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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.
** Dean-Charles Chapman, who portrayed Martyn Lannister in Season 3, returned as Prince Tommen Baratheon in Season 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, has terminal pancreatic cancer[[note]]He's since undergone a radical surgery that may have saved his life, but it is unlikely that he will recover in time to reprise his role all the same.[[/note]] . As a result, his character hasn't been seen since Season 2. In Season 4, [[spoiler: his role from the books in training Jamie to fight with his off-hand has been taken by Bronn.]]
* ActorExistenceLimbo: On August 11, 2014, it was disclosed that veteran actor JJ Murphy - who had been cast (unannounced before then) to portray Ser Denys Mallister of the Night's Watch, commander of the forces of the Shadow Tower (the second-to-westernmost stronghold of the Watch, one of only 3 still in use) - had suddenly died only four days after filming his first scenes for Season 5, in which he and Cotter Pyke (commander of Eastwatch-By-The-Sea and his rival) would play a vital supporting role. Reflecting on Murphy's delight in landing a role in such a successful series (he'd turned 86 earlier the same year), and considering him a ToughActToFollow for this role, Dan and Dave have confirmed that they will ''not'' recast the character. A common assumption is that the few scenes filmed for Ser Denys will still be used, and the character will either suffer an [[KilledOffScreen off-screen]] DeathByAdaptation (and be replaced in his role in the Watch by a different character), ''or'' he'll simply not appear onscreen anymore with whatever reason given... Time will tell exactly what the script rewrites will give us however.
* 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]].
* BigNameFan: Youtube reviewer [[http://www.youtube.com/user/OtakuASSEMBLE Larry Williams]] has become very popular for his episode reviews from his point of view of not having read the books, including emotionally defending his favorite characters and copious use of his {{N Word Privileges}}. The latter even gave the show an out-of-universe {{Memetic Mutation}} when he posted a video of himself directly after viewing a certain unexpected plot twist: [[spoiler:"They killed my nigga Ned!"]] Soon enough the show's producers found out about him, and even [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sent him a poster autographed by them and Sean Bean]].
** Sadly, Larry's interest and enjoyment of the series waned due to him suffering DarknessInducedAudienceApathy, and nearly led to him completely quitting the show after [[spoiler:The Red Wedding]] in Season 3; he returned after some serious thought to review Season 4, and despite some trepidation and the admission that the characters he cared for were all dead, he still made an effort to get back into the series (it looked like TheReveal of Jon Arryn's killer would do it for him)... and then the [[spoiler:excessively gruesome death of Oberyn Martell at the Mountain's hands]], in a battle which he feels went too far in YankTheDogsChain, had him unequivocably state that he does ''not'' enjoy the series and would rather devote his time elsewhere, to something he doesn't dislike. Very unlikely that he'll change his mind for a 2nd time running...
* 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.
* 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 filmng 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.
** Daenerys, who's played by an actress ten years older than the heroine. When you account for [[spoiler:the beginning of her relationship with Drogo]], this is somewhat understandable.
** 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.
** 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 Vaughn - who was 88 when he first appeared as a 99-year-old Aemon in Season 1). '''Utterly''' justified examples too, as it's hard enough to come by actors in their 80s, let alone 90s (then there's the real risk of them dying which only increases the older one gets - see ActorExistenceLimbo above), and more to the point both actors are suited for their characters (Bradley is TypeCast in roles like Walder Frey; Vaughn, meanwhile, is partially-blind in RealLife, which is a boon when portraying the fully-blind Maester Aemon).
* {{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.
* 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.
* 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.
* FanCommunityNickname: "Sweet Summer Child" or "Unsullied" for those who have not read the books, and "Bookwalkers" for those who have.
* FanNickname:
** The first season brought us Carl Drogo, Kelly C/Danny, Salsa Stork, Bob the King, Middlefinger, and Tyrone Lancaster.
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Asha Yar]] for Asha Greyjoy, on account of her being called Yara in the TV series.
** {{Zorro}} Zaron Ducksauce (or some variation thereof) for the confusingly named Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
** Talisa gets [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect Florence Bonesaw]] (Flo-Bo for short) for her role as a war nurse and her penchant for amputations.
** Given his scruffy disposition in Season 2, some fans have taken to calling Jaime "[[Series/{{Lost}} Sawyer]] Lannister" due the similarity.
** [[Creator/StanLee Stan(nis) the Man(nis)]].
** [[BodyguardCrush Jorah]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Mormont]] is commonly dubbed "Ser Friendzone" or "King of the Friendzone".
** Tyrion "The Kingslapper", due to his habit of bitchslapping Joffrey.
** Theon's mysterious [[spoiler:torturer]] has been nicknamed [[Series/{{Misfits}} Barry]] and "Little Bastard". Also goes by "Evil [=McFuckingcrazy=]" in some circles.
** 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.
** Daario Naharis is nicknamed Fabio (also Faabio and Desert Fabio) after the MrFanservice model 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.]]
** The shock of ''The Rains of Castamere'' resulted in a massive outpouring of fan anger in social media. It was apparent that many of the casual fans couldn't spell the characters' names, so these misspellings were often jokingly adapted as [[FanNickname Fan Nicknames]] by the veteran fandom. "Caliesie", "Geoffrey Lanister" and "Walter [=DeFray=]" come to mind.
** Fans have taken to calling Hodor "Brodor" 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.
** Robert Baratheon is sometimes referred to as "Bobby B."
* 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}}'' and ''[[Literature/TheCousinsWarSeries The White Queen]]''. The latter is particularly notable, as it's a retelling of the Wars of the Roses, which inspired much of the initial plot of ''Game of Thrones''.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The series is positively brimming with familiar actors:
** [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Boro]][[SeanBean mir]] is married to [[Film/HarryPotter Hermione's mom]].
** [[RobinHood Friar Tuck]] is the king and his queen is [[TheSarahConnorChronicles Sarah Connor]].
** You can also say [[ThreeHundred Queen Gorgo]] took remarriage after the death of Leonidas really badly.
** [[Main/TheFlintstonesInVivaRockVegas Baratheon/Rob Baratheon/ He's the drunken King in history/ From the/ Town of Storm's End/ He was killed by a wild piggy.]]
** [[Series/StargateAtlantis Ronon Dex]], khal of the Dothraki, who goes on to become ConanTheBarbarian.
** 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, Theon's first mate, were once salesmen for [[Series/TheOfficeUK Wernham-Hogg]]. Cleftjaw would later become a [[Film/HarryPotter Death Eater]].
** [[Series/TheWire Tommy Carcetti]] is the kingdom's master of coin.
** [[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.
** [[{{Skins}} Chris Miles]] is Gendry.
** [[{{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 [[Radio/CabinPressure Douglas]] [[Theatre/LesMiserables Javert]], [[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 [[DeathAtAFuneral Uncle Alfie]]
** Dr. Frankland from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is Greatjon Umber!
*** Well, you can say that [[Series/RobinOfSherwood Little John]] has aged into Greatjon.
** [[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.
** [[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 [[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.
** Robb Stark is also [[CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate Trevor Belmont]]/[[spoiler:[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2 Alucard.]]]]
** 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]].
** 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 Governor Swann.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Jojen is [[PhineasAndFerb Ferb]]
** 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]] [[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 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]].
** 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* RealLifeRelative: Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) is the son of Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassel).
* TheRedStapler: The intricate braided hairstyles seen on the show are immensely popular on [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=game+of+thrones+hair&page=1 Youtube]], Pinterest, Website/{{Tumblr}} etc. and sparked numbers of RealLife recreations (provided one can [[RapunzelHair afford it]]).
* RomanceOnTheSet: Apparently, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) went on a date with Rose Leslie (Ygritte).
* 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}}.
* 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.
* TheWikiRule: The Game of Thrones Wiki, which can be found [[http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki here]].
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