A mixture of sex, blood and dragons – Game of Thrones fans will wait until this summer for the return of this unique show. Until then, we present you 20 facts about this real worldwide phenomenon. Valar morghulis.
There is an unaired pilot
Show’s creator David Benioff told to Variety there was a first pilot which was archived and reshot. This version was directed by Tom McCarthy, writer and director of Spotlight, and, according to Benioff “everything was wrong”. He pointed out that the biggest problem was the fact that no one of his and Weiss’ friends realized that Cersei and Jaime were sister and brother- this is an important plot in the story, and this was not even noted!
Other actors played parts of Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark
In the previously mentioned pilot episode, Tamzin Merchant played Daenerys Targaryen and Jennifer Ehle portrayed Catelyn Stark. These actors were later replaced with Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley, respectively. The author of the books on which the show is based, George R.R. Martin had a cameo in the first pilot- a guest at the wedding of Daenerys and Khal Drogo.
Peter Dinklage was fooled that the show had been canceled
Benioff called Peter Dinklage after acceptance of pilot and told him that otherwise. Six hours later, he told him that the pilot was picked up.
Characters which are dead on the show are alive in the books
There are several characters which are dead on the show, but alive in Martin’s books. Let us mention some of them: Mance Rayder, Shireen and Stannis Baratheon, Myrcella Baratheon, Barristan Selmy, Night’s Watchmen Pyp and Grenn…
Game of thrones characters are inspiration for children names
Social Security Administration of the United States told that “Khaleesi” climbed from 1021th most popular baby girl name in 2013 to 755th place in 2014. Tyrion, Sansa, Brienne, Khaleesi, Arya, Bran, Sandor and Theon became more popular in England after the show rise.
Four different characters were portrayed by one actor
Ian Whyte, British actor and stunt performer, had as much as four roles in this series. He played a White Walker in seasons one and two; he was one of three total actors to play the role of Gregor Clegane in season two; in the following season, he was the unnamed giant; and finally, he portrayed Wun Wun, the Wilding giant, in season five.
Four years in a row- this is the most illegally downloaded show
Game of Thrones holds the throne of the most pirated show for 2012-2015. The second most pirated show, The Walking Dead, did not reach the half of the illegal downloads in the year 2015, according to TorrentFreak.
Jon Snow was almost played by Ramsey Snow
The character of Ramsey Snow, sadistic bastard son of Roose Bolton was played by Iwan Rheon. Interestingly, Rheon was the second choice for the part of Jon Snow- eventually, Kit Harington played this role.
You can speak Dothraki
Linguist David J. Peterson worked with HBO creating a Dothraki language for the show. Living Language released a conversational course of Dothraki in 2014, allowing you to speak like Khal Drogo himself.
Sansa’s direwolf was adopted by actress in real life
The Northern Inuit dog named Zunni plays Lady, direwolf of Sansa Stark in the first season of the show. Actress Sophie Turner, playing the role of Sansa, explained to Coventry Telegraph that she always wanted a dog while growing up, although her parents never allowed her pets. She added that she fell in love with Lady, and after the death of the character, Sophie and her mom convinced everyone that they should adopt the dog.