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Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) received a letter from author George R.R. Martin after the show aired, stating: "Congratulations on your marvelous performance. Everyone hates you!"
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The 6'3" Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) has stated that the most gruelling scene she ever had to play in the series was in season four, episode ten, "The Children", when she fought sword-to-sword with 6'6" Rory McCann ("The Hound"). She spent two months training, three to four days a week, with swordmaster C.C. Smiff just to build up the required stamina for her fight scene.
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According to Kit Harington (Jon Snow), his performance in the rejected pilot episode was so bad that the creators often jokingly threaten to release scenes of it on the internet if he complains too much.
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George R.R. Martin's wife once said that she will leave him if he kills off Arya or Sansa.
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Writer George R.R. Martin was approached several times with plans to adapt his (still unfinished) book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" into a movie, but he rejected them all, as he thought his books were much too expansive to be made into a movie. When David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told him that they wanted to make a series out of it, he asked them who they thought Jon Snow's mother could be. Satisfied with the answer, he agreed to sell the rights to the book.
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When Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) first met Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) he rugby tackled her to the floor of the Belfast hotel yelling "WIFEY".
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After filming her final scenes as Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke got a tattoo of three dragons on her wrist.
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Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) never acted before this show. Arya was her first major role.
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A gelatin "heart" was made for the scene in which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) must consume a horse's heart raw. Although it was safe to eat, Clarke said it was still foul tasting enough that her facial expressions and gagging while forcing it down required no acting for the camera.
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Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) has been nominated eight consecutive times (once for each season) for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmys. He won for the first, fifth, seventh and eighth season, setting a new record for most wins in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category for the same role.
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Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) originally auditioned for the role of Robert Baratheon.
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Wilko Johnson (Ilyn Payne) retired after the second season because he was diagnosed with cancer. While Payne appears in subsequent novels, his role in the series was effectively replaced with Bronn (Jerome Flynn), who instead accompanies Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) on later missions.
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Ben Hawkey (Hot Pie) has opened up a real-life Game of Thrones themed bakery in London, England. It is operated by Deliveroo. You can purchase a direwolf loaf for £1.30. The bakery is cleverly named "You Know Nothing Jon Dough".
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Prior to being cast, Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) were in a relationship that ended on such bad terms that each had a clause inserted into their contracts that they were never to share scenes and must remain apart on-set. Although the show confirms that their characters have interacted at some points, this always occurs off-screen for that reason.
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Composer Ramin Djawadi said that after initially watching some visuals of the show, before starting to compose it, the idea for the main title theme just came to his mind and he whistled it while he was driving his car to the studio, where he started to actually write the piece.
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Charles Dance was appalled and disgusted at Lord Tywin's treatment of his son, Tyrion. He remarked that it was extremely difficult for him to mistreat a genuinely nice man like Peter Dinklage, so much so, that Dance kept apologizing to Dinklage between takes.
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Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) were wed on June 23, 2018 in Scotland. They fell in love while playing the dynamic couple on-screen and he popped the question in September 2017.
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This is the first television show on IMDB to get more than one million votes from users.
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Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was doused in so much fake blood during the horse heart eating scene in season one that she got stuck to a toilet seat during a break.
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The average cost of production per episode of the show, up to season six, was around six million dollars, with the most expensive episode being season two, episode nine, "Blackwater", which cost a reported eight million dollars. However, HBO decided to set a budget of one hundred million dollars for season six, which meant each episode of the season had an average production cost of ten million dollars. This put the show on par with Friends (1994) as the most expensive television show of all time (although most of the budget of "Friends" went to its stars' salaries rather than the production, as in this show).
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Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night's Watch was revealed to be blind in the novels. He was played by Peter Vaughan, who was partially blind.
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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane) is 6'9". That's still shorter than Kristian Nairn (Hodor), who is 6'10.5".
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Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) was voted by fans as the series' most hated character. Headey has said that she is often the victim of fans who direct their hatred towards her character to her personally. People frequently call her names on-line and in public, and at fan conventions, she is more than often shunned. She claimed that during an autograph session at Comic Con, people were actually snatching their books from her hands to prevent her from signing it.
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While filming season seven in Iceland, temperatures sometimes dropped down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-28.9 degrees Celsius). Much of the cast had inadequate thermal underwear. Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane) made sure that all of the cast members got merino wool underwear from the Norwegian clothing company Devold.
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Emilia Clarke revealed that the makers have shot different endings and have not confirmed to anyone which would be final.
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Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) had been best friends for years prior to the show, having previously worked together on Ultra (2006) and Pete Smalls Is Dead (2010). It was on the set of the latter that Dinklage first read the pilot and he subsequently recommended Headey to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. In fact, whenever their shooting schedules lined up, Dinklage and Headey shared an apartment, drove to the set together, and were frequently seen going to local pubs and restaurants to eat.
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Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) claimed that she only read the scripts to the extent that was absolutely necessary for her role, so she could enjoy watching the completed episodes on television when they aired without spoiling them.
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The terms "First Men" and "Andals" were frequently mentioned on the show, and often only indirectly explained. The "Song of Ice and Fire" books and several bonus features on the DVD give more backstory to these concepts. Westeros used to be populated by the wood nymph-like Children of the Forest, until the First Men invaded the continent from Essos via a land bridge. The Children destroyed the land bridge and waged millennia of war against the First Men before a peace was negotiated. They co-existed for several millennia, and even built the Wall together to keep the White Walkers in the far North. Long after the First Men established kingdoms on Westeros and converted to the Children's forest religion, a second wave of invasion came from Essos. These people, the Andals, succeeded in conquering the entire continent except for the North, and established their religion, the Faith of the Seven, as the dominant one in the South. Through intermarriage, the First Men and Andals slowly mingled; Southern Westerosi are usually of mixed descent, with nobility often having more Andal blood than commoners. The Northerners and Wildlings, though, descend directly from the First Men and still follow their traditions. The phrase "by the Old Gods and the New" thus refers to the old Gods of the Forest from the North, and the Seven-Faced God of the Andals; rulers of Westeros receive the apt title "King of the Andals and the First Men". The complex history often causes some misunderstandings, such as Dothraki warriors referring to all Westerosi as Andals, even though the Northerners have no Andal blood; and the Wildlings often consider themselves the only true Northerners, and will refer to other Northerners as Southerners.
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A replica of Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies is forged inside the Iron Throne. Sean Bean (Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark) played Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Characters from noble houses often had images of their house's sigil incorporated into their costumes. For example, Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) almost always appeared wearing jewelry with images of lions. Sometimes the inclusion is almost indiscernible to the television viewer, such as the blue dress Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) wore throughout season three, which was embroidered with a texture resembling dragon scales.
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Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke's) dragon Drogon, the largest of the three with black and red scales, is considered in the novels to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread. Balerion was the largest of Aegon the Conquerer's dragons, and was also responsible for the creation of the Iron Throne.
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Kit Harington broke his ankle in 2012 when he was locked out of his apartment building in London and fell while trying to climb to his flat. During season three of this show, the crew had to figure out how to shoot around the injury, including the use of stand-ins in "Jon Snow wigs". Harington felt so guilty that he bought the Production Manager a bottle of whiskey.
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Although the Wall is the largest structure in the "Game of Thrones" world, it is not the tallest. In the books, the tallest structure is the High Tower in Oldtown and the second tallest the Great Pyramid of Meereen.
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No character appeared in every episode. Only three characters appeared in every episode of a given season during the original ten episode format: Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) appeared in every episode of the first season, and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) appeared in every episode of the second and fifth seasons. Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) appeared in every episode of the seventh season. Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Davos Seaworth, and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) appeared in every episode of the eighth season.
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The series has come under repeated criticism for its explicit depiction of physical and sexual violence. Especially recurrent scenes of rape caused large amounts of controversy. Writer George R.R. Martin has defended his artistic choices by saying that he wants to put his readers right into the action, rather than create a safe distance from events by merely summarizing them. He maintains that although his Song of Ice and Fire books (and the series by extension) are epic fantasy, he based them on actual history, where "rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought". He also claimed that the atrocities in the books, sexual and otherwise, pale in comparison to what can be found in any good history book: "the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves. We are the monsters. And the heroes too." He also stated that it is the choice of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss what scenes from his books they adapt, and how.
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In the year 2012, over one hundred sixty baby girls in the U.S. were legally named "Khaleesi", after the character on the show, although it is not the character's name (Daenerys), but a title.
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George R.R. Martin stated that several of the show's characters were improvements over his own versions in the books in writing and performance, specifically mentioning Natalia Tena (Osha) and Sibel Kekilli (Shae).
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Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said the production of the show was a massive undertaking. It lasted the entire year, and they shot the show like a ten-hour movie. Season five was shot in five countries, on one hundred fifty-one sets, for two hundred forty days, having one hundred sixty-six cast members, over one thousand crew members, and over five thousand extras.
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Women in Westeros typically take their husband's surname upon marriage, with the exception of the house holding the Iron Throne, where the surname is only inherited by birth and not marriage. This is why consorts to Kings and heirs of the Iron Throne retain their own name, e.g., Cersei Lannister instead of Cersei Baratheon, and Elia Martell instead of Elia Targaryen.
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With winning a total of twelve Emmys in 2015 and in 2016, the show took home more Emmys in a single year than any other show, surpassing The West Wing (1999), which had nine.
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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.
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Kit Harington admitted in an interview that he found the line "You know nothing Jon Snow!" confusing.
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The character Joffrey Baratheon was modelled after the unbalanced Roman emperor Caligula, whose four-year reign, by most accounts, was marked by extreme cruelty and sadism.
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Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) have matching tattoos of the date 07.08.09, the day they found out that they were cast on the show.
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Iwan Rheon was the primary runner-up to play Jon Snow, but was later cast as Ramsay Bolton.
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Natalie Dormer responded to false news stories that she condoned sex with minors due to her character Margaery Tyrell being married to Tommen Baratheon. She went on record that she and her character were misinterpreted and pointed out that she played a fictional character in a fictional land.
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Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) said that fans often asked her to recite the list of names Arya always recited before sleeping, the names of the people in the series who have injured her or her family, and whom she intends to kill, and to insert the fan's name into the list.
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In sharp contrast to his turn as sadistic Joffrey Baratheon, everyone on the show described Jack Gleeson as a warm and friendly person. He is also good friends with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), who he often had to antagonize on-screen.
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Game of Thrones (2011) is the first television series in history to be screened in IMAX theaters.
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As of 2014, this was the most watched HBO series of all time, with an average viewership of 16.1 million (season four), slightly ahead of a record that was previously held by The Sopranos (1999).
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The Stark children were all aged up for the series. At the start of George R.R. Martin's novels, Robb Stark and Jon Snow are fourteen-years-old, Sansa Stark is eleven, Arya is nine, Bran is seven, and Rickon Stark is just three-years-old. At the start of the series, Robb and Jon are seventeen, Sansa is thirteen, Arya is eleven, Bran is ten, and Rickon is six. Of the child actors and actresses, only Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) and Sophie Turner (Sansa) were the same ages as their characters when the pilot was filmed. The others were all one year or more older.
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Natural brunette Emilia Clarke stated that she never dyed her hair for the show. Daenerys Targaryen's impressive platinum blonde locks were achieved via an elaborate wig and make-up system that took considerable time to get into place. After season seven however, Clarke revealed via Instagram that she had dyed her hair for the final season.
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Daenerys Targaryen had purple eyes in the books, but the contact lenses Emilia Clarke wore affected her performance, so they were abandoned.
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In June 2014, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited the sets at Paint Hall Studios in Belfast as part of a three-day visit to Northern Ireland. They met members of the cast and crew and were presented with a miniature version of the Iron Throne. Elizabeth was offered the chance to sit on the Iron Throne but declined, as the monarch of Great Britain is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne, even a fictional one. Some news sources claimed Elizabeth is a viewer of the series, though Maisie Williams remarked on the visit, "I did not get the impression she is a fan" as the Queen was unaware of her role on the series.
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Carice van Houten (Melisandre) had previously been asked to audition for the role of Queen Cersei Lannister, but was unable to because she was filming Intruders (2011).
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In the unaired pilot, George R.R. Martin cameoed as a Pentoshi nobleman at the wedding of Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The scene, alongside most of the pilot, was subsequently re-shot and Martin did not appear.
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In Westeros, bastards (also "natural child" or "baseborn") born to nobles are given surnames different than their father's, according to the region where they were born. The surnames are mostly associated with the geographic or climatic features of the respective regions: Flowers (The Reach), Hill (The Westerlands), Pyke (The Iron Islands), Rivers (The Riverlands), Sand (Dorne), Snow (The North), Stone (The Vale), Storm (The Stormlands), or Waters (The Crownlands). Special surnames apply only to noble-born bastards who are openly acknowledged by their noble parent. Noble-born bastards unacknowledged by their noble parent (like Gendry), or those whose parents are commoners, can't use the special surname. A noble-born bastard can be legitimized by royal decree and change his or her surname to the father's. However, the social stigma may not always be lifted even after legitimization.
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Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said in a podcast once that while making the show they worked all through the year, non-stop. They would write an outline for each season and then start writing the actual scripts while managing production at the same time. The scripts had to be all done by the time they started filming the season, and being such a huge production, they were filming for several months with several units in several countries at the same time so that while some of the actors and actresses were filming with a director on a location, other cast members were filming in a different country with another director. It was important to them that there was always someone from the writing crew at each of the filming units, to supervise. Almost immediately after finishing filming one season, they started writing the outline for the next season. At the same time, the previous season was in post-production (editing, special effects, sound mixing, et cetera) and they had to oversee all these procedures while writing, and then after all that was done, they had to deal with marketing the upcoming season. They noted several times that all they wanted to do when everything was finally done was to "get some sleep".
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George R.R. Martin confirmed that the words of House Bolton are "Our Blades are Sharp", most likely because of the Boltons' history of flaying their enemies alive.
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Some of the inspiration for the War of the Five Kings in the series comes from the War of the Roses, a series of dynastic wars in the fifteenth century where rival houses fought for the throne of England.
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George R.R. Martin was inspired to write the novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire" after years of writing for restrictive television budgets, and deliberately wrote the series to be nearly unfilmable. After the success of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Martin was approached to license the novels into a series of movies, one project was proposed using only Daenerys' storyline, and another project proposed only including the conflict between the Starks and Lannisters. Martin declined every movie offer, reasoning that his books contained too much story to work as movies, and the box-office failure of The Golden Compass (2007) made him concerned that if the first movie was not a success, the series would be cancelled.
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster was twenty-two when he was cast as thirteen-year-old Jojen Reed.
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Each season shot from July to December. Two units, the "Wolf" and the "Dragon", shot concurrently in various countries. A third unit was added in season six, the "White Walker".
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While the first two seasons roughly covered George R.R. Martin's novels "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings" respectively, the third season covered about two-thirds of the third novel "A Storm of Swords". The fourth season covered the rest of "A Storm of Swords" and chapters from the fourth and fifth novels "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons". The fifth season covered almost entirely "A Feast for Crows", "A Dance With Dragons", and even early events of the unreleased sixth novel "The Winds of Winter". Seasons six through eight were partially based on unpublished storylines George provided showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss that would reportedly appear in "The Winds of Winter", and the last book of the series, "A Dream of Spring", with several major changes the showrunners saw fit to make while adapting the remaining books to the television medium. However, they claimed on several occasions that the ending of the show would be almost exactly similar to George's original idea for the ending of the book series.
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According to George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" novel was a major influence behind his "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, on which this show was based. Other elements were drawn from ancient European history. The Wall was based on Hadrian's Wall, a man-made fortification that was meant to protect Roman forces in England from barbarian tribes in the north. The War of the Five Kings was based on the War of the Roses, a series of conflicts between factions battling for the English throne in the fifteenth century. Martin also stated to have been inspired by historical fiction and the writings of Tad Williams in bringing back the gritty realism that he felt fantasy had lost along the way. Moreso, he wanted to avoid the many tropes of the genre and make it less predictable, by killing off popular characters, and showing that good people don't automatically make good leaders (a sentiment most clearly reflected in Robert Baratheon).
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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.
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Liam Burke was cast as Aerys II Targaryen, the "Mad King", in flashbacks, but the scenes were cut. Eventually, a flashback scene of Aerys was included in season six, episode six, "Blood of My Blood", and the character was played by David Rintoul.
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Kit Harington's great-grandfather invented the flushing toilet.
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George R.R. Martin intended to write an episode for each season, but did not write one after the fourth season because he was busy focusing on finishing the sixth book of the series, "The Winds of Winter". By the time the show concluded in 2019, the book was still not finished.
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Yara Greyjoy, introduced in the second book and season, was named "Asha" in the books. The name was changed for this show 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.
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This show used many locations to bring Westeros and Essos to life. Most of the Northern scenes were filmed in Northern Ireland. The country was the production's home base and most interior scenes were filmed in a studio in Belfast. Scenes in King's Landing were filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Scenes in Essos were also shot in Croatia. Many of the scenes in Essos and King's Landing were filmed in Malta in the first season, but the production never returned there after season one after causing irreparable damage to a valuable fossil. Morocco was used as a location for Daenerys Targaryen's sequences in Astapor and Yunkai in season three, but the country was dropped as a location after that season. Scenes beyond the Wall were filmed in various locations in Iceland. Season five added Spain as a filming location for Dorne. The production returned to Spain for season six, but it was unclear if it was for Dorne or another location (the locations scouted were different to those used in season five).
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There were only three American-born actors on the show: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Tyene Sand), and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo). However, Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), while born in Chile, was raised in San Antonio, Texas, where his family fled shortly after his birth, and is a U.S. citizen.
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In the pilot episode, as the three boys are preparing for the King's welcome, Alfie Allen, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington tried to one-up each other in their shirtless scene by flexing and doing push-ups right before they went on-camera.
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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.
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The role of Tommen Baratheon (Callum Wharry) was completely absent from the third season of the series and was re-cast for season four, but was played by Dean-Charles Chapman, who had appeared on the show playing Martyn Lannister in season three.
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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.
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In early 2016, it was announced that season seven would consist of seven episodes, and season eight, which premiered in 2019, would be the final season of the series with six episodes (although of considerable length). Writer George R.R. Martin later revealed that the showrunners originally wanted to conclude the series with three big movies following the seventh season, but since HBO wasn't in the cinema business, this became season eight. According to HBO, they would have loved to extend the series beyond its planned seventy-three episodes, but they ultimately left the decision to what the showrunners thought was best for the series. HBO later planned several spin-off shows.
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Catelyn Stark was played in the pilot by Jennifer Ehle, but she dropped out when the series was picked up and she was unavailable for re-shoots. Michelle Fairley was cast instead.
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This show has had the dubious distinction of being the most pirated television show consistently since 2012, well ahead of second and third placers The Walking Dead (2010) and The Big Bang Theory (2007). In 2017, anti-piracy firms estimated each episode was downloaded more than ninety million times in the week of its initial airing, and over fifteen million times in the U.S., almost equalling the total viewers from legal platforms.
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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 two. This strained the budget and the schedule, which is 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 belonged to Jon Snow, was shown in brief glimpses.
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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.
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Ed Skrein played Daario Naharis for three episodes in season three, but subsequently left the show. Speaking about his departure, Skrein told Entertainment Weekly: "My plan was to stay with Game of Thrones for the long haul. That was always my plan. I would have loved to. It was a wonderful experience, but politics led to us parting ways." The role was re-cast with Michiel Huisman.
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In the show, only the banners from the main houses, along with several banners from smaller houses in Dorne and the North, are ever disclosed. According to the Citadel heraldry page on westeros.org, the number of known banners of all houses is three hundred seventy.
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The Northern Ireland Tourist Board conducts sightseeing tours to a lot of the filming locations.
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This show took 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.
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Sri Lankan cricket legend Mahela Jayawardene named his first daughter "Sansa Arya Jayawardene", after the two daughters of House Stark.
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The original plot left everyone so unsatisfied that HBO agreed to re-shoot most of it, bringing Timothy Van Patten to do the second episode and letting the creators re-write whatever they felt they needed to.
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Ron Donachie (Ser Rodrik Cassel) and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) are father and son in real-life.
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Features ten actors and actresses from the Harry Potter film franchise. Bronson Webb (Will) played an unnamed Slytherin student in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). 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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). 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. Ian Whyte (Gregor Clegane) played Madame Maxime in full-body shots. Jim Broadbent (Archmaester Ebrose) played Professor Horace Slughorn. 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 (Campbell Bower couldn't commit to the shooting schedule due to his participation in Camelot (2011) and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)).
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Tom Hollander was reportedly offered the role of "Littlefinger", and now regrets turning it down.
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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, the rejection of the pilot episode and subsequent near-cancellation of the entire series likely played a part. Nevertheless, George R.R. Martin praised her performance as "wonderful" in his blog.
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While most of this show was largely faithful to the books, composite characters did appear. The most prominent was the prostitute Ros (Esmé Bianco), who was a composite of several named (Alayaya, Chataya, Kyra) and unnamed characters from the book series. Another composite character was the trader Spice King (Nicholas Blane) in Qarth, who appeared in season two.
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On IMDb, this is the first television series to have gathered more than fifteen thousand votes for all of its individual episodes. Only two television series have achieved this as of May 2018. The other one being Black Mirror (2011).
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Leading to the final season of the show, HBO launched the "Bleed for the Throne" campaign in the U.S., described as "the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in American Red Cross history, with six days of coordinated giving from fans across the entire country". The partnership included an immersive experience at SXSW from March 7-9, in addition to blood drives in forty-three states and nine colleges and universities across the U.S. from March 7-12. Fans who stepped up and donated received an exclusive "Bleed for the Throne" t-shirt, and as a bonus incentive, people who present for blood donation at any Red Cross blood drive by March 17 were automatically be entered to win a trip to the season eight world premiere.
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In April 2016, a new channel launched in Israel called the "Game of Thrones Channel". It aired only things related to this show throughout the day, such as the episodes, interviews, behind-the scenes-videos, special features from the Blu-ray edition, et cetera, as preparation for season six. It was the first time in Israeli television's history that a complete channel was dedicated to only one show.
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Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) was often referred to as "Jorah the Andal" mainly by Essosi characters pointing Jorah's Westerosi heritage, despite the fact that House Mormont is a house from northern Westeros, meaning they are descended from the First Men, not the Andals.
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The series' opening sequence and its final scene take place in the same location: The Haunted Forest.
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Stephen Dillane (Stannis) revealed on an interview given in March 2016 that even though he didn't have anything bad to say about his experience on the show, he didn't particularly enjoy it or understand most of the storylines. He described it as an overwhelming experience, and one that he ultimately undertook for the money.
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Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr) is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.
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In the series, Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) was previously married to a woman named Joanna, who died, and with whom he had three children. In real-life, Dance was previously married to a woman who was also named Joanna before their divorce, and has three children.
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Maisie Williams got a tattoo on her neck that reads "No One".
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In 2014, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was announced to succeed Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the sequel to The Terminator (1984), Terminator Genisys (2015). Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister) played Sarah Connor on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), which was a spin-off of "The Terminator" film franchise.
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During the title sequence, there is a "sun" in the sky with several rotating bands around it. These bands depict events from this world's history. The sequence opens with a picture of a city in flames on the slopes of an erupting volcano, next to a watching dragon and a boat full of people. This represents the Doom of Valyria, a series of massive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that destroyed the Valyrian civilization on Essos; the dragon and people represent the Targaryen family and their dragons fleeing the disaster, and invading Westeros almost a century later. The second time the bands are seen, they depict Robert's Rebellion, represented by a dragon (the Mad King Aerys Targaryen) battling a stag (the Baratheons), a lion (the Lannisters) and a direwolf (the Starks). The final picture shows all sorts of animals bowing to the triumphant stag, symbolizing Robert Baratheon winning the rebellion and usurping the throne. The title display also shows the dragon, lion, wolf, and stag, representing four of the great houses of Westeros.
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The first television series in history to have a front cover of Empire Magazine dedicated to it. In its thirty years, only theatrical movies were given the spotlight on the front cover of Empire, and they rationalized their decision to dedicate the cover of the three hundred sixtieth issue to this show (in the month of the final season premiere in 2019) due to its cinematic nature and its scale, claiming they don't plan to feature another television show on the front cover any time soon, for "there has never been a show like Game of Thrones before".
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Brian Cox revealed that he was offered a role, but turned it down, a decision he later regretted because his friend Ian McShane did eventually join the series. Cox told Vodzilla: "Stupidly, I turned it down in the early days, because they didn't pay enough money. Now they have more money. And I was silly. I was silly, it was silly, because I'm a complete addict now."
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Roy Dotrice, a frequent collaborator with George R.R. Martin and narrator of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" audio books, 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.
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Roy Dotrice (Wisdom Hallyne) also narrates the audio books of the novels. He and George R.R. Martin have been friends since they worked on Beauty and the Beast (1987).
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As of 2019, this show has 59 Emmy Awards, more than any other scripted series in history.
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Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Jaime Lannister) was a strong advocate for the show's cast hard work on the last season, and found people's offenses aimed at show-runner Benioff and Weiss disrespectful. He said accusing them for lack of interest in landing the show's ending right was unfair and was quoted saying "For anyone to imagine or to think that the two creators of the show are not the most passionate, the greatest, the most invested of all and to for a second think they didn't spend the last 10 years thinking how they were gonna end it is kinda silly. And also know that they too read the comments. Even though you sit on your own and go 'Stupid writers! A**holes!' They really, like everyone on Game of Thrones, every single person--and there are thousands--we worked our asses off to make the best show we could for the ending."
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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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Former U.S. President Barack Obama personally asked the makers about Jon Snow's fate following the season five finale, and also requested to see season six before anyone else, because he was such a fan of the show.
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Gillian Anderson admitted in 2016 she turned down one character in this series. She had two little sons at the time. It was rumored that the character was Cersei Lannister.
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Reacting to the disproportional outrage that followed that final season and it's controversial plot twists on social media, Peter Dinklage said in an interview to the Net Yorker "Well, everybody's always going to have an opinion, and that means an ownership. It's like breaking up with somebody. They get upset. I can't speak for everybody, but my feeling is they didn't want it to end, so a lot of people got angry. I feel like what [the showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] did was extraordinary. This happens. Monsters are created. And you don't see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way. So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person--there were signposts all along the way for that character."
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The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (2015) ceremony, in which this series won Outstanding Drama series, Outstanding Writing for an Episode of a Drama series and Outstanding Directing for an episode of a drama series, was held on George R.R. Martin's 67th birthday.
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The show sometimes briefly introduced a character and then re-cast them for a formal introduction later on. Selyse Baratheon was played in the second season by an uncredited Sarah Mac Keever, before being re-cast with Tara Fitzgerald, and formally introduced in the third season. Lord Beric Dondarrion appeared briefly in one scene in the first season, played by David Michael Scott, and returned in a bigger role in the third season, played by Richard Dormer. Tommen Baratheon and his sister Myrcella were played by Callum Wharry and Aimee Richardson during the first two seasons, and replaced by Dean-Charles Chapman and Nell Tiger Free from the fourth season on. The Three-Eyed Raven and Leaf were played by Struan Rodger and Octavia Selena Alexandru for brief appearances in the fourth season, and re-cast with Max von Sydow and Kae Alexander for the sixth season. Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane was played in a few scenes by Conan Stevens and Ian Whyte in the first two seasons, before Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson took over the role when the character became more prominent in the fourth season. Lastly, Ed Skrein was introduced as Daario Naharis for three episodes in season three, but disagreements with HBO led to him being replaced by Michiel Huisman in the next season.
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As of 2019, the highest rated seasons of this show on IMDb, (season eight excluded) are as follows; season four: 9.3; season seven: 9.2; season one: 9.1; season six: 9.1; season three: 9.1; season two: 9.0 and season five: 8.9.
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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 was used in medieval times, is often referred to 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 chivalric order, which was founded in 1348 by the English King Edward III in the early stages of the 100 Years War with France. The arms of the Order of the Garter is a blue belt, or garter, with this same characteristic knot seen on this show. 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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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as Jaime Lannister on this show, but lost to Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister).
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According to the novels, the sigil of House Baratheon is a black stag with a crown above its head on a field of gold. On this show, the Baratheons' banner depicted a stag with a crown around its neck.
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By the end of the fifth season, David Nutter directed six episodes of the show and won an Emmy Award in 2015, but was taken out of commission after season five by a major injury that required several back surgeries. He had to skip seasons six and seven, and after he was healed enough to come back to work, he was invited to direct half of the episodes in the final season. He said that being asked to direct half of the episodes felt like "when you're in the ocean and you can't swim and someone throws you a life jacket. After being out of commission for a couple of years, it was fantastic to get a chance to work with people I care so much about." By the show's end, he is the most frequent director to helm the show, having directed nine episodes.
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In the novels, 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 is a reference to the Dornish, who immigrated to Westeros from the River Rhoyne. The writers believed this would cause confusion since the Dornish did not appear until later seasons, so it was left out.
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Concerning the growing disappointment of some fans in how the show deviated more and more from the books, writer George R.R. Martin repeatedly stated that books and television shows are two separate mediums, "with different strengths, different weaknesses, different requirements". He explained that there have been small changes between the books and the show since the first season, and like the butterfly effect, some of these changes led to larger changes later on: "the longer the show goes on, the bigger the butterflies become. And now we have reached the point where the beat of butterfly wings is stirring up storms. More and more, they differ, (like) two roads diverging in the dark of the woods, but all of us are still intending that at the end we will arrive at the same place." He did, however, state several times that both the TV show and the book series are heading towards the same ending.
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The series first premiered in 2011, which also was the 15th Anniversary of the publishing of the first "A Song of Fire and Ice" novel by George R.R. Martin.
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Over the course of its eight seasons, the show has filmed in ten countries, including Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, United States, Canada, and Scotland. There have been forty-nine locations in Northern Ireland, and one in the Republic of Ireland.
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Of all of the international locations used throughout the series, Emilia Clarke's favorite is Croatia.
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Jon Snow is coincidentally the name of a Channel Four (U.K.) news anchor, making the line "You know nothing, Jon Snow" unintentionally funny.
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Lily Allen, sister of Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), claimed that she was offered the role of Yara Greyjoy (Theon's sister in the series), but passed because the part required that Alfie touched her all over her body. Alfie later debunked Lilly's claim as a joke.
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Despite the eighth and final season being extremely divisive among the fan-base, it is in fact the most Emmy Awarded final season of any show in history, winning 12 trophies including the top prize of "Outstanding Drama Series" at the 2019 ceremony.
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Unlike her character of Ygritte, who has never seen a castle, Rose Leslie was born in Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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This show is the most Emmy winning scripted series in history, while the only show having more wins is Saturday Night Live (1975), which is a live variety series. However, it took Saturday Night Live (1975) thirty-nine seasons to gain the title in 2013, while this show got that same amount of awards in only six seasons (at the 2016 ceremony).
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This is the first television show to hit over one million User-Submitted reviews on IMDB. It is also the highest-rated television series on IMDb, with a 9.5 score tied with AMC's Breaking Bad (2008) and HBO's Band of Brothers (2001), though the latter was a mini-series.
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Behind the scenes, Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) used to rap together.
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A few weeks before the premiere of the final season, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that co-Creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss will join the ranks of Steven Spielberg, Matthew Weiner, J.J. Abrams, and other key figures by receiving the International Emmy Founders Award in the November 2019 Ceremony, an award that's being given to individuals whose creative accomplishments have contributed in some way to the quality of global television production. Specifically, the Academy stated that "David and D.B. are absolute game changers, visionary storytellers who have created, with their first foray into television, a record breaking global cultural phenomenon with an international following like no other."
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Almost all of the actors and actresses on the show are at least five years older than their character counterparts in the novels, with many key actors and actresses being over ten years older.
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Sam Claflin auditioned for the roles of Jon Snow and Viserys Targaryen.
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In March 2014, HBO released a ten-track mixtape called "Catch the Throne" as promotion for the show's fourth season. The tape included rap songs from artists like Common, Big Boi, Wale, Kilo Kish, and others, and each song was related to things in the show in its lyrics. Most of the songs also sampled music from the original Ramin Djawadi soundtracks of the show's first three seasons.
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Only twelve characters have appeared in all eight seasons: Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Monmont, Samwell Tarly, Varys, and Bronn. Also, Brandon Stark and Sandor Clegane are present in all seasons except season five.
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Direwolves have been extinct for thousands of years, fading out in the controversial Quarternary extinction event.
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Season seven started in the summer of 2017, and had seven episodes, with a budget of one hundred million dollars.
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Maisie Williams' (Arya Stark's) sword moves are helped by the fact that she has been hitting the classical dance floor since she was very young. She enjoys street and hip-hop styles of dance as well.
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Each of the Stark children adopted one of six orphaned Direwolves (similar to conventional wolves except for being much larger and powerful) which appears on the Stark banner as their sygil. They were - Grey Wind/Robb Stark, Lady/Sansa Stark, Nymeria/Arya Stark, Summer/Bran, ShaggyDog/Rickon Stark, and the runt of the litter Ghost went to the bastard Jon Snow.
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According to their respective IMDb ratings out of ten, the top ten episodes are as follows: 1. Season six, episode nine, "Battle of the Bastards' - 10.0; 2. Season six, episode ten, "The Winds of Winter" - 10.0; 3. Season five, episode eight, "Hardhome" - 9.9; 4. Season three, episode nine, "The Rains of Castamere" - 9.9; 5. Season six, episode five, "The Door" - 9.8; 6. Season four, episode two, "The Lion and the Rose" - 9.7; 7. Season four, episode eight, "The Mountain and the Viper" - 9.7; 8. Season four, episode six, "The Laws of Gods and Men" - 9.7; 9. Season two, episode nine, "Blackwater" - 9.7; 10. Season four, episode ten, "The Children" - 9.6. When the ratings are the same (as in the case of six, seven, eight, and nine) they are in order according to the number of ratings, with the higher number of ratings meaning a higher rank.
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Tyrion Lannister is supposed to be seven years younger than his siblings Cersei and Jaime. In reality, however, Peter Dinklage is a year older than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) and four years older than Lena Headey (Cersei). Also, Stannis Baratheon is supposed to be a year younger than his brother Robert, but Stephen Dillane (Stannis) is seven years older than Mark Addy (Robert).
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A full scale reproduction of a sailing ship was constructed on one of series' soundstages in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Virtually every shipboard scene in the series was shot on this set, which was redressed to depict different ships.
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By the end of it's run, the show was awarded a total of 60 Emmy awards, more than any other scripted series in history. 59 awards were given in the annual Emmy Awards ceremonies and another Emmy Founders Award was given to show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as part of the International Emmy Awards ceremony after the show concluded. The show won the "Outstanding Drama Series" Awards 4 times (for seasons 5, 6, 7 and 8) and now holds the record (along with four other shows) for the most wins in that category in the Emmys' entire history.
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Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) and Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) appeared in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Gleeson appeared in Batman Begins (2005), and Gillen appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Richard Brake (Night's King) also appeared in Batman Begins (2005) as Joe Chill, and Burn Gorman (Karl Tanner) appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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Dr. Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist of the famous novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is considered to be a strong influence behind Qyburn (Anton Lesser). Qyburn, a former maester and a skilled healer, conducts unnatural and repugnant experiments on living humans. Ser Gregor Clegane (Conan Stevens) is experimented on and saved from the brink of death by Qyburn after being poisoned by Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal).
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Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) got a tattoo of a direwolf as in the sigil of House Stark and the words "The Pack Survives" on her forearm.
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Emilia Clarke received her second Prime Time Emmy nomination for her performance in season six, but lost out to Dame Maggie Smith.
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Over the course of eight seasons, this show used twelve thousand one hundred thirty-seven wigs and hairpieces. Daenerys Targaryen's (Emily Clarke's) wig color and style are the result of more than two months of testing and seven prototypes.
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Oded Fehr was a strong contender for the role of Oberyn Martell.
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In the first seven seasons, the opening titles began with an intricate astrolabe decorated with murals meant to represent the history of Westeros and Essos that predates the show: the Doom of Valyria (a volcanic eruption which seemingly ended the age of dragons), the Battle of the Trident (which concluded Robert's Rebellion against the Targaryens), and the Rise of House Baratheon as the rulers of Westeros, the point in history in which the show starts. In the eighth season, the opening titles went through a major redesign, so it starts with an astrolabe with different murals depicting three crucial events that took place during the run of the show and led to its current moment in history: (in reversed order) the breach of the Wall, the Red Wedding, and the birth of Daenerys' dragons.
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Broke Frasier (1993)'s record of most Emmy wins for a television series of any kind (comedy or drama) in 2016, with the show receiving its thirty-eighth award in 2016.
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In England's War of the Roses, the house of York's emblem was a white rose, while that of the house of Lancaster was a red rose. This was the inspiration for the conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters. As well as the similarity of the names, the background color of the Stark's banner is a light gray, almost white, and that of the Lannister's is a deep red.
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Starting off in this show, Carice van Houten (Melisandre) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) played enemies. However, they previously appeared in Black Butterflies (2011), playing lovers.
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Daenerys Targaryen's (Emily Clarke's) three dragons are identifiable by the color of their scales, which is easier to differentiate in the early seasons when they were smaller; Drogon is mainly red, Rhaegal is mainly green, and Viserion is mainly yellow/gold. In this sense, they resemble the three dragons in the classic Atari 2600 game "Adventure"; Rhindle the red, Grundle the green, and Yorgle the yellow.
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While the eighth season of the show was facing harsh backlash mainly on Social Media, fantasy author Stephen King often praised the season on his Twitter account and said he enjoyed even the more controversial parts of it. He stated "There's been a lot of negativity about the windup, but I think it's just because people don't want any ending. But you know what they say: All good things..."
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By the end of it's run, Game of Thrones became the most Emmy-nominated show in television history, at 161 total nominations.
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Carice van Houten (Melisandre) and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis) were both in Suzy Q (1999) and Black Book (2006), but share no scenes in Game of Thrones.
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The Red Wedding helped popularize a YouTube staple called "reaction videos".
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Features two 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 trilogy.
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) featured a total of eight cast members from this show. They are Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Mark Stanley (Grenn), Max von Sydow (Three-Eyed Raven), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand), Emun Elliott (Marillion), and Hannah John-Kamen (Ornela).
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Sam Heughan auditioned to play various characters including Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell, and a few different members of the Night's Watch. He appeared in Outlander (2014) alongside this show's alumnus Tobias Menzies.
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Dean-Charles Chapman played Martyn Lannister in season three and Tommen Baratheon from season four onwards. He has been associated with the Lannister family twice.
When asked about her nude scenes, Natalie Dormer said she has no regrets when it comes to taking it all off for the camera. In fact, she thinks her decision to bare it all has paid off in the long run. Aside from that, Dormer believes the nakedness on Thrones is equal between men and woman. "There's plenty of [naked men] on Game of Thrones, too. Sex is part of life, ergo it's part of art. If you're representing real life, then you will represent sex," she explained. Dormer has fearlessly defended her stance on the show. She believes that if "[she] can pay the bills doing the job [she] loves, [her] 16-year-old self would be very content with that. But, of course, your ambitions change."
Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Emelia Clarke opened up about how she was "sick and tired" of how often her naked scenes are raised in conversation during interviews. "The last time that I was naked on camera on Game of Thrones was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman. And it's annoying as hell and I'm sick and tired of it because I did it for the character, I didn't do it so some guy could check out my t**s, for God's sake."
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015).
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George R.R. Martin stated in a 2017 interview with Metro that he hasn't watched the series beyond the first few seasons, citing a busy schedule of writing and touring.
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Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) is also a singer songwriter. He released his first album in 2015.
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Maisie Williams went naked herself in the love scene between Arya and Gendry in Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2019) without the use of a body double. The director allowed her to improvise the scene herself, and undress to an extent that she was comfortable with.
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This is Ron Donachie's (Ser Rodrick Cassel's) second time playing a master at arms. The first being Titanic (1997).
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Features one actress and one actor from the original cast of the U.K. teen drama series Skins (2007): Hannah Murray (Gilly) and Joe Dempsie (Gendry).
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The show has five Doctor Who (2005) guest stars, each of whom participated in two-parters: Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Rupert Vansittart (Yohn Royce).
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Emilia Clarke was unwell between seasons one and two, as she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which almost killed her.
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The first television series to be presented in Dolby Atmos surround sound.
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Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), unlike her character, enjoys fencing in real-life, and is a member of the London Fencing Academy.
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The population of King's Landing is half a million. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) mentioned this to Qyburn (Anton Lesser) in season three, episode seven, "The Bear and the Maiden Fair".
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Andrew Dunbar, who was the body double for Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), died suddenly at his home in Belfast on Christmas Eve 2019. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
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Sean Bean (Ned Stark), Julian Glover (Pycelle), and James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) appeared in Troy (2004). Also, Producer David Benioff wrote the screenplay for Troy (2004).
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Despite being heavily criticized by viewers on Social Media, the eighth and final season of the show was nominated for a record breaking 32 Emmy Awards in 2019. All four directors of the season, David Benioff, Dan Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik was up for a Directing Awards on top of the Drama Series Awards, since they serve as producers. Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner got their first ever acting nominees for the show and Emilia Clark and Kit Harington was nominated for their first time in the leading acting categories. Among the nominees there were many returning like Maisie Williams, Lena Heady, composer Ramin Djawadi, Peter Dinklage and most importantly David and Dan, the show-runners, for writing the series finale.
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As published by HBO, during all eight seasons, and specific to production in Northern Ireland, three thousand seven hundred forty-eight pounds of rubber and one and a half tons of metal were used for armory, with one thousand three hundred shields created. Additionally, production used: fifty-two thousand bags of paper snow; one hundred sixty-three tons of propane; three thousand pyrotechnic effects; four thousand gallons of artificial blood; twenty thousand nine hundred seven candles; twenty-five miles of rope; twenty-two thousand nine hundred sixty-six feet of waxed cotton fabric to make more than three hundred thirty tents; and fifty miles of fabric for costumes. The Construction Department used: seven hundred forty-five miles of repurposed timber; sixty thousand sheets of plywood; twenty million screws and bolts; sixty-five thousand bags of plaster; one thousand three hundred twenty gallons of wood glue; one thousand two hundred blocks of polystyrene; one thousand sheets of fire board; more than one thousand miles of cable; and one hundred twenty semi-truck loads of reclaimed beams from warehouses and barns from all over Europe.
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Dean Charles Chapman stated in an interview that he found the sex scene between him and Natalie Dormer disturbing.
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Iwan Rheon (Ramsey Snow/Bolton), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) appeared on Misfits (2009).
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Dragons have four limbs along with a set of independent wings. Wyverns have four limbs but, their wings are integrated into their forelimbs. GoT is one of many instances where wyverns are improperly called "dragons."
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Nikolaj Coster Waldau said that as expected, the cast and crew was personally effected by the audiences "vicious" reaction to the final episodes. "Every season has been intense in terms of the attention and discussion, but it was extraordinarily intense for a final season," the actor said during a Saturday fan Q&A panel at Con of Thrones. "And we have this WhatsApp group, the actors, and I saw some people getting a little upset because some of the stuff is vicious, and if you make the mistake of start reading all that sh-t, because if you guys get really angry about something- I'm sure you did, some of you- so you write to each other and go, 'F***ing assholes. This is so not what would happen! They ruined, they butchered George's world!' It's just fun for you, but of course some of us got a little upset."
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In the novels Robb, Sansa, Bran and Rickon Stark are described as having auburn hair and blue eyes, traditional Tully features inherited from their mother, Catelyn. Only Arya is described as having the traditional Stark features of brown hair and eyes.
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Emilia Clarke talked about the uncomfortable experience of filming sex scenes during a one-on-one interview for Variety and PBS' "Actors on Actors" series: "Season one of 'Game of Thrones had like everything. I did it all. I got raped, I came out of the fire, I was butt naked. I was pregnant and then lost it and then kind of gave birth to something else. So, season one was the most challenging out of everything. But the naked stuff is always difficult."
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Season eight of the show was so poorly received, a Change.org petition was set up to force the creators to remake it. The petition received over the requested five hundred thousand votes in less than a week.
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The following cast members took part in a short promotional video by HBO and the International Rescue Committee to create awareness on the refugee crisis: Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Deobia Oparei (Areo Hotah), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr), Eugene Simon (Lancel Lannister), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton/Snow), Hannah Murray (Gilly), and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis). Their efforts were primarily targeted towards Syrian refugees. In addition, Lena Headey, Liam Cunningham, and Maisie Williams attended a Syrian refugee camp in Greece in 2016, while Michiel Huisman and Tom Wlaschiha, respectively, visited camps in Jordan and Lebanon.
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In 2018 ten principal characters from the series appeared on the UK's Royal Mail postage stamps including: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). Other stamps feature the Night King, Giants, Direwolves, Dragons, and the Iron Throne.
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HBO published that in all of its episodes, the series has utilized a total of forty visual effects houses in thirteen countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Northern Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, China, France, Sweden, and India. There were thirteen thousand two hundred fifty visual effects shots in the first seven seasons of the series.
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Emilia Clarke spoke candidly in a recent interview about how she coped with the pressure and fans' reactions to her nude scenes in the early days of her starring role on Game of Thrones. She told actor Dax Shepard on a Nov. 2019 episode of his podcast "Armchair Expert" that she learned as early as Season 1 that she could not go to the Internet for validation about how her nude scenes went. "I learned it very early and I don't look at anything at all ever, ever, ever, because when I did, after Season 1, I just saw articles about like how fat my ass was. I was like: I'm a kid, man. Cut me some goddamn slack."
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Across its eight seasons, the show totalled one hundred five thousand eight hundred forty-six days for extras across all seasons and countries. This show used twelve thousand nine hundred eighty-six extras in Northern Ireland alone, and two thousand Northern Ireland crew members, as published by HBO.
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U.S. viewership of each one of the seasons (except eight), as published by HBO: season one- 9.3 Million, season two- 11.6 Million, season three- 14.4 Million, season four- 19.1 Million, season five- 20.2 Million, season six- 25.7 Million, and season seven- 32.8 Million.
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A popular misconception developed among viewers of the show that the show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had rushed the making of the final season so that they could move on to make Star Wars movies for Disney. While they did have a Star Wars movie planned at the time, they got that offer long after mapping out the final seasons, and the film was only due to come out in 2022; since the show wrapped filming in 2018, the production table of both series was not even remotely overlapping. Also in reality, the production of the final 6 episodes took twice as much time as a regular old 10 episode season, so the production wasn't even expedited. On top of that, a few months after the show aired its final episode, Benioff and Weiss signed a hundred-million dollar deal with Netflix that made them withdraw from the Star Was project, indicating it wasn't on high priority for them in the first place.
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Dominic West and Perdita Weeks were offered parts but declined. West was offered an undisclosed part which he described as "lovely", but despite urging from a nephew who was a fan of the show, he politely passed as he wanted to spend more time with his children. His role was rumored to have been Mance Rayder (later played by Ciarán Hinds). Weeks was cast as Roslin Frey, Edmure Tully's wife, but passed on the opportunity to star in 'The Heretics', a series that was later canceled. Unfortunately, by then, Alexandra Dowling had already been cast (although she only appeared in one episode).
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The number of weeks required for post-production per season, according to HBO: season one- seventeen weeks, season two- twenty-one weeks, season three- twenty weeks, season four- twenty-one weeks, season five- twenty-two weeks, season six- twenty-four weeks, season seven- thirty weeks, and season eight- forty-two weeks.
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Tricia Helfer auditioned for the role of Queen Cersei Lannister.
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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.
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As of December 2017, this is a television series with the highest number of IMDb votes. Only two series have over one million votes: this show and Breaking Bad (2008). Both have a rating of 9.5.
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Sophie Turner frequently gets harshly criticized online which fans of Game of Thrones and X-Men call her a terrible actress and that she can't act. Sophie Turner was nominated for an 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in the final season.
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Mahershala Ali auditioned unsuccessfully for a role on this show.
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It's most likely Joffrey Baratheon could be suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is an psychiatric condition which a person manipulates, exploits, or violates the rights of others. The symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder are aggression towards people and animals. Lying. Deceitfulness. Theft and serious violation of rules. On this show, Joffrey hurts and kills people and delights in it, which makes him a sadist.
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Jamie Bamber auditioned for the role of Jaime Lannister.
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Each episode is rated on IMDb on a scale of 1-10. If you total up the ratings for all episodes in this series, one hundred is the maximum possible score for a season, since there are ten episodes per season, each with the potential for 10.0 stars. Based on this system, season four is the highest rated and season eight is the lowest. The total season scores out of one hundred, along with their respective ranks, are as follows: season one - 90.9 rank number two; season two - 89.7 rank number five; season three - 90.3 rank number four; season four - 93.2 rank number one; season five - 88.5 rank number six; season six - 90.8 rank number three.
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Upon being crowned as king, Tommen Baratheon marries and has sex with Margery Tyrell in Game of Thrones: High Sparrow (2015) (TV Episode). In the medieval age, underage children were wed to adults whom were of nobility. This was centuries before the underage sex laws was established which an adult having sex with an underage male was declared illegal.
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Lena Headey was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister on this show, but lost to Thandie Newton from Westworld (2016).
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The show was nominated for the Best Drama Series category at the Critics' Choice Awards for every one of it's eight seasons- ever since the TV categories at the awards were first presented. It won twice, for seasons 3 and 6.
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At least eleven cast members appeared on Ripper Street (2012). They are Jerome Flynn (Bronn/Sergeant Drake) Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy/Theodore Swift), Kristian Nairn (Hodor/Barnaby), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont/Madoc Faulkner), Clive Russell (Brynden Tully/Chief Inspector Abberline), Anton Lesser (Qybern/Dr. Karl Krabbe), Francis Magee (Yoren/Davies), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton/Commissioner Monroe) Joseph Mawle (Benjin Stark/Detective Inspector Shine), Philip Arditti (Goatherd/Marvel), and Dean-Charles Chapman (King Tommen/Harry Ward).
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Derek Halligan was cast as Alliser Thorne, but left the show before production began. He was replaced by Owen Teale.
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In an interview on BBC Radio 4, Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow) revealed that he had been offered a role at the beginning of the show, but turned it down: "All I did was flip through [the script] and look at the names, look on these strange names, strange dialogue and I thought 'Oh, it's not for me.'" However, he later happily accepted the part of the High Sparrow, stating that "it's a great character. He comes into the story [...] quite relevant because of the present Pope who presents himself as a man of the people who'll get down washing their feet and stuff ... yet he is this incredibly powerful figure who has the wherewithal to dispense justice."
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Emilia Clarke said in an interview that she got "a lot of crap for having done nudes scenes and sex scenes" in the show from other women. "That, in itself, is so anti-feminist," she said, "Women hating on other women is just the problem. That's upsetting..."
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Danish cast members Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Karsi) appeared in At World's End (2009) and 3 Things (2017).
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The best-selling 1965 science fiction fantasy novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert was speculated to be an influence behind George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" fantasy novels on which this show was based.
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The Frontier from The Last Starfighter (1984) has been considered to be a major influence behind the Wall. In The Last Starfighter (1984), The Frontier is a wall in space which defends the peaceful worlds of The Star League from the Kodan armada and other hostile species. On this show, the Wall prevents the Wildings, the White Walkers, and the undead from entering Westeros.
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Season one was the only season of the series to be given the R16 rating in New Zealand when it was released on DVD. All of the other seasons were given the R18 rating when they were released on DVD.
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According to IMDb, this show was at one time the most popular and highest rated television program on IMDb of all time, even though Planet Earth II (2016) was number one. This show was technically number one because over one and a half million users have contributed to the rating of 9.5, where less then seventy thousand people contributed to Planet Earth II's rating of 9.5. This show temporarily took the crown until it started to drop to 9.3 during the latter half of 2019, mainly due to the controversial eight and final season.
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Rachel Hurd-Wood was considered for the role of Sansa.
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Joe Dempsie (Gendry), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Tom Hopper (Dickon Tarly), Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark), Mackenzie Crook (Orell), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont), Julian Glover (Pycell), Ralph Ineson (Dagmer Cleftjaw), Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell), Clive Russell (Blackfish), and Alexandra Dowling (Roslin Frey) appeared on Merlin (2008).
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An uproar arose on the internet over a very modern-looking coffee cup appearing in season eight. After being accused herself, Sophie Turner pointed the finger at Emilia Clarke (an avid coffee drinker and the person closest to the offending cup) but later said Kit Harrington was the more likely culprit.
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The series initially followed the standard release schedule of one season per twelve months for the first six seasons, typically premiering in April between 2011 and 2016. However, the seventh season didn't premiere until July 2017 due to the increased complexity of the production (more location shooting and a longer post-production period). The logistical demands for the final season were so extreme that HBO announced in 2017 that it wouldn't air until April 2019, a wait of twenty-one months since the previous season.
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The show had an IMDB rating of 9.5 until season 8 aired, where the rating then dropped a point to 9.4.
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It is established in zombie mythology that zombies can supernaturally reanimate a dead body and can transform any living being into zombies by biting them. On this show, the White Walkers (zombies) don't supernaturally reanimate dead bodies into White Walkers. Only their leader the Night King has that ability.
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Peter Dinklage won the 2018 Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as Tyrion Lannister.
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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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The show won the Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for each one of it's eight seasons. The only other win for the show at the SAG's is Peter Dinklage in the Male Actor in a Drama Series for the final season
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Writer George R.R. Martin stated that he was relieved when the show ended, as he had hoped to finish the last two books before the TV series would get there. However, unexpectedly, the series outpaced his writing: "I don't think [the TV series] was very good for me because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. I'd feel terrible because I'd be thinking: 'My God, I have to finish the book. I've only written four pages when I should have written 40'. But having the show finish is freeing, because I'm at my own pace now."
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Many fans found the 8th and final season a disappointing finale of the series, and criticized the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for what they perceived as lazy writing, bad character development and poor decisions they made for the characters. Others however praised them for persisting in the grim realism and shocking twists that characterized the series until the end. Writer George R.R. Martin also stated that he had planned a largely similar (yet more elaborate) ending for his still unfinished books, and wouldn't change it despite all the controversy: "I want to write the books I've always intended to write all along. And when it comes out they can like it or not like it. You can't please everybody, so you've got to please yourself.".
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Elizabeth Olsen unsuccessfully auditioned for Daenerys Targaryen.
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Emilia Clarke and Nathalie Emmanuel became close friends.
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Benjamin Gur auditioned for the part of Trystane Martell in season five.
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Jonathan Nolan, brother of acclaimed Director Christopher Nolan, co-Writer of The Dark Knight trilogy, and Interstellar (2014) and Creator of the HBO series Westworld (2016), was described by his wife Lisa Joy as a "huge fan" of this show.
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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category for season seven, episode seven, "The Dragon and the Wolf", but lost to Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg for The Americans (2013) season six, episode ten, "START".
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The five of the six episodes in the final season are by far the lowest rated in the entire series. Season eight, episode two, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms", is tied with season five, episode six, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". Aside from being tied with a single episode in a different season, season eight contains the lowest episodes of the whole show.
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Many cast members appeared in the Star Wars film franchise, including: Emilia Clarke, Julian Glover, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Gwendoline Christie, Jessica Henwick, Max von Sydow, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Stanley, Miltos Yerolemou, Emun Elliott, Kate Dickie, Ian McElhinney, and Spencer Wilding.
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Sophie Turner revealed to Phil McGraw in an interview that she suffered from depression.
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The White Walkers are considered to be "The Borg of Game of Thrones". In Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the Borg are a race of cybernetic aliens linked to a hive mind that assimilates other species into Borg drones. In this show, the Night King can assimilate the living and the dead into Wights by touching them.
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Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) appeared in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
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Two actresses who 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 & Prejudice (2005).
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Some fans of the series called Jon Snow dumb and stupid due to the decisions he made, and that he doesn't think and consider the consequences of his own actions. Others praise the character for his flaws, taking after his father Ned Stark who was also noble to a fault, and would always do the honorous thing, no matter how dire the consequences for himself or others.
Though Emilia stripped off completely in season one of Game of Thrones, she famously decided to use a body double in certain scenes later in the show.
Neil Marshall, who directed the "Blackwater" episode, said in an interview that working on a series that included so much nudity "was surreal." He said "I'd not done anything like that in my films before. But the weirdest part was when you have one of the exec producers leaning over your shoulder, going, 'You can go full frontal, you know. This is television, you can do whatever you want! And do it! I urge you to do it.' So I was like, 'Okay, well, you're the boss.' This particular exec took me to one side and said, 'Look, I represent the pervert side of the audience, okay? Everybody else is the serious drama side. I represent the perv side of the audience, and I'm saying I want full frontal nudity in this scene. So you go ahead and do it.'"
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), and Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) appeared in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015).
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The show was nominated 8 consecutive times, for each one of it's eight seasons, for the Outstanding Drama Series category at the Emmys, winning 4 consecutive times for seasons 5,6,7 and 8.
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The final episode of the series, "The Iron Throne", was watched by a record 19.3 million viewers across HBO's platforms (linear, HBO GO and HBO NOW), exceeding the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers from the previous episode, "the Bells". In addition, the episode was the most-watched broadcast on HBO ever, with 13.6 million viewers for its initial airing, beating the previous record of 13.4 million viewers for The Sopranos: For All Debts Public and Private (2002) from The Sopranos.
The subreddit "freefolk" mainly consisting of fans of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series, was named the most popular subreddit of 2019 in the entire Reddit site. Outraged from the outcome of the series, the users of this subreddit often organized mass down-votings for the episodes of the final season.
Cersei's pronunciation is similar to Cixi, the ruthless Imperial Chinese Empress Dowager who was obsessed with power and led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty.
For the Emmy nominations on the last season of the show, Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) via their reps, went ahead and submitted themselves for consideration, picking up the $225 entry fee, after HBO decided not to. The move worked for the three of them.
Ray Stevenson and Charlie Hunnam were both approached for undisclosed roles but declined. Stevenson said that he was approached early on, but he passed on the opportunity as he was focusing on a career outside television at the time. Despite seeing many of his Rome (2005) cast mates joining the show in later seasons, he stated that he probably wouldn't, as he preferred to be in a series from the beginning. Hunnam was offered a cameo, but his busy schedule prevented him from taking it.
Jeremy Podeswa was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series category for season seven, episode seven, "The Dragon and the Wolf", but lost to Stephen Daldry for The Crown (2016) season two, episode nine, "Paterfamilias".
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On this show, Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and Melisandre (Carise van Houten) say to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) "You know nothing, Jon Snow." It is not known why this was said to him. However, it is theorized that Ygritte and Melisandre said this because they're calling him a idiot, and that he doesn't understand nearly as much as he thinks about how the "real world" works.
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Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) appeared in Century (1993), The Contractor (2007), and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).
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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo used the tagline "winter is coming" when speaking on the International Monetary Fund - World Bank annual meeting plenary in Bali on Friday, October 12, 2018.
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Alan Taylor was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series category for season seven, episode six, "Beyond the Wall", but lost to Stephen Daldry for The Crown (2016) season two, episode nine, "Paterfamilias".
Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams appeared in the X-Men film franchise: Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Dark Phoenix (2016), and Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane in The New Mutants (2020).
Elizabeth Olsen whom had auditioned for Daenerys Targaryen later achieved fame as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Scarlet Witch and Daenerys Targaryen are passionate women with fiery magic who will fight you and burns everything you own if cross her. Both Scarlet Witch and Daenerys Targaryen have lost their siblings.
Isaac Hempstead Wright (Brandon Stark), Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark), and Ian Hanmore (Pyat Pree) appeared in The Awakening (2011).
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First television series in history to have a massive 1.2 million ratings on IMDb.
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Daenerys Targaryen's arc throughout the series is about her transformation from a frightened young girl to a powerful woman.
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David Nutter directed Lena Headey in three episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008).
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Model Rosie Mac grew to fame on Instagram after she admitted she had played Daenerys' body double during season five.
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A lot of cast members had major roles in horror movies. Sean Bean (Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark) appeared in Silent Hill (2006) and its sequel, which also starred Kit Harington (Jon Snow). Bean also had major roles in The Dark (2005) and Black Death (2010). In the latter movie, Bean had to match wits with Carice van Houten (Melissandre). Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark) and Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) appeared in The Hallow (2015). Rose Leslie (Ygritte) appeared in Honeymoon (2014). Katie Dickie (Lysa Arryn) had significant roles in Prometheus (2012) and The Witch (2015), which also starred Ralph Inneson (Dagmer Cleftjaw). Ms. Dickie had the lead in Outcast (2010) alongside James Cosmo (Jeor Moremont) and Dan Portman (Podrick Payne). James Cosmo went on to played a bristly Priest in Citadel (2012). Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) was the lead in The Last Showing (2014), while his television sister Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) had a double role in The Forest (2016). Ms. Dormer joined John Bradley West (Sam Tarley) for Patient Zero (2018). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) also played two different people in Guillermo del Toro's Mama (2013). His small screen sister and lover Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) appeared in Laid to Rest (2009), The Purge (2013), and The Cave (2005). Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), portrayed another very special boy in The Awakening (2011), where he was joined by Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark) and Ian Hanmore (Pyat Pree). Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) portrayed Old Nick in Let Us Pray (2014). Mr. Cunningham also played a gruff werewolf in Dog Soldiers (2002). True to form, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) portrayed another highly intelligent, but implacable father in Patrick (2013), while in Alien³ (1992), Mr. Dance played a very kind, but ill-fated doctor. Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane) had a relatively big part in The Thing (2011). Free Folk King Beyond the Wall Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder) starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the supernatural revenge tale The Woman in Black (2012). Michelle Fairly (Catelyn Stark) was part of the spooky classic The Others (2001). Iain Glen (Jorah Moremont) headed the cast in the occult thriller Darkness (2002). Loving horror movies, Noah Taylor (Locke) starred in no less than three, Red, White & Blue (2010), Dame Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (2015), and The Windmill (2016). Eugene Simon (Lancel Lannister) and David Bradley (Walder Frey) appeared in The Lodgers (2017). Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) must contend with deadly aliens in The Predator (2018), his television big sister played a timid maid in The Wolfman (2010). Essie Davis (Lady Crane) comes to fear literature in The Babadook (2014). In The Invitation (2015), Michiel Huisman (Dario Naharis) throws a killer party for real. Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Lord Mace Tyrell) and Tom Hopper (Dickon Tarly) find themselves contending with vengeance from beyond the grave in Tormented (2009).
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Grim and Gram, the central protagonists of The Mighty (1998) was an influence behind the relationship between Bran Stark and Hodor.
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Ian McShane (Brother Ray), Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Roger Allam (Illyrio Mopatis), and Deobia Oparei (Areo Hotah) appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
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The series won 59 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series - Garden of Bones, The Ghost of Harrenhal and A Man Without Honor, Outstanding Costumes for a Series - The Prince of Winterfell and The Lion and the Rose, Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) - The Old Gods and the New and Kissed by Fire, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series - Blackwater, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) - Blackwater, Outstanding Special Visual Effects - Valar Morghulis and Valar Dohaeris, Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera) - The Laws of God and Men and The Mountain and the Viper, Outstanding Special and Visual Effects - The Children, Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Series, Mini-series, Movie or a Special - The Children. Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) - Mother's Mercy, Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) - High Sparrow, Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken and Hardhome, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - The Dance of Dragons, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series - Hardhome, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) - Hardhome, Outstanding Special Visual Effects - The Dance of Dragons, Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Mother's Mercy, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Mother's Mercy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Make-up for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) - Battle of the Bastards, Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special - The Door, Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Movie - The Winds of Winter, Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) - Blood of My Blood/The Broken Man and No One, Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Special Visual Effects - Battle of the Bastards, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - Battle of the Bastards, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) - Battle of the Bastards, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Battle of the Bastards, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Battle of the Bastards, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special - The Dragon and the Wolf, Outstanding Special Visual Effects - Beyond the Wall, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) - The Dragon and the Wolf, Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes - Beyond The Wall, Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) - Dragonstone, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) - Beyond the Wall, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - The Long Night, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) - The Long Night, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) - The Long Night, Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) - The Long Night, Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes - The Bells, Outstanding Special Visual Effects - The Bells, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) - The Long Night, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Peter Dinklage and Outstanding Drama Series.
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Max von Sydow (Three-Eyed Raven), Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon), Robert Pugh (Craster), Ralph Ineson (Dagmer Cleftjaw), Mark Lewis Jones (Shagga), and Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) appeared in Robin Hood (2010).
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Ancient history, religion, William Shakespeare, Richard III (1955), J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and Frank Herbert's Dune novels were speculated to be influences behind the series and the books.
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Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon) and Faye Marsay (The Waif) appeared on Glue (2014) and The White Queen (2013), which detailed the War of the Roses, a fifteenth century English dynastic struggle that partly inspired this show.
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Like Star Wars Rebels (2014) and Doctor Who (2005), this show became one of the most talked about television series on YouTube, which fans of the series shared theories on episodes and characters and what they thought was going to happen.
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An uncredited Rob Bottin provided the special make-up effects in season four, episode two, "The Lion and the Rose".
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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Noah Taylor (Locke), Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell), Richard Brake (the Night King), and Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin) appeared on Peaky Blinders (2013).
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John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Iain Glen (Jorah Moremont), Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar), and James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly) appeared on Borgia (2011).
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Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and Iain Glen appeared in Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
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Four cast members appeared in James bond movies: Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Julien Glover appeared in For Your Eyes Only (1981); Dame Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); Sean Bean (Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark) in Goldeneye (1995).
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Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell) appeared in Rebecca (1997).
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Between seasons, Lena Headey played another antagonist in Dredd (2012) as Ma-Ma, prostitute turned evil drug lord. Karl Urban (Judge Dredd) played Eomer in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. George R.R. Martin cited "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien as one of his influences behind his "A Song of Fire and Ice" novels on which this show was based.
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Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), and Eline Powell (Bianca) appeared in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).
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After the series ended cast members Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel and Lena Headey joined the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) which is a prequel to the classic dark fantasy film The Dark Crystal (1982).
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Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, and the Night King were the main characters of the series as of 2019.
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Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Clive Mantle (Greatjon Umber), and Deobia Oparei (Areo Hotah) appeared in Alien³ (1992).
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Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Nonso Anozie (Xaro Xan Daxos), Owen Teale (Alliser Thorne), Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell), James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont), and Robert Pugh (Craster) appeared in The Last Legion (2007).
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Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed) and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Tyene Sand) portrayed iconic World War II diarist Anne Frank. Kendrick played Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (2009), and Sellers portrayed Frank in Memories of Anne Frank (2009).
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Sean Bean and Owen Teale appeared in The Fifteen Streets (1989).
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Natalie Dormer (Margarey Tyrell), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Francis Magee (Yoren), and Ian Hanmore (Pyat Pree) appeared on The Fades (2011).
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Tim Plester (Black Walda Rivers), Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow), Enzo Cilenti (Yezzan), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen), and Mark Gatiss (Tycho Nestoris) appeared on Wolf Hall (2015).
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Lucretia, a central female antagonist of Spartacus (2010), played in that series by Lucy Lawless, was considered by a few to be the Cersei Lannister of Spartacus (2010), due to both characters being powerful women and sharing a similar arc.
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Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Elyes Gabel (Rakharo), and Tim McInnerny (Robett Glover) appeared in MI-5 (2015) alongside Lara Pulver from Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series (2014), who voiced Lady Elissa Forrestor.
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Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) and Aisling Franciosi (Lyanna Stark in seasons 6 and 7) appeared in a short film Ambition (2014), playing the Master and his Apprentice, respectively.
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Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) and Ian McElhinney (Barristan Selmy in seasons 1-5) appeared in a TV series Queer as Folk (1999), where Ian McElhinney played Aidan Gillen's character's father.
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Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully), and James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly) appeared in Underworld: Blood Wars (2016). In addition, this movie also features Lara Pulver (Elissa Forrestor) from Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series (2014).
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Oona Chaplin (Talisa Maegyr), Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Hannah John-Kamen (Ornela), and Burn Gorman (Karl Tanner) appeared on The Hour (2011).
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Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, and Ciarán Hinds appeared with Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). Emilia Clarke was one of the frontrunners for Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2018).
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This show premiered one year after the premiere of Spartacus (2010) which was the groundbreaking graphic adaptation of the history of the Thracian rebel gladiator Spartacus (played on the show by Andy Whitfield and Liam McIntyre). Both series have graphic violence, explicit sex, nudity, and profanity. Characters get killed off and evil cunning characters scheme and commit skullduggery.
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The series includes four main Bond villains - Julian Glover, Sean Bean, Jonathan Price and Max von Sydow, one Bond Girl - Diana Rigg, one henchman - Charles Dance and one ally - Tobias Menzies.
David Bradley portrays Walder Frey; a greedy Lord who charges a heavy toll for passing through his property at the twins. In the film "Our Mutual Friend", he portrays a Riverman who works as a Locke Keep; charging a toll for people to row or walk past his post.
It was theorized and speculated on-line that Ygritte is Melisandre, due to both characters saying "You know nothing Jon Snow" to Jon Snow.
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Following his departure from this show, Iwan Rheon played another antagonist in Inhumans (2017).
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The final season aired the same year as a theatrical movie which also had the word "game" in the title - Avengers: Endgame (2019).
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The Starfighters and the Frontier from The Last Starfighter (1984) are considered to be an influence behind the Night's Watch and the Wall. Like the Wall, the Frontier (a wall in space) protects peaceful worlds of the Star League from the Kodan Armada and other hostile species. Like the Night's Watch, The Starfighters are the Star League's military order that defends League from the Kodan Armada.
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Between seasons, Kit Harington starred in Pompeii (2014), based on the volcanic disaster of Pompeii in 79 A.D. Harington starred as a gladiator who falls in love with a wealthy merchant's daughter.
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Eros Vlahos (Lommy Greenhands), James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly), and Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell) appeared on Da Vinci's Demons (2013). In addition, Lara Pulver (Lady Elissa Forrestor) from Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series (2014) was also present as Clarice Orsini.
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Sean Bean starred opposite Emilia Clarke's future Me Before You (2016) co-star Sam Claflin in The Lost Future (2010).
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After leaving the series, Rose Leslie starred opposite Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter (2015) about an immortal medieval warrior who hunts down rogue witches.
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It was rumored Lucy Lawless had unsuccessfully auditioned for a role. Lucy Lawless later went on record stating she is not a fan of the series and that she didn't find the dragons in the series exciting.
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Kirsty Mitchell portrayed the on-screen mother of Emilia Clarke in Triassic Attack (2010) and Kerry Ingram in the limited series Barbarians Rising (2016); both of whom appeared on this show.
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The same year the series ended, Sophie Turner returned for the 2nd and last time as Jean Grey in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) and married Joe Jonas on May 1st 2019.
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The series' main theme is: power play.
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After the series ended Nathalie Emmanuel, Ralph Ineson, Lena Headey, Hannah John-Kamen and Natalie Dormer joined the Netflix fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), The series is a prequel to The Dark Crystal (1982).
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Hannah John-Kamen and Ralph Ineson both starred in Ready Player One (2018).
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Like Jon Snow in the series Ayra Stark (maisie Williams) has a half brother older than she in real life.
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Between seasons, Maisie Williams had a recurring guest role in the 9th season of the revived series of Doctor Who (2005) (TV Series) as Ashildr, a 9th Century Viking Girl whom gets immortalized by The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) when he resurrects her from the dead with a Mire repair kit. Jenna Coleman whom played The Doctor's companion Clara Oswald in Series 9 starred opposite Emilia Clarke in Me Before You (2016).
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George R.R. Martin 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 wrote the rest of the book first, then that chapter last. Executive Producers 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 that Robb's wife is not present at the wedding, nor is she killed. Whether she is pregnant is unknown.
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After filming his death scene, Sean Bean played football with his replica head.
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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 (Sansa).
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Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated when the show began they set a rule of "no prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks". All three rules were eventually broken, with the inclusion of Bran's dreams of the three-eyed raven, prophetic visions in the House of the Undying experienced by Daenerys, and a flashback scene to Cersei's childhood.
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Grand Maester Pycelle's elderly and feeble demeanor is an act, briefly alluded to in a scene from season one's finale "Fire and Blood" showing Pycelle doing a series of exercises and stretches. A deleted scene between Pycelle and Tywin Lannister shot for the third season and included on the DVD/Blu-ray set shows Pycelle's normal posture and speaking cadence, explaining that he maintains the facade to appear harmless. In the series the only time Pycelle speaks in his regular cadence is to Tyrion in Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis (2012).
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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 and red scales, was named after her husband Khal Drogo; Rhaegal, who has green and bronze scales, was named after Daenerys' brother Rhaegar Targaryen, who was killed by Robert Baratheon during Robert's Rebellion; Viserion, the cream and gold scaled dragon, was 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."
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George R.R. Martin has said that some fans have correctly guessed the ending of the series. One of the most popular fan theories was that Jon Snow is in fact a Targaryen, with his true father being Rhaegar Targaryen and true mother being Ned Stark's sister Lyanna. This was confirmed in the season six finale. It was then debated whether this would make him an heir to the Iron Throne, as his presumed father was married to another woman (Elia Martell) and he would still be a bastard; however, because the Targaryens were known to practice bigamy, Lyanna and Rhaegar may have been married, making him a legitimate heir. The seventh season finale confirmed that Rhaegar had annulled his previous marriage, and legally married Lyanna, making Jon (or Aegon Targaryan as is his real name) a legitimate son.
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More than forty-five of the main characters died during the first six seasons.
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In every season except the seventh, at least one monarch or claimant to a throne dies. In season one, they are Robert Baratheon (King on the Iron Throne), Viserys Targaryen (claimant to the Iron Throne), and Khal Drogo (a Khal is a chieftain similar in position to a King); in season two, Renly Baratheon (claimant to the Iron Throne) and Xaro Xhoan Daxos (King of Qarth); in season three, Robb Stark (King in the North); in season four, Joffrey Baratheon (King on the Iron Throne); in season five, Mance Rayder (King Beyond the Wall) and Stannis Baratheon (claimant to the Iron Throne); in season six, Balon Greyjoy (King of the Iron Islands) and Tommen Baratheon (King on the Iron Throne); and in season eight, the Night King (King of the White Walkers), Euron Greyjoy (King of the Iron Islands, possibly renounced), Cersei Lannister (Queen on the Iron Throne), and Daenerys Targaryen (Queen on the Iron Throne, though uncrowned). The seventh season is unique as no monarchs die, though two effectively surrender their sovereign status: Jon Snow (King in the North) pledges fealty to Daenerys and Euron Greyjoy (King of the Iron Islands) pledges fealty to Cersei. The eighth season also ends with Yara Greyjoy (Queen of the Iron Islands) pledging fealty to Bran Stark.
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The first five seasons were largely based on published novels, though beginning late in season five, the series began including plot points from future novels told to the producers by author George R.R. Martin. Beginning with season six, the show included a large amount of original content as well as adapting an outline of future novels provided by Martin. The producers stated there were "three 'holy shit!' moments" revealed by Martin: Shireen Baratheon would be sacrificed by her father, and the meaning of Hodor's name and its correlation to his eventual death; and an unspecified third in the final episodes, which is heavily implied to be Daenerys becoming a "mad queen" and destroying King's Landing. Martin responded "yes and no" to fan inquiries about whether the show would spoil the final two novels, and the producers stated, "So much of what we're doing diverges from the books at this point . . . there are certain key elements that will be the same". Only a few plot points from the series have been confirmed to be intended for future novels, Martin stated that Tyrion and Daenerys will "intersect", Alan Taylor stated that Martin told him Jon and Daenerys would meet and ally against the Others (White Walkers), and Isaac Hempstead Wright stated that Martin plans to end the series with Bran Stark as king.
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On this show, King Renly Baratheon has his own Kingsguard and inducts Brienne of Tarth into the order. In the novels, they are known as the Rainbow Guard, but HBO elected to omit the name as it could be interpreted as a jab at Renly's homosexuality, which is only subtly referenced in the novels, but made explicit in the series.
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As mentioned on the show, the ominous song "The Rains of Castmere" was originally composed to commemorate the brutal decimation of House Reyne by Tywin Lannister. The books add that the song was so effective in reminding people of the wrath of the Lannisters, that all Tywin had to do was send a minstrel playing the song to seditious bannermen to make them cooperative again. The song finally became so widespread by Lannister soldiers that it is considered the unofficial Lannister theme song. Ironically, the song was played throughout each episode of the fourth season (save for the ninth episode) to foreshadow the deaths of Tywin and Joffrey.
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Kit Harington revealed that he used Jon Snow's fate to avoid a speeding ticket. The officer asked him to either reach to the Police station to be booked or to tell him whether Jon will again be alive in the next episode. Kit told him the secret.
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Executive Producer David Benioff confirmed in the season six "Inside Episode 5" video that the way Hodor came about the name "Hodor" was George R.R. Martin's idea.
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Many of the characters have nicknames, mostly based on a specific deed, behavior or physical feature of the person in question. The nicknames can also be derogatory (Kingslayer) or for mockery (Brienne the Beauty). For example: Eddard Stark: Ned; Jaime Lannister: the Kingslayer; Tyrion Lannister: the Imp or Halfman; Robert Baratheon: the Usurper or Stag King; Joffrey: the Boy King; 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; Jorah Mormont: Jorah the Andal; Loras Tyrell: Knight of Flowers; Olenna Tyrell: Queen of Thorns; Roose Bolton: Leech Lord; Aerys Targaryen: the Mad King; Viserys Targaryen: the Beggar King; Daenerys Targaryen: Dany, Daenerys Stormborn, Khaleesi, Mhysa, Mother of Dragons, the Unburnt, or Breaker of Chains; Theon Greyjoy: the Turncloak or Reek; Melisandre: the Red Woman; Vargo Hoat: the Goat; Robb Stark: the Young Wolf; Arya Stark: Arry; Jon Snow: the White Wolf or The Bastard of Winterfell (sometimes Ned Stark's Bastard); Brienne of Tarth: 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: Sam 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. Some characters, like Hot Pie, Grey Worm, and the High Sparrow, are known by their nicknames only, since their real names are unknown or never mentioned. Hodor also turns out to be a nickname, with his real name being revealed as Wylis.
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In the novel, Robb Stark's wife is named Jeyne Westerling. House Westerling is a staunch supporter of House Lannister and takes part in the sinister scheme to bring the Starks down. They secretly orchestrate the entire affair between Robb and Jeyne in order to break his marriage pact with the Freys. In the show, Robb's wife is called Talisa Maegyr, and her backstory is also changed considerably. 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 discovers the fate of her husband while residing in Riverrun. The reason for the name change was that the writers made so many significant changes to the character in the show, that author George R.R. Martin suggested to make her a different character altogether. He came up with the name "Talisa", and the surname "Maegyr" was chosen because in the books, it was the name of one of the ruling families in Volantis (where Talisa is from).
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Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark).
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Maester Aemon is the first prominent character on the show to die of natural causes. Hoster Tully (Catelyn's father and Lord of Riverrun) also died of natural causes, but only appears on-screen after his death at his funeral. Old Nan also died of natural causes, according to the producers, after the death of Margaret John, who portrayed her, but the death was never seen or mentioned on-screen.
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In the show, Ramsay Bolton is arranged to be married to Sansa Stark to solidify the Boltons' hold on the north. In the novels, he is arranged to marry Sansa's best friend Jeyne Pool. Jeyne is married to Ramsay under the guise of being "Arya Stark". However, Jeyne does not have a major role in the show, so Sansa Stark became the most suitable marriage choice for Ramsay.
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According to Sound Designer Paula Fairfield, Daenerys' dragon Drogon is designed to sound similar to her late husband Khal Drogo, of whom the sound team considers Drogon to be a metaphorical reincarnation.
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Only three episodes, Game of Thrones: Lord Snow (2011), Game of Thrones: The Bear and the Maiden Fair (2013), and Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2019), have no deaths of any kind. One, Game of Thrones: Blood of My Blood (2016), only has flashback deaths of already deceased characters, and three others, Game of Thrones: The Prince of Winterfell (2012), Game of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris (2013), and Game of Thrones: Dark Wings, Dark Words (2013), only have off-screen deaths.
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Jon Snow's murder in season five, episode ten, "Mother's Mercy", in which he is stabbed by Alliser Thorne, Bowen Marsh, Othell Yarwyck Olly, and his other Watch brothers, was strongly influenced by the historic assassination of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar when he was stabbed to death by Roman Senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus on March 15, 44 B.C. Especially the fact that Caesar's trusted friend Brutus was one of the killers is paralleled by John's protegee Olly delivering the final blow.
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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 ("The Hound") (Rory McCann).
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Contains spoilers for the novel "A Storm of Swords". In the novels, after the Red Wedding, where Robb and Catelyn Stark are murdered, Catelyn's corpse is found by Beric Dondarrion who trades his life for hers, and the newly resurrected Catelyn, using the nom de guerre "Lady Stoneheart", takes control of the Brotherhood without Banners to hunt down and execute those who betrayed her family. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided to omit this storyline from the series. George R.R. Martin stated in a 2017 Time Magazine interview that he disagreed with their decision, calling it "the first major diversion of the show from the books and, you know, I argued against that, and David and Dan made that decision."
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Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) had a twin sister when she was born, who was stillborn. Turner said that for the scene when Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark (Sean Bean) is beheaded, she thought of her sister to get more into the character.
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In the season seven finale, it was revealed that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. This makes him literally the Son(g) of Ice and Fire, which is the title of the book series.
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Sean Bean (Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark) also played Boromir in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" was one of George R.R. Martin's biggest influences while writing the series. Coincidentally, both of Bean's characters don't make it past the first installment in this show (he died at the end of season one) and "The Lord of the Rings" (he died at the end of the first movie).
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Excluding the title sequence, the Fire and Ice theme was heard only twice in the series' run: both pertain to Jon Snow as he leads the Night's Watch defense against the Wildlings; and the other is when he is named King in the North by the Northerners.
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Although not shown on the show, where Ser Arthur Dayne used two swords, the true sword that Ser Arthur wielded was a sword named "Dawn", forged from a fallen meteoroid, just as strong as Valyrian steel. Unlike the other Valyrian swords of Westeros, like Longclaw (Mormont) and Ice (Stark), Dawn wasn't passed from Lord to Lord of House Dayne. It was bestowed upon a knight of House Dayne deemed worthy of using it. The wielder of Dawn was given the title "Sword of the Morning".
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In the narrative behind why Tommen Baratheon commited suicide in season six: Cersei betrayed Tommen's trust by murdering his wife, his brother-in-law, and effectively his role as King of the Seven Kingdoms and took every possible opportunity to undermine Tommen's rule and not able to follow through with getting revenge on his mother by killing her, Tommen decided to jump to his death instead.
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The names of Daenerys's dragons foreshadows their roles in the series. Viserion was named for her cruel brother Viserys, who was openly antagonistic to her and only used her for his own purposes. Viserion was killed by the Night King and was resurrected a Wight, thereby becoming her adversary. Rhaegal was named for her older brother Rhaegar, who was known to be kind and honorable, and was beloved throughout Westeros. After the death of Rhaegal, all the kindness that seemed to be left in Daenerys seems to be gone. Finally, Drogon was named for her husband Khal Drogo, who vowed to conquer and destroy Westeros and ravage its people in Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die (2011); in the end, Daenerys uses Drogon to destroy King's Landing and massacre its population.
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When Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) meet the Three-Eyed Raven (Straun Rodger) at the end of season four, The Three-Eyed Raven claims that he has been many things. This hints that the Three-Eyed Raven could have the ability to change his form and his appearance. Max Von Sydow took over the role in season six.
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Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Varys, Samwell Tarly, Bronn, and Daenerys' dragons Drogon and Rhaegal are the only characters to appear living in all eight seasons.
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Over the course of the series, forty-four actors and actresses have been given main cast billing, and by the end of the series, twenty-nine had been killed off.
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Throughout the series, Arya's death list has included Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Ilyn Payne, Meryn Trant, Walder Frey, Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane, Polliver, Rorge, Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion, and Thoros of Myr. By the fifth season in Game of Thrones: The House of Black and White (2015) the list had narrowed to four people (Meryn Trant, Cersei, Walder Frey, and Gregor Clegane). The only names on the list that Arya personally kills are Meryn Trant, Walder Frey, Rorge, and Polliver. By series' end, Ilyn Payne is the only person who appeared on the list who may still be alive.
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Maggy the Frog correctly predicts the deaths of all three of Cersei and Jaime Lannister's children: Joffrey and Mycella are fatally poisoned and Tommen commits suicide.
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One of the hallmarks of the show is its willingness to kill off beloved characters, oftentimes without warning. Examples include the unexpected deaths of Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark in season one, Catelyn and Robb in season three, Jon in season five, Hodor in season six, Olenna Tyrell in season 7, and Daenerys Targaryen in season 8.
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Season five is the only one to have the death of a main character be its closing scene.
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In the novels Tyrion Peter Dinklage has his nose cut off during the Battle of Blackwater Bay, depicted in Game of Thrones: Blackwater (2012). The show changes his injury to a scar which could easily be applied with makeup. Dinklage remarked on the change, "It would cost a lot of money, because they'd have to put a little green sock on my nose. Every scene I was in they'd have to [digitally paint] over my face in every frame and that's costly and time consuming."
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In a Nov. 2019 interview on Dax Shephard's Armchair Expert podcast, Emilia Clarke revealed that she has been pressured in the past to do nude scenes in other projects after appearing naked in season one of Game of Thrones. The actress also revealed that she felt overwhelmed by the "f**k ton of nudity" depicted in the first season of the show. "I took the [GoT] job," she said, "and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was, like, 'Oh, there's the catch.' I'm a lot more savvy [now] with what I'm comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing. I've had fights on set before where I'm like, 'No, the sheet stays up', and they're like, 'You don't wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans'. And I'm like, 'F*** you.'"
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In 2014, Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) was officially the most hated character in a poll following the death of Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). The character was mostly hated for the indirect murder of Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark. The direct murder of Robert Baratheon. Installing Joffrey on the throne. Responsible for the death of her youngest son. Killed most of the Tyrell family in a single explosion and sitting on the throne as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
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In the books, Davos has seven children. Four of them, Dale, Allard, Matthos, and Maric, die in the Battle of the Blackwater. Devan, the older of the surviving three, serves as King Stannis' squire, while the youngest two, Stannis (named after the King) and Steffon, live safely away with their mother at his knightly (and eventually lordly) estate on Cape Wrath in the Stormlands. In the show, all seven were condensed into Davos' third son Matthos. Sallador Saan mentions Davos' wife on one occasion, but he has never mentioned her, nor has he shown any desire to return to her since joining up with Jon Snow.
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Nero, the Roman Emperor, was considered to be a major influence behind Aerys Targaryen II ("The Mad King"), who threatened to burn King's Landing down to the ground with hidden wildfire and murder the capital's five million inhabitants.
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Five characters appeared in every season except season one: Davos Seaworth, Brienne of Tarth, Podrick Payne, Gilly, and Melisandre.
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Sean Blowers (Lord Wyman Manderly) was the first Northern Lord to proclaim Robb Stark (Richard Madden) King of the North, and call Jon Snown (Kit Harrington) King of the North is the last character to say a line in the series. After Sansa is crowned Queen, he is the first of the Northern Lords to proclaim "Queen in the North!", with all joining in unison. The last words spoken in the series.
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List of major characters who, as of season seven, are dead on the show, but are still alive by the point the novels (and the sample chapters of the upcoming sixth novel) have reached: Daenerys' silver mare, Stannis Baratheon, Shireen Baratheon, Selyse Baratheon, Barristen Selmy, Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, Mace Tyrell, Jojen Reed, Doran Martell, Trystane Martell, Areo Hotah, Grenn, Pyp, Alliser Thorne, Bowen Marsh, Roose Bolton, Ramsay Bolton, Walda Bolton, Myrcella Baratheon, Tommen Baratheon, Brynden Tully, Rickon Stark, Walder Frey, Black Walder, Lancel Lannister, Hodor, the ThreeEyed Raven, Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun, the High Sparrow, Shaddydog, Summer, Mance Rayder, the Waif, Osha, Greatjon Umber, Leaf, Xaro Xoan Daxos, Olenna Tyrell, Ellaria Sand, the Sand Snakes, Randyll Tarly, Dickon Tarly, Thoros, Viserion, and Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
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The Washington Post tabulated that there were six thousand eight hundred eighty-seven on-screen deaths in the series. Drogon is responsible for the most, with one thousand four hundred twenty-six, including undead wights.
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In a show that featured over five hundred credited roles, only six characters appeared in all eight seasons and survive the end of the series. They are: Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Bronn, and Samwell Tarley.
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House Frey's treason of the Northern cause, which is a major plot twist of Season 3 and of the whole series, was subtly foreshadowed from their first appearance, specifically by their sigil: two towers and a bridge, a "double crossing".
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Arya Stark sailing to the west of Westeros where no one ever has gone before hints and leaves it open for a possible spin-off.
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When Cersei is arrested and imprisoned by the High Sparrow, Cersei says to Septa Unella "Look at my face. It's the last thing you will see before you die." This foreshadows Septa Unella's demise in season six, episode ten, "The Winds of Winter", where she is tortured by Cersei and left at the mercy of Ser Gregor Clegane.
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In the first episode, "Winter is Coming", Daenerys steps into a steaming hot bath and does not wince or scorch from the heat. "Winter is Coming" was the first hint in the series that she was fireproof. The other being season one, episode ten, "Fire and Blood".
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Bran Stark has been believed by fans to be the real villain of Game of Thrones and is speculated that Bran had Jon Snow banished for slaying Daenerys Targaryen so he could become King of the Seven Kingdoms and may had used his knowledge of the past and the revelation of Jon Snow to his advantage and to manipulate events.
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The only characters the audience sees sit on the Iron Throne are Eddard Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Tommen Baratheon, Jaime Lannister, and Aerys II Targaryen ("The Mad King"). The last two are only shown seated on it in flashbacks during Bran's visions.
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It was implied, although never confirmed, that Queen Cersei Lannister was responsible for the death of Melara Hetherspoon who died falling down a well. If so, it is likely Cersei Lannister may had killed Melara Hetherspoon to silence her about Maggy the Frog and the prophecy. It's unlikely Cersei killed her to stop her from getting together with Jaime Lannister, as Maggy the Frog told her she would never marry him.
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In the flashback scene at the beginning of Series 5, Maggy the Frog tells young Cersei Lannister that she will marry a king, be a queen for a while, and that she will have three children who will all die before her. The series omits a fourth prophecy that was only in the books: she will be choked by the hands of her 'valonqar' (high Valyrian for 'little brother'). Cersei believes it will be Tyrion Lannister and yet, fans speculated that Jaime Lannister (who is also younger) would do the deed, and that it would be his redemption. However, in the final season, neither Tyrion nor Jaime kills Cersei, and both Cersei and Jaimie are killed in a rockfall when Daenerys Targaryen attacks King's Landing. While some claim that Maggy the Frog's prediction was therefore false (even though it wasn't even in the series), others claim that it technically came true, as Jaime holds down Cersei in embrace in the cellar, and thereby convinces her not to try and escape her death.
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In the novels, Melara Hetherspoon died when she fell down a well and it was implied Cersei Lannister pushed her.
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In 2019 there was a fan theory about Daenerys going mad in the final battle at King's Landing. The theory was Daenerys Targaryen wasn't the Mad Queen after all and that Daenerys Targaryen was going to fly to the red keep to deal with Cersei Lannister. But, Drogo changes direction and starts burning down King's Landing and that Bran Stark mind linked into Drogon and destroyed King's Landing himself and Daenerys Targaryen pleaded with Drogon to stop.
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Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven can travel through time, and appear in visions of events from the past where nobody can hear or see them. This was influenced by the classic influential novel "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. In the novel, the cruel, bitter, and mean-spirited businessman Ebernezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who show him visions of Christmas in the past, the present, and the future, in which nobody can see nor hear them, as the three ghosts teach Scrooge about Christmas and help him to become a better and more caring person.
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Jon Snow's real name is Aegon Targaryen, who is Daenerys Targaryen's nephew and rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
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Season 2 is the only season in which no series regulars are killed off.
In the opening flashback scene in (#5.1) Maggy the Frog tells young Cersei that all 3 of her children will die and her little brother would kill her. Maggy's prediction of Cersei's death in the final season was inaccurate as neither Tyrion or Jaime killed Cersei and Cersei died with Jaime in a rockfall. However, Maggy the Frog was right about the deaths of all 3 of her children. Both Joffrey and Mycella were poisoned and Tommen committed suicide.
Bran Stark becoming King of the Seven Kingdoms hints at the possibility of a possible sequel series chronicling Bran Stark's reign as King.
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Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) is an almost similar role to Teale's role in Doctor Who (1963) season twenty-two, episode four, "Vengeance on Varos", in which Teale played the guard Maldak. In that story, Maldak keeps watch over the execution of the rebel prisoner Jondar (Jason Connery). In the season five finale of this show, Allister Thorne murders Jon Snow.
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Drogon burning and melting the Iron Throne is Jon Snow's consequence for killing Daenerys Targaryen.
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Jon Snow's banishment and Drogon burning and melting the Iron Throne in the final episode is Jon Snow's consequence for killing Daenerys Targaryen. Jon Snow killing Daenerys Targaryen could had been a much harsher and deadly consequence for Jon Snow which Drogon could had taken revenge on Jon Snow by setting him on fire and burning him alive.
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In Series 6, The Three-Eyed Raven wants Bran Stark to learn everything. In the final episode, Bran Stark becomes the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. It's theorized that The Three-Eyed Raven may had wanted Bran Stark to learn everything and to take his place so Bran could sit and rule Westeros.
Daenerys Targaryen has a similar arc to that of Tony Montana from the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006). Daenerys Targaryen sets out to reclaim the Iron Throne and take her rightful place as queen of the Seven Kingdoms which her father King Aerys II was ruler until his assassination. Along the way, Daenerys rises to power by becoming wife of Khal Drogo. The Mother of Dragons. Liberating the slaves of Slaver's Bay. Acquiring the Unsullied of Astapor etc. and gaining allies such as Ser Jorah Mormont, Tyrion Lannister, Ser Barristan Selmy, Daario Naharis, Missandei, Greyworm, Varys and Jon Snow and Daenerys kills those who opposes her.
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The series bares some similar plot elements to the Terminator film franchise: The White Walkers (zombies) were created by the Children of the Forest to fight the humans. The White Walkers led by the Night King are bent on wiping out every living human in Westeros. Bran Stark and the Three-Eyed Raven time travel and learn the truth behind The White Walker's creation. Jon Snow, along with Daenerys Targaryen and their massive army of allies, (Unsullied, Night's Watch, Northern Army, Knights of the Vale, and the Dothraki horde) battle The White Walkers in the Battle of Winterfell. Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke played Sarah Connor: Headey in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) and Clarke in Terminator Genisys (2015).
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