40 Insane Facts That All Die-Hard ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Ought To Know

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television shows of all time. The HBO smash hit is based on a series of much-beloved fantasy books written by author George R.R. Martin.

While fans of the books and show alike are passionate in their devotion to this fantastical drama, they are maybe even more passionate about one other thing: trivia about the show, the books, and the man responsible for their invention.

Are you new to the phenomenon or do you already consider yourself to be a Game of Thrones expert? In either case, we bet this list of 40 facts about the show will give you at least one new piece of trivia to share with your friends.

1. In 2015, Game of Thrones won a total of 12 awards. This was, at the time, the most awarded single season of any TV show ever… Until 2016 came around and the show took home a record-breaking 38 awards, making it the most awarded show of all time. 

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2. Author George R.R. Martin had a very negative experience writing for a TV show before writing the Song of Fire and Ice books. He wrote them thinking that they would be impossible to turn into a TV series. He couldn’t have been more incorrect, and he’s got to be thrilled about that. 


3. The show’s executive producers promised that it would contain no dreams or flashbacks. This promise didn’t last very long, as the character Bran dreams about a three-eyed raven as early as season one. 


4. The beautiful silver hair worn by character Daenerys Targaryen is achieved using wigs and makeup. The actress who plays the role (Emilia Clarke) is a natural brunette, and the show’s producers wanted to be sure they did not damage Clarke’s natural hair. 


5. The primary war in the show is known as The War of Five Kings. Those kings are Stannis Baratheon, Renley Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark and Baelon Greyjoy. This was inspired by real events. In the 15th century, two rivaling families in England fought for the throne in a series of wars called the War of the Roses.


6. Many names from the books were changed on the TV show to avoid confusion. Yara Greyjoy is named Asha in the books and Lysa Arryn’s child Robin has the name Robert. Their names were changed because Asha sounded too much like Osha while Robert could have been mistaken for Robert Baratheon.


7. When George R.R. Martin started writing these books he was greatly inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Martin, in turn, has now inspired a new generation of fantasy writers. 


8. Actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster was nearly 13 years older than Jojen Reed, the character he was cast play in the series when it first went into production.


9. During the first six seasons of the show, 45 main characters have died. There have only been two episodes of the Game of Thrones series where no one died.


10. In the books and the TV show, Valaryian steel is a highly prized metal. To own a sword made of the stuff means that it is as strong and powerful as it is light to carry. While this type of steel is fictional, Martin based it off of Damascus steel, which shares some of those properties. 


11. Fans of the show have really come to love the dragons that are featured. How did the production team make them look so appealing? They modeled them after cats, bats, and even geese! Who knew that would be such a compelling combination?


12. Emilia Clarke, the actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen, was supposed to wear purple contact lenses to accurately portray her character’s violet colored eyes. Ultimately, they proved to be too uncomfortable and production decided to let her go without them. 


13. The show has killed off many characters who, in fact, are still alive and well (relatively speaking) in the books themselves. These characters include Stannis Baratheon, Shireen Florent (Baratheon in the show), and Ramsay Bolton.


14. Actress Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark had such a way with the Northern Inuit dog named Zunni who played her Dire wolf, Lady, that when Lady was killed off, Turner adopted her. 


15. Producers hired linguist David L. Peterson to create a Dothraki language for the show. While only a handful of Dothraki words appear in Martin’s books, Peterson has written a full-language with thousands of words. There is even a dictionary available. 


16. Game of Thrones is very expensive to make. A huge part of that expense comes from shooting in isolated areas that are hard to travel to. The show has filmed in Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, and America.


17. At one point during the show, Emilia Clarke had to eat a fake, giant horse’s heart covered in fake blood. She went to take a break and didn’t come back. Apparently, she had become stuck to the toilet with fake blood. All in a day’s work! 


18. Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, shares that very often fans will approach her asking that she include their name in her infamous list of name of those she plans to kill. Fans can be a little intense, no?


19. You might notice that two of the show’s biggest stars, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn), will never appear on screen at the same time. That is because they dated and had a nasty breakup prior to being cast on the show. They avoid each other at all costs. 


20. While the TV series Game of Thrones only began to air in 2011, the books have been around for a lot longer than that. In fact, the show began airing on the 15th anniversary of the first book.


21. While fans of the books still love the TV series, it has not remained faithful to the source. The first two seasons go with the first two books A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. The third season covers the first half of the third book A Storm of Swords, but from there on out, the show picks and chooses what goes where. 


22. While he has not approved of every single liberty the show has taken with his words, George R.R. Martin does say that the show improves some characters from the books. In particular, he loves the work of Sibel Kekilli as Shae.


23. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Jason Momoa as her husband Khal Drogo shared some raw and upsetting sex scenes on the show. Both Clarke and Momoa have been vocal about how essential it was to communicate with each other and check in with each other, before, during and after each scene.


24. George R.R. Martin is 68 years old, and known to be a writer who takes his time. In the event that he passes before finishing up the series, he has told the ending he plans for Game of Thrones to producers so that they can continue telling the story on his behalf.


25. Game of Thrones, in addition to being very popular, is also the most popular show… to download illegally! More than15 million people have illegally downloaded the show to date. The second most popular show to illegally download? The Walking Dead with 7 million hits.


26. The House of Lannister is often associated with the motto “A Lannister always pays his debts.” However, the actual motto of the house is “Hear me roar.”


27. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Richard Madden (Rob Stark) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) all appeared shirtless in the premiere of the show looking more muscular than usual. All three actors later admitted to doing push-ups and lifting weights prior to the scene just to seem even more in shape. 


28. Game of Thrones has one of the highest budgets of any TV show ever. It costs about $10 million just to make one episode! Still, you have to admit that every penny is well-spent.


29. George R.R. Martin has said that one fan theory on the internet about the show is correct. The most popular theory “R+L = J” postulates that Jon Snow’s real parents are Lyana Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. This would make Jon a powerful contender for the throne. 


30. In the books, King Renly Baratheon’s guards are known as “rainbow guards,” a quiet nod to Renly’s homosexuality. This was changed in the series since there was nothing quiet about Renly’s sexual orientation as portrayed on the show. 


31. Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, was approached by a stranger in a bar who said he looked just like Jon Snow. When Harrington explained his identity the stranger did not believe him, saying he was too short! 


32. Kit Harrington once broke his leg trying to scale his apartment wall and get inside his apartment. He was locked out. The crew was forced to shoot around the injury, often hiring stand-ins to wear Jon Snow wigs for scenes shot at a distance. 


33. There are a few characters in the show who are all rolled up to create one more major character on the show. One of the most notable composite characters is the prostitute Ros who is based on the prostitutes Alayaya, Chataya, and Kyra who also appear in the books.


34. All of the women featured on the show typically wear some sort of jewelry that represents their house’s sigil. For Cersei, this is a massive lion-headed collar. 


35. The map shown during the opening credits of every episode of Game of Thrones feature the places that will be important in any given episode. So, don’t skip the credits!


36. Jason Momoa knew that he needed to make it clear to show during auditions just how passionate he was about the role of Khal Drogo. So, what did he do? He ripped off his own shirt and did a violent haka dance for the casting director.


37. The primary faith in Westeros is the Faith of The Seven. You might be surprised to learn that this fictional religion is actually based on Catholicism. Go figure! 


38. Emilia Clarke refused to do any nude scenes after season one had wrapped shooting. However, she changed her mind during season two once she read the script. What did it? “It was just a wonderful, strong moment I wanted to own, a real empowering, girl-power wow scene. I was so thrilled with it. It’s not a sexy scene, she’s not naked for no reason, it’s not gratuitous. She’s naked because she’s just destroyed her enemies in this almighty blaze after they underestimated her — how could I say no?”


39. Game of Thrones features a hugely international cast. There are only two American actors, and the rest of the cast speaks in their natural accents. These little touches really enrich the world of Game of Thrones.


40. The wall is a tremendously important location and set piece for the show. While the wall is known to be 700 feet tall, the real wall is only 17 feet tall! CGI is usually used to help make it appear taller.


These beloved books and the TV show that was inspired by them are both exceptionally epic! It goes to follow that the trivia surrounding them would be just as mind-blowing.

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