Trivia: Game of Thrones


  • The Abridged Series: Found here.
  • Acting for Two: Ian Whyte portrays Gregor Clegane in Season 2, a White Walker in Seasons 1 and 2, and a giant in Seasons 3 and 4.
  • Actor Existence Failure:
    • Margaret John, who played Old Nan, died a couple months before the show began airing. "Lord Snow," where she first appears, was dedicated to her memory.
    • Wilko Johnson, who plays Ilyn Payne, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer early in 2013 and his character never appeared again. He underwent radical surgery a year later which saved his life. Despite that, he still has a long recovery ahead, likely too long to ever return to Game of Thrones.
    • Veteran actor JJ Murphy - who had been cast to portray Ser Denys Mallister of the Night's Watch, commander of the forces of the Shadow Tower - died only four days after filming his first scenes for Season 5. The creators decided not to recast the character.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Author Existence Failure: Reportedly averted in advance, as US media reported in early 2014 that George RR Martin has revealed major plot points and the ending of his A Song of Fire and Ice to the producers of the TV adaptation, in the (hopefully unlikely) event that he is unable to (for whatever reason) complete his book series.
  • 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 Rˇs 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
    • Inverted with Gregor Clegane's actor Haf■ˇr "Thor" Bj÷rnsson, who is twenty years younger than Rory McCann, who plays Gregor's younger brother Sandor.
    • Also inverted with David Bradley (who is in his 60s while portraying Walder Frey, 90+ years old) and Peter Vaughan - who was 88 when he first appeared as a 99-year-old Aemon in Season 1).
    • The Waif's age isn't explicitly given, but judging by her looks and her current level of training, she only seems a few years older than Arya. Faye Marsay is born in 1986.
  • 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.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Sophie Turner went from blonde to redhead for Sansa; Joe Dempsie and Alfie Allen went from blond to black, while Peter Dinklage and Jack Gleeson 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 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa, and Rosabell Sellers are the only Americans in the show's enormous cast.
    • Michiel Huisman is Dutch but portrays Daario with a British accent.
    • It's not quite established what culture Shae is supposed to be from, but it surely isn't supposed to be German, like her actress Sibel Kekilli is.
  • 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.
    • In-universe, "Lord Twatbeard" is apparently Bronn's nickname for Littlefinger.
    • 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.
    • House Trollton.
    • 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.
    • Stannis Baratheon is knows as "The Kin Slayer", patterned over Jamie Lannister's Red Baron, after he allowed his daughter to be sacrificed by burning.
    • 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.
    • Septa Unella is "Shame Nun" after her most memorable scene.
  • Flip Flop of God: 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 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The series is positively brimming with familiar actors:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • 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 is a particular dream of the book-reader fanbase.
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  • 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 Heady 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 that had yet to be resolved by the time the episodes aired:
    • Loras and Renly are gay lovers. This had already been strongly 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).
    • Craster's sons get turned into White Walkers.
    • 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.
  • 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 RR 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.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor:
    • 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 DVD Commentary, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister, called "Kingslayer") and Jack Gleeson (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 first major scene has him push a child out a window with the intent to kill because the boy 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 Jack Gleeson is. You could make a Drinking Game 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.
    • Charles Dance finds Lord Tywin's appalling treatment of his son awful. He remarks that it's hard for him to mistreat a nice man like Peter Dinklage.
    • In the show, Cersei Lannister loathes her brother, Tyrion. In real life, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage are very close friends and live together during filming.
    • Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) is very laid-back and gets along well with Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) in real life, despite the characters they play. Rheon was quick to assure the interviewers: "No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of this show. 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 and a traitor. He says that he found shooting parts of the Rains of Castamere very emotional. In his native Ireland, he was known more for comedy before taking on the role.
    • Thor Bj÷rnsson, the third and arguably most terrifying man to play monstrous Hero Killer 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, 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 expressed his delight about how involved he is in the show, even being part of the "Rogues Gallery" and how strong the reactions are. He's understanding of the fact that fans want Walder Frey to suffer a Karmic Death after the Red Wedding (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 Big Bad 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.
  • Meta Casting: Theon Greyjoy is a wastrel and Butt Monkey who lives in the shadow of his sister. Alfie Allen is the 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.
  • 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 bodybuilder, Haf■ˇr ´┐ŻThor´┐Ż Bj÷rnsson (who is considered to at least be superior to Whyte, and generally a strong substitute for Stevens).
    • Beric Dondarrion is played by David Scott in first-season episode "A Golden Crown" and by Richard Dormer when he reappears in third-season episode "And Now His Watch Has Ended". This was somewhat less jarring, as the previous actor had such a minor appearance and was so inconspicuous in looks that fewer people remembered him; furthermore, the character has been through a severe 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.
  • 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
    • Not a cast member, but Tom McCarthy, director of The Station Agent (Peter Dinklage's most prominent role), The Visitor, and Win Win, helmed the original pilot and helped with casting, but ultimately did not feel invested enough in the series, or that he was good enough at directing for television, to continue, and went back to film. He says "I´┐Żd like to think I had some impact on it, but I don´┐Żt think much of that is mine anymore." The pilot was reshot by HBO house director Timothy Van Patten.
    • The show's 2013 April Fool's joke was a fake announcement that Peter Dinklage would be replaced by Warwick Davis to make Tyrion a more "comedic" character. The showrunners also claimed that they would digitally transfer Davis' face over Dinklage's in reruns and subsequent DVD releases.
  • 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 RR 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.
  • 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, Haf■ˇr Julius Bj÷rnsson, who many now consider the definitive Mountain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Apparently, "Khaleesi" has become a popular girl's name.
  • Romance on the Set: Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) were a real life couple, though they've managed to keep all the details quiet.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
    • 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.
  • Star-Making Role: Loads, but most notably Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Rory Mc Cann, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal. And although not completely unknown prior to the show, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Charles Dance, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Natalie Dormer, Rose Leslie, Nathalie Emmanuel and Iwan Rheon truly ascended superstardom afterwards.
  • 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 tell 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Haf■ˇr Bj÷rnsson is not even 30. It's little trouble to believe him as the older Clegane brother, despite that Rory McCann is nearing 50. It helps that they don't share any scenes.
  • 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.
    • Alfie Allen's sister Lily Allen was offered the role of Yara Greyjoy, but the siblings declined due to the incestuous scene between Theon and Yara.
    • An extra said that there were two days scheduled to shoot Grenn and the Nightwatchmens' fight against the giant, but it was cancelled due to budget.
    • 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...
  • The Wiki Rule: The Game of Thrones Wiki, which can be found here.