10 things you might not know about Game of Thrones
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.
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."
Perfect for the coffee-table.
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!
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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.
Weigh down your Kindle with this! I bought the books and dropped one on my toe . . .
Here's a talking point for your desk at work.
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!