15 Behind-the-Scenes Game of Thrones Fun Facts

It is undeniable that Game of Thrones is the most popular series of our time, and that unlike many others over 7 years it has not stopped gaining followers. Little is known that behind-the-scenes stories can be just as interesting as the main plot.

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GoT on Dragonstone

Today we present you with a batch of fun facts about this legendary HBO series.

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1 – During his youth, George R. R. Martin bore a certain resemblance to Jon Snow.

Multiple theories about Jon Snow’s fate can be found on discussion forums about the series, and some are based on the uncanny resemblance between the story’s creator and Ned Stark’s “bastard.”

Lookalikes George RR Martin and Jon Snow

2 – The walk of shame actually happened.

For most, Cersei Lannister’s penance for sins proved a terrible and humiliating act, but few know that it actually happened in the Middle Ages. The victim was one of the concubines of King Edward IV of England, punished in this way after the death of the monarch, according to an account by George R. R. Martin himself.

Cersei Walk Shame

3 – Theon Greyjoy is Lily Allen’s brother.

The coward Theon Greyjoy is played by actor Alfie Allen, the older brother of popular performer Lily Allen. The production invited her to play the role of Yara Greyjoy, but ended up rejecting it and missing out on the opportunity to act alongside her brother.

Alfie Allen and Lili Allen siblings

4 – Viserys is a relative of Charles Dickens.

Harry Lloyd, who played Daenerys Targaryen’s brother in the series, is a direct descendant of the popular English novelist.


5 – Ian Whyte’s 4 characters.

Actor Ian Whyte proved his versatility by playing 4 characters in the series: the giant Dongo, the endearing Wun Wun, a White Walker and Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.

Ian Whyte is GOT

Jon Snow and Arya Stark had a romance in the original story.

According to a statement from George R. R. Martin, he had planned a dramatic romance for Jon Snow and Arya Stark. Fortunately, the writer abandoned the idea.

Jon Snow and Arya Stark

7 – Myrcella and Tommen fell in love in real life.

Dean-Charles Chapman and Nell Tiger Free, who played Cersei’s youngest children, were a couple in real life.

Dean Charles Chapman and Nell

8 – Maester Aemon was played by a blind actor.

Peter Vaughan, who played the wise Maester Aemon, was as blind as his character. Vaughan died at the age of 93 in December 2016.

Peter Vaughan Aemon GOT

9 – The hidden messages on Sansa’s dress.

The characters are very well thought out in the series, there is almost always a meaning behind the costumes they wear on stage. For example, Sansa Stark’s attire has communicated a variety of messages to allies and enemies on multiple occasions.

When she married the dwarf of the Lannisters, the dress was a summary of her life: a trout and a wolf on her belt signified that she had been born of House Stark and House Tully. The lion on her back meant that her new neighborhood, the Lannisters, had her back.

Sansa Stark Wedding Dress

10 – “Hodor” in multiple forms.

Perhaps Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor, had the easiest dialogue ever. However, the actor masters 70 different ways of pronouncing the same word, depending on the character’s mood.

White Walker Hodor

11 – Gandalf’s sword is on the iron throne.

A replica of the sword of the wizard Gandalf, from the universe of Middle-earth invented by Tolkien, is found forged on the Iron Throne.

Gandalf's Sword on the Iron Throne

12 – HBO sells replicas of the Iron Throne.

Speaking of this iconic seat, the production company sells real replicas of the iron throne for $30,000 (for those who can afford them).

Queen Elizabeth's Iron Throne

13 – George Bush’s head on a stake.

In one of the episodes, a replica of the former U.S. president’s head is pinned to a spear in the Red Keep. The production said it was not a message with political overtones, but a simple reuse of material that was already ready. The network ended up apologizing for the scene.

Bush's Head GoT Stake

14 – Pigeon pie really exists.

You probably remember that cake they served at King Joffrey Baratheon’s wedding. Well, George R. R. Martin borrowed the idea from a 16th-century recipe, the work of Giovani de Rosseli, and the cake from the film was completely real.

GoT Dove Cake Wedding Joffrey Baratheon

15 – The most pirated series in history.

Game of Thrones has become the most pirated series of all time. And practically since its first broadcast, in 2011, millions of people download the episodes illegally, keeping it at the top of the list of the most pirated television shows.