10 Games of Thrones Facts are Coming
Games of Thrones is arguably one of the best shows on TV – or on the internet if you’re one of those thieving little pirates! You probably think you’re a massive fan, right? Well, we bet you didn’t know these 10 interesting facts about the HBO show.
Contains spoilers for the first four seasons!
1. The Original Pilot
Games of Thrones’ pilot featured a different pilot and cast, with Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen and Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark. However, it was so bad that the producers decided to reshoot it with 5 different cast members. Phew!
2. Lord of the Rings
The show’s iconic iron throne not only took Gavin Jones, the prop maker, two weeks to construct, but it features Lord of the Gandalf’s Glamdring sword from Lord of the Rings.
3. George W. Bush
Take your mind back to the scene where Joffrey forces Sansa to look at her father’s severed head. Well, there might be another head in that scene that you recognise, as George W. Bush’s head was also sat on a spike.
The creators of the show were forced to issue an official apology once the public found out, and HBO denied any involvement in the prop.
We all loved to hate Joffrey, and there’s bound to be a huge black hole in our hearts now that his character has deservedly popped his clogs. But did you know the actor who plays him, Jack Gleeson, has decided to quit acting at the ripe-old age of 21?
Apparently, the demand of stardom is just too much for the young actor, and he therefore plans to focus more time on his humanitarian projects.
Bonus fact: Jack Gleeson also played the little boy in Batman Begins.
5. The First Opening Gay GoT Character
Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, is the first openly gay Games of Thrones actor, as he came out earlier this year. Here is another fact about Bran Stark’s escort, he’s also a DJ.
6. One Single Episode
An average episode of Game of Thrones cost a whopping $6 millon to make, and it is therefore one of the most expensive shows on the box. That’s one million less than the entire final season of Friends! However, Season 2’s “Blackwater” episode cost $8 million.
We’re not surprised it is so expensive, as the show films in six different countries: United States, Morocco, Malta, Iceland and Northern Ireland.
7. Tom Riddle
Stephen Dillane, who plays Stannis Baratheon isn’t the only member of his family to star in a fantastical tale, as his son played Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter series.
Tyrion’s mistress, Shae, played by Sibel Kekilli, started off her career as a porn actress, under the name “Dilara”. Is it just us or does that sound like the name of a future GoT character?
9. The Mountain
Many people have questioned whether The Mountain could crush The Viper’s head just by putting pressure on his eyeballs. Well, apparently it is doable, because if someone exerted 250 pounds of force onto a human skull then it could force it to implode.
10. George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin has revealed the ending of his book series to the show’s producers David Benioff and D.B Weiss, just in the off-chance he doesn’t live to finish the books.
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