History Trivia / GameOfThrones

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** The horrible awkwardness of Stannis giving his daughter a hug is part acting, and partly that Kerry Ingram suffers from brittle bone disease and Stephen Dillane had to be very careful not to injure her.
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* HypotheticalCasting: Several actors were fan favourites before their casting was announced, such as Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/SeanBean. Fewer examples remain for characters likely to appear, but Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy was a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase, so was [[spoiler:Creator/KatieMcGrath as Lyanna Stark (in the flashbacks).]]
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* IAmNotSpock: As you might expect from a hit TV show with a gigantic cast, few roles are filled with actors with a more high-profile role under their belt. Creator/SeanBean, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeady and Creator/CharlesDance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.

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* HypotheticalCasting: Several actors were fan favourites before their casting was announced, such as Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/SeanBean. Fewer examples remain for characters likely to appear, but Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy was a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase, so was [[spoiler:Creator/KatieMcGrath were [[spoiler:Creator/KatieMcGrath, Creator/LilyCollins, Jessica Brown Findlay, or Kaya Scodelario as Lyanna Stark (in the flashbacks).]]
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* IAmNotSpock: As you might expect from a hit TV show with a gigantic cast, few roles are filled with actors with a more high-profile role under their belt. Creator/SeanBean, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeady Creator/LenaHeadey and Creator/CharlesDance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.


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* AbsenteeActor: With such a huge EnsembleCast, this is inevitable. Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: [[spoiler:Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark)]]. And they died in the first season.
* ActingInTheDark: Prior to the Season 6 production, Kit Harrington had to lie to the cast about Jon Snow’s fate in the Season 5 finale just to make them believe he’s leaving the show. Liam Cunningham was very skeptical about it while Sophie Turner seemed to be the only cast member who believed it that she wrote a very emotional farewell letter to him. When the cast received the Season 6 scripts, everyone now knew that Kit is not really leaving the show and Kit teased Sophie for that farewell letter.

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* AbsenteeActor: With such a huge EnsembleCast, this is inevitable. Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: [[spoiler:Mark Addy [[spoiler:Creator/MarkAddy (Robert Baratheon) and Sean Bean Creator/SeanBean (Ned Stark)]]. And they died in the first season.
* ActingInTheDark: Prior to the Season 6 production, Kit Harrington [[spoiler:Creator/KitHarington had to lie to the cast about Jon Snow’s fate in the Season 5 finale just to make them believe he’s leaving the show. Liam Cunningham show]]. Creator/LiamCunningham was very skeptical about it while Sophie Turner Creator/SophieTurner seemed to be the only cast member who believed it that she [[spoiler:she wrote a very emotional farewell letter to him. him]]. When the cast received the Season 6 scripts, everyone [[spoiler:everyone now knew that Kit is not really leaving the show and Kit teased Sophie for that farewell letter.letter]].



** Reportedly averted in advance, as US media reported in early 2014 that George R. R. Martin has revealed major plot points and the ending of his ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' to the producers of the TV adaptation, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that he is unable to ([[AuthorExistenceFailure for]] [[OvertookTheManga whatever]] [[ScheduleSlip reason]]) complete his book series.

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** Reportedly averted in advance, as US media reported in early 2014 that George R. R. Martin Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has revealed major plot points and the ending of his ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' to the producers of the TV adaptation, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that he is unable to ([[AuthorExistenceFailure for]] [[OvertookTheManga whatever]] [[ScheduleSlip reason]]) complete his book series.



** Kerry Ingram has starred in ''{{Matilda}} the Musical'' as the titular character. Much like Matilda, Shireen is a sweet, lonely girl who loves reading and has to deal with a family who doesn't understand her.
** Liam Cunningham and Clarice van Houten (Melisandre) once played lovers in "Black Butterflies" before being cast as rivals to Stannis.
** Faye Marsay (The Waif) previously played a character in the ''Doctor Who'' 2014 Christmas special who had "Thrones marathon" on her holiday to-do list.

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** Kerry Ingram has starred in ''{{Matilda}} ''Theatre/{{Matilda}} the Musical'' as the titular character. Much like Matilda, Shireen is a sweet, lonely girl who loves reading and has to deal with a family who doesn't understand her.
** Liam Cunningham Creator/LiamCunningham and Clarice van Houten Creator/CariceVanHouten (Melisandre) once played lovers in "Black Butterflies" before being cast as rivals to Stannis.
** Faye Marsay (The Waif) previously played a character in the ''Doctor Who'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' 2014 Christmas special who had "Thrones marathon" on her holiday to-do list.



** Robert is supposed to be the oldest Baratheon brother, but Stephen Dillane (who plays Stannis) is 8 years older than Mark Addy (who plays Robert). [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] both on the show and in the books, where Stannis is mistaken for being the eldest Baratheon brother by a few characters because his dour demeanour and receding hairline have put unnecessary years on him. Helped by the fact that they never appear together.
** Gwendoline Christie is about 15 years older than Brienne. Part of it is an AgeLift of some characters. And that, as with Creator/PeterDinklage playing Tyrion Lannister, there are few actors fitting the character's unusual physique.
** Inverted with Gregor Clegane's actor Hafþór "Thor" Björnsson, who is twenty years younger than Rory [=McCann=], who plays Gregor's younger brother Sandor. The fact that the two actors have had few scenes together takes attention away from this, as does the extensive burn makeup required for Sandor.

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** Robert is supposed to be the oldest Baratheon brother, but Stephen Dillane Creator/StephenDillane (who plays Stannis) is 8 years older than Mark Addy Creator/MarkAddy (who plays Robert). [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] both on the show and in the books, where Stannis is mistaken for being the eldest Baratheon brother by a few characters because his dour demeanour and receding hairline have put unnecessary years on him. Helped by the fact that they never appear together.
** Gwendoline Christie Creator/GwendolineChristie is about 15 years older than Brienne. Part of it is an AgeLift of some characters. And that, as with Creator/PeterDinklage playing Tyrion Lannister, there are few actors fitting the character's unusual physique.
** Inverted with Gregor Clegane's actor Hafþór "Thor" Björnsson, who is twenty years younger than Rory [=McCann=], Creator/RoryMcCann, who plays Gregor's younger brother Sandor. The fact that the two actors have had few scenes together takes attention away from this, as does the extensive burn makeup required for Sandor.



* DuelingShows: With ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Both shows are the most phenomenal shows during TheNewTens, both are adapted from literary works, both deal with the HumansAreBastards trope, and most importantly, both shows establish that AnyoneCanDie.
** Interestingly, despite both shows airing on Sundays but on separate channels, they've never had to literally duel for ratings; ''Walking Dead'' airs in late fall and (ironically) winter, while ''Game of Thrones'' airs in the spring. Frequently, the former's season finale airs just a handful of days from the latter's season premiere.

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* DuelingShows: With ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Both shows are the most phenomenal shows during TheNewTens, both are adapted from literary works, both deal with the HumansAreBastards trope, and most importantly, both shows establish that AnyoneCanDie.
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AnyoneCanDie. Interestingly, despite both shows airing on Sundays but on separate channels, they've never had to literally duel for ratings; ''Walking Dead'' airs in late fall and (ironically) winter, while ''Game of Thrones'' airs in the spring. Frequently, the former's season finale airs just a handful of days from the latter's season premiere.



** Creator/SophieTurner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Alfie Allen went from blond to brown, while Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/JackGleeson went from brown/dark blond to light/-er blond to better portray members of the golden-haired Lannister family. A lot of the other actors, like Emilia Clarke and Creator/LenaHeadey, wear wigs. Meanwhile, Creator/MaisieWilliams cut her hair to convincingly portray Arya trying to pass as a boy in Season 2.

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** Creator/SophieTurner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Alfie Allen Creator/AlfieAllen went from blond to brown, while Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/JackGleeson went from brown/dark blond to light/-er blond to better portray members of the golden-haired Lannister family. A lot of the other actors, like Emilia Clarke and Creator/LenaHeadey, wear wigs. Meanwhile, Creator/MaisieWilliams cut her hair to convincingly portray Arya trying to pass as a boy in Season 2.



** Gwendoline Christie apparently really got into the role, putting on lots of muscle with the aid of protein shakes and going up a clothes size, according to Sophie Turner.
** Conleth Hill shaves his full head of hair to play Varys, a thing he welcomes as it brings him street anonimity.
** Kit Harington is contractually obligated to keep his hair long, which he hates. After [[spoiler: Jon Snow's untimely demise]] this has made his hairstyle a WalkingSpoiler to many fans.

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** Gwendoline Christie Creator/GwendolineChristie apparently really got into the role, putting on lots of muscle with the aid of protein shakes and going up a clothes size, according to Sophie Turner.
** Conleth Hill Creator/ConlethHill shaves his full head of hair to play Varys, a thing he welcomes as it brings him street anonimity.
** Kit Harington Creator/KitHarington is contractually obligated to keep his hair long, which he hates. After [[spoiler: Jon Snow's untimely demise]] this has made his hairstyle a WalkingSpoiler to many fans.



** That horse's heart Daenerys ate? It was essentially a giant gummy, which tasted disgusting and a tiny girl like Emilia Clarke struggled to keep it down.
** Alfie Allen really was tied up like that for his torture scenes in Season 3, a process that Iwan Rheon mentioned as being extremely painful.

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** That horse's heart Daenerys ate? It was essentially a giant gummy, which tasted disgusting and a tiny girl like Emilia Clarke Creator/EmiliaClarke struggled to keep it down.
** Alfie Allen Creator/AlfieAllen really was tied up like that for his torture scenes in Season 3, a process that Iwan Rheon Creator/IwanRheon mentioned as being extremely painful.



** American Peter Dinklage fakes an English accent, while Irishman Aidan Gillen fakes a Welsh accent (decreasingly, with interesting results...) to blend in with the rest of the King's Landing folks.
** Some actors from the non-English speaking world, like Carice van Houten (Dutch) or Sibel Kekilli and Tom Wlaschiha (both German), use their natural accents for an exotic touch, others, like Michiel Huisman (Dutch) or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish) suppress theirs.
** Dorne, the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain, has notably no actors from Southern Europe. Except for Pedro Pascal everyone in the Dornish cast fakes a slight Mediterranean accent.

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** American Peter Dinklage Creator/PeterDinklage fakes an English accent, while Irishman Aidan Gillen Creator/AidanGillen fakes a Welsh accent (decreasingly, with interesting results...) to blend in with the rest of the King's Landing folks.
** Some actors from the non-English speaking world, like Carice van Houten Creator/CariceVanHouten (Dutch) or Sibel Kekilli Creator/SibelKekilli and Tom Wlaschiha (both German), use their natural accents for an exotic touch, others, like Michiel Huisman (Dutch) or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau (Danish) suppress theirs.
** Dorne, the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain, has notably no actors from Southern Europe. Except for Pedro Pascal Creator/PedroPascal, everyone in the Dornish cast fakes a slight Mediterranean accent.



** Edmure Tully has become known as "Brutus Tully" after his actions in [[spoiler:surrendering Riverrun to Jaime Lannister and getting his uncle Brynden killed]] and in reference to Tobias Menzies role as Marcus Brutus on HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}''.

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** Edmure Tully has become known as "Brutus Tully" after his actions in [[spoiler:surrendering Riverrun to Jaime Lannister and getting his uncle Brynden killed]] and in reference to Tobias Menzies Creator/TobiasMenzies' role as Marcus Brutus on HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}''.



* HypotheticalCasting: Several actors were fan favourites before their casting was announced, such as Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean. Fewer examples remain for characters likely to appear, but Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy was a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase.

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* HypotheticalCasting: Several actors were fan favourites before their casting was announced, such as Peter Dinklage Creator/PeterDinklage and Sean Bean. Creator/SeanBean. Fewer examples remain for characters likely to appear, but Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy was a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase.fanbase, so was [[spoiler:Creator/KatieMcGrath as Lyanna Stark (in the flashbacks).]]



* IAmNotSpock: As you might expect from a hit TV show with a gigantic cast, few roles are filled with actors with a more high-profile role under their belt. Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Lena Heady and Charles Dance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.

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* IAmNotSpock: As you might expect from a hit TV show with a gigantic cast, few roles are filled with actors with a more high-profile role under their belt. Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Lena Heady Creator/SeanBean, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeady and Charles Dance Creator/CharlesDance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.



** Actually averted with a major plot point at the end of Season 5. The creators of the show made several statements confirming that [[spoiler:Jon Snow really died]] in spite of theories to the contrary. It was confirmed that they absolutely weren't kidding with the Season 6 premiere. [[spoiler:Of course, they never said '''anything''' about the possibility of Jon being resurrected, which happens in the second episode of Season 6.]][[note]]Kit Harington [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/game-of-thrones-jon-snow-alive-kit-harington-lies nonetheless apologized]] for lying for a year, though he noted that he did so for story reasons more than anything.[[/note]]

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** Actually averted with a major plot point at the end of Season 5. The creators of the show made several statements confirming that [[spoiler:Jon Snow really died]] in spite of theories to the contrary. It was confirmed that they absolutely weren't kidding with the Season 6 premiere. [[spoiler:Of course, they never said '''anything''' about the possibility of Jon being resurrected, which happens in the second episode of Season 6.]][[note]]Kit Harington ]][[note]]Creator/KitHarington [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/game-of-thrones-jon-snow-alive-kit-harington-lies nonetheless apologized]] for lying for a year, though he noted that he did so for story reasons more than anything.[[/note]]



** Essentially, actors such as Jack Gleeson, Carice van Houten, Lena Headey, and David Bradley have admitted that they have had their share of real-life encounters with disgruntled fans.

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** Essentially, actors such as Jack Gleeson, Carice van Houten, Lena Headey, Creator/JackGleeson, Creator/CariceVanHouten, Creator/LenaHeadey, and David Bradley Creator/DavidBradley have admitted that they have had their share of real-life encounters with disgruntled fans.



** Practically every cast member who's done an interview for the show will go out of his or her way to say how lovely a person Creator/JackGleeson is. You could make a DrinkingGame out of it. When he's recognized or asked for autographs, he's even been known to joke "I'm a nice guy, I swear!" Sophie Turner (Sansa) relates how Gleeson asks her if she is all right the moment the cameras stop rolling after some abusive scene.

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** Practically every cast member who's done an interview for the show will go out of his or her way to say how lovely a person Creator/JackGleeson is. You could make a DrinkingGame out of it. When he's recognized or asked for autographs, he's even been known to joke "I'm a nice guy, I swear!" Sophie Turner Creator/SophieTurner (Sansa) relates how Gleeson asks her if she is all right the moment the cameras stop rolling after some abusive scene.



** Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) is very laid-back and gets along well with Alfie Allen ([[ButtMonkey Theon Greyjoy]]) in real life, despite the characters they play. Rheon was quick to assure the interviewers: "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of this show]]. [[spoiler:He still has his penis.]]". Iwan has stated that when Ramsay's death does come, he hopes that it is a suitably horrible and fitting end. [[spoiler:In an interview released the day after Ramsay's death was shown, Iwan agrees that it was a well-deserved death, though he jokes that it would've been even sweeter had Dany's dragons somehow been involved.]]
** Michael [=McElhatton=] (Roose Bolton) is also a very decent guy who plays a sadist [[spoiler:and a traitor]]. He says that he found shooting parts of the Rains of Castamere very emotional. In his native Ireland, he was known more for comedy before taking on the role.

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** Iwan Rheon Creator/IwanRheon (Ramsay Bolton) is very laid-back and gets along well with Alfie Allen Creator/AlfieAllen ([[ButtMonkey Theon Greyjoy]]) in real life, despite the characters they play. Rheon was quick to assure the interviewers: "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of this show]]. [[spoiler:He still has his penis.]]". Iwan has stated that when Ramsay's death does come, he hopes that it is a suitably horrible and fitting end. [[spoiler:In an interview released the day after Ramsay's death was shown, Iwan agrees that it was a well-deserved death, though he jokes that it would've been even sweeter had Dany's dragons somehow been involved.]]
** Michael [=McElhatton=] Creator/MichaelMcElhatton (Roose Bolton) is also a very decent guy who plays a sadist [[spoiler:and a traitor]]. He says that he found shooting parts of the Rains of Castamere very emotional. In his native Ireland, he was known more for comedy before taking on the role.



** David Bradley (who makes a career of playing unpleasant characters) is a dignified and lovely fellow, who has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_m0rYc_bQ expressed his delight about how involved he is in the show]], even being part of the "RoguesGallery" and how strong the reactions are. He's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8yzauwtI-o understanding of the fact that fans want Walder Frey to suffer]] a KarmicDeath after [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon the Red Wedding]]]] ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUSoTW-CGTE explaining Walder has his reasons for his action, but still takes them way too far]]), and has expressed hope to return to the show one day.
** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a manipulative creep and, for all intents and purposes, the BigBad of the series. Aidan Gillen is, of course, nothing like that in real life.
** Ian Beattie, who plays Ser Meryn Trant, outright calls his character a monster and expresses it was a pleasure working with Maisie Williams.
** No matter what one may think of Melisandre, whether she is a villain or anti-hero, it is almost unanimously agreed by everyone that Carice van Houten is nothing like the ruthless woman she portrays on the show.
* MetaCasting: Theon Greyjoy is a wastrel and ButtMonkey who lives in the shadow of his sister. Alfie Allen is the brother of the singer LilyAllen, and as for the butt monkey and wastrel part, she wrote a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lki-nBllz78 very unflattering song]] about him. Further in this vein, Lily Allen was originally approached to play Theon's sister Yara (see WhatCouldHaveBeen).

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** David Bradley Creator/DavidBradley (who makes a career of playing unpleasant characters) is a dignified and lovely fellow, who has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_m0rYc_bQ expressed his delight about how involved he is in the show]], even being part of the "RoguesGallery" and how strong the reactions are. He's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8yzauwtI-o understanding of the fact that fans want Walder Frey to suffer]] a KarmicDeath after [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon the Red Wedding]]]] ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUSoTW-CGTE explaining Walder has his reasons for his action, but still takes them way too far]]), and has expressed hope to return to the show one day.
** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a manipulative creep and, for all intents and purposes, the BigBad of the series. Aidan Gillen Creator/AidanGillen is, of course, nothing like that in real life.
** Ian Beattie, who plays Ser Meryn Trant, outright calls his character a monster and expresses it was a pleasure working with Maisie Williams.
Creator/MaisieWilliams.
** No matter what one may think of Melisandre, whether she is a villain or anti-hero, it is almost unanimously agreed by everyone that Carice van Houten Creator/CariceVanHouten is nothing like the ruthless woman she portrays on the show.
* MetaCasting: Theon Greyjoy is a wastrel and ButtMonkey who lives in the shadow of his sister. Alfie Allen Creator/AlfieAllen is the younger brother of the singer LilyAllen, Music/LilyAllen, and as for the butt monkey and wastrel part, she wrote a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lki-nBllz78 very unflattering song]] about him. Further in this vein, Lily Allen was originally approached to play Theon's sister Yara (see WhatCouldHaveBeen).



** Daenerys went from Tamzin Merchant to Emilia Clarke
** Catelyn went from Jennifer Ehle to Michelle Fairley
** Magister Illyrio went from Ian [=McNeice=] to Roger Allam

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** Daenerys went from Tamzin Merchant to Emilia Clarke
Creator/EmiliaClarke
** Catelyn went from Jennifer Ehle to Michelle Fairley
Creator/MichelleFairley
** Magister Illyrio went from Ian [=McNeice=] to Roger AllamCreator/RogerAllam



** Ser Waymar went from JamieCampbellBower to Rob Ostlere

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** Ser Waymar went from JamieCampbellBower Creator/JamieCampbellBower to Rob Ostlere



* ThePeteBest: Averted with Ian Whyte, the second Mountain, who most considered to be inferior to Conan Stevens. This seems to be played straight with the third Mountain, Hafþór Julius Björnsson, who many now consider the definitive Mountain.

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* ThePeteBest: ThePeteBest:
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Averted with Ian Whyte, the second Mountain, who most considered to be inferior to Conan Stevens. This seems to be played straight with the third Mountain, Hafþór Julius Björnsson, who many now consider the definitive Mountain.Mountain.
** Played straight with everyone written on TheOtherMarty above.



** Creator/JulianGlover, known in the past for playing {{Badass}} characters, plays DirtyCoward Pycelle.



* PlayingGertrude:
** Creator/JamesCosmo is only thirteen years older than Creator/IainGlen, who plays his son. It is possible that Jeor fathered Jorah ''really'' young, though.
** Hafþór Björnsson is not even 30. It's little trouble to believe him as the ''older'' Clegane brother, despite that Creator/RoryMcCann is nearing 50. It helps that they don't share any scenes.
** Hodor is supposed to be older than Ned, yet Kristian Nairn is sixteen years younger than Creator/SeanBean.



** Although Bronn, at least in the TV adaptation, would have likely had a couple (though not many) of interactions with Cersei, the two are never shown on screen together. This is apparently because the two actors (Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn) dated at one point and the relationship ended in very ugly fashion - so ugly that the showrunners have made it a point to keep the two away from each other on set.

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** Although Bronn, at least in the TV adaptation, would have likely had a couple (though not many) of interactions with Cersei, the two are never shown on screen together. together [[note]]A Season 3 episode shows Bronn and Cersei at the same time, but Bronn is only seen from behind once Cersei enters the scene, indicating it's a FakeShemp. To date, this was the only scene where the two characters are together.[[/note]]. This is apparently because the two actors (Lena Headey (Creator/LenaHeadey and Jerome Flynn) Creator/JeromeFlynn) dated at one point and the relationship ended in very ugly fashion - so ugly that the showrunners have made it a point to keep the two away from each other on set.



** In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Mason Bridge makes a brief reference to the Dothraki language, comparing it to {{Technobabble}} from his perspective.

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** In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Mason Bridge makes a brief reference to the Dothraki language, comparing it to {{Technobabble}} from his perspective. [[CelebrityParadox Interestingly]], Creator/RilaFukushima, who plays a Red Priestess in Season 5, was a RecurringCharacter [[Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} in that show's universe]].



** In ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'', the titular character and her adoptive sister are fans of the show.
** The show gets a nod on ''Series/{{Suits}}''. [[CelebrityParadox Interesting]], as both Creator/ConlethHill and Creator/MichelleFairley are {{Recurring Character}}s there.



** Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) were [[http://www.designntrend.com/articles/34606/20150112/game-of-thrones-kit-harington-single-talks-relationship-difficulties-as-actor.htm a real life couple]], though they've managed to keep all the details quiet.

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** Kit Harington Creator/KitHarington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie Creator/RoseLeslie (Ygritte) were [[http://www.designntrend.com/articles/34606/20150112/game-of-thrones-kit-harington-single-talks-relationship-difficulties-as-actor.htm a real life couple]], though they've managed to keep all the details quiet.



** Emilia Clarke and Harry Lloyd, who portray the Targaryen siblings, [[http://gameofthronesstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/viserys-daenerys.png possess an uncanny similarity]].
** Finn Jones and Natalie Dormer, who play the Tyrell siblings could pass for [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/Margaery-and-Loras-Tyrell-house-tyrell-36909600-1800-1012.jpg brother and sister]] in real life. In the novels, Cersei observes that Margaery and Loras look more alike than she and her twin Jaime, and this also applies on the show.
** Dormer also bears a [[http://thebacklot.mtvnimages.com/uploads/2013/04/nataliedormerdianarigg.jpg striking resemblance]] to a young Diana Rigg, so it's fitting that they play granddaughter and grandmother on the series. There are even images of Rigg as Emma Peel giving a similar off-kilter smile to the one that's become Dormer's trademark.
** Both Michael [=McElhatton=] and Iwan Rheon have the same icy blue Bolton eyes.
** Pilou Asbæk, who will be playing Euron Greyjoy from 2016 on, essentially looks like his on-screen nephew Alfie Allen with fuller cheeks.
* StarMakingRole: ''Loads'', but most notably Creator/EmiliaClarke, Creator/MichelleFairley, Creator/MaisieWilliams, Creator/KitHarington, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau, Creator/SophieTurner, Creator/RichardMadden, Creator/GwendolineChristie, Creator/AlfieAllen, Creator/GethinAnthony, Creator/PedroPascal and Creator/FinnJones. And although not completely unknown prior to the show, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeadey, Creator/CharlesDance, Creator/CariceVanHouten, Creator/NatalieDormer, Creator/IainGlen, Creator/LiamCunningham and Creator/JasonMomoa truly ascended stardom afterwards.
* StreisandEffect: Since season 5 caught up with all the published books, the production of season 6 suffered from this big time. As a result, many major plot points were leaked weeks or months before the episodes aired. And then there's poor Kit Harington, who [[spoiler:, thanks to Jon Snow being officially dead at that point,]] couldn't get anywhere near the shooting locations without being hunted by paparazzi.

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** Emilia Clarke A lot of celebrity news sites have noted how Creator/KitHarington his on-screen half-brother Creator/RichardMadden have strong physical resemblance to each other, to the point that a common criticism of the first few episodes is that it's hard to tell which is which when they're in the same scene.
** Creator/EmiliaClarke
and Harry Lloyd, who portray the Targaryen siblings, [[http://gameofthronesstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/viserys-daenerys.png possess an uncanny similarity]].
** Finn Jones Creator/FinnJones and Natalie Dormer, Creator/NatalieDormer, who play the Tyrell siblings could pass for [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/Margaery-and-Loras-Tyrell-house-tyrell-36909600-1800-1012.jpg brother and sister]] in real life. In the novels, Cersei observes that Margaery and Loras look more alike than she and her twin Jaime, and this also applies on the show.
** Dormer also bears a [[http://thebacklot.mtvnimages.com/uploads/2013/04/nataliedormerdianarigg.jpg striking resemblance]] to a young Diana Rigg, Creator/DianaRigg, so it's fitting that they play granddaughter and grandmother on the series. There are even images of Rigg as [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel Peel]] giving a similar off-kilter smile to the one that's become Dormer's trademark.
** Both Michael [=McElhatton=] Creator/MichaelMcElhatton and Iwan Rheon Creator/IwanRheon have the same icy blue Bolton eyes.
** Pilou Asbæk, who will be playing Euron Greyjoy from 2016 on, essentially looks like his on-screen nephew Alfie Allen Creator/AlfieAllen with fuller cheeks.
* StarMakingRole: ''Loads'', but most notably Creator/EmiliaClarke, Creator/MichelleFairley, Creator/MaisieWilliams, Creator/KitHarington, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau, Creator/SophieTurner, Creator/RichardMadden, Creator/GwendolineChristie, Creator/AlfieAllen, Creator/GethinAnthony, Creator/PedroPascal and Creator/FinnJones. And although not completely unknown prior to the show, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeadey, Creator/AidanGillen, Creator/CharlesDance, Creator/CariceVanHouten, Creator/NatalieDormer, Creator/StephenDillane, Creator/IainGlen, Creator/LiamCunningham and Creator/JasonMomoa truly ascended stardom afterwards.
* StreisandEffect: Since season 5 caught up with all the published books, the production of season 6 suffered from this big time. As a result, many major plot points were leaked weeks or months before the episodes aired. And then there's poor Kit Harington, Creator/KitHarington, who [[spoiler:, thanks to Jon Snow being officially dead at that point,]] couldn't get anywhere near the shooting locations without being hunted by paparazzi.



** In the "Previously On" for "Mother's Mercy", Benjen Stark appears. Late in the episode, Olly tells Jon that Benjen had been found. [[spoiler:It was a lie to lure Jon into his execution]].

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** In the "Previously On" "PreviouslyOn" for "Mother's Mercy", Benjen Stark appears. Late in the episode, Olly tells Jon that Benjen had been found. [[spoiler:It was a lie to lure Jon into his execution]].



** Pedro Pascal mentions on a Season 4 commentary that he and Michiel Huisman had worked together on a failed pilot the year before, which would have prevented them both from joining the show if it had been picked up.
** Carice van Houten revealed in an interview that she was asked to audition for the role of Cersei Lannister, but she turned the role down due to other commitments. She later accepted the role of Melisandre of Asshai, and the rest is history...

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** Pedro Pascal Creator/PedroPascal mentions on a Season 4 commentary that he and Michiel Huisman had worked together on a failed pilot the year before, which would have prevented them both from joining the show if it had been picked up.
** Carice van Houten Creator/CariceVanHouten revealed in an interview that she was asked to audition for the role of Cersei Lannister, but she turned the role down due to other commitments. She later accepted the role of Melisandre of Asshai, and the rest is history...



** It's possible that [[spoiler:Margaery]] might have survived the Green Trial, if only [[spoiler:Natalie Dormer]] hadn't been asking to leave the show since Season 5 was being made.
** Brian Cox was offered an unspecified role early on (Stannis and Commander Mormont are the most popular guesses), and now deeply regrets turning it down after seeing how huge the show had gotten, with so many of his old friends on it.

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** It's possible that [[spoiler:Margaery]] might have survived the Green Trial, if only [[spoiler:Natalie Dormer]] [[spoiler:Creator/NatalieDormer]] hadn't been asking to leave the show since Season 5 was being made.
** Brian Cox Creator/BrianCox was offered an unspecified role early on (Stannis and Commander Mormont are the most popular guesses), and now deeply regrets turning it down after seeing how huge the show had gotten, with so many of his old friends on it.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: Hafþór Björnsson is not even 30. It's little trouble to believe him as the ''older'' Clegane brother, despite that Rory [=McCann=] is nearing 50. It helps that they don't share any scenes.
* YouLookFamiliar: Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 to 6.

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Hafþór Björnsson is not even 30. It's little trouble to believe him as the ''older'' Clegane brother, despite that Rory [=McCann=] is nearing 50. It helps that they don't share any scenes.
* YouLookFamiliar:
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Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 to 6.6.
* Dean Charles Chapman plays Martyn Lannister in Season 3, and then (permanently) Tommen Baratheon in Season4 onwards. [[StrongFamilyResemblance It helps that said characters are cousins.]]
13th Jul '16 10:35:27 PM luisedgarf
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** In a meta-example in the Japanese dub, Euron '''Grey'''joy is voiced by Creator/YuuichiNakamura, who voiced '''Gray''' Fullbuster in ''Manga/FairyTail''.[[note]]Both "Grey" and "Gray" are pronounced the same in Japanese.[[/note]]

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** In a meta-example in the Japanese dub, Euron '''Grey'''joy is voiced by Creator/YuuichiNakamura, who voiced '''Gray''' Fullbuster in ''Manga/FairyTail''.[[note]]Both "Grey" and "Gray" are pronounced the same in Japanese.[[/note]][[/note]] And in a more straighter example involving him, he also voiced [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Hazama/Yuuki Terumi]], another evil, deranged villain, whose crimes could give Euron a run for his money.
12th Jul '16 11:23:37 PM luisedgarf
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** In a meta-example in the Japanese dub, Euron '''Grey'''joy is voiced by Creator/YuuichiNakamura, who voiced '''Gray''' Fullbuster in ''Manga/FairyTail''.[[note]]Both "Grey" and "Gray" are pronounced the same in Japanese.[[/note]]
11th Jul '16 7:34:16 AM Exxolon
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** Jerome Flynn also got several chances to display his singing abilities. Many fans are actually hoping for a full version of "The Dornishman's wife".

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** Jerome Flynn Creator/JeromeFlynn also got several chances to display his singing abilities. Many fans are actually hoping for a full version of "The Dornishman's wife".
9th Jul '16 6:35:02 PM Cintari
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** Some actors from the non-English speaking world, like Carice van Houten (Dutch) or Sibel Kekilli and Tom Wlaschiha (both German), use their natural accents for an exotic touch, others, like Michiel Huisman (Dutch) or Nikolai Coster-Waldau (Danish) suppress theirs.

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** Some actors from the non-English speaking world, like Carice van Houten (Dutch) or Sibel Kekilli and Tom Wlaschiha (both German), use their natural accents for an exotic touch, others, like Michiel Huisman (Dutch) or Nikolai Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish) suppress theirs.
5th Jul '16 8:20:47 AM Pren
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** Brian Cox was offered an unspecified role early on (Stannis and Commander Mormont are the most popular guesses), and now deeply regrets turning it down after seeing how huge the show had gotten, with so many of his old friends on it.
2nd Jul '16 7:56:42 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) is very laid-back and gets along well with Alfie Allen ([[ButtMonkey Theon Greyjoy]]) in real life, despite the characters they play. Rheon was quick to assure the interviewers: "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of this show]]. [[spoiler:He still has his penis.]]". Iwan has stated that when Ramsay's death does come, he hopes that it is a suitably horrible and fitting end. [[spoiler:It was.]]

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** Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) is very laid-back and gets along well with Alfie Allen ([[ButtMonkey Theon Greyjoy]]) in real life, despite the characters they play. Rheon was quick to assure the interviewers: "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of this show]]. [[spoiler:He still has his penis.]]". Iwan has stated that when Ramsay's death does come, he hopes that it is a suitably horrible and fitting end. [[spoiler:It was.[[spoiler:In an interview released the day after Ramsay's death was shown, Iwan agrees that it was a well-deserved death, though he jokes that it would've been even sweeter had Dany's dragons somehow been involved.]]
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*** [[spoiler:[[AllThereInTheManual Official supplemental material]] for the show [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160629193851/http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/got-connections-ned-promise-tower-of-joy-infographic confirms]] that Rhaegar is Jon's father. You can relax now.]]
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