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10 things you might not know about Game of Thrones

Updated on August 7, 2013

So you think you know Game of Thrones? Did you know this? And this?

With a cast of thousands, HBO's Game of Thrones is television on an epic scale, costing an average $6 million an episode and setting a new standard in production. Everyone who watches on a regular basis knows that a Lannister always pays his debts, but here are some interesting facts that you may not know.

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1. Kit Harrington's real name

Kit Harrington's real name is Christopher, but nobody calls him that and he didn't find out that he was actually called Christopher until he was 11. Yep, that's right, he was 11! And he only found out because of school tests. Imagine seeing your surname with a different first name at the top of your test paper! That'd be weird.

2. And 3. Peter Dinklage (because he deserves two numbers)

Peter Dinklage, AKA Tyrion Lannister, starred in an obscure (meaning nobody saw it) Australian movie called I Love You Too in 2010. It is so obscure that it's not even hidden in the depths of Amazon.

Also, he is a vegetarian so any time you see Tyrion chowing down on a hunk of meat, think tofu.

Tyrion's my favourite character, not just because he gets the best lines but because he owns every scene he's in, even when he's not speaking.

Tyrion to Cersei: "You love your children. It's your one redeeming feature; that and your cheekbones."

4. Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson, who plays the dastardly bastardly Joffrey Baratheon (or should that be Lannister???), attends Trinity College, Dublin, on a scholarship and plans to give up acting and pursue an academic career after Game of Thrones.

Joffrey is my least favourite character, but I don't think I'm alone there.

5. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss

The creators of the television series, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, came up with the idea of adapting George R. R. Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire to the screen in 2006, after Benioff began reading the first novel, A Game of Thrones. He rang Weiss to tell him about it and Weiss finished the brick-sized book in, he says, maybe 36 hours.

They pitched the series to HBO, who liked the idea (obviously) and convinced Martin, a seasoned screenwriter himself, during a five-hour meeting in a Los Angeles restaurant to agree to the idea. Benioff recalls that they won Martin over with their answer to his question: "Who is Jon Snow's mother?" And we still don't know! Tell us!

(Source: Wikipedia)

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6. Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa

Brunette Emilia Clarke's silver-white wig takes two hours to put on and like all the elaborate hairstyles on the show, it is made from real hair and is treated like real hair, with regular washing and grooming.

Jason Momoa, who is married to Lenny Kravitz's ex-wife, Lisa Bonet, is part native Hawaiian and used to be a Baywatch dude. A few years ago he was glassed in the face in a bar and had to have 40 stitches. They are clearly visible in his later acting work and probably helped him win the part of Khal Drogo, although doing the Haka for his GoT audition didn't hurt either.

Daenerys is my second favourite character, because she's grown from a meek little girl to a woman who can really kick butt when she wants to.

And you probably noticed that Drogo was not a big fan of conversation.

Funko POP Game of Thrones: Jon Snow
Funko POP Game of Thrones: Jon Snow

Here's a talking point for your desk at work.

Game of Thrones: Iron Throne 7" Replica
Game of Thrones: Iron Throne 7" Replica

Even more of a talking point for your desk! But be careful with it, you could poke out an eye.


7. Lena Headey

Lena Headey, who plays the cruel, scheming and all-round icicle Queen Cersei, played Gorgo, the wife of the King of Sparta, in 300. She was quite nice in that, as I recall, so, clearly, she hasn't been typecast!

8, 9 and 10. The dragons

Drogon is black with red markings and is the largest of the three dragons. Rhaegal is green with bronze markings and Viserion is creamy white with gold markings.

When Daenerys utters the word 'Dracarys', which means 'dragonfire' in High Valyrian, you can bet something, or someone, is going to get fried. When she realised that her baby dragons wouldn't eat raw meat she used this word to teach them to cook their own food.

Unfortunately, since they are all male, nobody's going to be getting any eggs, calcified or otherwise, any time soon.

I've always had a thing for dragons, and have a collection of figurines that I've gathered from different countries, so I was thrilled when Dany hatched the eggs. Baby dragons! Yay!

Who is your favourite Game of Thrones character and why? - Is it the lecherous imp, the tyrannical Tywin, the noble Ned or the sultry Jon Snow?

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    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Same here. Love those dragons!

    • IanTease profile image


      5 years ago

      Just about to finish reading the books in the next week and going to start watching shortly after that. Think Tyrion has to be my favourite character. Great lens

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) is my favorite most interesting character, but I am also partial to Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @tonyleather: Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent post! Thanks!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @shay-marie: I agree, Peter Dinklage is amazing.

    • shay-marie profile image

      Shay Marie 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Team Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) here. He's easily the most charismatic in the cast. I can't wait to see what happens with Arya Stark though.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: That seems to be his modus operandi. I'm still recovering from the Red Wedding.

    • FrancesWrites profile image


      5 years ago

      @shewins: I think that's G. R. R. Martin's rule - get the readers/viewers hooked on a character and then kill them off!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: You're absolutely right, he does.

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      It does have to be "The Imp", he just owns every scene without seemingly trying.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      The women fascinate me more in this series, especially "Mother of Dragons". What a great character!

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @shewins: It certainly was shocking! I didn't realise I was so attached to those particular characters until the end.

    • shewins profile image


      5 years ago

      I love Game of Thrones. Last week's episode was truly shocking. I'm a little bit in mourning I think. It's hard to pick a favorite character, besides you never know when they'll be killed off.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: She does! A pretty gutsy Stark.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @maryseena: You're welcome.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @lisln: Thanks for your comment. I hope you get into it and enjoy it.

    • maryseena profile image


      5 years ago

      Thank you for introducing this show and the interesting characters.

    • FrancesWrites profile image


      5 years ago

      Arya because she kicks butt!

    • lisln profile image


      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      This is the first time that I have heard of this series I wonder why I never heard of it before? Interesting.

    • Meganhere profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @takkhisa: Thanks for the comment!

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      I have heard of this TV series before and I watched only some episodes, really enjoyed watching them :)


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