The premiere of Game of Thrones 7, #GOT7 is drawing rave reviews around the world. It’s continuing the fine legacy of the earlier series and is well poised to be a hit. iKarmik, brings to you some lesser known facts about #GOT, as part of its coverage on the latest in the world of Entertainment.
1. Ramsay was almost Jon Snow
Iwan Rheon, who in “Battle of the Bastards” fought Jon Snow, nearly played the character. Last year, he told reporters, “I auditioned for the pilot of ‘Game of Thrones’ and was down to the last two for Jon Snow.”
2. Tyrion is the main character
Only three characters, have been in every episode of a given season. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey Baratheon) were in every episode of Season 1, while Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) was in every episode of Season 2 and Season 5. As per GOT followers, Peter Dinklage’s character has interacted with the most characters, giving his role quiet prominence.
3. Fake blood left Emilia Clarke stuck to the toilet.
While filming for the Season 1 scene where Daenerys Targaryen ate a stallion’s heart, she ended up covered in so much sticky fake blood that, when she took a bathroom break, it stuck her to the toilet. Now that’s taking your role a bit too seriously.
4. Peter Dinklage Thought The Show Had Been Cancelled
After the pilot was picked up, David Benioff pranked Peter Dinklage by calling him and telling him the show had been cancelled, leaving him upset. It was six hours before Dinklage finally learned the truth.
5. The Lannisters almost rocked out
Imagine if every episode of “Game of Thrones” began with … the House Lannister theme song?
“Co-show runner David Benioff reportedly wanted the HBO show’s theme song to be the House Lannister song, ‘The Rains of Castamere,’ immortalizing Twyin Lannister’s destruction of House Reyne,” as per media sources “But co-show runner D.B. Weiss convinced him not to do it.
6. Sansa Stark adopted her direwolf in real life.
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, adopted Zunni, the Northern Inuit dog that played her pet direwolf Lady on the series’ first season. She always wanted to adopt a dog and when the producers were looking at placing the dire wolf in a shelter, she offered to adopt it.
7. The author had a cameo in the unaired pilot.
George R.R. Martin had a Hitchcock-like cameo in the pilot that never saw the light of day. Author George R.R. Martin shot a scene with Merchant. But when it was cut, his only appearance in the series was cut with it
8. Sam Heughan auditioned for “Game of Thrones” seven times.
Fans now know and love him as Jamie Fraser on “Outlander,” but Sam Heughan has actually auditioned for “Game of Thrones” seven times for different roles.
9. Dothraki is a real language.
In 2014, Living Language released a conversational language course that will have you speaking like Khal Drogo in no time. The course was crafted by linguist David J. Peterson, who worked with HBO to create the Dothraki heard on the show.
10. A lot of dead characters are alive in the books.
More than a handful of characters are alive in Martin’s books, but dead on the show. These include: Shireen and Stannis Baratheon, Night’s Watchmen Pyp and Grenn, Barristan Selmy, Myrcella Baratheon, and Mance Rayder.
11. Real people are naming their kids after game of thrones characters.
In 2014, “Khaleesi” was the United States’s 755th most popular baby name for girls, up from 1021th place in 2013. In England, Khaleesi, Arya, Tyrion, Brienne, Sansa, Bran, Sandor, and Theon also saw a rise in popularity after Game of Thrones began airing.
12. One actor has played four characters.
British actor and stunt performer Ian Whyte has played a grand total of four roles on Game of Thrones. In seasons one and two he was a White Walker; also in season two, he played Gregor Clegane (one of three actors to play the role); season three saw him as an unnamed giant; in season five he played the Wildling giant Wun Wun.
iKarmik says, GOT has won the hearts of the entire world, due to its excellent screenplay, dramatic visuals and awesome performances. We hope GOT7 continues to win our hearts.