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* AbsenteeActor: With such a huge EnsembleCast, this is inevitable. Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: [[spoiler:Creator/MarkAddy (Robert Baratheon) and Creator/SeanBean (Ned Stark)]]. And they died in the first season.
* ActingInTheDark: Prior to the Season 6 production, [[spoiler:Creator/KitHarington had to lie to the cast about Jon Snows fate in the Season 5 finale just to make them believe hes leaving the show]]. Creator/LiamCunningham was very skeptical about it while Creator/SophieTurner seemed to be the only cast member who believed it that [[spoiler:she wrote a very emotional farewell letter to him]]. When the cast received the Season 6 scripts, [[spoiler:everyone now knew that Kit is not really leaving the show and Kit teased Sophie for that farewell letter]].
* AdaptationalContextChange: 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.
* 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]].
** "[[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:And then he dies.]]
* AuthorExistenceFailure:
** Reportedly averted in advance, as US media reported in early 2014 that Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has revealed major plot points and the ending of his ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' to the producers of the TV adaptation, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that he is unable to ([[AuthorExistenceFailure for]] [[OvertookTheManga whatever]] [[ScheduleSlip reason]]) complete his book series.
** 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.
* BilingualBonus: With the confirmation that [[spoiler:Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow's mother]], the Chinese transliteration of [[spoiler:the bastard surname Snow]] exhibits this. [[spoiler: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.]]
* CastIncest: 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.
* CastingGag:
** Kerry Ingram has starred in ''Theatre/{{Matilda}} the Musical'' as the titular character. Much like Matilda, Shireen is a sweet, lonely girl who loves reading and has to deal with a family who doesn't understand her.
** Creator/LiamCunningham and Creator/CariceVanHouten (Melisandre) once played lovers in "Black Butterflies" before being cast as rivals to Stannis.
** Faye Marsay (The Waif) previously played a character in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 2014 Christmas special who had "Thrones marathon" on her holiday to-do list.
** In a meta-example in the Japanese dub, Euron '''Grey'''joy is voiced by Creator/YuuichiNakamura, who voiced '''Gray''' Fullbuster in ''Manga/FairyTail''.[[note]]Both "Grey" and "Gray" are pronounced the same in Japanese.[[/note]] And in a more straighter example involving him, he also voiced [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Hazama/Yuuki Terumi]], another evil, deranged villain, whose crimes could give Euron a run for his money.
** 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 GoT was ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' - where he played a stern, jerkish nobleman, who disapproved of his son's girlfriend, because of her heritage.
* TheCastShowoff: There are plenty of skilled vocalists in the cast.
** Shireen is introduced when she see her singing. Kerry Ingram is a musical theater star.
** Creator/JeromeFlynn also got several chances to display his singing abilities. Many fans are actually hoping for a full version of "The Dornishman's wife".
** Creator/RogerAshtonGriffiths showed his impressive baritone as Mace Tyrell in "A Dance with Dragons". The audience enjoyed it much more than Tycho Nestoris.
* CastTheExpert:
** Gary Lightbody from Music/{{Snowpatrol}} cameos as a Bolton soldier singing the Bear and the Maiden Fair.
** Music/{{Coldplay}} drummer Will Champion cameos as a drummer in the Red Wedding.
** Music/SigurRos plays a band performing The Rains of Castamere at Joffrey's wedding.
** Music/OfMonstersAndMen 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. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen 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.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Old Nan has not been recast following the death of Margaret John.
* CharacterOutlivesActor: 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.
* 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 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 AdaptationalAttractiveness, with Tyrion looking older than Jaime and Cersei.
** Daenerys was thirteen (later, fourteen-going-on-fifteen) for the duration of the first book, while Creator/EmiliaClarke 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 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 Creator/StephenDillane (who plays Stannis) is 8 years older than Creator/MarkAddy (who plays Robert). [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] both on the show and in the books, where Stannis is mistaken for being the eldest Baratheon brother by a few characters because his dour demeanour and receding hairline have put unnecessary years on him. Helped by the fact that they never appear together.
** Creator/GwendolineChristie is about 15 years older than Brienne. Part of it is an AgeLift of some characters. And that, as with Creator/PeterDinklage playing Tyrion Lannister, there are few actors fitting the character's unusual physique.
** Inverted with Gregor Clegane's actor Hafþór "Thor" Björnsson, who is twenty years younger than Creator/RoryMcCann, who plays Gregor's younger brother Sandor. The fact that the two actors have had few scenes together takes attention away from this, as does the extensive burn makeup required for Sandor.
* DeadStarWalking: 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 [[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.
* DoingItForTheArt:
** 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 [[spoiler: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.
* DuelingShows: With ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Both shows are the most phenomenal shows during TheNewTens, both are adapted from literary works, both deal with the HumansAreBastards trope, and most importantly, both shows establish that AnyoneCanDie. Interestingly, despite both shows airing on Sundays but on separate channels, they've never had to literally duel for ratings; ''Walking Dead'' airs in late fall and (ironically) winter, while ''Game of Thrones'' airs in the spring. Frequently, the former's season finale airs just a handful of days from the latter's season premiere.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Creator/SophieTurner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Creator/AlfieAllen went from blond to brown, while Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/JackGleeson went from brown/dark blond to light/-er blond to better portray members of the golden-haired Lannister family. A lot of the other actors, like Emilia Clarke and Creator/LenaHeadey, wear wigs. Meanwhile, Creator/MaisieWilliams cut her hair to convincingly portray Arya trying to pass as a boy in Season 2.
** Daniel Portman is a sportsman in real life, but let himself go in order to be more believable as Podrick Payne.
** Creator/GwendolineChristie apparently really got into the role, putting on lots of muscle with the aid of protein shakes and going up a clothes size, according to Sophie Turner.
** Creator/ConlethHill shaves his full head of hair to play Varys, a thing he welcomes as it brings him street anonimity.
** Creator/KitHarington is contractually obligated to keep his hair long, which he hates. After [[spoiler: Jon Snow's untimely demise]] this has made his hairstyle a WalkingSpoiler to many fans.
** Judging by the pictures she posts on social media, [[spoiler: the blinding contact lenses]] Maisie Williams wears seem to take their toll on [[spoiler: her eyes']] health.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** That horse's heart Daenerys ate? It was essentially a giant gummy, which tasted disgusting and a tiny girl like Creator/EmiliaClarke 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.
** Creator/AlfieAllen really was tied up like that for his torture scenes in Season 3, a process that Creator/IwanRheon 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.
* FakeNationality:
** American Creator/PeterDinklage fakes an English accent, while Irishmen Creator/AidanGillen 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 Creator/CariceVanHouten (Dutch) or Creator/SibelKekilli and Tom Wlaschiha (both German), use their natural accents for an exotic touch, others, like Michiel Huisman (Dutch) or Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau (Danish) suppress theirs.
** Dorne, the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain, has notably no actors from Southern Europe. Except for Creator/PedroPascal, everyone in the Dornish cast fakes a slight Mediterranean 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.) He's also called "the King who cared" for being the only ruler who answered the Night's Watch plea for help.
** [[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".
*** Joffrey himself is sometimes called [[WebVideo/HonestTrailers King Justin Bieber]].
** 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 "[[SexGod 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 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.
** And on the subject of the Boltons, the... ''thing'' between Theon and Ramsay has been referred to as [[Literature/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".
** Hizdahr zo Loraq has become "Hizdahr zo Kravitz" for his odd resemblance to Lenny Kravitz.
** In the wake of [[Recap/GameOfThronesS5E8Hardhome "Hardhome"]], the Night King (which is still an unofficial designation for the character) has been dubbed [[Franchise/HarryPotter "Coldemort"]].
** Jaqen H'gar is a "Sexy Jesus." Alternatively, he also goes by the name of [[Creator/NoahAntwiler Spoony]].
** Ser Robert Strong, the new Kingsguard, is named "Frankenmountain" due to [[spoiler:being the undead Gregor Clegane who is fueled by Qyburn's experiments]].
** The "[[Music/SpiceGirls Spice]] Snakes" for the Sand Snakes who are seen as TheScrappy for trying too hard evoke the [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action Girls]] vibes and failing to be Oberyn [[{{Expy}} expies]]. Specifically, Obara is [[PerpetualFrowner "Grumpy Spice"]], Nymeria is [[FlatCharacter "Boring Spice"]], and Tyene Sand is called "Bad Pussy", no thanks to [[NeverLiveItDown her infamous line]] in "Mother's Mercy".
** Septa Unella is "Shame Nun" after her [[MemeticMutation 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 [[spoiler:surrendering Riverrun to Jaime Lannister and getting his uncle Brynden killed]] and in reference to Creator/TobiasMenzies' role as Marcus Brutus on HBO's ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
** House Bolton is called "[[{{Troll}} House Trollton]]".
** Tommen was frequently called [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark King Butters]] due to being an ExtremeDoormat.
** Due to her near-unanimous [[TheScrappy 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.
* FlipFlopOfGod: 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 [[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 ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles''.
* HighSchoolAU[=/=]AffectionateParody: ''WebVideo/SchoolOfThrones''
* HypotheticalCasting: Several actors were fan favourites before their casting was announced, such as Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/SeanBean. Fewer examples remain for characters likely to appear, but Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy was a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase, so were [[spoiler:Creator/KatieMcGrath, Creator/LilyCollins, Jessica Brown Findlay, or Kaya Scodelario as Lyanna Stark (in the flashbacks).]]
* IAmNotSpock: As you might expect from a hit TV show with a gigantic cast, few roles are filled with actors with a more high-profile role under their belt. Creator/SeanBean, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeadey and Creator/CharlesDance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.
* IKnewIt: 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.
** [[spoiler:Littlefinger hid a poison capsule on Sansa, which Olenna uses to kill Joffrey]].
** [[spoiler: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.
** [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Meryn Trant and Mace Tyrell in Braavos]] tipped both book and show fans on a major DeathByAdaptation, which did come true in the final Season 5 episode.
** [[spoiler:Melisandre uses her magic to hide her true age, as opposed to aging slowly.]]
** [[spoiler: Melisandre brings Jon Snow back to life.]]
** Since ''Literature/AFeastForCrows'', it was speculated that [[spoiler:Sandor Clegane was still alive. He is.]]
** The biggest and the most known of all theories since the release of ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', confirmed in the season 6 finale, is that [[spoiler: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.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[AllThereInTheManual Official supplemental material]] for the show [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160629193851/http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/got-connections-ned-promise-tower-of-joy-infographic confirms]] that Rhaegar is Jon's father. You can relax now.]]
** Another series 6 finale example, which was no doubt less welcome, is that [[spoiler:Creator/NatalieDormer 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 [[spoiler:Finn Jones has been cast as the title character in ''Series/IronFist2016'', Loras would also be a goner for sure.]]
* 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." [[spoiler: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 MetaphoricallyTrue.
** Actually averted with a major plot point at the end of Season 5. The creators of the show made several statements confirming that [[spoiler:Jon Snow really died]] in spite of theories to the contrary. It was confirmed that they absolutely weren't kidding with the Season 6 premiere. [[spoiler:Of course, they never said '''anything''' about the possibility of Jon being resurrected, which happens in the second episode of Season 6.]][[note]]Creator/KitHarington [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/game-of-thrones-jon-snow-alive-kit-harington-lies nonetheless apologized]] for lying for a year, though he noted that he did so for story reasons more than anything.[[/note]]
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** Essentially, actors such as Creator/JackGleeson, Creator/CariceVanHouten, Creator/LenaHeadey, and Creator/DavidBradley have admitted that they have had their share of real-life encounters with disgruntled fans.
** 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!" Creator/SophieTurner (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.
** Creator/IwanRheon (Ramsay Bolton) is very laid-back and gets along well with Creator/AlfieAllen ([[ButtMonkey Theon Greyjoy]]) in real life, despite the characters they play. Rheon was quick to assure the interviewers: "[[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of this show]]. [[spoiler:He still has his penis.]]". Iwan has stated that when Ramsay's death does come, he hopes that it is a suitably horrible and fitting end. [[spoiler:In an interview released the day after Ramsay's death was shown, Iwan agrees that it was a well-deserved death, though he jokes that it would've been even sweeter had Dany's dragons somehow been involved.]]
** Creator/MichaelMcElhatton (Roose Bolton) is also a very decent guy who plays a sadist [[spoiler:and a traitor]]. He says that he found shooting parts of the Rains of Castamere very emotional. In his native Ireland, he was known more for comedy before taking on the role.
** Thor Björnsson, 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]]. This has been confirmed by the Instagram account he has established just for his beloved dog, a tiny Pomeranian.
** Creator/DavidBradley (who makes a career of playing unpleasant characters) is a dignified and lovely fellow, who has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_m0rYc_bQ expressed his delight about how involved he is in the show]], even being part of the "RoguesGallery" and how strong the reactions are. He's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8yzauwtI-o understanding of the fact that fans want Walder Frey to suffer]] a KarmicDeath after [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon the Red Wedding]]]] ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUSoTW-CGTE explaining Walder has his reasons for his action, but still takes them way too far]]), and has expressed hope to return to the show one day.
** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a manipulative creep and, for all intents and purposes, the BigBad of the series. Creator/AidanGillen is, of course, nothing like that in real life.
** Ian Beattie, who plays Ser Meryn Trant, outright calls his character a monster and expresses it was a pleasure working with Creator/MaisieWilliams.
** No matter what one may think of Melisandre, whether she is a villain or anti-hero, it is almost unanimously agreed by everyone that Creator/CariceVanHouten is nothing like the ruthless woman she portrays on the show.
* MetaCasting: Theon Greyjoy is a wastrel and ButtMonkey who lives in the shadow of his sister. Creator/AlfieAllen is the younger brother of the singer Music/LilyAllen, and as for the butt monkey and wastrel part, she wrote a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lki-nBllz78 very unflattering song]] about him. Further in this vein, Lily Allen was originally approached to play Theon's sister Yara (see WhatCouldHaveBeen).
* 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]]. 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).
* 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 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 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.
** In Season 6, Creator/MaxVonSydow replaces Struan Rodger as the Three-Eyed Raven.
* 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 Creator/EmiliaClarke
** Catelyn went from Jennifer Ehle to Creator/MichelleFairley
** Magister Illyrio went from Ian [=McNeice=] to Creator/RogerAllam
** Gared went from Richard Ridings to Dermot Keaney
** Ser Waymar went from Creator/JamieCampbellBower 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.
* 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.
** 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 other issue is that the Show has AdaptedOut several key characters and plotlines and according to Martin, these are all very important in the later books. So overall the show is a CompressedAdaptation, true to the first three books, but gradually becoming a loose adaptation and as both Martin and the Showrunners have noted that as a result of the change in the context, the butterfly effect of distillation and changes to several characters personalities, the show has drastically diverged from the books (from Book 4 onwards) and will continue to diverge from how the remaining volumes turn out, so aside from WordOfDante confirmations[[note]]such as the showrunners confirming on promo interviews that certain events, [[spoiler:such as Shireen's HumanSacrifice and Hodor's name being Hold the Door]].[[/note]] it remains up in the air how much the show relates the trajectory of characters and events of the final books.
* ThePeteBest:
** Averted with Ian Whyte, the second Mountain, who most considered to be inferior to Conan Stevens. This seems to be played straight with the third Mountain, Hafþór Julius Björnsson, who many now consider the definitive Mountain.
** Played straight with everyone written on TheOtherMarty above.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Many actors in the cast are more known for their comedic works such as Creator/MarkAddy ([[JadedWashout Robert Baratheon]]) and Creator/GemmaWhelan ([[DarkActionGirl Yara Greyjoy]]).
** Creator/LenaHeadey usually play heroic matriarchs.
** Creator/JulianGlover, known in the past for playing {{Badass}} characters, plays DirtyCoward Pycelle.
** In the Japanese dub, Creator/NobunagaShimazaki normally voices heroic characters or the NiceGuy. In this show, he voices '''[[EvilPrince Joffrey Baratheon]]'''.
* PlayingGertrude:
** Creator/JamesCosmo is only thirteen years older than Creator/IainGlen, who plays his son. It is possible that Jeor fathered Jorah ''really'' young, though.
** Hafþór Björnsson is not even 30. It's little trouble to believe him as the ''older'' Clegane brother, despite that Creator/RoryMcCann is nearing 50. It helps that they don't share any scenes.
** Hodor is supposed to be older than Ned, yet Kristian Nairn is sixteen years younger than Creator/SeanBean.
* PromotedFanboy:
** 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 Music/{{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 [[spoiler: a battle against the White Walkers]].
* 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.
** 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]]A Season 3 episode shows Bronn and Cersei at the same time, but Bronn is only seen from behind once Cersei enters the scene, indicating it's a FakeShemp. To date, this was the only scene where the two characters are together.[[/note]]. This is apparently because the two actors (Creator/LenaHeadey and Creator/JeromeFlynn) dated at one point and the relationship ended in very ugly fashion - so ugly that the showrunners have made it a point to keep the two away from each other on set.
* TheRedStapler:
** 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., [[FanDumb which is why many of them end up in shelters eventually.]] So tropers, think this through!
** Despite leaving the FoodPorn largely in the books, the show apparently boosted the sales of medieval-themed meat dishes and beverages, especially mead.
** "Arya", [[IAmNotShazam "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 ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', the local tourism boards fully embrace this.
* ReferencedBy: The show has been referenced many times by other works since its 2011 debut:
** Ben Wyatt from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' 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 ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Mason Bridge makes a brief reference to the Dothraki language, comparing it to {{Technobabble}} from his perspective. [[CelebrityParadox Interestingly]], Creator/RilaFukushima, who plays a Red Priestess in Season 5, was a RecurringCharacter [[Franchise/{{Arrowverse}} in that show's universe]].
** LetsPlay/HatFilms routinely make jokes about Jon Snow and the pronunciation of his name.
** LetsPlay/{{Sjin}} is a huge fan of the show and routinely makes references to it, most prominently in his ''Chivalry'' series.
** In ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'', the titular character and her adoptive sister are fans of the show.
** The show gets a nod on ''Series/{{Suits}}''. [[CelebrityParadox Interesting]], as both Creator/ConlethHill and Creator/MichelleFairley are {{Recurring Character}}s there.
** ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''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.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Creator/KitHarington (Jon Snow) and Creator/RoseLeslie (Ygritte) were [[http://www.designntrend.com/articles/34606/20150112/game-of-thrones-kit-harington-single-talks-relationship-difficulties-as-actor.htm a real life couple]], though they've managed to keep all the details quiet.
** Rosie Mac and Ignacio Blanco, the body doubles for Daenerys Targaryen and Daario Naharis, [[http://mashable.com/2015/08/10/daenerys-daario-body-double-dating/ are heavily rumored to be dating]].
** Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon) and Nell Tiger Free (Myrcella Baratheon) seem to have [[http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/08/21/dean-charles-chapman-nell-tiger-free-dating-game-of-thrones/ developed a close personal relationship]].
* SelfAdaptation: Creator/GeorgeRRMartin has consistently maintained that the ''Game of Thrones'' series is a separate beast from his ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' books, but he does usually write at least one episode per season until his schedule filled up too much.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting:
** A lot of celebrity news sites have noted how Creator/KitHarington his on-screen half-brother Creator/RichardMadden have strong physical resemblance to each other, to the point that a common criticism of the first few episodes is that it's hard to tell which is which when they're in the same scene.
** Creator/EmiliaClarke and Harry Lloyd, who portray the Targaryen siblings, [[http://gameofthronesstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/viserys-daenerys.png possess an uncanny similarity]].
** Creator/FinnJones and Creator/NatalieDormer, who play the Tyrell siblings could pass for [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/Margaery-and-Loras-Tyrell-house-tyrell-36909600-1800-1012.jpg brother and sister]] in real life. In the novels, Cersei observes that Margaery and Loras look more alike than she and her twin Jaime, and this also applies on the show.
** Dormer also bears a [[http://thebacklot.mtvnimages.com/uploads/2013/04/nataliedormerdianarigg.jpg striking resemblance]] to a young Creator/DianaRigg, so it's fitting that they play granddaughter and grandmother on the series. There are even images of Rigg as [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] giving a similar off-kilter smile to the one that's become Dormer's trademark.
** Both Creator/MichaelMcElhatton and Creator/IwanRheon have the same icy blue Bolton eyes.
** Pilou Asbæk, who will be playing Euron Greyjoy from 2016 on, essentially looks like his on-screen nephew Creator/AlfieAllen with fuller cheeks.
** [[spoiler: When she finally appears in flashbacks portrayed by Aisling Franciosi, Lyanna Stark bears a striking resemblance to her son Jon Snow. Also, she has facial traits [[http://pm1.narvii.com/6143/ecf4f10095bded37b616cfe6eb03c6a5fe061d76_hq.jpg very reminiscent]] of Creator/MaisieWilliams', who in the books is said to be Lyanna's spitting image.]]
* StarMakingRole: ''Loads'', but most notably Creator/EmiliaClarke, Creator/MichelleFairley, Creator/MaisieWilliams, Creator/KitHarington, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau, Creator/SophieTurner, Creator/RichardMadden, Creator/GwendolineChristie, Creator/AlfieAllen, Creator/GethinAnthony, Creator/PedroPascal and Creator/FinnJones. And although not completely unknown prior to the show, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeadey, Creator/AidanGillen, Creator/CharlesDance, Creator/CariceVanHouten, Creator/NatalieDormer, Creator/StephenDillane, Creator/IainGlen, Creator/LiamCunningham and Creator/JasonMomoa truly ascended stardom afterwards.
* StreisandEffect: Since season 5 caught up with all the published books, the production of season 6 suffered from this big time. As a result, many major plot points were leaked weeks or months before the episodes aired. And then there's poor Creator/KitHarington, who [[spoiler:, thanks to Jon Snow being officially dead at that point,]] couldn't get anywhere near the shooting locations without being hunted by paparazzi.
* 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.]]
** In the "PreviouslyOn" for "Mother's Mercy", Benjen Stark appears. Late in the episode, Olly tells Jon that Benjen had been found. [[spoiler:It was a lie to lure Jon into his execution]].
* 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.
** 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.
** Creator/IwanRheon was the primary runner-up to play HeroicBastard, Jon Snow, ironically later getting cast as the ultimate BastardBastard, Ramsay Snow.
** Creator/PedroPascal mentions on a Season 4 commentary that he and Michiel Huisman had worked together on a failed pilot the year before, which would have prevented them both from joining the show if it had been picked up.
** Creator/CariceVanHouten revealed in an interview that she was asked to audition for the role of Cersei Lannister, but she turned the role down due to other commitments. She later accepted the role of Melisandre of Asshai, and the rest is history...
** 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 [[spoiler:Sandor Clegane]] in Season 6 went through several iterations of some other character coming across him, before the crew figured [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Margaery]] might have survived the Green Trial, if only [[spoiler:Creator/NatalieDormer]] hadn't been asking to leave the show since Season 5 was being made.
** Prior to the airing of Season 4, producers had to decide which of the two storylines (Dorne and Ironborn) would be in Season 5, meaning the other storyline not chosen would be in Season 6 instead. After the sudden popularity of Prince Oberyn Martell, they decided to include the Dorne arc in Season 5 while the Ironborn arc would be in Season 6. Things would probably be different if it's the other way around.
** Creator/BrianCox was offered an unspecified role early on (Stannis and Commander Mormont are the most popular guesses), and now deeply regrets turning it down after seeing how huge the show had gotten (including becoming a big fan himself), with so many of his old friends on it.
** Apparently Creator/AlexanderSiddig was contracted for [[http://winteriscoming.net/2016/09/22/alexander-siddig-talks-secrecy-game-thrones/ four episodes in Season 6]]. But the plans were changed during production for some unclear reasons. Siddig didn't know the reason for this but he took the changes professionally. But whatever the original plan is, it might have salvaged the much maligned Dorne arc.
* TheWikiRule: The Game of Thrones Wiki, which can be found [[http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki here]].
* WordOfDante: The show has greatly influenced the perceptions people have about ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** GRRRM noted that the show's rendition of the Iron Throne was so iconic [[http://grrm.livejournal.com/327569.html that many readers project it]] in their minds when reading his books, but as he points out, everything in his books is bigger and larger than life. He went out of his way to promote a more accurate rendition of the throne which he notes that it was impractical on the scale of the show. Likewise, many fans accept Littlefinger noting that the throne made of 1000 swords is a political myth spread by the Targaryens, when in fact in the books, the throne really does have 1000 swords.
** One direct example is when the showrunners in promos for Season 5 and Season 6, specifically mention that certain drastic scenes which had nothing remotely similar in the published books [[spoiler:Shireen dying by HumanSacrifice and Hodor's origin]] were spoilers from the upcoming books that the author shared with them.[[note]]Readers of the books note that the former event is impossible in the context of the end of Literature/ADanceWithDragons [[spoiler:since Stannis is miles away from Shireen and both of them are in the middle of chaotic events at the Wall and Winterfell respectively, and Stannis' is reported as being either missing or dead. So that implies that the event would happen much later in the final books and as a result of the showrunners' spoilers, proves that Stannis in the books would triumph at Winterfell]], in sharp contrast to the DeathByAdaptation in the show[[/note]].
** In general, both the author and the showrunners note that the show has drastically diverged from the books from Season 5 onwards, submitting Books 4 and 5 to a CompressedAdaptation and removing and changing vast chunks of character and plot, which means that the show's connection to the books as an indicator of later events is not very reliable.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 to 6.
** Dean Charles Chapman plays Martyn Lannister in Season 3, and then (permanently) Tommen Baratheon in Season4 onwards. [[StrongFamilyResemblance It helps that said characters are cousins.]]
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