13 Things You Didn't Know About Game Of Thrones

13 Things You Didn't Know About Game Of Thrones

1. GOT's Actors Have Appeared in Major Sci-Fi/Fantasy Franchises

You know Sean Bean (Ned Stark) from The Fellowship of the Ring. But Game of Thrones also features nine actors who appeared in the Harry Potter films. Emilia Clark (Daenarys Targaryen) has been cast as Linda Hamilton in a 2015 reboot of The Terminator, while Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) played Linda Hamilton in the 2008 Terminator TV series.

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2. GOT is More Reality Than Fantasy

The reason Game of Thrones resonates so well with such a broad audience is that it blends true-to-life conflicts with a realistic otherworldly setting. What's most surprising, however, is that Game of Thrones liberally borrows from Western European history. GOT is inspired by England's War of the Roses, from 1455-1485, between the houses of Lancaster and York (think Lannister and Stark). Many other historical influences color Game of Thrones, including the Hundred Years' War.

3. GOT Has One of the Largest Casts in TV History

Don't worry, you're not the only one who can't keep track of most of Game of Thrones' characters. The second season had 257 named characters!

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4. GOT is Probably The Most Pirated Show in History

Game of Thrones is a popular pirating target partly for its popularity and partly for its high cost of access, especially in Britain and Australia, where access to a single episode of GOT can cost up to 52 Australian dollars. A single episode was downloaded over 4,000,000 times in 2012, equaling the number of TV viewers for the episode.

5. The Series Will End Before the Books Do

Spoiler alert!! Each season films roughly one book in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire, while George R. R. Martin takes up to six years to finish an installment. Rather than pad the series until the next book is released, the show's creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, intend to cover the material published now, which should last 8 seasons.

6. Only Three People Write the Entire Series

Each season consists of approximately 9 hours of material, or about 6 full-length movies. Unlike most shows, GOT is written mostly by show creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. George R. R. Martin write one episode per season, and two other writers wrote one episode each in Season 1.

7. GOT Has Coined New Words

Dothraki has entered the online vocabulary since Game of Thrones' debut, but the most notable neologism is sexposition. If you can't guess, the word refers to Season 1's frequent use of the beds of prostitutes for characters to provide exposition to the audience.

8. Those Foreign Words Are Part of Real Languages

Producers had a linguist fill out GOT languages Dothraki and Valyrian into constructed languages, which previously existed only as isolated words in the books. Considering the size of Game of Thrones' audience, these invented languages have been heard by more people than have many real Earth languages.

9. GOT Merch can leave you bankrupt!

Forgot smartphone cases, clothes and pillow covers: a GOT-themed watch from Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin can cost over $10,000 USD, while a resin full-size replica of the Iron Throne goes for a jaw-dropping $30,000. On RebelsMarket you can find some amazing Game of thrones merch, from necklaces, edgy women dresses to home decor items

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10. US President Barack Obama is a Fan

If only President Obama, owned a real iron throne, right? White House staff edited this image to place Obama in the Iron Throne with the King's crown in his lap. But if the world is a real game of thrones, Obama is, after all, high up in the power game.

11. There's a Legitimate Game of Thrones Rap Album

HBO commissioned a compilation rap album featuring Game of Thrones-themed tracks from the likes of Common and Big Boi. Why? To “diversify” its audience, of course. You can download the free album on Soundcloud here

12. GOT is One of the Most Expensive TV Shows in History

Game of Thrones' scale – and continued existence – is thanks only to its massive fanbase. The show's pilot cost $6-$10 million USD (compare to Lost's $10-14 million and Boardwalk Empire's $18 million). An average episode of GOT costs about $6 million USD (compare to Firefly's $1 million and Lost's $4 million), and an entire season costs HBO about $60 million, minus some governmental support from one of GOT's main shooting locations, Northern Ireland.

13. There's a Way to Explain GOT in a Single Sentence

Show creator David Benioff encapsulated Game of Throne's main characteristics – intrigue, violence and a fantasy world – when he described it as “The Sopranos in Middle-earth.”

Which of these facts do you find the most surprising? Are there any other you would add to this list? 

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