Dec. 05, 2010
Returning Series
60 min.
HBO TV Network

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Game of Thrones

In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Great Houses (Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen, Lannister, Greyjoy, Arryn, Martell, Tully and Tyrell) fight among themselves for a right to rule the Iron Throne. Beyond the Wall and across the Narrow Sea bigger threats are rising until its a right moment to take a revenge. Based on R.R. Martin's novels.

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  • 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.
  • The series takes its name from the first novel in the book series "A Game of Thrones", which is actually known as "A Song of Ice and Fire." George R.R. Martin's story credit acknowledges the entire series under this title, rather than the title of individual volumes.
  • Features actors from two different adaptations of "The Lord of the Rings": Peter Vaughan, who played Denethor in the BBC Radio adaptation; and Sean Bean, who played the character's son Boromir in the Peter Jackson films.
  • Carice van Houten ("Melisandre") had previously been asked to audition for the role of Cersei Lannister but was unable to because she was filming Intruders.
  • Yara Greyjoy, introduced in the second book and season, is named Asha in the books. The name was changed for the television series to avoid confusion with Osha. However, in the German dubbed version she is called Asha, like in the books. Similarly, Lysa Arryn's son Robert is named Robin in the series to avoid confusion with Robert Baratheon.
  • Features ten actors from the "Harry Potter" film series: Bronson Webb ("Will") played an unnamed Slytherin student in the third film; Natalia Tena ("Osha") played Nymphadora Tonks; David Bradley ("Lord Walder Frey") played Argus Filch; Julian Glover ("Grand Maester Pycelle") voiced Aragog; Michelle Fairley ("Catelyn Stark") played Mrs. Granger in the seventh film; Ciarán Hinds ("Mance Rayder") played Aberforth Dumbledore; Ralph Ineson ("Dagmer Cleftjaw") played Amycus Carrow; Edward Tudor-Pole ("Protestor at King's Landing") played Mr. Borgin; Ian Whyte (II) ("Gregor Clegane") played Madame Maxime in full-body shots; Jim Broadbent (his role has not been revealed yet) played Professor Horace Slughorn. Stephen Dillane ("Stannis Baratheon") is also the father of Frank Dillane, who played the young Voldemort / Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. "Potter" cast members Jamie Campbell Bower (young "Gellert Grindelwald") and Simon Fisher-Becker ("Fat Friar") were originally set to play Waymar Royce and the High Septon before being replaced by Rob Ostlere and David Verrey, respectively.
  • The first season premiered on Sean Bean's birthday (April 17th).
  • While most of the show is largely faithful to the books, composite characters do appear. The most prominent is the prostitute Ros, who is a composite of several named (Alayaya, Chataya, Kyra) and unnamed characters from the book series. Another composite character is the trader Spice King in Qarth, who appears in Season Two.
  • SPOILER: Series author George R.R. Martin reported on his blog that after the filming of the episode in which Sansa's direwolf Lady is executed, the dog that played Lady, a Northern Inuit named Zunni, was adopted by Sophie Turner (IV), the actress who plays Sansa.
  • In Westeros, bastards (also "natural child" or "baseborn") born to nobles are given surnames different than their father's, according to the region they were born in. These surnames are mostly associated with the geographic or climatic features of the respective regions: The Reach - Flowers; The Westerlands - Hill, The Iron Islands - Pyke, The Riverlands - Rivers, Dorne - Sand, The North - Snow, The Vale - Stone, The Stormlands - Storm; The Crownlands - Waters. These special surnames or "bastard names" apply only to noble-born bastards, who are openly acknowledged by their noble parent. Therefore, bastards both of whose parents are commoners, or noble-born bastards that are unacknowledged by their noble parent (like Gendry), cannot use the special surname. A noble-born bastard can be legitimized by royal decree, thus being considered as a trueborn child and changes the surname to the father's. However, the social stigma of the bastard may not always be lifted even after legitimization.
  • Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night's Watch is revealed to be blind in the novels. He was played by Peter Vaughan, who is legally partially blind himself.
  • Liam Burke (III) was cast as Aerys II Targaryen, the "Mad King" in flashback scenes, but the scenes were cut.
  • 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.
  • Dominic West and Perdita Weeks were offered major roles.
  • According to the novels, the sigil of House Baratheon is a black stag with a crown above its head on a field of gold. In the TV series, the Baratheons' banner depicts a stag with a crown around its neck.
  • During an interview for the second season, Sophie Turner (IV) ("Sansa Stark") said she was most looking forward to filming Sansa's relationship with Sandor Clegane--aka "The Hound"--played by Rory McCann.
  • The first season used Northern Inuit dogs, a type specifically bred for wolf-like appearance, to stand in for the direwolves (the Stark's house sigil). However, since direwolves 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, which is 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.
  • Tamzin Merchant played Daenerys Targaryen in the pilot but was replaced by Emilia Clarke for the series. While the reason for Merchant's departure has not been made public, George R.R. Martin praised her performance as "wonderful" in his blog.
  • SPOILER: Many of the characters have nicknames, mostly based on specific deed, behavior or physical feature of the person in question. The nicknames can be derogatory (Kingslayer) or for mockery (Brienne the Beauty). For example: Eddard Stark: Ned; Jaime Lannister: the Kingslayer; Tyrion Lannister: the Imp or Halfman; Varys: the Spider; Sandor Clegane: the Hound; Gregor Clegane: the Mountain that Rides (or simply the Mountain); Petyr Baelish: Littlefinger; Jeor Mormont: the Old Bear; Loras Tyrell: Knight of Flowers; Olenna Tyrell: Queen of Thorns; Roose Bolton: Leech Lord; Aerys Targaryen: the Mad King; Viserys Targaryen: the Beggar King; Theon Greyjoy: the Turncloak or Reek; Melisandre: the Red Woman; Vargo Hoat: the Goat; Robb Stark: the Young Wolf; Jon Snow: the White Wolf; Brienne: the Beauty; Qhorin: Halfhand; Mance Rayder: the King Beyond the Wall; Davos Seaworth: the Onion Knight; Jon Umber Sr.: Greatjon; Jon Umber Jr.: Smalljon; Eddison Tollett: Dolorous Edd; Samwell Tarly: the Slayer; Gerold Hightower: the White Bull; Arthur Dayne: Sword of the Morning; Brynden Tully: Blackfish; Oberyn Martell: the Red Viper; Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters: the Sand Snakes.
  • Catelyn Stark was played in the pilot by Jennifer Ehle, but she dropped out when the series was picked up, and Michelle Fairley was cast.
  • SPOILER: George R.R. Martin has stated that the infamous "Red Wedding" was the hardest chapter for him to write in "A Storm of Swords." He was so emotionally attached to the characters that he actually wrote the rest of the book first, then that chapter last. Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, upon reading it, declared it was one of the major reasons they decided to option the books for a TV series. Their dramatization differs from the book in a few details, most notably that Robb's wife is not present at the wedding, nor is she killed. Whether she is pregnant is unknown.
  • In the year 2012, over 160 baby girls in the U.S. were legally named "Khaleesi", after the character in the show, although it is not the character's name (Daenerys) but a title.
  • Producer David Benioff wanted the theme song to be the Lannister song "The Rains of Castamere." Co-producer D.B. Weiss convinced him not to do it.
  • 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".
  • Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was doused in so much fake blood during the horse heart eating scene in season 1 that she got stuck to a toilet seat during a break.
  • The show has three Doctor Who (UK) (2005) guest stars, each of whom participated in two-parters: Harry Lloyd ("Viserys Targaryen"), Iain Glen ("Jorah Mormont") and Thomas Brodie-Sangster ("Jojen Reed"). Both Lloyd and Sangster were in the same episodes.
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays the 13-year-old Jojen Reed, was 22 when cast in the role.
  • The character Joffrey Baratheon is modeled after the unbalanced Roman emperor Caligula, whose four-year reign, by most accounts, was marked by extreme cruelty and sadism.
  • Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) received a letter from author George R.R. Martin after the show aired, stating,"Congratulations on your marvelous performance, everyone hates you!"
  • Natural brunette Emilia Clarke has stated that she has never dyed her hair for the show. Daenerys Targaryen's impressive platinum blonde locks are achieved via an elaborate wig and makeup system that takes considerable time to get into place.

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