldn’t accidentally hurt someone.
Her character Arya is offered a cup of liquid by Jaqen H’ghar which blinds her as punishment for killing a man. The contact lenses gave Maisie trouble because she had naturally dry eyes. However, even with the pin pricks she sometimes ended up hitting her co-star, Faye Marsay, who plays the girl bent on turning Arya into “no one”.(source)
22. No one was allowed to use the name Jon Snow during the entire filming of season 6 to keep his resurrection secret. Instead they referred to him as “LC” meaning “Lord Commander”.
Season 5 sees Jon Snow backstabbed by some members of the Night’s Watch. He gets stabbed to death and we see him die. After the season Kit Harington was told to lie to anyone who asked him about Jon’s fate. Sophie Turner, thinking that was the end of his character, wrote a very long letter to him about how much she loved working with him.(source)
23. In the scene where Jon Snow arrives at Hardhome on a boat the script said “he loos like George Washington crossing the Delaware…but with much better hair”.
According to an interview Kit Harington gave to Nylon, there were many other such funny things written in the script describing how the scene should look. Referring to the White Walkers, the script said, “These undead are running, god damnit, they’re not fucking zombies.”(source)
24. Ramsay Bolton was voted the “worst character on television” on The Atlantic, beating even Joffrey Baratheon.
When Joffrey became the king, everyone waited for the day he would die or things would at least change. His death was one of the most satisfying scenes for many fans of Game of Thrones to be only beaten by Ramsay’s in season 6.(source)