Game of Thrones fans are at the edge of their seats with the last season of the series just around the corner. Based on the fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones has climbed to the top of people’s viewership ladder. Here we bring few lesser known facts about Game of Thrones.
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9 Lesser known facts about Game Of Thrones:
1. Shooting took place throughout the year
The production of the show is a huge commitment. The shoot takes place throughout the year and each season is pictured like a ten-hour movie. Season 5 alone had to be shot in five countries for 240 days, on 151 sets, with 166 cast members, more than 1,000 crew members, and 5,000+ extras.
Although a majority of the filming for the series takes place in a Belfast studio, the crew and cast have been to numerous locations around the world for the remaining scenes. Northern Ireland, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Scotland, and Morocco are some of the locations.
A scene with a live bear was shot in LA. For the third season, there were three production units who were filming in parallel with six directing teams, 257 cast members, and 703 crews.
The Season 5 shoot was the longest and filming lasted for 240 days! Season 4 was done in 136 days.
2. No audition for Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage:
Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage did not have to audition for their roles on the show. The show creators had them in mind as Ned Stark and Tyrion Lannister respectively. Also, Sam Claflin auditioned for Viserys Targaryen and Jon Snow, while Sam Heughan auditioned for a number of roles including Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon.
3. A letter from an author to Jack Gleeson, who played Joffrey
Jack Gleeson, who played Joffrey, received a letter from author George R.R. Martin after the first episode aired that said: “Congratulations on your marvelous performance. Everyone hates you!”
Joffrey Baratheon must have been one of the most hated characters in the series, at least when he was alive. All credits go to Jack Gleeson for portraying this character so well. So, it is not a surprise that he received that letter from George R. R. Martin!
4. There was a small hint on the truth about Jon Snow’s parents
Jon Snow is the love child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Rhaegar was the son of Aerys Targaryen, better known as the “Mad King,” who is also Daenerys Targaryen’s father. Lyanna Stark was Ned Stark’s sister. This makes Jon Snow nephew to Daenerys, and obviously a legitimate heir of the Stark family.
Before this theory turned into a fact in Season 7 of the series, fans were just speculating. Also, fans discovered a hidden message at the beginning of the series that gave birth to this speculation. When Jon Snow becomes a member of the Night’s Watch, there’s a scene where Jon and Sam are talking. In a pillar, there were two letters carved – R and L. Jon Snow was sitting just to the right of those initials. This gave rise to the theory “R (Rhaegar) + L (Lyanna) = J (Jon Snow)..
5. Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night’s Watch is revealed to be blind in the novels
Peter Vaughan plays the role of Maester Aemon Targaryen in the night’s watch. He was 89 years old in the series. Due to his old age, he was partially blind. This was consistent with the role he was portraying as his character, Maester Aemon Targaryen, was blind. Vaughan breathed his last in 2016 aged 93 years.
6. Catelyn Stark looking over her daughters
There is a popular fan theory that Lady Stark’s ghost can be seen passing through when Arya Stark and Brienne were training. The figure appears right as Arya says the word “mother!”
Just when Arya says the word “mother,” a woman in a long green dress with auburn hair is seen walking behind Arya. Fans feel she is, in fact, Catelyn Stark looking over her daughters.
7. Dean-Charles Chapman played two characters throughout the series
Dean-Charles Chapman played two characters throughout the series. One as Tommen Baratheon and the other as Martyn Lannister. Ian Whyte, on the other hand, played four roles – the Mountain, two giants, and a white walker. It’s easy to miss such small details because the series has a plethora of characters, with new characters appearing every now and then.
8. A replica of Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring from the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies, is forged inside the Iron Throne.
A replica of Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring from the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies, is forged inside the Iron Throne. Also, Robin Hood’s sword hilt also appears beside Glamdring. Sean Bean, who plays Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, also played Boromir in the Lord of the Rings. Well, that’s not the only common element between the two. Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring, also appears on Game of Thrones.
9. The costumes used in the series drew inspiration from Japanese and Persian armor.
The costumes used in the series drew inspiration from Japanese and Persian armor. Two dozen wigs made of human hair and up to two feet in length were used for the actresses. Each wig cost up to $7,000 and are washed and styled like real hair.
If you look closely, the Dothraki dress resembles the clothing of the Bedouin people, a group of nomadic Arab people. One of the dresses was even made with fish skin so as to resemble scales of a dragon. Actual bone molds were used to design the bone armor that the Wildlings adorn.
Margaery Tyrell’s funnel-neck outfit was inspired by the high-neckline dresses worn by Björk’s Alexander McQueen. Moreover, all pieces of clothing used in the show are aged for two weeks so that they appear realistic when portrayed on high-definition television.