Game of Thrones is a true phenomenon. The show has re-purposed one of the most complex, fascinating fantasy universes ever written and successfully condensed into TV that millions have come to love. It’s also become one of the most expensive TV franchises in the world, now spanning 60 episodes, with another 13 planned over seasons 7 and 8. As such, here are some juicy facts about Game of Thrones that very few would know.

1. Jon Snow could have looked like Ramsay Bolton

According to Iwan Rheon it was down to him and Kit Harington to play Ned Stark’s bastard son. “It could’ve been so different. I’d be dead now,” Iwan said. “I think they made the right choice; it would’ve been a very different Jon Snow if I played him.”

2. Jon’s butt double

Jon Snow and Ygritte had one of the sexiest cave sex scenes in the series “Kissed by Fire” (season three, episode five) where Jon has to reveal his butt in a shot. But Kit revealed in nearly one year after the episode aired that it wasn’t him! Weeks before the shoot, he broke his ankle due to “young male stupidity, really” and a crew member with long black curls stepped in as Kit’s butt double.

3. The horse heart Khaleesi ate was made of a ‘gummy bear’ like substance

In Season 1 in a sequence Emilia Clarke had to eat a horse heart which obviously was fake! It was made out of a gummy-bear like jam concoction that tasted so awful she didn’t really have to act.

“It tasted like bleach and raw pasta,” she told The Mirror. “I ate roughly 28 hearts throughout the days we filmed that scene. Fortunately, they gave me a spit bucket because I was vomiting in it quite often.”

4. The original (cancelled) pilot of the show featured George R R Martin in a cameo at Drogo and Daenerys’ wedding. 

The pilot had different actors — Jennifer Ehle and Tamzin Merchant playing Catelyn Stark and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively who were recast due to many issues.

5. The actor who plays Hot Pie in the series has a bakery in real life

Ben Hawkey, whose beloved character Hot Pie looks cooking in the ancient realm on the show surprisingly loves it in real life too! He has opened a GoT themed bakery called You Know Nothing John Dough.  (There can be no better name, am I right!) and has teamed up with London-based delivery service Deliveroo, selling Direwolf loaves made from whole wheat cornbread and orange zest, among other treats.

6. The most viewed episode (to date) is the season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf”

The super-sized 80-minute episode broke HBO’s ratings records and was watched live by 12.1 million viewers – a whooping 36% rise compared to season 6 finale (The Winds of Winter).

Approximately 8.9 million viewers tuned in to watch Cersei’s merciless killing of her enemies while Arya slit Walder Frey’s throat in June 2016.  The third most-viewed is “Mother’s Mercy,” the season five finale, with 8.11 million viewers.

7. To date, George R. R. Martin has written four episodes of Game of Thrones.

These include

  • “The Pointy End” (season one)
  • “Blackwater” (season two)
  • “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (season three) and
  • “The Lion and the Rose” (season four).

However it seems like the author will not be writing for the show anytime soon,“I’ve decided not to script an episode for season six of Game of Thrones. Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels. And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. I probably won’t be writing episodes of ANY television shows until WINDS OF WINTER is done and delivered, and that goes for the five GAME OF THRONES successor shows as well.”

8. Since the airing of the show, more than 150 babies have been named “Khaleesi”with the name ‘Arya’ also rising in popularity!

9.  The two non-English languages on Game of Thrones— Dothraki and High Valyrian — were created specially for the show by a California linguistics scholar named David Peterson.

10. You know you’ve made it big when there’s a porn parody made on you!

There is a Game of Thrones porn parody called (funnily enough!) “Game of Bones.” This homage to the series consists of the scary Dead Walkers, our hero John Doe and the evil Queen Sexcei!

11.  Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey were friends before the show began, and Dinklage even helped get Headey the part of Cersei.

12. George R.R. Martin revealed the ending of the book series to the television show’s producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff in case he dies befoere completing his books! 

Well, he is 68 years old..!

13.  The actor who plays Maester Aemon of the Night’s Watch is legally blind in real life, much like the character he portrays in the  show.

14. You’ve probably seen Catelyn Stark before!

Catelyn Stark, played by Michelle Fairley has also featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as Hermione’s mother.

15. Peter Dinklage was George R.R. Martin’s first choice for Tyrion and he admits that Tyrion is one of his favourite characters.

16. Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow, the King of the North, is dating his reel first-love Ygritte played by Rose Leslie in real life.

17. The first season of “Game of Thrones” cost between $50 million and $60 million,  about $5 million per episode on average. 

18. When Daenerys married Khal Drogo, Illyrio Mopatis gave her  three ancient dragon eggs that would hatch into the actual actual dragons we know today. The prop eggs, however, were given in real life to George RR Martin by the prop maker who constructed them.

19. The battle scenes in “GoT”  have been inspired by several actual battles in history.

The strategy used by the Bolton forces in “Battle of the Bastards,” for example, was inspired by that used by the Carthaginian general Hannibal against Rome during the Second Punic War.

20. The face Lyanna Mormont made towards Ramsay during the “Battle of the Bastards” has become a viral meme in Twitter.

According to director Miguel Sapochnik, the scene was shot approximately 60 times, and actress Bella Ramsey gave the “Lyanna Face” in every single one.

21. For Ramsay Bolton’s long-awaited death scene, VFX group Image Engine originally planned to use CGI to show Ramsay’s jaw getting ripped off by his own hunting hounds.

But when they finished it, they decided that the sight was too gruesome even for “Game of Thrones” and scrapped it. Ramsay deserved it, we say.

22. The most expensive death scene on the show so far was when Arya killed Ser Meryn Trant in a Braavosi brothel in Season 5.

Surprisingly Oberon’s scull smashing is not the most expensive. Arya in the scene, gouged out his eyes — something they couldn’t really act out so it required a lot of CGI to bring to screen.

23. You can take a “Game of Thrones” class at Harvard.

The class digs into the real Medieval history that George R.R. Martin and the show’s creators draw on for inspiration for various events, elements and people along the way.

24.  Northern Ireland says ‘Game of Thrones’ has brought more than $100 million to their economy.

The Northern Irish home base of Game of Thrones isn’t the only location to benefit from the massive production. The ancient Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is said to have had a 100% increase in bookings after becoming the fictitious location  of Yunkai and Pentos.

25. GOT has the distinction of being the most pirated show on television.

BitTorrent says the 2013 season finale of Game of Thrones was downloaded via their site 5.9 million times.

26.  In 2015, GoT set the record of winning most Emmys in a single year with 12 wins out of 24 nominations.

27.  GoT (no surprise) has the record of being one of the bloodiest shows ever. 

With a mind-blowing 133 named characters killed in just the first 4 seasons, including several main characters, it has maintained an average of 4.5 deaths per episode till now. The Red Wedding, being the most brutal among all with 7 named characters killed mercilessly. Valar Morghulis indeed.

28. Keeping in mind the intricate story lines, it is quite surprising to know that GoT has employed only 7 writers till now.

To put things in perspective, The Walking Dead has 20 writers!

30. Pay attention to the opening credits.

If you usually skip the intro part, then you must have missed the point here. Opening credits change from episode to episode to  show us where the episode will take place.

31.  British actor (& really tall person) Ian Whyte has played a grand total of four roles on Game of Thrones.

In seasons one and two he was a White Walker; also in season two, he played Gregor Clegane; season three saw him as an unnamed giant; in season five he played the Wildling giant Wun Wun.

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/style/actor-played-giant-game-thrones-202846354.html

32. Redditor selvag has designed a Google Maps style guide to Kingdoms of Westeros, from Castle Black to the Kings Landing.

33.George R.R. Martin still writes on a DOS Machine he began using in 1977.

34. Neil Tiger Free and Dean Charles Chapman are said(Mrycella and Tommen) to be dating in real life.

35. Due to her age, Bella Ramsey who plays Lady Lyanna Mormont was not allowed to watch earlier  season of Game of Thrones when she was cast in season 6.

The production team sent a few clips to her to watch to get to know her history.

36. Due to her age,Bella Ramsey wasn`t allowed to watch prior season of Game of Thrones when she was cast in season 6.Instead the production team sent a few selected clips to her to watch.

37. GRRM was  inspired by the death of the Avengers character Wonder Man.

He said in an interview, “I liked Wonder Man! You know why? Wonder Man dies in [his first] story. He’s a brand-new character, he’s introduced, and he dies. It was very heart wrenching. He was a tragic, doomed character. I guess I’ve responded to tragic doomed characters ever since.”

Now you know why Ned Stark had to die!

38. The show  venture beyond the books in Season 6 and HBO didn’t making previews available to critics to avert spoilers.

39. Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) are the only two cast members who didn’t have audition for their roles.

40. Game of Thrones has turned into a magnet for musician cameos.

Ed Sheeran has appeared in season 7 already (singing a song to Arya), and Bastille are coming soon. The show has also featured appearances from Sigur Ros, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Mastadon, Will Champion from Coldplay, and Of Monsters And Men.

41. Hated Joffrey? You don’t have to watch him on screen anymore.

Jack Gleeson – who plays Joffrey  retired from acting after his character’s death in season 4. Gleeson has been acting since the age of 8, and decided has decided to go into academia instead.  His portrayal of Joffrey was so convincingly that it will be tough to top such a well-known role.

42. Since the drama premiered in 2011, it’s racked up 38 wins and an astonishing 106 nomination.

43. In Game of Thrones  The War of Five Kings between Stannis Baratheon, Renley Baratheon, Jofrey Baratheon , Robb Stark and Baelon Greyjoy is inspired by History.

In 15th century England rivaling houses fought for the throne in series of wars called ‘the War of the Roses’.

44. Emilia Clarke  was  supposed to wear violet contact lenses as Daenerys Targaryen has violet eyes in the books.

However, this idea was scrapped as they were making Emilia uncomfortable and preventing her from acting to her full potential.

45. Some of the characters that the show has killed off during its many seasons are still alive in the George RR Martin’s books.

This includes everyone killed in the Sept of Baelor by wildfire, Stannis Baratheon, Shireen Baratheon in the show even Ramsay Bolton!

46.  Many of the Game of Thrones stars had interesting auditioning situations but Jason Momoa, who plays Khal Drogo, had one of the best auditions by far!

He perfomed the Maori haka without his shirt on because he had ripped it of earlier. You can see why he was chosen:

47. Game of Thrones is truly global television show and only has two American  actors: Jason Momoa, who plays Khal Drogo, and Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion.

 

48. One of Game Of Throne’s most important and impressive structures is the wall but it is only 17 feet in real life.

It defends the people of Westeros from what lies beyond the North. In the show it’s said to be around 700 feet tall but in reality the wall is mostly CGI.

49. There have only been two episodes of the Game of Thrones series that don’t have any death in them.

Lord Snow (2011) and The Bear and the Maiden Fair (2013).

50. Before the show started filming actors Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) were in relationship that ended badly.

Because of that the duo were always separated in the filming set and will barely appear in scenes together.