Currently one of the most popular and most watched series on television, Game of Thrones has managed to capture hearts (and ratings) all over the world. Game of Thrones is a show based on a series of books by writer George R. R Martin, the main plot device of which is a fight over proper succession to the Iron Throne between two powerful and extremely strong families. The following are some lesser known yet extremely intriguing facts regarding the infamous HBO television series:
Most viewers pronounce Daenerys Targaryen’s title wrong. Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons and arguably the most important character in the show, is often referred to in the show as “Khaleesi”, a title that if followed by the nothing but respect and honor. Most of the people who watch Game of Thrones pronounce the mother of dragons’ title as “Ka-LEE-see” or “KHA-LEE-see”. However, according to David J. Peterson, the guy who created all of the languages used in the show, both of these pronunciations are completely wrong, and the fact that most viewers pronounce the title this way bugs the creator of the word quite a lot. As stated by Peterson, the right pronunciation of the title is “KHAH-LAY-see”, with a distinct emphasis on the first syllable of the word.
Game of Thrones is quite possibly Jack Gleeson’s last acting stint. Jack Gleeson, who started acting at the age of eight and currently plays the role of King Joffrey on the show, has stated on many occasions that he is thinking of giving up on acting once Game of Thrones has been wrapped up as, according to the actor, the art is not as enjoyable for him as it used to be. Jack Gleeson, who played everyone’s least favorite ruler, King Joffrey, also appeared in Batman Begins as a kid. After the first episode of the show aired Jack Gleeson received a letter from George R.R. Martin that read,“Congratulations, everyone hates you!”
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The Wall is based on Hadrian’s Wall of Roman Britain. George R. R. Martin visited the wall in the early 1980s and was so inspired by the marvel that he decided to base the Wall, a seven hundred foot high structure that protects the Seven Kingdoms on the show, on it. The Wall is not only extremely large and almost impossible to scale but is also made of solid ice.
Viserys Targaryen is Charles Dickens’ great-great-great-grandson. Harry Lloyd, the actor who plays Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, is, in reality, a blood relation of the late great Charles Dickens. Oona Chaplin, who plays Rob Stark’s late wife, is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.
George R. R. Martin is of the belief that for fantasy to be interesting, it must have truth: “Fiction has to have truth at the core of it” is what George R. R Martin likes to say. The creator of the unfinished seven-part book series that Game of Thrones is based on believes that for fiction to be worth reading (or viewing, for that matter), it must have at least some truth to it. This is the reason why George R. R Martin has based many of the components of the Game of Thrones universe on real life phenomenon and has even based the entire plot of the series on the War of the Roses that took place in the 1400s.
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Actress Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark in Games of Thrones adopted the dog that plays Sansa’s dire wolf, Lady and named it Zunni
The Dothraki language is an entirely fictional language created for the show. George R.R. Martin didn’t actually write any of the Dothraki language but HBO hired a company that specializes in creating imaginary languages. Linguist, David Peterson is the man behind Dothraki language. He came up with more than 2,000 words for the Dothraki language and says there are more words for “kill” than for “love.” The Dothraki language is comprised of more than 3000 words.
According to the Social Security Administration, in 2012, more than 160 girls were named Khalessi. Even though it’s a title and not a name. Arya was also one of the most popular names for baby girls in 2012.
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George R.R. Martin had a standing bet with friend Patrick St. Denis that if the Dallas Cowboys ever had a better season than the New York Giants, then he would kill him horribly in books. So when George R.R. Martin lost, he added a character to A Dance with Dragons and name it Sir Patrek of King’s Mountains. The character’s heraldry lwas like the Dallas Cowboys’ logo and was him brutally ripped apart by the giants. George R.R. Martin has revealed to the producers all the major plot lines and the main ending of the story, as he is worried about the status of the show in case he dies in between.
Death of the Avengers character Wonder Man had inspired George R.R Martin a lot. Once in an interview he said that he liked Wonder Man. As he dies in his first story , a brand new character introduced and dies. It was very heart wrenching. He was a tragic, doomed character and Martin thinks he responds to tragic doomed character ever since.
There are three Game of Thrones porn parodies Games of Bones, Sex of Thrones and This Ain’t Game of Thrones XXX. The show has even hired female porn stars for supporting roles often as prostitutes. The actress who plays Tyrion’s mistress Shae began her career as a porn actress.
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In Game of Thrones season one, one of the many heads on a spike decorating King’s Landing belonged to ex-president George Bush and his severed head appears in a couple of scenes in the first season of the show.(video)
Peter Dinklage is vegetarian and the “meat” he eats on the show isn’t real. The “horse heart” Daenerys ate for Khol Drogo on the show was actually a three-pound mass of a gummy bear–like substance.
In the first season of Game of Thrones, Northern Inuit dogs played the dire wolves and in the later seasons of Game of Thrones, the dire wolves are real wolves that have been digitally inserted.
To make an episode of Game of Thrones is cost HBO whooping $6 million. An episode of Game of thrones costs almost three times more to make as compared to The Big Bang Theory. Even some episodes of Game of Thrones have costed more than 6 million. Season 2 Blackwater has price tag of $8 million over it.
Game of Thrones is filmed on three continents and in six countries. For filming producers have travelled to the United States, Croatia, Morocco, Malta, Iceland and Northern Ireland. There is a rumor that Spain is added to the list for Season 5.
Game of Thrones brought a fortune of more than $100 million to the economy of Northern Ireland. Not only Northern Ireland which is home base of Game of thrones but the ancient Moroccan city of Ouarzazate have had a 100% increase in bookings.
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In 2013, finale season of Game of Thrones was downloaded 5.9 million times via Bit Torrent which is way more than Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead which were downloaded 4.2 and 3.6 million times respectively.