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Over the course of eight seasons, Game of Thrones has broken many records, sparked some controversy, and brought us 73 ambitious television episodes. And of course we all wanted our own kite.

The series ended with its last season in 2019, but there is more Thrones TV on the move. While we're waiting for George R. R. Martin's Prequel House of Dragons to reach HBO, here are 70 facts about Game of Thrones. Valar morghulis .

1. There is an unventilated Game of Thrones pilot.

The first pilot directed by Spotlight author and director Tom McCarthy was so terrible that he had to be put on hold and re-recorded. "We misunderstood everything on a very basic level when writing," show co-creator David Benioff told Variety . One of the biggest problems? None of the friends he and Weiss had invited to watch the pilot "realized that Jaime and Cersei were brother and sister, which is an important, important point of action that we had somehow not identified." A copy of this original script was unearthed in 201

9, revealing a number of interesting details.

2. Catelyn Stark and Daenerys Targaryen were originally played by other actors.

In the original pilot, Catelyn Stark and Daenerys Targaryen were played by Jennifer Ehle and Tamzin Merchant, respectively. At the time of the show, they had been replaced by Michelle Fairley and Emilia Clarke.

3. The Stark children were different in age on the show than in the books.

When the book A Game of Thrones begins, the Stark children are much younger than their on-screen colleagues. Bran should be 7 while the actor who played him (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was 12; Arya (played by Maisie Williams) went from 9 to 13, while Sansa (Sophie Turner) went from 11 to 15 and Rickon (Art Parkinson) went from 3 to 6. Perhaps in the biggest, um, strong difference If Game of Thrones had stayed true to its source material, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) would only be 15 and 14 years old.

4. George R. R. Martin had a cameo in the original episode.

George R. R. Martin had a cameo appearance in the original pilot as a guest at Daenerys and Khal Drogo's wedding. When the role of Daenerys was re-cast, the scene had to be scrapped. Martin later advocated a less glamorous, but probably more memorable role: a severed head on a stake. But according to Martin: "These severed heads are expensive … If I don't provide my own, I won't become a severed head!" Benioff and Weiss offered him the opportunity to make a cameo in season 8, but Martin didn't I don't have time because he was working on The Winds of Winter .

5. There were a number of other casting calls to Game of Thrones .

Ehle and Merchant were not Game of Thrones the only ones that could have been. Gillian Anderson declined an unspecified role in the show, as did The Wire Dominic West. Judging by the fact that, according to West, the role would have turned "six months in Reykjavik", it was probably Mance Rayder, a role that eventually went to Ciarán Hinds.)

The Hunger Games Sam Claflin auditioned for franchises for Jon Snow and Viserys Targaryen, and Outlander star Sam Heughan for auditioned for a variety of roles, including Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell, seven times . Mad Men star Jared Harris and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali were also reportedly available for roles on the show.

6. Arya Stark was the hardest character to cast.

"I remember that we probably looked at 300 girls in England and didn't find the right Arya," said Benioff at SXSW in 2017. "We just couldn't fill them." [19659002] They found Maisie Williams going through foreplay videos in a Moroccan hotel lobby with poor Wi-Fi, and selected her video using a small thumbnail that looked promising. "There was just something about that tiny little thumbnail that just seemed right," said Benioff. "She looked about 7. As if she were 12, but she kept going. So we clicked on the audition video and waited about 40 minutes for it to download. When we saw this audition video, it was just great. "

7 Peter Dinklage almost rejected the role of Tyrion Lannister.

In a Reddit AMA, Peter Dinklage gave the reason why he was not immediately sold at Game of Thrones .

"I had a hesitation because of the fantasy genre I said [showrunner David Benioff] I don't want a really long beard and pointy shoes," said Dinklage. "[Benioff and D.B. Weiss] assured me of this character and this world was not. They told me of its complexity, the fact that he was not a hero or villain, that he was a womanizer and a drinker, and they painted a mistake and a beautiful portrait from him, so I signed up. "

8. Kit Harington appeared with a black eye at his audition.

The night before his audition Game of Thrones Kit Harington landed at a McDonald’s late in the night with a woman he was dating. Because it was full, they sat down at a table with another couple they didn't know. Shortly thereafter, the man started making rude comments to Harington's date. Unfortunately, he only realized how big his potential opponent was after Harington got up and challenged the stranger. "I was hit," Harington admitted, getting a fresh shine. On the plus side, he thinks his damaged face is part of what brought him the role. "I think this man who hit me in the face might have helped me get the job," he said. "So if you watch, thanks."

9. David Benioff pranked Peter Dinklage by telling him that the show had been canceled.

After the pilot was picked up, David Benioff prank Peter Dinklage by calling him and telling him that the show had been canceled. "I think it was when the pilot was picked up," said Benioff. "I was with Tom McCarthy and we called him from a Yankees game." It took Dinklage six hours to learn the truth.

Dinklage himself was a fan of pranks on the set, and he told Jimmy Kimmel Live in an appearance on . "I like to pretend I'm dead. It's always fun," said Dinklage. "Only my legs are stretched out in the caravan. You really have to fall to the floor in a very uncomfortable position." He said he would wait hours for someone to find him.

10. The nudity of the show was not easy for Emilia Clarke.

Although Daenerys Targaryen turned out to be a career-changing role for Clarke, the actress admitted that her early days on the set were not easy. On her first day of shooting, she fell off a horse in front of the crew and cried humiliated. There was also all the nudity required of her character – not to mention a notorious rape scene. "Once I had to take a little break," she told Esquire about filming the first season. "I said I need a cup of tea, cried a little, and I'm ready for the next scene."

As she The New Yorker said after the series finale aired: "In so many of these early moments, you have probably seen Emilia's pain rather than Daenery's because it is not pleasant and not easy A film set is an incredibly scary place for the first time. "

11. Sophie Turner adopted Sansa Stark's Direwolf.

Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, adopted Zunni, the Northern Inuit dog who appeared in season one the series played their pet direwolf. "When I was growing up, I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one," Turner said to Coventry Telegraph in 2013. "We sat on the set in the Direwolf mine Figure, lady, in love. We knew that Lady had died and they wanted to bring her back home. My mother persuaded her to let us adopt her. “Unfortunately, Zunnie died in 2017 .

12. Eating the "horse heart" was terrible for Emilia Clarke.

The horse heart that Daenerys had to eat in season 1 was essentially a giant gummy bear – one that Clarke said tasted a bit like bleach. (Noodles also ran through the arteries.) She ate 28 hearts and apparently vomited a lot between shots. To make the procedure worse, all the fake blood made Clarke so sticky that she was stuck to a toilet.

13. Jon Snow's night watch cape was made from an IKEA rug.

Game of Thrones owes much of the iconic appearance of his characters to 70 to 100 customers per season for costume designer Michele Clapton, who oversaw a team from all over the world. In perhaps the greatest evidence of the costume team's creativity, Clapton revealed that some of the show's luxurious-looking cloaks are made of IKEA rugs. “We take everything we can; We cut and shave them and then add strong leather straps, ”she said. After this shot, IKEA created a series of instructions on how to turn your SKOLD rug into a cape.

14. Charles Dance acquired some battle skills for a scene in Game of Thrones .

Seasoned actor Charles Dance took his role as Tywin Lannister very seriously: in season 1, his character had to skin a deer in one scene and he worked with a butcher to learn the skill so that he could actually do it while filming could do; He told the Daily Beast that it was the craziest thing he did in Game of Thrones . "This butcher arrived with a dead animal and they gave me a little space to work, gave me a sharp knife and showed me how to skin it and spill the guts in a bucket," Dance said. "The next day they gave me another dead animal and we shot it. It was a damn good time, but it took me two days to get the smell off my hands. "

15. Sean Bean was having fun with his own beheaded head.

In a Reddit AMA, Sean Bean recalled kicking the model of Ned Stark's beheaded head "like a soccer ball" on the set.

16. The Internet spoiled Robb Stark's fate for Richard Madden.

While readers of George RR Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire knew that Robb Stark's days were likely to be counted in Game of Thrones Richard Madden – the actor who played him – decided to as part of his preparation for the television role to keep the books in the dark. But that didn't stop fans or the internet from telling the Golden Globe actor that his reign as king in the north would be short.

"A thousand people spoiled it before I had a chance to pick up the third book," said Madden to Entertainment Weekly . "I read [the books] season after season. I don't want to prevent Robb from going where I have been since the beginning of the show. I also made the fatal mistake of googling. So this kind of what reinforced people's intentions – said something terrible was going to happen and giggled. "

17. The Red Wedding was based on real historical events.

Martin told Entertainment Weekly in 2013 to : "No matter how much I earn, there are things in history that are just as bad or worse." Examples include the 1440 Black Dinner – a dinner / trap that ended in the murder of two children – and the Glencoe Massacre of 1692, in which soldiers who claimed to need protection because of a full fortress killed their hosts. Martin used both events as inspiration for Game of Thrones & # 39; s Red Wedding.

18th If you look closely at the faces in the House of Faces, you may recognize someone.

Occasionally, the team ends up behind the scenes of Game of Thrones in front of the camera: Many of the faces in the Hall of Faces of the house Black and White belonged to the production team of the show. "You need enough faces so that you don't feel the repetitions, but you obviously can't face thousands and thousands of people because it is prohibitively expensive," said Weiss. "We used all the face shapes that we have ever used before. Both David [Benioff] and I appeared many, many times in the Hall of Faces … there are at least 20 or 30 of me."

19 . Game of Thrones weapon masters were inspired by history.

Tommy Dunne, who served as weapons master at Game of Thrones said Mental Floss in 2014 when he was making weapons for the show: "I [looked] at different periods and different periods – Egyptian, monolithic" and modeled some of the show’s weapons based on their real historical counterparts.

Not all weapons on the show were created equal. The weapons department would make "hero weapons" for the camera out of modern materials like steel, but they were too dangerous to actually use in combat. For this they made blades either from aircraft aluminum – which is strong and flexible and safer to fight – or, if it was a matter of stunts or animals, from one exception: the arrows were: apart from the rubber tip s, we have them just like the real one made. If they were made of weaker wood, they would break when they left the arch.

Flaming arrows have been modified, however. "A normal arrow could be 32 inches, but for burning arrows [like we used in Season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater]," said Dunne to Mental Floss, "we add another six to eight inches to a larger piece of wood. Then we put on a foam bundle that is impregnated with one is. " chemical mixture and we burn it so that it turns blue depending on the mixture the special effects team applies to it. "

20. Dothraki is a real language.

In 2014, Living Language published a conversation language course in which you can speak like Khal Drogo in no time. The course was designed by linguist David J. Peterson, who worked with HBO to create the Dothraki that was heard on the show, here you can learn some key terms.

21. Dwight Schrute of the Office influenced Dothraki.

In an episode of The Office taught Dwight Schrute Dothraki in 2012 and combined an accusative noun and a transitive verb to create the sentence Halsriss . Linguist David Peterson hadn't thought about it, but he liked it so much that he canonized it and called it "Schrutean Compound."

Dwight Schrute is not the only person who influenced Dothraki: The Dothraki word for eagle kolver was named after Stephen Colbert. And the word for good and kind is erin – the name of Peterson's wife.

22. You can learn High Valryian through an app.

In addition to the "real" languages ​​it teaches, Duolingo offers a class in High Valyrian to enhance your Game of Thrones experience.

23. The White Walkers had their own language.

Peterson called this language Skroth. "" It was supposed to be the very first scene in the show where the White Walker comes and cuts off the guy’s head. There are parts where you can hear them grumble and vocalize, ”Peterson said in 2015.

But ultimately Skroth was scrapped because, according to Peterson,“ I think in the end they decided they didn't want them to actually do anything say and even subtitles. To be honest, that could have been a bit cheesy for the show's opening scene. “For season two, a sound designer created an icebreaking sound that eventually brought Skroth to life – but without an actual language behind the sounds.

24. Multiple characters were played by multiple actors.

A handful of characters were played by more than one actor during the show, particularly Daario Naharis (Ed Skrein in season 3, Michiel Huisman in season 4, 5 and 6), Tommen Baratheon (Callum Wharry in season 1 and 2, Dean-Charles Chapman in seasons 3 through 6) and his sister Myrcella (Aimee Richardson in seasons 1 and 2, Nell Tiger Free in season 5) and Gregor "The Mountain Clegane (Conan Stevens in season 1, Ian Whyte in season 2 and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson in season 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.)

25. Ser Pounce, King Tommen's beloved cat, is dead.

Ser Pounce – King Tommen's royal cat – was introduced in season 4 and proved to be an excellent prop for Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) to win the heart of another king, the very young and very sweet Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman). It only took one scene for the little fuzzball to find its way into the hearts of the audience, and for a while Ser Pounce became a kind of internet sensation. But after Tommen's suicide death, the cat disappeared.

If the timing seemed suspicious, you were clearly paying attention. "Cersei hated the name" Ser Pounce "so much that she couldn't allow him to survive," Benioff told Entertainment Weekly about the cat's untimely death. "So she came up with her most diabolical [execution]. Ser Pounce & # 39; s death was so terrible that we couldn't even get it on the air."

26. There was more than one connection between Monty Python and the Holy Grail .

Part of Game of Thrones was filmed in one of the castles for Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Three seasons later, in "Breaker of Chains," a nameless Meereenese warrior calls Daenerys a series of tauntings, including "Your mother was a hamster", "Go and cook your butt, sons of a stupid person" and "I blow" my nose on you ”… of course in Low Valyrian.

27. The most instagramated Game of Thrones place is in Croatia.

Game of Thrones has been shot around the world, but the most uninspired location is Krka National Park, a popular tourist attraction in southern Croatia known for its breathtaking waterfalls. You can spot the location from several episodes, including Season 4 Breaker of Chains, in which Arya and The Hound cross the Riverlands.

28. The show's VFX artists based the dragon's movements on real animals.

In order to create realistic movements for Daenerys dragons, the effects team was inspired by actual animals. According to Sven Martin, visual effects supervisor, they examined the wings and behavior of birds and bats. The colors of the dragons came from animals such as frogs and cheetahs. And when Dany stroked Drogon, his behavior was feline.

29. Starving dragons were the most difficult VFX challenge.

Martin said that the toughest scene he ever created took place in season 6 when Viserion and Rhaegal were chained underground and did not eat. “My animator and I put ropes around our necks,” said Martin, “and our VFX producer Sabrina Gerhardt held the [reins]so to speak, when we played what it would be like to be an injured dragon. We filmed the whole thing and that helped us pin down the details. It was very similar to motion detection without the technical process as it helped us find the subtleties of the performance. "

30 The kites would be too big to fly in real life.

The heaviest bird ever flown was approximately 150 pounds and the largest pterodactyl was 550 pounds. Both animals were much smaller than Dany's dragons – so according to experts, Drogon wouldn't be able to take off in real life.

31. Jackhammer and bison vocalizations were used to create the dragon's sound design.

Sound designer Paula Fairfield, who joined Game of Thrones in season 3, used many different techniques to create the sounds of the dragons. Among them were Tibetan chants and vocalizations of bison and their own dog. She used a jackhammer, shouted Game of Thrones fans, and dangled bones among other things to produce the sound of Zombie Viserion.

Fairfield told Vanity Fair that she saw Drogon as Dany's lover and Viserion and saw Rhaegal – whom she called "the brothers" – more like Beavis and Butthead. Her favorite scene from season 7 included "The Brothers … wake up on the cliff in the morning and they belch and they hiss and get up, getting ready to do business in the north." … these scenes are everything. I mean, they're just as fun as – for me at least – like the kites that fly around blowing up. "

32. The show inspired scientists.

In 2018, entomologist Brett Ratcliffe made headlines for naming three newly discovered beetle species after Dany's dragon. He referred to them as Drogoni, Rhaegali and Viserioni . And in 2019, Australian scientists named a new species of bee flies Paramonovius nightking after the night king.

33. Daenerys Targaryen originally had purple eyes.

In the books, Targaryen's family members are distinguished by their silver hair and purple eyes. While filming, Daenerys and Viserys (Harry Lloyd) Targaryen originally wore purple contact lenses, but Benioff and Weiss decided that they negatively affected the actors' ability to portray emotions.

34. The time between seasons 5 and 6 was Kit Harington's "darkest time".

"My darkest time was when the show seemed to be so much about Jon when he died and came back," Kit Harington told Variety about his years on the show. "I really didn't like the focus of the entire show on Jon – though this invalidated my weak link problem because it was about Jon."

Even though Jon was dead on the show, Harington had been spotted doing it on the set – and was still wearing his famous Jon Snow locks, which made fans wonder if he was really dead at all.

"It was not a very good time in my life," said Harington. “I felt like I had to feel like the happiest person in the world, even though I actually felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life there – I think a lot of people in their twenties. At that time I started therapy and started talking to people. I had felt very insecure and hadn't spoken to anyone. I had to be very grateful for what I have, but I was incredibly concerned about whether I could act at all. "

35. But this" dark "time brought Kit Harington out of a speeding ticket.

After Harington's sixth season was committed to keeping his fate secret, he had to give up the answer after he The officer, a fan of the show, gave him two options: either deal with the speeding penalty or tell him whether Jon Snow would live or die in the next season. Harington initially thought the man was joking but after a second look he said, "I'm going to live next season." The officer replied, "On your way, Lord Commander."

36. The White Walkers were made with extensive prostheses.

The Wights and White Walkers contained some VFX elements, but most of the creatures were created using extensive foam prostheses that were created in one process e actors were glued hours. Creating a single prosthetic character took four to six weeks and the work of 10 to 15 artists.

Their weapons were similarly complex. According to Dunne, the weapon of the White Walkers of choice is "a little more complicated because it's an ice sword … These are clear resin swords that are baked in the oven – it's clear glass that looks like an ice shard."

37. Emilia Clarke suffered two aneurysms during the course of Game of Thrones .

In a 2019 play for The New Yorker Clarke revealed that after completing the first season of Game of Thrones Clarke was working with a trainer when she felt , "A rubber band squeezed my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push it through, but I just couldn't. I told my trainer to take a break. Somehow I made it almost crawling into the locker room. I reached the toilet, dropped to my knees, and became seriously and seriously ill. In the meantime, the pain – stinging, stinging, contracting pain – was getting worse. At some point I knew what was going on: my brain was damaged. “

She had an aneurysm. "As I learned later, about a third of SAH patients [subarachnoid hemorrhage] die immediately or shortly after," Clarke wrote. "For those who survive, urgent treatment is required to seal the aneurysm because the risk of second, often fatal, bleeding is very high."

It was the first of two aneurysms that Clarke saw while filming the aneurysm. The second happened after the show's third season after Clarke underwent brain surgery. "I came out of the operation with a drain from my head. Parts of my skull had been replaced with titanium, ”she wrote. "Nowadays you can't see the scar that curves from my scalp to my ear, but at first I didn't know that it would not be visible. And above all there was constant concern about cognitive or sensory loss. It would be concentration "Memory? Peripheral view?" She kept the aneurysms secret until 2019.

Clarke naturally survived and has since founded a charity called SameYou that helps people recover from brain injuries and strokes.

38. Peter Dinklage won a Golden Globe for Game of Thrones in 2012 but his mother chose Guy Pearce.

Before Dinklage won the Golden Globe for Game of Thrones in 2012, he spoke to his mother in New Jersey who said to him, "Have fun, but did you see Mildred Pierce ? Guy Pearce is so good. He'll win. "He ironically noticed how mothers humble us all.

39. You probably mispronounced Khaleesi .

During an interview for the Allusionist podcast, linguist Peterson described the widespread mispronunciation by Khaleesi as "a real thorn in the side." So how should we say the Dothraki word?

"I wanted to make sure that something that was spelled differently was spoken differently," Peterson said about his process of converting the handful of Dothraki words that George RR Martin had created into a full language. "It worked pretty well for everything except the word Khaleesi … 39; ka-LEE-see & # 39; to be pronounced. So I had to choose: & # 39; Will I spell this thing because I know How will people pronounce it, or will I honor this spelling and pronounce it differently? & # 39; I made the latter decision and I think it was the wrong decision. "

(Das heißt, in seinem Buch Living Language Dothraki schreibt Peterson, dass" viele Dothraki-Wörter mehrere Aussprachevarianten haben, oft abhängig von ob der Sprecher Muttersprachler oder Nicht-Muttersprachler ist. Khaleesi hat zum Beispiel drei verschiedene Aussprachen: khal-eh-si, khal-ee-si und kal-ee-si ", was zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt im Buch geschrieben steht "ka-lee-si.")

40. Die Hauptrolle in Game of Thrones machte es Isaac Hempstead Wright unmöglich, ein "normaler" College-Student zu sein.

Als er nicht Bran Stark spielte, war Isaac Hempstead Wright Student an der Birmingham University. Aber er gab zu, dass es nicht einfach war, seine Rollen als Co-Ed und Star einer der beliebtesten Fernsehserien in Einklang zu bringen. "Ich konnte meine Hallen nicht verlassen, ohne ein Selfie machen zu müssen", sagte der Schauspieler zu Esquire UK. "Ich hatte die nettesten Mitbewohner. Aber es machte es ziemlich schwierig, Freunde zu finden. Ich glaube nicht, dass ich jemals eine normale Universitätserfahrung machen kann, was irgendwie traurig ist. Ich konnte mich nicht entspannen und ausgehen und etwas trinken oder mich betrinken oder was auch immer, denn wenn ich es täte, würde jemand sagen: 'Ich habe Bran gesehen und er war total fertig.' "

41. Beide Emilia Clarke und Lena Headey haben Sarah Connor von The Terminator gespielt.

Clarke spielte neben Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys die Rolle von Sarah Connor. Die Rolle wurde zuvor gespielt von Cersei Lannister selbst, Lena Headey, in der kurzlebigen Fernsehserie Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles .

42. Die Bäume, die die Kingsroad säumen, sind möglicherweise nicht mehr lange in der Nähe.

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