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* AbsenteeActor: With such a huge EnsembleCast, this is inevitable. Only two actors appeared in every episode that aired before their characters were killed off: [[spoiler:Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark)]]. And they died in the first season.
* AscendedMeme:dani
** 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 George R. R. Martin has revealed major plot points and the ending of his ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' to the producers of the TV adaptation, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that he is unable to ([[AuthorExistenceFailure for]] [[OvertookTheManga whatever]] [[ScheduleSlip reason]]) complete his book series.
** Margaret John, who played Old Nan, died a couple months before the show began airing. "Lord Snow," where she first appears, was dedicated to her memory.
** Wilko Johnson, who plays Ilyn Payne, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer early in 2013 and his character never appeared again. He underwent radical surgery a year later which saved his life. Despite that, he still has a long recovery ahead, likely too long to ever return to Game of Thrones.
** Veteran actor JJ Murphy - who had been cast to portray Ser Denys Mallister of the Night's Watch, commander of the forces of the Shadow Tower - died only four days after filming his first scenes for Season 5. The creators decided not to recast the character.
* 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 ''{{Matilda}} the Musical'' as the titular character. Much like Matilda, Shireen is a sweet, lonely girl who loves reading and has to deal with a family who doesn't understand her.
** Liam Cunningham and Clarice van Houten (Melisandre) once played lovers in "Black Butterflies" before being cast as rivals to Stannis.
* 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.
** 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".
** 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.
** Neil Fingleton, the tallest man in the United Kingdom (7 ft 7.56 in, or 232.6 cm) plays Mag the Mighty, King of the Giants. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Fingleton also auditioned to play Gregor Clegane in Season 1]], but was not chosen.
** Several of Littlefinger's whores, specifically those who provide the most explicit nudity, are played by actual porn actresses.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Old Nan has not been recast following the death of Margaret John.
* CharacterOutlivesActor: Denys Mallister won't be appearing again due J.J. Murphy's death, but it's implied that he's still alive and commanding the Shadow Tower.
* DawsonCasting:
** Tyrion is supposed to be the youngest Lannister sibling, but Creator/PeterDinklage is actually older than the other actors. This is even after in-story dialogue places him at 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 Stephen Dillane (who plays Stannis) is 8 years older than Mark Addy (who plays Robert). [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] both on the show and in the books, where Stannis is mistaken for being the eldest Baratheon brother by a few characters because his dour demeanour and receding hairline have put unnecessary years on him. Helped by the fact that they never appear together.
** 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 never share scenes together takes attention away from this.
* {{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.
* DuelingShows: With ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Both shows are the most phenomenal shows during TheNewTens, both are adapted from literary works, both deal with the zombies called "walkers" (well, ''white'' walkers in this case), both deal with the HumansAreBastards trope, and most importantly, both shows establishes that AnyoneCanDie.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Creator/SophieTurner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Alfie Allen went from blond to black, while Creator/PeterDinklage and Creator/JackGleeson went from brown/dark blond to light(er) blond to better portray members of the extremely light-haired Lannister family. A lot of the other actors, like Emilia Clarke and Creator/LenaHeadey, wear wigs. Meanwhile, MaisieWilliams cut her hair to convincingly portray Arya trying to pass as a boy in Season 2.
** Daniel Portman is a sportsman in real life, but let himself go in order to be more believable as Podrick Payne.
** Gwendoline Christie apparently really got into the role, putting on lots of muscle with the aid of protein shakes and going up a clothes size, according to Sophie Turner.
** Conleth Hill shaves his full head of hair to play Varys, a thing he welcomes as it brings him street anonimity.
** Kit Harington is contractually obligated to keep his hair long, which he hates. After [[spoiler: Jon Snow's untimely demise]] this has made his hairstyle a WalkingSpoiler to many fans.
** It's not definitely known for how long Maisie Williams will have to wear [[spoiler: the blinding contact lenses]], but judging by the pictures she posts on social media, they seem to take their toll on her eyes' health.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** That horse's heart Daenerys ate? It was essentially a giant gummy, which tasted disgusting and a tiny girl like Emilia Clarke struggled to keep it down.
** Alfie Allen really was tied up like that for his torture scenes in Season 3, a process that Iwan Rheon mentioned as being extremely painful.
* FakeNationality:
** American Peter Dinklage and Irishman Aidan Gillen fake a British accent (the latter 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 Nikolai Coster-Waldau (Danish) suppress theirs.
** Dorne, the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain, has notably no actors from Southern Europe. Except for Pedro Pascal everyone in the Dornish cast fakes a slight Mediterranean accent.
* 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".
** 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, 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.
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* FlipFlopOfGod: Ask three different creators (director, actor, writer) whether Jaime and Cersei having sex in the Great Sept in [=S4E3=] was meant to be rape, consensual, or [[QuestionableConsent some murky and disturbing gray area in between]], and you'll get three different answers. Ask the same creator twice and you might get two.
* FollowTheLeader: The success of the show has inspired imitators, notably ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' and ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles''.
* HighSchoolAU[=/=]AffectionateParody: ''WebVideo/SchoolOfThrones''
* HypotheticalCasting: Several actors were fan favourites before their casting was announced, such as Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean. Fewer examples remain for characters likely to appear, but Creator/MadsMikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy is a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase.
* ImageSource: This series provides the page image for:
** CrownOfHorns
** DragonInChief
** OccultBlueEyes
** RoyalBrat
* IAmNotSpock: As you might expect from a hit TV show with a gigantic cast, few roles are filled with actors with a more high-profile role under their belt. Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Lena Heady and Charles Dance were perhaps the most recognizable actors before the show.
* IKnewIt: An interesting case in that the show has confirmed several existing fan theories about the ''books'' that had yet to be resolved by the time the episodes aired:
** [[spoiler:Loras and Renly are gay lovers. This had already been strongly 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)]].
** [[spoiler:Craster's sons get turned into White Walkers]].
** 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 does use her magic to hide her true age.]]
** [[spoiler: Melisandre brings Jon Snow back to life.]]
* 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]]Kit Harington [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/game-of-thrones-jon-snow-alive-kit-harington-lies nonetheless apologized]] for lying for a year, though he noted that he did so for story reasons more than anything.[[/note]]
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** Essentially, actors such as Jack Gleeson, Carice van Houten, Lena Headey, and David Bradley have admitted that they have had their share of real-life encounters with disgruntled fans.
** 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.]]". Iwan has stated that when Ramsay's death does come, he hopes that it is a suitably horrible and fitting end.
** 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 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]].
** David Bradley (who makes a career of playing unpleasant characters) is a dignified and lovely fellow, who has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_m0rYc_bQ expressed his delight about how involved he is in the show]], even being part of the "RoguesGallery" and how strong the reactions are. He's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8yzauwtI-o understanding of the fact that fans want Walder Frey to suffer]] a KarmicDeath after [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon the Red Wedding]]]] ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUSoTW-CGTE explaining Walder has his reasons for his action, but still takes them way too far]]), and has expressed hope to return to the show one day.
** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is a manipulative creep and, for all intents and purposes, the BigBad of the series. Aidan Gillen is, of course, nothing like that in real life.
** Ian Beattie, who plays Ser Meryn Trant, outright calls his character a monster and expresses it was a pleasure working with Maisie Williams.
** No matter what one may think of Melisandre, whether she is a villain or anti-hero, it is almost unanimously agreed by everyone that Carice van Houten is nothing like the ruthless woman she portrays on the show.
* MetaCasting: Theon Greyjoy is a wastrel and ButtMonkey who lives in the shadow of his sister. Alfie Allen is the brother of the singer LilyAllen, and as for the butt monkey and wastrel part, she wrote a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lki-nBllz78 very unflattering song]] about him. Further in this vein, Lily Allen was originally approached to play Theon's sister Yara (see WhatCouldHaveBeen).
* 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.
* 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 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
** 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.
** 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 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** In the Japanese dub, Creator/NobunagaShimazaki normally voices heroic characters or the NiceGuy. In this show, he voices '''[[EvilPrince Joffrey Baratheon]]'''.
* 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.
* 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. And like New Zealand with ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', the locals 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.
** 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.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) were [[http://www.designntrend.com/articles/34606/20150112/game-of-thrones-kit-harington-single-talks-relationship-difficulties-as-actor.htm a real life couple]], though they've managed to keep all the details quiet.
** 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]].
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting:
** Emilia Clarke and Harry Lloyd, who portray the Targaryen siblings, [[http://gameofthronesstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/viserys-daenerys.png possess an uncanny similarity]].
** Finn Jones and Natalie Dormer, who play the Tyrell siblings could pass for [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/36900000/Margaery-and-Loras-Tyrell-house-tyrell-36909600-1800-1012.jpg brother and sister]] in real life. In the novels, Cersei observes that Margaery and Loras look more alike than she and her twin Jaime, and this also applies on the show.
** Dormer also bears a [[http://thebacklot.mtvnimages.com/uploads/2013/04/nataliedormerdianarigg.jpg striking resemblance]] to a young Diana Rigg, so it's fitting that they play granddaughter and grandmother on the series. There are even images of Rigg as Emma Peel giving a similar off-kilter smile to the one that's become Dormer's trademark.
** Both Michael [=McElhatton=] and Iwan Rheon have the same icy blue Bolton eyes.
** Pilou Asbæk, who will be playing Euron Greyjoy from 2016 on, essentially looks like his on-screen nephew Alfie Allen with fuller cheeks.
* StarMakingRole: ''Loads'', but most notably Creator/EmiliaClarke, Creator/MichelleFairley, Creator/MaisieWilliams, Creator/KitHarington, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau, Creator/SophieTurner, Creator/RichardMadden, Creator/GwendolineChristie, Creator/AlfieAllen, Creator/GethinAnthony and Creator/PedroPascal. And although not completely unknown prior to the show, Creator/PeterDinklage, Creator/LenaHeadey, Creator/CharlesDance, Creator/CariceVanHouten, Creator/NatalieDormer, Creator/IainGlen, Creator/LiamCunningham and Creator/JasonMomoa truly ascended stardom afterwards.
* StreisandEffect: Since season 5 caught up with all the published books, the production of season 6 suffers from this big time. Just ask poor Kit Harington, who can'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 "Previously On" for "Mother's Mercy", Benjen Stark appears. Late in the episode, Olly tell 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 Nightwatchmens' fight against the giant, but it was cancelled due to budget.
** Creator/IwanRheon was the primary runner-up to play HeroicBastard, Jon Snow, ironically later getting cast as the ultimate BastardBastard, Ramsay Snow.
** Pedro Pascal mentions on a Season 4 commentary that he and Michiel Huisman had worked together on a failed pilot the year before, which would have prevented them both from joining the show if it had been picked up.
** 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.
* TheWikiRule: The Game of Thrones Wiki, which can be found [[http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki here]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Hafþór Björnsson is not even 30. It's little trouble to believe him as the ''older'' Clegane brother, despite that Rory [=McCann=] is nearing 50. It helps that they don't share any scenes.
* YouLookFamiliar: Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 and 4.
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