Trivia / Game of Thrones


  • Absentee Actor: With such a huge Ensemble Cast, this is inevitable. Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark). And they died in the first season.
  • Acting in the Dark: Prior to the Season 6 production, Kit Harington 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.
  • Adaptational Context Change: Many many instances, some as a result of the transition from the literary to television medium, and others as a result of stylistic choices. The most drastic changes however come in Season 5 and Season 6.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • 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 it into an ad.
    • "Balon Greyjoy won the War of Five Kings" became a popular statement by fans, given that the character was the only combatant left at that point. He actually takes note of this in the beginning of Season 6. And then he dies.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • 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 A Song of Ice and Fire to the producers of the TV adaptation, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that he is unable to (for whatever reason) complete his book series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: With the confirmation that Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow's mother, the Chinese transliteration of the bastard surname Snow exhibits this. It is rendered as 雪诺 (pronounced "xue nuo") in all Chinese translations. The phrase itself means "snow promise". Jon was named as a Snow due to a promise between two members of his family from the snowy North.
  • Cast Incest: Dean Charles-Chapman and Nell Tiger Free began dating in 2015. Their characters, Tommen and Myrcella, are siblings who, interestingly, are the products of an incestuous affair.
  • Casting Gag:
    • 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 Carice 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.
    • In a meta-example in the Japanese dub, Euron Greyjoy is voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura, who voiced Gray Fullbuster in Fairy Tail.note  And in a more straighter example involving him, he also voiced Hazama/Yuuki Terumi, another evil, deranged villain, whose crimes could give Euron a run for his money.
    • James Faulkner appears in Season 6 as a stern, jerkish nobleman, who disapproves of his son's girlfriend, because of her heritage. The last major television series he appeared in before Go T was Downton Abbey - where he played a stern, jerkish nobleman, who disapproved of his son's girlfriend, because of her heritage.
  • The Cast Showoff: There are plenty of skilled vocalists in the cast.
    • Shireen is introduced when she see her singing. Kerry Ingram is a musical theater star.
    • 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".
    • Roger Ashton Griffiths showed his impressive baritone as Mace Tyrell in "A Dance with Dragons". The audience enjoyed it much more than Tycho Nestoris.
  • Cast the Expert:
    • 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.
    • Sigur Rós plays a band performing The Rains of Castamere at Joffrey's wedding.
    • Of Monsters And Men play the musicians in the Braavosi theater group in season 6.
    • 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. Fingleton also auditioned to play Gregor Clegane in Season 1, but was not chosen.
    • After going through two other actors, the role of Gregor Clegane was finally taken over by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, a top contender for the strongest man on Earth.
    • Several of Littlefinger's whores, specifically those who provide the most explicit nudity, are played by actual porn actresses. The famously flexible Kayla on the other hand is portrayed by one of the most profilic contortionists of the UK.
  • The Character Died with Him: Old Nan has not been recast following the death of Margaret John.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Denys Mallister won't be appearing again due to J.J. Murphy's death, but it's implied that he's still alive and commanding the Shadow Tower.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Tyrion is supposed to be the youngest Lannister sibling, but Peter Dinklage is actually older than the other actors. This is even after in-story dialogue places him at roughly 36 in Season 4 (his twin siblings are stated to be 40 by Tywin's offhand comment, and Cersei earlier stated she was 4 when her mother died); 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 Adaptational Attractiveness, with Tyrion looking older than Jaime and Cersei.
    • Daenerys was thirteen (later, fourteen-going-on-fifteen) for the duration of the first book, while Emilia Clarke was twenty-three during filming of Season 1 (she's seventeen in the show, making Emilia 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 Older Than He Looks 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 resemblance to Jack Gleeson). 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). 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 Age Lift of some characters. And that, as with Peter Dinklage 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.
  • Dead Star Walking: The bigger name an actor is in this show, the more likely they are to get killed horribly. Special mention goes to Ian McShane, whose character barely lasts an episode.
  • Defictionalization: You can 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.
  • Development Gag: 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 A Dance with Dragons' infamous delays.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Stephan Dillane confessed that he only took the role as Stannis Baratheon as a means to an end and admitted that CGI and dragons are not his cup of tea.
    • Ian McShane’s initial reason for being in the show was to work with his old friends, Charles Dance and Stephan Dillane. But he was surprised that they're not in the show anymore after their characters are killed off by the time he joined the show. So, this trope became his reason for being in the show despite having only one episode and had no regrets for casually spoiling what his role was.
  • Dueling Shows: With The Walking Dead. Both shows are the most phenomenal shows during The New Tens, both are adapted from literary works, both deal with the Humans Are Bastards trope, and most importantly, both shows establish that Anyone Can Die. 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.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Sophie Turner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Alfie Allen went from blond to brown, while Peter Dinklage and Jack Gleeson 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 Lena Headey, wear wigs. Meanwhile, Maisie Williams 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.
    • Kit Harington is contractually obligated to keep his hair long, which he hates. After Jon Snow's untimely demise this has made his hairstyle a Walking Spoiler to many fans.
    • Judging by the pictures she posts on social media, the blinding contact lenses Maisie Williams wears seem to take their toll on her eyes' health.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • 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.
    • Sean Bean was sick with the flu when he recorded the scenes where Ned Stark lays abed in A Golden Crown, so Ned's unwell demeanor is genuine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • American Peter Dinklage fakes an English accent, while Irishmen Aidan Gillen and Liam Cunningham both fake 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 Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Spain, has notably no actors from Southern Europe. Except for Pedro Pascal, everyone in the Dornish cast fakes a slight Mediterranean accent.
  • Fan Community Nickname: "Sweet Summer Child" or "Unsullied" for those who have not read the books, and "Bookwalkers" for those who have.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Asha Yar for Asha Greyjoy, on account of her being called Yara in the TV series.
    • Talisa gets Florence Bonesaw (Flo-Bo for short) for her role as a war nurse and her penchant for amputations.
    • Stan(nis) the Man(nis). (Unless it's the other Stan the Man, which actually works pretty well—that Stan is famous for being rule-abiding but driven.) He's also called "the King who cared" for being the only ruler who answered the Night's Watch plea for help.
    • Jorah 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 torturer has been nicknamed 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 Ramsay Snow.
    • Podrick is called "Tri-Pod" or "Prodick" after managing to pleasure three whores so well they let him keep his money.
    • Ed Skrein's portrayal of Daario Naharis is nicknamed "Faabio" after the Mr. Fanservice 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 personality to the Dragon Age character.
    • And on the subject of the Boltons, the... thing between Theon and Ramsay has been referred to as "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 "Darth Sansa".
    • Hizdahr zo Loraq has become "Hizdahr zo Kravitz" for his odd resemblance to Lenny Kravitz.
    • In the wake of "Hardhome", the Night King (which is still an unofficial designation for the character) has been dubbed "Coldemort".
    • Jaqen H'gar is a "Sexy Jesus." Alternatively, he also goes by the name of Spoony.
    • Ser Robert Strong, the new Kingsguard, is named "Frankenmountain" due to being the undead Gregor Clegane who is fueled by Qyburn's experiments.
    • The "Spice Snakes" for the Sand Snakes who are seen as The Scrappy for trying too hard evoke the Dark Action Girls vibes and failing to be Oberyn expies. Specifically, Obara is "Grumpy Spice", Nymeria is "Boring Spice", and Tyene Sand is called "Bad Pussy", no thanks to her infamous line in "Mother's Mercy".
    • Septa Unella is "Shame Nun" after her most memorable scene.
    • People who watch the show with full knowledge of the books are called Bookwalkers, while those who watch it without having read the books (or at least don't go beyond where the show has currently reached) are Unsullied. Amusingly enough, the Unsullied themselves had no idea what this meant until Season 3.
    • Edmure Tully has become known as "Brutus Tully" after his actions in surrendering Riverrun to Jaime Lannister and getting his uncle Brynden killed and in reference to Tobias Menzies' role as Marcus Brutus on HBO's Rome.
    • House Bolton is called "House Trollton".
    • Tommen was frequently called King Butters due to being an Extreme Doormat.
    • Due to her near-unanimous scrappy status, Ellaria Sand is often referred to as "Malaria Sand" by fans of the show.
    • Cersei's scheme to destroy her enemies in the Sept of Baelor has been called the "Green Trial" in reference to the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Ask three different creators (director, actor, writer) whether Jaime and Cersei having sex in the Great Sept in the fourth season episode "Breaker of Chains" was meant to be rape, consensual, or 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.
  • Follow the Leader: The success of the show has inspired imitators, notably Vikings, Atlantis and The Shannara Chronicles.
  • High School A.U./Affectionate Parody: School Of Thrones
  • Hypothetical Casting: 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 Mads Mikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy was a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase, so were Katie McGrath, Lily Collins, Jessica Brown Findlay, or Kaya Scodelario as Lyanna Stark (in the flashbacks).
  • I Am Not Spock: 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 Headey and Charles Dance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.
  • I Knew It: An interesting case in that the show has confirmed several existing fan theories about the books, or ambiguous situations within them, that had yet to be resolved by the time the episodes aired:
    • Loras and Renly are gay lovers. This had already been repeatedly and heavily implied in the books, but never explicitly acknowledged.
    • Littlefinger hid a poison capsule on Sansa, which Olenna uses to kill Joffrey.
    • Valyrian steel (aka dragonsteel) kills the White Walkers (aka the Others). Jon and Sam discuss this in the books, but the show confirms it first.
    • Craster's sons get turned into White Walkers. While one of Craster's wives implied this happened, they're not a particularly reliable source.
    • For a show-specific spoiler, on-set photos depicting Meryn Trant and Mace Tyrell in Braavos tipped both book and show fans on a major Death by Adaptation, which did come true in the final Season 5 episode.
    • Melisandre uses her magic to hide her true age, as opposed to aging slowly.
    • Melisandre brings Jon Snow back to life.
    • Since A Feast for Crows, it was speculated that Sandor Clegane was still alive. He is.
    • The biggest and the most known of all theories since the release of A Game of Thrones, confirmed in the season 6 finale, is that Lyanna Stark is Jon's mother, and also that the promise Ned made was to take care of Jon. Rhaegar is strongly implied to be his father, but this is not explicitly mentioned. Note that knowledge of Jon's mother's identity was what got David Benioff and Dan Weiss the job adapting the series in the first place.
    • Another series 6 finale example, which was no doubt less welcome, is that Natalie Dormer had made comments that incited people to speculate that Margaery Tyrell would soon be killed off. This indeed occurred in the season 6 finale. And since Finn Jones has been cast as the title character in Iron Fist, Loras would also be a goner for sure.
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  • Irony as She Is Cast: Singer Wilko Johnson and DJ Kristian Nairn as The Voiceless Illyn Payne and the one-worded Hodor.
  • Lying Creator:
    • In one of the featurettes aired prior to the start of Season 1 to introduce the world of Westeros to viewers, George R.R. Martin said that "Ned Stark is the main character whom the books revolves around." In reality, 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 Metaphorically True.
    • Actually averted with a major plot point at the end of Season 5. The creators of the show made several statements confirming that 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. Of course, they never said anything about the possibility of Jon being resurrected, which happens in the second episode of Season 6.note 
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
  • Meta Casting: Theon Greyjoy is a wastrel and Butt Monkey who lives in the shadow of his sister. Alfie Allen is the younger brother of the singer Lily Allen, and as for the butt monkey and wastrel part, she wrote a very unflattering song about him. Further in this vein, Lily Allen was originally approached to play Theon's sister Yara (see What Could Have Been).
  • Name's the Same: 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 posting this on Channel 4's website. He is also not John Snow, the British doctor who invented modern epidemiology and stopped a cholera outbreak in London.
    • Daenerys bears the title Khaleesi, which in many countries is pronounced the same way as the Calici virus, the most common cause of viral stomach flu in humans (including causing the so-called "winter vomiting disease" which can last for up to 72 hours).
  • The Other Darrin:
    • 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 The Hobbit. 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 strongman, Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson (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 Mutilation Conga 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.
    • In Season 6, Max von Sydow replaces Struan Rodger as the Three-Eyed Raven.
  • The Other Marty: 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 Jamie Campbell Bower to Rob Ostlere
    • 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.
  • Overtook the Manga: 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. George R.R. Martin 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 Oathkeeper is the first to feature a major revelation before the novels: the final scene 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 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.
    • The other issue is that the Show has Adapted Out several key characters and plotlines and according to Martin, these are all very important in the later books. So overall the show is a Compressed Adaptation, true to the first and second books, but gradually becoming a loose adaptation in the end.
    • And now with the show finally catching up with the books, Martin revealed that he's still working on the sixth book and since he already told the producers several plot points in advance, it's inevitable that Season 6 onwards would spoil several storylines. He already told fans that it's up to their discretion whether to continue watching the show or not.
  • The Pete Best:
    • 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.
    • Played straight with everyone written on The Other Marty above.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • James Cosmo is only thirteen years older than Iain Glen, 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 Rory McCann 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 Sean Bean.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • An indirect example: In season 3 Gilly's son was portrayed by an infant called Arya Hasson. Unsurprisingly, both her parents are huge fans.
    • Several actors 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.
    • The metal band Mastodon recorded a track called "White Walker" for a GOT-themed mixtape. Members of the band later appeared as wildling extras in the episode "Hardhome" during a battle against the White Walkers.
  • Real-Life Relative: Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) is the son of Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassel).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • 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 not been recast following the death of actor J.J. Murphy.
    • 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 note . 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.
  • The Red Stapler:
    • The show played a large role in making braided hairstyles fashionable again.
    • 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., which is why many of them end up in shelters eventually. So tropers, think this through!
    • Despite leaving the Food Porn largely in the books, the show apparently boosted the sales of medieval-themed meat dishes and beverages, especially mead.
    • "Arya", "Khaleesi", "Tyrion" and "Theon" have become popular baby names and even made the Top 100 lists in some countries.
    • The show also heavily boosted tourism in all shooting locations, particularly Spain and Northern Ireland. And like New Zealand with The Lord of the Rings, the local tourism boards fully embrace this.
  • Referenced by...: The show has been referenced many times by other works since its 2011 debut:
    • Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation is a massive fan of the show and seems borderline obsessed with it. Donna Meagle, one of his coworkers, likes it to a lesser extent and is a little bemused that Anne Perkins doesn't get her references.
    • In The Flash (2014), Mason Bridge makes a brief reference to the Dothraki language, comparing it to Technobabble from his perspective. Interestingly, Rila Fukushima, who plays a Red Priestess in Season 5, was a Recurring Character in that show's universe.
    • Hat Films routinely make jokes about Jon Snow and the pronunciation of his name.
    • Sjin is a huge fan of the show and routinely makes references to it, most prominently in his Chivalry series.
    • In Supergirl (2015), the titular character and her adoptive sister are fans of the show.
    • The show gets a nod on Suits. Interesting, as both Conleth Hill and Michelle Fairley are Recurring Characters there.
    • South Park's "Black Friday Trilogy" is based on the show with Cartman's Xbox One faction based on the Lannisters, Kyle's PlayStation 4 faction based on the Starks and the mall security guards based on the Night's Watch.
  • Romance on the Set:
  • Self-Adaptation: George R.R. Martin has consistently maintained that the Game of Thrones series is a separate beast from his A Song of Ice and Fire books, but he does usually write at least one episode per season until his schedule filled up too much.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
    • A lot of celebrity news sites have noted how Kit Harington his on-screen half-brother Richard Madden 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.
    • Emilia Clarke and Harry Lloyd, who portray the Targaryen siblings, possess an uncanny similarity.
    • Finn Jones and Natalie Dormer, who play the Tyrell siblings could pass for 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 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 Mc Elhatton 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.
  • Star-Making Role: Loads, but most notably Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Richard Madden, Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, Gethin Anthony, Pedro Pascal and Finn Jones. And although not completely unknown prior to the show, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Aidan Gillen, Charles Dance, Carice Van Houten, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Iain Glen, Liam Cunningham and Jason Momoa truly ascended stardom afterwards.
  • Streisand Effect: 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 , thanks to Jon Snow being officially dead at that point, couldn't get anywhere near the shooting locations without being hunted by paparazzi.
  • Throw It In: The sword flip where Syrio Forel balances a weapon on the back of his hand in his first scene with Arya 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.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • 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.
    • Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) is fond of obliquely spoiling future plot developments on Instagram. She also messed with people's expectations when she posted a heart-shape made of stones, which teased that Lady Stoneheart would appear in Season 4. She didn't.
    • In the "Previously On" for "Mother's Mercy", Benjen Stark appears. Late in the episode, Olly tells Jon that Benjen had been found. It was a lie to lure Jon into his execution.
  • Trope Namers: A review of You Win or You Die gave us Sexposition, in reference to the series' tendency to combine sex scenes and important exposition.
  • What Could Have Been: 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.
    • An extra said that there were two days scheduled to shoot Grenn and the Nightwatchmen' fight against the giant, but it was cancelled due to budget.
    • Iwan Rheon was the primary runner-up to play Heroic Bastard, Jon Snow, ironically later getting cast as the ultimate Bastard Bastard, 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.
    • 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...
    • When Jeyne Westerling was still in the show, she was made a battlefield nurse to make a more budget-friendly adaptation of her and Robb's meeting from the books where she nurses him after he's wounded in battle. Then she was changed to the separate character Talisa Maegyr and the producers opted to make it a more generic romance, but it was too late to change her from being a nurse, so they had to come up with an explanation for why a Volantene noble would be doing this kind of grunge work despite that it didn't even serve any story purpose.
    • The return of Sandor Clegane in Season 6 went through several iterations of some other character coming across him, before the crew figured Rory McCann was a good enough actor that he could carry the episode's story without any help from other established characters.
    • It's possible that Margaery might have survived the Green Trial, if only 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 (including becoming a big fan himself), with so many of his old friends on it.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Game of Thrones Wiki, which can be found here.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 to 6.
    • Dean Charles Chapman plays Martyn Lannister in Season 3, and then (permanently) Tommen Baratheon in Season 4 onwards. It helps that said characters are cousins.

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