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* TheAbridgedSeries: Found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajMzpiyZ4GA here.]]
* ActingForTwo: Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 and 4.
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]:
** Margaret John, who played Old Nan, died a couple months before the show began airing. "Lord Snow," where she first appears, was dedicated to her memory.
** Wilko Johnson, who plays Ilyn Payne, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer early in 2013 and his character never appeared again. He underwent radical surgery a year later which saved his life. Despite that, he still has a long recovery ahead, likely too long to ever return to Game of Thrones.
** Veteran actor JJ Murphy - who had been cast to portray Ser Denys Mallister of the Night's Watch, commander of the forces of the Shadow Tower - died only four days after filming his first scenes for Season 5. The creators decided not to recast the character.
* 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).]]
* AscendedMeme: Fans often mocked the less than original "stolen dragons plot" in Daenerys's Season 2 storyline with cries of, "Where are my dragons!?". Time Warner Cable turned [[http://youtu.be/y6HhKaBq_Ho it into an ad]].
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Reportedly averted in advance, as US media reported in early 2014 that George RR Martin has revealed major plot points and the ending of his A Song of Fire and Ice 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.
* CastTheExpert:
** Gary Lightbody from {{Snowpatrol}} cameos as a Bolton soldier singing the Bear and the Maiden Fair.
** {{Coldplay}} drummer Will Champion cameos as a drummer in the Red Wedding.
** SigurRos plays a band performing The Rains of Castamere at Joffrey's wedding.
** Neil Fingleton, the tallest man in the United Kingdom (7 ft 7.56 in, or 232.6 cm) plays Mag the Mighty, King of the Giants. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Fingleton also auditioned to play Gregor Clegane in Season 1]], but was not chosen.
** Several of Littlefinger's whores, specifically those who provide the most explicit nudity, are played by actual porn actresses.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim
** Old Nan has not be recast following the death of Margaret John
* CharacterOutlivesActor
** Denys Mallister won't be appearing again due J.J. Murphy's death, but it's implied that he's still alive and commanding the Shadow Tower.
* DawsonCasting:
** Tyrion is supposed to be the youngest Lannister sibling, but Creator/PeterDinklage is actually older than the other actors. This is even after in-story dialogue places him at 36 in Season 4 - Dinklage was 45 while filming said season. Given the low number of well-regarded actors with dwarfism out there (and that GRRM felt that Dinklage was the one person he would accept as Tyrion), there was honestly little choice in the matter anyway. It also helps tone down his AdaptationalAttractiveness, with Tyrion looking older than Jaime and Cersei.
** Daenerys, who's played by an actress ten years older than the heroine in the books (she's seventeen in the show, making Emilia only six years older). When you account for the beginning of her relationship with Drogo, this is somewhat understandable. Also, Emilia definitely was able to pass as a teenage girl in season one.
** Dean-Charles Chapman was 15-16 when he filmed his role as Tommen Baratheon, 12, in Season 4. It manages to not be ''too'' jarring, as Chapman is OlderThanHeLooks and his features can help pass as entering teenhood despite being fairly tall - especially since the absence from Season 3 allows for the argument that he had a growth spurt over the year (transitioning from Callum Wharry to DCC believably enough, helped by the latter's [[SeparatedAtBirthCasting resemblance]] to JackGleeson). The only true, ''potential'' issue is his voice - it doesn't sound too old, it's just that not all boys' voices break before they're 12 years old.
** 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.
** Inverted with Gregor Clegane's actor Haf■ˇr "Thor" Bj÷rnsson, who is twenty years younger than Rory [=McCann=], who plays Gregor's younger brother Sandor.
** Also inverted with David Bradley (who is in his 60s while portraying Walder Frey, ''90+ years old'') and Peter Vaughan - who was 88 when he first appeared as a 99-year-old Aemon in Season 1).
* {{Defictionalization}}: You can [[http://www.firebox.com/product/5419/Game-of-Thrones-Replica-Iron-Throne buy the Iron Throne]], though you'll need to be rich as a Lannister. Also, plenty of the swords and armor have great official prop replicas as well, and a few other things such as the Hand of the King badge.
* DevelopmentGag: In one episode, Tyrion claims that one of Littlefinger's whores knows a fabled sex position known as the Meereenese Knot. The term is actually George R.R. Martin's nickname for the cluster of logistical issues involved in getting several characters to Meereen in a satisfying manner; the Meereenese Knot was largely the reason for ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons''[='=] infamous delays.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Creator/SophieTurner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Alfie Allen went from blond to black, while Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/JackGleeson went from brown/dark blond to light(er) blond to better portray members of the extremely light-haired Lannister family. A lot of the other actors, like Emilia Clarke and Creator/LenaHeadey, wear wigs. Meanwhile, MaisieWilliams cut her hair to convincingly portray Arya trying to pass as a boy in Season 2.
** Daniel Portman is a sportsman in real life, but let himself go in order to be more believable as Podrick Payne.
** 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.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** 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.
* FakeNationality:
** Peter Dinklage and Rosabell Sellers have the distinction of being the only Americans in the show's enormous cast.
** Michiel Huisman is Dutch but portrays Daario with a [[FakeBrit British]] accent.
* FanCommunityNickname: "Sweet Summer Child" or "Unsullied" for those who have not read the books, and "Bookwalkers" for those who have.
* FanNickname:
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Asha Yar]] for Asha Greyjoy, on account of her being called Yara in the TV series.
** Talisa gets [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect Florence Bonesaw]] (Flo-Bo for short) for her role as a war nurse and her penchant for amputations.
** [[Creator/StanLee Stan(nis) the Man(nis)]]. (Unless it's the ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} other]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Musial Stan the Man]], which actually works pretty well--''that'' Stan is famous for being rule-abiding but driven.)
** [[BodyguardCrush Jorah]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Mormont]] is commonly dubbed "Ser Friendzone" or "King of the Friendzone".
** Tyrion "The Kingslapper", due to his habit of bitchslapping Joffrey. Also, Joffrey being slapped by Tyrion is called being "Imp-slapped".
** Theon's mysterious [[spoiler:torturer]] has been nicknamed [[Series/{{Misfits}} Barry]] and "Little Bastard" (having been referred to that by a soldier he kills). Also goes by "Evil [=McFuckingcrazy=]" in some circles, before being revealed as [[spoiler:Ramsay Snow]].
** Podrick is called "[[MemeticSexGod Tri-Pod]]" or "Prodick" after managing to pleasure three whores so well they let him keep his money.
** In-universe, "Lord Twatbeard" is apparently Bronn's nickname for Littlefinger.
** EdSkrein's portrayal of Daario Naharis is nicknamed "Faabio" after the MrFanservice model, Fabio, that appeared on hundreds of romantic novel covers in the 80s and 90s. He's also been referred to as "Zevran" by gamers, due to his strong resemblance and similar [[LovableSexManiac personality]] to the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' character.
** [[{{Troll}} House Trollton.]]
** And on the subject of the Boltons, the..., ''thing'' between Theon and Ramsay has been referred to as [[FiftyShadesOfGrey "Fifty Shades of Greyjoy"]].
** Fans have taken to calling Hodor "Brodor" or "Brandor" whenever Bran wargs into him.
** Now that Sansa has finally learned how to play the game and sports much darker look, many fans refer to her as [[Franchise/StarWars Darth]] Sansa.
* FlipFlopOfGod: Ask three different creators (director, actor, writer) whether Jaime and Cersei having sex in the Great Sept in [=S4E3=] was meant to be rape, consensual, or [[QuestionableConsent some murky and disturbing gray area in between]], and you'll get three different answers. Ask the same creator twice and you might get two.
* FollowTheLeader: The success of the show has inspired imitators, notably ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' and ''[[Literature/{{Shannara}} The Shannara Chronicles]]''.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The series is positively brimming with familiar actors:
** [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Boro]][[SeanBean mir]] is married to [[Film/HarryPotter Hermione's mom]].
** [[Film/RobinHood Friar Tuck]] is the king and his queen is [[Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles Sarah Connor]].
*** And the new [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Sarah Connor]] is poised to take over from her with her dragons.
** You can also say [[ThreeHundred Queen Gorgo]] took remarriage after the death of Leonidas really badly.
** [[Series/StargateAtlantis Ronon Dex]], khal of the Dothraki, who goes on to become ConanTheBarbarian and [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} Aquaman]], [[Film/DCCinematicUniverse King of the Seas]].
** Viserys is [[Series/RobinHood Will Scarlett]] and [[Series/DoctorWho Son-of-Mine]].
** Likewise, [[Series/DoctorWho Father Octavian]] is the knightly guardian of Son-of-Mine's sister.
** [[Film/HarryPotter Nymphadora]] [[NataliaTena Tonks]] is Osha the wildling.
** Loras Tyrell is the actually [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor the grandson of a Doctor Who Companion]]!
** Lord Frey once made his living as [[Film/HarryPotter Hogwarts' school caretaker]].
** Skinchanger Orell and Dagmer Cleftjaw, Theon's first mate, were once salesmen for [[Series/TheOfficeUK Wernham-Hogg]]. Orell would become a [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean pirate]] and Cleftjaw would later become a [[Film/HarryPotter Death Eater]].
** The rapper Skreintax was the first Daario Naharis. [[Series/{{Treme}} A Dutch busker from New Orleans]] is the second Daario Naharis.
** [[Film/BatmanBegins The little boy Batman saves]] grows up to rule the Seven Kingdoms. God knows where his [[Main/KissingCousins Mother was...]]
** The pudgy, awkward and timid [[TheBorgias Cardinal Giovanni de Mecini]] really didn't change all that much when he took the black.
** The Hound gets more varied dialogue than [[Film/HotFuzz "Yarp!"]]
** No wonder [[Creator/CharlesDance Tywin Lannister]] was such a MagnificentBastard, he's [[Discworld/GoingPostal Vetinari]]! He also spent time [[Film/{{Alien 3}} on Fury 161 as a prisoner]]!
** [[IndianaJones Walter Donovan]], having been promoted to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack General Veers]] is now the Grand Maester. [[HarryPotter Aragog]], if you prefer, is once again working under a guy who's not exactly the friendliest of sorts.
** Gendry was a morally-conflicted soldier in Series/DoctorWho's "The Doctor's Daughter".
** [[{{Skins}} Cassie Ainsworth]] is Gilly.
** [[Film/{{Braveheart}} Hamish Campbell's dad]]/[[SonsOfAnarchy Father Kellen Ashby]] is Jeor Mormont.
** [[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Trumpkin]] is Tyrion Lannister.
** Magister [[{{Spooks}} Paul Millington]], [[Series/TheThickOfIt Shadow Minister for Social Affairs and Citizenship]] (a.k.a. [[Film/VForVendetta the Voice of London]]) is living in Pentos under the name "Illyrio Mopatis".
** [[{{Porridge}} "Genial" Harry Grout]] is Maester Aemon. He's also spent time in ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', and before he was Aemon, he answered to [[Film/DeathAtAFuneral Uncle Alfie]]
** Dr. Frankland from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is Greatjon Umber!
** [[Film/{{Ultramarines}} Apothecary Pythol]] apparently survived his apparent decapitation at the hands of a Daemon Prince and has become a tutor and scientific adviser.
** [[Series/{{JohnAdams}} Thomas]] [[UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson Jeffer]][[Creator/StephenDillane son]] is Stannis Baratheon.
** [[Film/BlackBook Rachel Stein]] is Melisandre.
** Septa Mordane once [[Series/{{Torchwood}} helped the Prime Minister in dealing with extraterrestrial negotiations for the Children of Earth]].
** The head of the [[Series/{{Torchwood}} cannibal tribe]] is now teaching new Knight's Watch recruits how to fight.
** [[TheTudors Anne Boleyn]] is Margaery Tyrell.
** Pyp got sent to The Wall for [[PeepShow mugging Mark Corrigan]] only to be attacked with an axe by his crazed [[{{Misfits}} probation worker]].
** [[HouseOfAnubis Jerome Clarke]] (Lancel Lannister) really looks different when he's not in school.
** [[Series/NewAmsterdam John Amsterdam]] is the Kingslayer.
** The priest who [[spoiler:gets ripped apart in the King's Landing riot]] was the Slitheen PM in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** ''Series/DowntonAbbey''
*** Gwen the maid who aspired to be a secretary]] ends up a Wildling instead.
*** Sir Richard Carlisle is Ser Jorah Mormont: from [[SelfMadeMan rich and powerful man without title]] to [[ImpoverishedPatrician aristocrat without power or money]].
** [[Series/TheHour Marnie Madden]] got some nursing training and is Robb's new queen Talisa.
** [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]]/[[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Tracy Bond]] is Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns.
** [[Series/{{Rome}} Marcus Junius Brutus]] is Ser Edmure Tully. Our glorious father Gaius Julius Caesar/[[Film/HarryPotter Aberforth]] is Mance Rayder, Vorenus' wife is Oberyn's mistress and the newscaster plays Ilyrio in the unaired pilot.
** Jojen Reed: [[Series/DoctorWho Tim Latimer]] and [[Film/TheMazeRunner Newt]].
** [[Series/{{Tatort}} Sarah Brandt]] is the mysterious hooker Shae now.
** [[{{Series/Torchwood}} Owen]] has left [[{{Film/TheDarkKnightRises}} Gotham City]] to join the Nights Watch, where he was a [[MemeticMutation fookin' legend.]]
** [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Ragetti]] left piracy behind to become a Wildling who can enter the minds of animals.
** [[Series/{{Misfits}} Simon]] is now torturing Theon Greyjoy.
** Music/{{Coldplay}}'s Will Champion is the drummer in the Red Wedding band and the guy Arya stabs in the season finale.
** Music/SigurRos provides the music for the Purple Wedding.
** Karl Tanner is [[Film/PacificRim Dr. Hermann Gottlieb]].
** Locke is [[Film/EdgeOfTomorrow Carter]] (another MadScientist dealing with another alien invasion).
** The [[http://observationdeck.io9.com/waiting-for-got-dot-1578297724/1578773827/+charliejane?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow dying merchant in "Mockingbird"]] was played by renowned [[SamuelBeckett Beckett]] actor Barry [=McGovern=]--and the scene pays heavy homage to ''WaitingForGodot''.
** [[Creator/MarkGatiss Mycroft]] [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Holmes]] occupies a minor position in the Iron Bank.
** [[Film/{{Braveheart}} Yohn Royce was once an English lord who instituted]] [[DroitDuSeigneur Prima Nocte]] on a newly wedded husbands wife, and later ended up meeting said husband's mace... fatally.
** [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Doctor Bashir]] is Prince Doran Martell.
** One of Oberyn's daughters (the ActionGirl, apparently) is [[TheNativityStory Mary]] [[RevengeOfTheSith Queen of Naboo]]. On a different note, she's also quite good at helping out [[Film/WhaleRider beached whales]].
** Brienne of Tarth is [[Film/TheForceAwakens an elite stormtrooper]].
** The High Sparrow once had a different way of having people believe his every word - [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies he was an evil media mogul.]]
*** He was also [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Governor Swann]].
** Before arriving in Westeros, Areo Hotah used to be a [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Wight in Blackbeard's employ]].
** Dorne is a FantasyCounterPartCulture to Spain, but Doran Martell used to be [[Series/DaVincisDemons in Italy]].
** Before entering Tyrion's service, Bronn served in the [[Series/SoldierSoldier British army]] and was also one half of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robson_%26_Jerome cheesy 90s pop duo]].
** [[Series/{{Minder}} Detective Sergeant Chisholm]] is King of the Iron Islands.
** [[Series/{{Arrow}} Tatsu Yamashiro]] AKA [[Film/TheWolverine Wolverine's bodyguard]] is Volantis' Red Priestess.
** The Night King might not only be the BiggerBad of the series, he also [[Film/BatmanBegins killed Bruce Wayne's parents]].
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Jojen is [[PhineasAndFerb Ferb]] and [[Series/ThunderbirdsAreGo Alan Tracy]].
** The announcer of Daznak's Pit is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Male Hawke]].
** Ellaria Sand is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Vivienne]], one of the mage companion of the Inquisition.
** Robb Stark is also [[CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate Trevor Belmont]]/[[spoiler:[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2 Alucard.]]]]
** Lord Tywin Lannister is [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt Emperor Emhyr var Emreis of Nilfgaard]].
** The Japanese dub reunites many regulars from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' for the voice cast:
*** Eddard Stark is [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Suberoa Zinnerman]] and [[{{Naruto}} A, The Fourth Raikage]].
*** [[MikaDoi Catelyn Tully is]] [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Misa Hayase]] and [[RurouniKenshin Takani Megumi]].
*** [[Creator/TakakoHonda Cersei Lannister is]] [[{{Naruto}} Anko Mitarashi]] and [[QueensBlade The Head Archangel]].
*** [[Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa Tyrion Lannister is]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Kyosuke Nanbu]], [[{{Naruto}} Minato Namikaze/The Fourth Hokage, Kimimaro]] and Anime/TekkamanBlade.
*** [[Creator/ShinjiKawada Robb Stark is]] [[{{Naruto}} Shino Aburame]].
*** [[Creator/YojiUeda Petyr Baelish is]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Robert E.O. Speedwagon in the TV series]], as well as a [[Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} villainous chibi-capybara]].
*** [[Creator/NobunagaShimazaki Joffrey Baratheon is]] [[Anime/{{Free}} Haruka Nanase]], [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Guan Xing]] and [[PhotoKano Kazuya Maeda]].
*** [[Creator/MieSonozaki Talisa Maegyr is]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Crimsom Viper]], [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Yugito Nii and Kokuoh]].
*** Pyat Pree is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Shukaku]].
*** [[Creator/TakayukiSugo Mance Rayder]] is [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Hashirama Senju]]
** The Hungarian dub:
*** Tyrion Lannister is [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]].
*** King Robert Baratheon is WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}.
*** Ned Stark is [[Franchise/StarWars Mace Windu]].
*** Joffrey Baratheon is [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Ferb]].
*** Jaime Lannister is [[Franchise/StarWars young!Obi-Wan Kenobi]].
*** Daenerys Targarien is [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} Kagome Higurashi]] and [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Ahsoka Tano]].
*** Sansa Stark is [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Gwen Tennyson]] and [[Anime/SailorMoon Hino Rei]].
*** Littlefinger is [[Film/HarryPotter Sirius Black]], [[Film/{{Avatar}} Jake Sully]], [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans Perseus]] and [[Film/TheHobbit Thorin Oakenshield]].
** The Latin American Spanish dub gives us no other than [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] as Ned Stark.
* HighSchoolAU[=/=]AffectionateParody: ''WebVideo/SchoolOfThrones''
* ImageSource: This series provides the page image for:
** CrownOfHorns
** DragonInChief
** OccultBlueEyes
** RoyalBrat
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Singer Wilko Johnson and DJ Kristian Nairn as TheVoiceless Illyn Payne and the [[PokemonSpeak one-worded]] Hodor.
* LyingCreator: In one of the featurettes aired prior to the start of Season 1 to introduce the world of Westeros to viewers, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin said that "Ned Stark is the main character whom the books revolves around." In reality, [[spoiler:he's only the main character in the first book. He dies at the end, and the rest of the books have no real main character. Though since the rest of the books revolve around the fallout from his death, Martin was being MetaphoricallyTrue.]]
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** According to DVDCommentary, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau ([[JerkAss Jaime Lannister]], called "[[TheOathbreaker Kingslayer]]") and Creator/JackGleeson ([[RoyalBrat Joffrey Baratheon]])... Although Ser Jaime ''is'' a more sympathetic character than he initially seems (and becomes better as the story progresses), which compares him to Joffrey ''very'' positively... his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment first major scene]] has him [[WouldHurtAChild push a child out a window with the intent to kill]] because the boy [[HeKnowsTooMuch saw him shagging his sister]] - Waldau of course would never do something like that.
** 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.
** Creator/CharlesDance finds Lord Tywin's ''appalling'' treatment of his son ''awful''. He remarks that it's hard for him to mistreat a nice man like Creator/PeterDinklage.
** In the show, Cersei Lannister loathes her brother, Tyrion. In real life, Creator/LenaHeadey and Creator/PeterDinklage are very close friends and live together during filming.
** Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) 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.]]"
** 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.
** Thor Bj÷rnsson, the third and arguably most terrifying man to play monstrous HeroKiller Gregor Clegane, is nothing if not hilariously jovial, as demonstrated by the collection of goofy Instagram photos he has of himself and his costars. Including Pedro Pascal, [[spoiler:whose character he murders in possibly the most gruesome scene of the series]].
** 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.
* 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).
* NamesTheSame: No, Jon Snow is ''not'' a reporter and anchor for the British Channel 4 News. {{Lampshaded}} when the reporter tweeted he was interviewing Kit Harrington, asking "who really knows nothing", later [[http://www.channel4.com/news/jon-snow-game-of-thrones-channel-4-news-video posting this on Channel 4's website]].
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Conan Stevens only had one appearance as Gregor Clegane in the first season before leaving the series to appear as Azog the Pale Orc in ''Film/TheHobbit''. He's replaced by former basketball player Ian Whyte in the second season. Apart from their height, the two actors look nothing alike, not to mention that Stevens is quite husky, while Whyte is much thinner. Quite a few people seem to have missed the fact that he was supposed to be the Mountain. The Mountain gets recast again in Season 4, where he is played by Icelandic bodybuilder, Haf■ˇr ´┐ŻThor´┐Ż Bj÷rnsson (who is considered to ''at least'' be superior to Whyte, and generally a strong substitute for Stevens).
** Beric Dondarrion is played by David Scott in first-season episode ''A Golden Crown'' and by Richard Dormer when he reappears in third-season episode ''And Now His Watch Has Ended''. This was somewhat less jarring, as the previous actor had such a minor appearance and was so inconspicuous in looks that fewer people remembered him; furthermore, the character has been through a severe MutilationConga in the interim.
** Tommen Baratheon was played by Callum Wharry in Seasons 1-3, but beginning Season 4, he will be played by Dean-Charles Chapman, who previously played Martyn Lannister in Season 3.
** Michiel Huisman replaces Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis in Season 4. The two look almost nothing alike.
** Keeping with Tommen's recast, the role of his older sister Myrcella will go from Aimee Richardson to Nell Free in the fifth season. Bizarrely, Free is two years younger than Dean-Charles Chapman, putting the recast in similar territory to that of Gregor Clegane.
* TheOtherMarty: Even before it began airing, it happened for a ''lot'' of characters between the original pilot and the series proper (most of the pilot was then reshot with the new cast).
** 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
** Gared went from Richard Ridings to Dermot Keaney
** Ser Waymar went from JamieCampbellBower to Rob Ostlere
** Not a cast member, but Tom [=McCarthy=], director of ''TheStationAgent'' (Peter Dinklage's most prominent role), ''TheVisitor'', and ''WinWin'', helmed the original pilot and helped with casting, but ultimately did not feel invested enough in the series, or that he was good enough at directing for television, to continue, and went back to film. He says [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/tom-mccarthy,53245/ "I´┐Żd like to think I had some impact on it, but I don´┐Żt think much of that is mine anymore."]] The pilot was reshot by HBO house director Timothy Van Patten.
** The show's 2013 April Fool's joke was a fake announcement that Peter Dinklage would be replaced by Warwick Davis to make Tyrion a more "comedic" character. The showrunners also claimed that they would digitally transfer Davis' face over Dinklage's in reruns and subsequent DVD releases.
* OvertookTheManga: As of the fourth season in 2014, ''Game of Thrones'' is coming dangerously close to overtaking the novels. While there are still two hefty novels left before the show runs out of material, both of those books occur at the same time and several characters have already started to dip into the storylines from those novels. Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has given the show's writers a detailed explanation of events in the final two novels, as the writers and producers have made it clear they will not and cannot stop and wait for Martin to catch up. The Season 4 episode ''[[Recap/GameOfThronesS4E4Oathkeeper Oathkeeper]]'' is the first to feature a major revelation before the novels: the final scene [[spoiler:reveals the Others/White Walkers have a society and hierarchy, that they create new Others/White Walkers by transforming human babies, and that they are led by the Night's King, an evil figure from Westeros mythology who was not previously confirmed to actually exist]]. Martin got himself into some hot water at the same time by giving a few interviews where he appeared convinced that he could finish the series in time for the show to adapt it, which he later clarified was "pie-in-the-sky" wishful thinking. He is also foregoing writing an episode for season 5 so he can focus more on the books.
** At this point, the general consensus seems to be that, if nothing else, the fans just want Book 6 to be finished before the show catches up - which may just happen (to an extent at least), as certain storylines from Books 4 and 5 look like they'll take up to Season 6 to complete since they have potentially too ''much'' material to cram into a single season's worth of storylines, and some storylines (like the majority of the Iron Islands plot, and part of Jon Snow's Book 3 narrative) are coming ''after'' the books they appeared in; on the flipside, stories like Bran and Brienne's have dipped into the Book 4/5 plots due to [[PacingProblems catching up to the end of Book 3, well before the main narratives for that novel were completed]]. All in all, it's a mixed bag.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fanbaby]]: Gilly's son is portrayed by 10 months old Arya Hasson. Guess where her parents got the name from.
** There are some more direct ones with actors who were fans of the books before being cast on the show, such as Kristian Nairn (Hodor). Keisha Castle-Hughes was also a fan before being cast as Obara Sand.
* RealLifeRelative: Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) is the son of Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassel).
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** The Greatjon only appears in Season 1 due to schedule conflicts with actor Clive Mantle.
** The executioner Ser Ilyn Payne has been absent since Season 2 due to actor Wilko Johnson's serious cancer.
** A relatively minor Season 5 character has [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim not been recast]] following the death of actor J.J. Murphy.
* TheRedStapler:
** The intricate braided hairstyles seen on the show are immensely popular among the fashion-interested female viewership and are frequently seen on the appropriate blogs etc..
** The popularity of the direwolves led to an increased demand for wolf-like dog breeds such as the Siberian Husky. Unfortunately people tend to highly underestimate the amount of time and experience these kinds of dogs need, not to mention the space (a big kennel/garden is absolutely mandatory!) and the expenses for food, bills etc., [[FanDumb which is why many of them end up in shelters eventually.]] So tropers, think this through!
* RomanceOnTheSet: Apparently, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) went on a date with Rose Leslie (Ygritte).
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting:
** 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.
* StarMakingRole: ''Loads'', but most notably Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/EmiliaClarke, Creator/MaisieWilliams, Creator/KitHarington, Creator/SophieTurner, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau, Creator/RoryMcCann, Creator/AlfieAllen, Creator/JackGleeson, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Creator/GwendolineChristie, and Creator/PedroPascal.
* ThrowItIn: The sword flip where Syrio Forel balances a weapon on the back of his hand in his first scene with Arya [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/sapz2/hello_i_am_miltos_yerolemou_i_am_an_actor_you/c4ciccz?context=1 was improvised]]. "Just so." Even the actor was surprised when he managed to do it, because the wooden sword was considerably heavier than a normal one.
* TrollingCreator:
** In a commentary for Season 1, the producers talk about the difficulty of adapting certain things from the books, and specifically tell us not to get our hopes up that white ravens will be included. In episode one of Season 2 (filmed before the commentaries were made), we do get a white raven.
** Creator/LenaHeadey (Cersei Lannister) is fond of obliquely spoiling future plot developments on Instagram. [[spoiler:She also messed with people's expectations when she posted [[http://instagram.com/p/nEeNM0PA3L# a heart-shape made of stones]], which teased that Lady Stoneheart would appear in Season 4. She didn't.]]
* TropeNamers: [[http://cultural-learnings.com/2011/05/29/game-of-thrones-you-win-or-you-die/ A review]] of ''[[Recap/GameOfThronesS1E7YouWinOrYouDie You Win or You Die]]'' gave us {{Sexposition}}, in reference to the series' tendency to combine sex scenes and important {{exposition}}.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Haf■ˇr Bj÷rnsson 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Owing to budget and/or practicality, various things were considered but adapted out.
** A minor example would be Sandor Clegane's hunting dogs in Winterfell; the scene was shot with them there at first, but they spooked the horses and therefore were cut from the final version.
** Alfie Allen's sister Music/LilyAllen was offered the role of Yara Greyjoy, but the siblings declined due to the incestuous scene between Theon and Yara.
** An extra said that there were two days scheduled to shoot Grenn and the Nightwatchmens' fight against the giant, but it was cancelled due to budget.
** Creator/IwanRheon was the primary runner-up to play HeroicBastard, Jon Snow, ironically later getting cast as the ultimate BastardBastard, Ramsay Snow.
** 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.
* TheWikiRule: The Game of Thrones Wiki, which can be found [[http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki here]].
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