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Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) received a letter from author George R.R. Martin after the show aired, stating "Congratulations, everyone hates you!"
Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night's Watch is revealed to be blind in the novels. He is played by Peter Vaughan, who is legally blind himself.
There is not a single character that appears in every episode.
Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, from Lord of the Rings is in the iron throne
Emilia Clarke (the actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen) was doused in so much fake blood during one scene that she got stuck to a toilet seat during a break.
The actor who plays The Mountain recently beat a thousand year old Icelandic weight lifting record dating back to the time of the Vikings.
In the year 2012, over 160 baby girls in the U.S. were legally named "Khaleesi", after the character in the show, although it is not the character's name (Daenerys) but a title.
Author George R.R. Martin did not write an episode for Season 5 because he was busy focusing on finishing the sixth book of the series, "The Winds of Winter"
The character Joffrey Baratheon is modeled after the Roman Emperor Caligula.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays the 13-year-old character Jojen Reed, was 22 when cast in the role.
In Westeros, bastards (also 'natural child' or 'baseborn') born to nobles are given surnames different than their father's, according to the region they were born in. These surnames are mostly associated with the geographic or climatic features of the respective regions: in the Reach - the bastards' surname is Flowers; in the Westerlands - Hill; in the Iron Islands - Pyke; in the Riverlands - Rivers; in Dorne - Sand; in the North - Snow; in the Vale - Stone; in the Stormlands - Storm; in the Crownlands - Waters. The special surnames apply only to noble-born bastards, who are openly acknowledged by their noble parent. Therefore, bastards both of whose parents are commoners, or noble-born bastards that are unacknowledged by their noble parent (like Gendry) cannot use the special surname. A noble-born bastard can be legitimized by royal decree, thus is considered as trueborn child and changes the surname to the father's. However, the social stigma of the bastard may not always be lifted even after legitimization.
Author George R.R. Martin was asked if he had a resolution or ending to the seemingly endless conflict. He jokingly replied that the next book would just be a description of a cloud of dust or snow being driven by the wind across a vast graveyard full of tombstones.
This is the first TV series in history to be screened in IMAX theaters.
The official words of House Lannister "Hear Me Roar!" are seldom mentioned. Their unofficial motto "A Lannister always pays his debts" is often used, mostly in negative context, meaning that Lannisters always repay unkindness with unkindness.
Natural brunette, Emilia Clarke has stated that she has never dyed her hair for the show. Daenerys Targaryen's impressive blond locks are achieved via an elaborate wig and makeup system that takes considerable time to get into place.
Liam Burke was cast as Aerys II Targaryen, the "Mad King" in flashback scenes, but the scenes were cut.
Producer David Benioff wanted the theme song to be the Lannister song "The Rains of Castamere". Co-producer D.B. Weiss convinced him not to do it.
Cersei Lannister loathes her brother, Tyrion. In real life, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage are very close friends and live together during filming.
Many of the characters have nicknames, mostly based on specific deed, behavior or physical feature of the person in question. The nicknames can be derogatory (Kingslayer) or for mockery (Brienne the Beauty). For example:
  • Eddard Stark: Ned


  • Jaime Lannister: the Kingslayer


  • Tyrion Lannister: the Imp or Halfman


  • Varys: the Spider


  • Sandor Clegane: the Hound


  • Gregor Clegane: the Mountain that Rides (or simply the Mountain)


  • Petyr Baelish: Littlefinger


  • Jeor Mormont: the Old Bear


  • Loras Tyrell: Knight of Flowers


  • Olenna Tyrell: Queen of Thorns


  • Roose Bolton: Leech Lord


  • Aerys Targaryen: the Mad King


  • Viserys Targaryen: the Beggar King


  • Theon Greyjoy: the Turncloak


  • Melisandre: the Red Woman


  • Vargo Hoat: the Goat


  • Robb Stark: the Young Wolf


  • Brienne: the Beauty


  • Qhorin: Halfhand


  • Mance Rayder: the King Beyond the Wall


  • Davos Seaworth: the Onion Knight


  • Jon Umber Sr.: Greatjon


  • Jon Umber Jr.: Smalljon


  • Eddison Tollett: Dolorous Edd


  • Samwell Tarly: the Slayer


  • Gerold Hightower: the White Bull


  • Arthur Dayne: Sword of the Morning


  • Brynden Tully: Blackfish


  • Oberyn Martell: the Red Viper


  • Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters: the Sand Snakes.


While the first two seasons roughly cover the novels "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings" respectively, the third season covers about two-thirds of the third novel "A Storm of Swords". The fourth season covers the rest of "A Storm of Swords" and chapters from the fourth and fifth novels "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons", and part of the sample chapters of "The Winds of Winter".
The first season used Northern Inuit dogs, a type specifically bred for wolf-like appearance, to stand in for the direwolves (the Stark's house sigil). However, since direwolves are known to be much larger than normal wolves, real wolves were digitally composited into scenes for season 2. This strained the budget and the schedule, hence why there are only a handful of scenes with Grey Wind (Robb Stark's wolf), Summer (Bran Stark's wolf) and Shaggydog (Rickon Stark's wolf); Ghost, who belongs to Jon Snow, is shown in brief glimpses.
Yara Greyjoy, introduced in the second book and season, is named Asha in the books. The name was changed for the television series to avoid confusion with Osha. However, in the German dubbed version she is called Asha, like in the books. Similarly, Lysa Arryn's son Robert is named Robin in the series to avoid confusion with Robert Baratheon.
Features nine actors from the Harry Potter film series: Bronson Webb (Will) played unnamed Slytherin student in the third film; Natalia Tena (Osha) played Nymphadora Tonks; David Bradley (Lord Walder Frey) played Argus Filch; Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pycelle) voiced Aragog; Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) played Mrs. Granger in the seventh film; Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder) played Aberforth Dumbledore; Ralph Ineson (Dagmer Cleftjaw) played Amycus Carrow; Edward Tudor-Pole (Protestor at King's Landing) played Mr. Borgin and Ian Whyte (Gregor Clegane) played Madame Maxime in full-body shots. Cast member Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) is also the father of Frank Dillane, who played the young Voldemort/Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). Potter cast members Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald) and Simon Fisher-Becker (Fat Friar) were originally set to play Waymar Royce and the High Septon before being replaced by Rob Ostlere and David Verrey, respectively.
In a rare move for a cable channel the fifth and sixth seasons were announced simultaneously less than twenty-four hours after the season four premiere.
The series takes its name from the first novel in the book series - "A Game of Thrones" - which is actually known as "A Song of Ice and Fire." George R.R. Martin's story credit acknowledges the entire series under this title, rather than the title of individual volumes.
The role of Tommen Baratheon, portrayed by Callum Wharry, was completely absent from the third season of the series and was later recast for season 4; being then played by Dean-Charles Chapman, who had already previously appeared in the show playing Martyn Lannister in season 3.
In 2014, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was announced to succeed Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the 2015 reboot of "The Terminator". Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) had played Sarah Connor in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), which was a spin-off of the "Terminator" films.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was the third actor to take on the role of Gregor Clegane (aka "The Mountain"), a role previously played by Conan Stevens in the first season, and Ian Whyte in the second season. Whyte had a brief appearence in the third season premiere, though as a different character.
The original pilot that was filmed left everyone so unsatisfied that HBO agreed to reshoot most of it, bringing Timothy Van Patten to do also the second episode and letting the creators rewrite whatever they felt they needed to.
Merited the dubious distinction of the most pirated TV show of 2014 for the third consecutive year, ahead of The Walking Dead (2010) and The Big Bang Theory (2007).
According to George R.R. Martin, "The Lord of the Rings" was a major influence behind his "A song of Fire and Ice" novels, which the television series is based on.
Danerys had purple eyes in the books, but the contact lenses affected the actresses performance so they were abandoned.
The name Westeros comes from the real life city Västerås, Sweden.
Catelyn Stark was played, in the pilot, by Jennifer Ehle but she dropped out when the series was picked up and Michelle Fairley was cast.
While most of the show is largely faithful to the books, composite characters do appear. The most prominent is the prostitute Ros, who is a composite of several named (Alayaya, Chataya, Kyra) and unnamed characters from the book series. Another composite character is the Spice King, who appears in Season Two.
Carice van Houten (Melisandre) had previously been asked to audition for the role of Cersei Lannister but was unable to because she was filming Intruders (2011).
Tamzin Merchant played Daenerys Targaryen in the pilot but was replaced by Emilia Clarke for the series. While the reason for Merchant's departure has not been made public, George R.R. Martin praised her performance as "wonderful" in his blog.
During an interview for the second season, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) said she was most looking forward to filming Sansa's relationship with Sandor Clegane AKA the Hound (played by Rory McCann).
After a brief but memorable appearence as Daario Naharis in a couple episodes of the third season, Ed Skrein quit the show to star in the reboot of The Transporter Refueled (2015) films. Actor Michiel Huisman was chosen to take over the role for the fourth season of the series.
Theon Greyjoy is played by Alfie Allen, brother of singer Lily Allen and was the inspiration for her song 'Alfie'.
Northern Ireland tourist board do a sight seeing tour to a lot of the filming locations.
The first season premiered on Sean Bean's birthday (April 17th).
Charles Dance dressed an actual stag carcass on-camera for Tywin Lannister's first scene. Dance was shown the procedure the previous day by a butcher.
Jack Gleeson based Joffrey on Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus in Gladiator (2000).
According to the novels, the sigil of House Baratheon is a black stag with a crown above its head on a field of gold. In the TV series, the Baratheons' banner depicts a stag with a crown around its neck.
The Wall stretches for 300 miles and is 700ft tall.
Roy Dotrice was cast as Grand Maester Pycelle but had to withdraw from the role due to health reasons. He was replaced by Julian Glover. Dotrice would later appear in the show as Hallyne.
As of 2014, it is the most watched HBO TV-Series of all time, with an average viewership of 16.1 million (Season 4), slightly ahead of a record which was previously held by The Sopranos (1999-2007).
Charles Dance finds Lord Tywin's appalling treatment of his son awful. He remarks that it's hard for him to mistreat a nice man like Peter Dinklage.
Iwan Rheon was the primary runner-up to play Jon Snow, ironically later getting cast as Ramsay Snow.
The television series with the largest ever cast.
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In March 2014, HBO released a 10 tracks mixtape called "Catch the Throne" as promotion for the fourth season of the show. The mixtape includes Rap songs from artists like Common, Big Boi, Wale, Kilo Kish and more, and each song has relations to things in the show in it's lyrics. Most of the songs also sampled music from the original Ramin Djawadi soundtracks of the first three seasons of the show.
Features actors from two different adaptations of The Lord of the Rings: Peter Vaughan, who played Denethor in the BBC Radio adaptation; and Sean Bean, who played the character's son Boromir in the Peter Jackson films.
In the series, Charles Dance's character, Tywin Lannister, was previously married to a woman named Joanna before her death, and had three children by her. In real life, Dance was previously married to a woman who was also named Joanna before their divorce, and Dance also has three children.
The show has three Doctor Who (2005) guest stars, each of which participated in two parters: Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed). Both Lloyd and Sangster were in the same episodes; Lloyd and Glen also co-starred in The The Iron Lady (2011). The show also has David Bradley (Walder Frey) who was in one episode of Doctor who.
Alfie Allen's sister Lily Allen was offered the role of Yara Greyjoy, but the siblings declined due to the incestuous scene between Theon and Yara.
Each season shoots annually from July to December. Two units, the 'Wolf' and the 'Dragon', shoot concurrently in various countries.
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Dominic West and Perdita Weeks were offered major roles.
In the unaired pilot, George R.R. Martin cameoed as a Pentoshi nobleman at the wedding of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. The scene, alongside most of the pilot, was subsequently reshot and Martin did not appear.
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George R.R. Martin has said that he prefers Natalia Tena's portrayal of Osha to his version of the character in the books.
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Features two actors from the original cast of UK Teen-Drama series Skins (2007) - Hannah Murray and Joe Dempsie.
Izzy Meikle-Small auditioned for the role of Sansa Stark and got down to the final two before losing out to Sophie Turner.
Sam Heughan auditioned to play various characters including Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell and a few different members of the Night's Watch.
Ian McNeice played Illyrio Mopatis in the pilot but was unable to appear in the series due to scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by Roger Allam.
Derek Halligan was cast as Alliser Thorne but left the show before production began. He was replaced by Owen Teale.
In 2014, Emilia Clarke was cast as Sarah Connor in 2015's "Terminator: Genysis". However, Lena Headey had played Sarah Connor in the TV show "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles". Summer Glau who played Cameron Phillips in the series had worked with Jewel Staite in the TV series "Firefly" and the feature film "Serenity". Jewel Staite herself had worked with Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones" in the TV series "Stargate: Atantis". In 2011, Jason Momoa succeeded Arnold Schwarzenegger who played The Terminator, as Conan in the 2011 reboot of the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian". Richard Madden is the boyfriend of actress Jenna Coleman, who worked with Matt Smith in "Doctor Who". Matt Smith would later star opposite Emilia Clarke in "Terminator: Genysis" and would work with Lena Headey and Charles Dance in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies".
During the series you can see characters wearing belts with a particular knot twisted after the buckle, this is clearly visible in most knights. The knot is actually correct and used in medieval times, often referred as a garter and used to fix leg armor pieces to the knights' legs below the knees. It is one of the symbols of the English "Order of the Garter" , the highest Chivalry Order founded in 1348 by the English King Henry III in the early stages of the Hundred Years War with France. The Arms of the Order of the Garter is a blue belt, or garter, with this same characteristic knot seen in the TV series. An example can also be seen in the tomb of one of the Order founders, Sir Reginald of Cobham, at Lingnfield Church in Surrey, his effigy has the garter below his left knee.
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Benjamin Gur auditioned for the part of Trystane Martel in Season 5.
Co-creator David Benioff had his own novel turned into a movie - 25th Hour (2002).
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Danny Dyer revealed that he auditioned for a role.
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Simon Fisher-Becker was originally set to play the High Septon of the Faith of the Seven, which he confirmed in an interview, but David Verrey was cast.
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In the novelization, the title of the king of Westeros is "King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men. Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm". In the show, "the Rhoynar" is omitted from the title. The Rhoynar are a reference to the Dornish, who immigrated to Westeros from the River Rhoyne. Since the writers believed this would cause confusion (since the Dornish didn't appear until later seasons) so it was left out.
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Roy Dotrice (Hallyne) also narrates the audiobooks of the novels. He and George R.R. Martin have been friends since they both worked on Beauty and the Beast (1987).
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Two actresses that dropped out of the show have appeared in an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice". Jennifer Ehle, who was set to play Catelyn Stark, played Elizabeth Bennet in BBC's Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Tamzin Merchant played Georgiana Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (2005).
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Both Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) and Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) appeared in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. Gleeson appeared in Batman Begins while Gillen appeared in The Dark Knight Rises
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This is Ron Donachie's (Ser Rodrick Cassel) second time playing a master at arms, the first time was when he played master at arms in Titanic (1997).
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In the show, King Renly Baratheon has his own Kingsguard. He refers to it as such when he inducts Brienne of Tarth into the order. However, in the novels, Renly's protectors are known as the Rainbow Guard.
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Natalie Dormer revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) that she originally auditioned for another unnamed character before she was offered the role of Margaery Tyrell.
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Caprice Van Houten (Melisandre) and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis) are both Dutch actors and feature in the same Dutch feature Black Book (2006).
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Tricia Helfer auditioned for the role of Cersei Lannister.
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Jamie Bamber auditioned for the role of Jaime Lannister.
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Sean Bean and Carice Van Houten would both later go on to star in the movie Black Death (2010).
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Elena Satine screen tested against Emilia Clarke for the role of Daenerys Targaryen.
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8 actors who star in Game Of Thrones are also in Ripper Street. They are: Jerome Flynn (Bronn) Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy) Kristian Nairn (Hodor) Clive Russell (Brynden Tulley) Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) Anton Lesser (Qyburn) Francis Magee (Yoren) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont)
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

George R.R. Martin has stated that the infamous "Red Wedding" was the hardest chapter for him to write in "A Storm of Swords." He was so emotionally attached to the characters that he actually wrote the rest of the book first, and then that chapter last. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, upon reading it, declared it was one of the major reasons they decided to option the books for a television series. Their dramatization differs from the book in a few details. Most notably, Robb's wife is not present at the wedding, nor is she killed. Whether she is pregnant is unknown.
Series author George R.R. Martin reported on his blog that after the filming of the episode in which Sansa's direwolf Lady is executed, the dog that played Lady, a Northern Inuit named Zunni, was adopted by Sophie Turner, the actress who plays Sansa.
For the most part, Season 2 is based on the second novel in the series "A Clash of Kings". However, some of the plot points from later in the season, such as Catelyn releasing Jaime Lannister, and Robb breaking his betrothal to House Frey; are actually taken from the early chapters of the third novel "A Storm of Swords". The writers have also said that, given the length of the third book, they are not likely to finish it in the ten episodes given to each season, so it will likely spill over into the fourth season. It is also likely that the fourth and fifth novels ("A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons") may both be used as source material for a fourth and fifth season, as only a few of the same characters appear in both novels, which are meant to take place simultaneously.
The ominous theme song of the Lannisters, "The Rains of Castmere", was played throughout each episode of the fourth season (save for the ninth episode) to foreshadow the deaths of Tywin and Joffrey.
Unlike other shows, the game changing scenes of Game of Thrones occur in the penultimate episode (the ninth episode) while the finale deals with the immediate aftermath of what occurred.
In each of the seasons, one king dies: first season - Robert Baratheon; second season - Renly Baratheon; third season - Robb Stark; fourth season - Joffrey Lannister; fifth season - Mance Rayder.
After filming his death scene, Sean Bean played football with his replica head.
George R.R. Martin said that one of the major fan theory's had correctly guessed the ending of the series. It is believed that Jon Snow is in fact a Targaryen. That his mother is Ned Stark's sister and his father is a Targaryen. This would make him heir to the throne.
Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark).
Daenerys' dragons are named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. Each one is named after someone she has lost in her life: Drogon, the largest dragon with black/red scales, is named after her husband Khal Drogo; Rhaegal, who has green/bronze scales, is named after Daenerys' brother Rhaegar Targaryen, who was killed by Robert Baratheon during Robert's Rebellion; Viserion, the cream/gold scaled dragon, is named after Daenerys' abusive brother Viserys. She claimed that she named her dragon this because "Viserys was cruel and weak and frightened, yet he was my brother still. My dragon will do what he could not".
In the show, Sandor Clegane is mortally wounded and left for dead by Arya Stark. In the novel, he is wounded at the Inn at the Crossroads, after a fight with Polliver and The Tickler. This would have been impossible to reenact in the show, as The Tickler was killed by Jaqen H'ghar at Harrenhal.
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In the novel, Robb Stark's wife is named Jeyne Westerling. House Westerling are staunch supporters of House Lannister, and take part in the sinister scheme to bring the Starks down. In the show, she is called Talisa and her backstory is changed. In addition to this, she dies while carrying Robb's child along with Robb and Catelyn at the Red Wedding. In the novel, Jeyne does not attend the wedding, she is not pregnant and later discovers the fate of her husband while residing in Riverrun.
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