Game Of Thrones, does this show even needs an introduction. Even if you haven’t watched the show, you must have heard about it like only a million times. Game of Thrones is undoubtedly one of the most popular shows in the history of television. And like all good things this show is also coming to an end. HBO has already dropped the trailer of its 8th season which is the going to be the last season of the show. The American fantasy drama series, created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss based on George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, is going to premiere its last season this April. And while all of us impatiently wait for the longest winter, here are top ten facts about Game Of Thrones.
- THE UNAIRED PILOT
There was another pilot, the first pilot was so bad that the creators decided to take it down and make another one. Directed by Tom McCarthy, the pilot had major plot points missing, like the relationship between Cersei and Jaime Lannister. And the role of Catelyn Stark and Daenerys Targaryen were played by other actors, Jennifer Ehle and Tamzin Merchant respectively. George R.R. Martin even had a cameo in this pilot.
2. MOST APPEARED ACTOR
None of the actors of the show, Game Of Thrones has appeared in all the episodes. But among all of them, Tyrion Lannister played by Peter Dinklage has appeared in most episodes. Even in the books, Tyrion is the most interacted character than any other characters. That’s why according to many fans he is the true protagonist of the book. He has appeared in 61 episodes out of 67 in the TV series.
3. THE ICONIC FIRST MEET
The first meet between Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen and her on-screen husband Khal Drogo played by Jason Momoa was really something. Apparently, Jason Momoa screamed wifey and ran towards Emilia Clarke and then rugby-tackled her on the floor.
4. (LORD) CHARLES DANCE
Charles Dance, who plays the character of Lord Tywin Lannister, is actually a great guy. His character of Lord Tywin is one of the most hated characters of the series. The way Lord Tywin treated his sons, Dance found that really gruesome and kept apologizing to Dinklage between their takes. Though there is a similarity between Dance and his on-screen character. The character of Lord Tywin was previously married to a woman called Joanna, mother of his three children. And in real life Dance’s previous wife’s name is also Joanna and he has three children with her.
One of the fan favourites of the show Game of Thrones was the pack of the dire wolf. All the Stark children had one. Among those five dire wolves, one was Lady, Which belonged to the character Sansa Stark played by Sophie Turner. Lady was played by a Northern Inuit dog named Zunni. Though Lady was killed off early on the show, Sophie Turner fell in love with the dog and decided to adopt her.
6. THE HORSE HEART SCENE
In season one there was a scene where Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen had to eat a horse heart. Although it was not an original horse heart, of course, it was a giant gummy candy and according to Clarke which tasted like bleach. And all of that fake blood made her so sticky that our favourite mother of dragons actually got stuck to a toilet.
7. THE EXPENSES
Game of Thrones or as the fans like to call it GoT, is one of the most expensive TV shows to be ever produced. The opening season’s budget was around $50-60 million. As the show progressed the budget also started to increase. When the series came to season six the budget increased over a whopping $100 million.
8. THE DRAGON EGGS
Being one of the most expensive shows of all time it’s not hard to imagine everything on the sets to be so valuable. In the scene where Daenerys married Khal Drogo, she was given three ancient dragon eggs by Illyrio Mopatis. Those beautiful eggs were actually a work of art by a prop maker. And one of the three eggs was really a gift for George R. R. Martin’s wedding.
9. NAME GAME
As the show got popular so the characters and their names. There have always been fans that name their children after their favourite characters. But the most popular name that came out of this show was a little surprising. It was the name of Emilia Clarke’s character of Khaleesi, which is actually a title. In 2014 the name Khaleesi Jumped up to the 755th position on the list of most popular baby name for girls from the 1021st position in the U.S. Other popular names include Arya, Tyrion, Brienne, Sansa, Bran, Sandor, and Theon.
10. HOT PIE
Ben Hawkey who playes the role of Hot Pie truly launched a bakery inspired by the show GoT. He teamed up with the UK food delivery service, Deliveroo. The bakery called You Know Nothing John Dough serves direwolf loaf, which is inspired by the one Hot Pie baked for Arya.