The Most Interesting Facts About Game Of Thrones

For dragon screams, Game of Thrones uses the sounds of two tortoises mating.

Game of Thrones used a prop of George Bush's head in several of the beheading scenes.

A replica of Gandalf's sword, Glamdring, from Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit trilogy, is near the centre of iron throne.

After filming Ned Stark’s death scene for Game of Thrones, Sean Bean played football with the replica of his decapitated head.

To illustrate the producers that he was Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa performed the Haka (a traditional Maori war dance) at his audition for Game of Thrones.

Charles Dance dressed an actual stag carcas on-camera for Tywin Lannister’s first scene.

Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night’s Watch is revealed to be blind in the novels. He is played by Peter Vaughan, who is legally partially blind himself.

The creators of Game of Thrones admitted that they thought the show’s original pilot was a disaster, and 90% of the episode had to be reshot.

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was doused in so much fake blood during one scene that she got stuck to the toilet seat during a break.

The showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said the production of the show is a massive undertaking. The production lasts the entire year and they shoot the show like a 10-hour movie. Season 5 alone was shot in 5 countries, on 151 sets, for 240 days, having 166 cast members, over 1,000 crew members and over 5,000 extras.

During his childhood, George R.R. Martin wrote stories about a kingdom inhabited by his pet turtles and that they would kill each other in sinister plots.

The Navy e-Reader Device, for use aboard US Navy Submarines, is pre-loaded with Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings books.

Daenerys' dragons are named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. Each one is named after someone she has lost in her life: Drogon, the largest dragon with black/red scales, is named after her husband Khal Drogo; Rhaegal, who has green/bronze scales, is named after Daenerys' brother Rhaegar Targaryen, who was killed by Robert Baratheon during Robert's Rebellion; Viserion, the cream/gold scaled dragon, is named after Daenerys' abusive brother Viserys. She claimed that she named her dragon this because "Viserys was cruel and weak and frightened, yet he was my brother still. My dragon will do what he could not."

In 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 England is not allowed to sit on a foreign throne, even fictional ones.

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 films, one project was proposed using only Daenerys' story line, and another project proposed only including the conflict between the Starks and Lannisters.

Before writing Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin wrote a novel, called Fevre Dream, about steamboats and vampires.

A body double was cast to perform Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame in Season 5’s finale. Her body double (Rebecca Van Cleave) performed nude while Lena Headey wore a simple beige shift. The show’s visual effects team then merged the performances together combining Headey’s progression of facial emotions during Cersei’s punishing hike to the Red Keep.

With winning a total of 12 Emmys in 2015, the show took home more Emmys in a single year than any other show, surpassing The West Wing (1999) (9).

Actor Peter Dinklage, most notably known for playing the character Tyrion Lannister in the medieval fantasy TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, is actually related to nobility in Germany. The Westphalian noble family “von Dincklage.”

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.

George R. R. Martin still types his novels using a DOS computer with WordStar 4.0 software.

The Wall stretches for 300 miles and is 700 feet tall, made entirely of ice.

Actresses trying out for parts of Game of Thrones have been asked to pretend to masturbate a male character sitting beside them as part of their audition.

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.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was the third actor to take on the role of Gregor Clegane (aka "The Mountain"), a role previously played by Conan Stevens in the first season, and Ian Whyte in the second season. Whyte had a brief appearance in the third season premiere, though as a different character.

Rose Leslie (Ygritte) grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, her family’s 15th-century ancestral seat in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is a descendant of Charles II.

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, a prophecy from Quaithe for Daenerys, and a flashback scene to Cersei's childhood.

The role of Tommen Baratheon, portrayed by Callum Wharry, was completely absent from the third season of the series and was later recast for season 4; being then played by Dean-Charles Chapman, who had already previously appeared in the show playing Martyn Lannister in season 3.

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays “Hodor” in Game of Thrones is also a progressive house DJ and used to be the resident DJ at a gay club in Belfast. He also went on a US tour called “Rave of Thrones.”

Doune Castle, which was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was also used in the filming of Game of Thrones.

The first season used Northern Inuit dogs, a type specifically bred for wolf-like appearance, to stand in for the dire wolves (the Stark's house sigil). However, since dire wolves are known to be much larger than normal wolves, real wolves were digitally composited into scenes for season 2. This strained the budget and the schedule, hence why there are only a handful of scenes with Grey Wind (Robb Stark's wolf), Summer (Bran Stark's wolf) and Shaggydog (Rickon Stark's wolf); Ghost, who belongs to Jon Snow, is shown in brief glimpses.

In the series, Charles Dance's character, Tywin Lannister, was previously married to a woman named Joanna before her death and had three children by her. In real life, Dance was previously married to a woman who was also named Joanna before their divorce and has three children.

In the unaired pilot, George R.R. Martin cameoed as a Pentoshi nobleman at the wedding of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. The scene, alongside most of the pilot, was subsequently reshot and Martin did not appear.

Due to the extreme amount of red tape involved in exporting animals, Game of Thrones moves production to the home country of the dogs who portray the Starks’ dire wolves to film their scenes, rather than attempt transporting them to Ireland.

When questioned about the rape and violence, George R.R. Martin replied: “The true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and dark lords, but from ourselves.”

The Red Wedding was inspired by a real-life event. In 1440, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, a Scottish King invited chiefs of the Clan Douglas for the feast. A single drum started playing when dinner was getting served and the King massacred all the chiefs in the closed room over the dinner table. Head of a black bull was served as the symbol of Black Dinner.

While the first two seasons roughly cover the novels "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings" respectively, the third season covers about two-thirds of the third novel "A Storm of Swords." The fourth season covers the rest of "A Storm of Swords" and chapters from the fourth and fifth novels "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons". Finally, the fifth season covers almost entirely "A Feast for Crows", "A Dance With Dragons", and even early events of the unreleased sixth novel "The Winds of Winter".

The Dothraki and Valyrian languages are heard by more people than Welsh, Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic combined.

Daenerys’ 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 Conqueror’s dragons and was also responsible for the creation of the Iron Throne.

The Game of Thrones showrunners/producers began trying to reduce the amount of frequent character and political intrigues during garden walks, because of the South Park parody episode 'Black Friday'.

The “horse heart” that Daenerys ate for Khal Drogo was actually a three-pound mass of a gummy bear.

Members of the popular rock-band ‘Coldplay’ are big fans of the TV series, their Drummer ‘Will Champion’ in particular. He actually took time off to act in one of the most iconic episodes in the series ‘Red Wedding.’

According to estimates from the government of Northern Ireland, the filming of Game of Thrones scenes there has benefited the Northern Ireland economy by £65 million.

George RR Martin has said that Game of Thrones characters die because ‘it has to be done’ and that it’s dishonest not to show how war kills heroes as easily as minor characters.

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