It could easily be argued that Game of Thrones is one of the most successful fantasy shows of all time. And with millions of viewers from around the world tuning in every week, it’d be surprising if you haven’t heard of the show. Whether you’re brushing up on your GoT knowledge to impress your friends or just want to see what the show’s all about, here’s some Game of Thrones trivia and fun facts for your enjoyment:
- The actor who plays Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) got a letter from creator George R.R. Martin after the premiere of the show that said “Congrats, everyone hates you!”
- This is the first ever series to be plated in IMAX theaters.
- Targaryen of the Night’s Watch is blind in the novels. In the show, the character is played by Peter Vaughan, who happens to be legally blind in real life.
- Throughout the five years it’s been on air, there hasn’t been a single character to appear in every episode.
- The actor who portrays The Mountain has recently beat a 1000 year old record in real life. The Icelandic weight-lifting record he broke dates back to the time of the Vikings.
- In 2012, over 150 new born baby girls were named “Khaleesi” in the U.S., but that’s actually not the character’s name (it’s a title).
- In the show, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is loathed by his sister (Lena Headey). In real life, they live together while the seasons are being filmed and are actually very close friends.
- Martin (the creator) has admitted that Jack’s character Joffrey is actually modeled after real-life Roman Emperor Caligula.
- The actor who plays 13-year-old Jojen in the show was actually 22 at the time of casting.
10. Emilia Clarke is a natural brunette and has said on multiple occasions that she doesn’t dye her hair for the show. Her blonde locks are actually accomplished with an impressive wig and makeup system (which she says takes a lot of time to do).
11. Emilia Clarke’s character in the books had purple eyes, but it was discovered that the contact lenses that she would need to give this effect negatively affected her performance, so it was changed.
12. In an almost unheard of announcement, HBO announced that the show was renewed for both a fifth and sixth season shortly after the fourth season began.
13. This TV show holds the record for the largest cast (counting the many new stars and leads who come on each season).
14. Even though the show mostly stays true to the events and characters in the books, there have been a couple of cases where a single character takes the place of multiple parts of less significance.
15. Shot in Northern Ireland, many tourists and locals take the opportunity to go on a tour of the show’s filming locations.
16. The name Westeros is actually derived from a real city: Västerås, Sweden.
17. Throughout the show’s history, many actors have apparently been offered roles and/or dropped their brief parts in the show due to other obligations. It’s reported that many of these actors, like Tom Hollander, regret their decisions and say they want another chance.
18. While it’s clear Game of Thrones really isn’t like any other, another essential difference is that the ninth episode in the season always sees the most action, unlike other shows where it’s typically the finale. In Game of Thrones, the finale always deals with the happenings after the battle.
19. Sean Bean revealed recently that he played football with his replica head after his death scene was filmed.
20. The show is well-known for killing off fan favorites and lead stars. While many fans have expressed their dismay, so have actors, with many joking that they never know “who’s next” until they read the scripts.
21. Along the lines of number twenty, every season meets the death of at least one king (or claimant).
22. Throughout the fourth season, the song “The Rains of Castmere” – which is the ominous song for the Lannisters – was played to foreshadow Tywin and Joffrey’s deaths.
23. Martin’s original choice for the theme song of the series was actually “The Rains of Castmere,” but his co-producer Weiss convinced him otherwise.
24. While not saying much, Martin has revealed that some fan fiction has correctly guessed the planned ending for the series (which still leaves a multitude of possibilities).
25. It seems everyone is a fan of the show, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. In 2014, they visited the sets in Northern Ireland and were greeted by the crew and cast. They were given a miniature version of the Iron Throne.
With the Queen even being a fan, who could doubt that Game of Thrones is one of the most successful shows on television? And as long as Martin keeps pumping out the great novels and seasons, fans are sure to stay on board for years to come.