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  • There was a long standing rumor that Anna Popplewell of The Chronicles of Narnia turned down a role in the series. Georgie Henley - who played her sister in Narnia (Anna as Susan, Georgie as Lucy) - was one of the first cast members announced for the prequel series.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower likewise headlined Camelot - which was a short-lived series applying Game of Thrones's tone to the King Arthur mythos. He too was one of the first cast members announced for the prequel.
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  • Tyrion asking Joffrey if he "killed any puppies today" is ironically funny when you see this video of Jack Gleeson cuddling with a puppy.
  • King Robert being completely ignorant of Renly's homosexuality during their hunting scene ("Have you ever fucked a Riverlands girl?") is quite amusing after you finish watching Season 3. The show now portrays Renly and Loras' romance as the worst kept secret in all of Westeros; virtually everyone besides Sansa seems to know about it, so how the heck is it that Robert didn't have a clue?
  • If Lady Olenna Tyrell knew the song "Betcha By Golly Wow" by The Stylistics, she'd have even more reason to hate the Tyrell motto, "Growing Strong".
  • A deleted scene on the season 3 DVD has Tywin meeting Pycelle in private and revealing he knows full well that Pycelle's appearance of a doddering old man is an act, asking "Am I the only one who sees through this performance?" (Speaking normally, Pycelle admits even he has a hard time believing it works so well). With this in mind, watch when Pycelle and Tywin share a scene in seasons 3 and 4 and you can see Tywin fighting not to roll his eyes when Pycelle speaks and even glancing about as if thinking "Seriously? You all buy this?"
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  • The Dohtraki being infamously sea sick becomes this following Jason Momoa's casting as Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe.
  • One has to wonder what the Lannisters would make of Katy Perry's song "Roar", which repeats their motto "Hear Me Roar" several times, especially since the song talks about roaring "louder than a lion".
  • "He was no true dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon" becomes funny to those who've seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and realise that Daenerys is absolutely correct.
  • Michelle Fairley went on to play another mother of a red-haired girl in 24: Live Another Day... and this time she also happens to be the Big Bad, whose motivation is her husband's death, among other similarities. She followed this with a role on Resurrection as a woman who comes back from the dead and despises her daughter-in-law for ruining her family.
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  • One of the reasons Talisa was such an unpopular character (besides the changes made from her book counterpart) was the sense that she didn't quite fit into the tone of the show, with more than one reviewer describing her as a field nurse that had stepped out of WWII. Actress Oona Chaplin now stars in The Crimson Field — in which she plays a WWII field nurse.
  • The porn parody of Game Of Thrones has a scene between Ygritte and Jon Snow, where she seduces him by convincing him his vows prevent him from owning a land and title, or taking a wife... but this leaves a bit of wiggle room which they exploit. Then come season 4, where Sam gives a similar argument to Jon Snow, though about himself and Gilly.
  • And of course the Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic between Ygritte and Jon when you discover that their actors got together and eventually married.
  • Season 3 has Jaime mocking Brienne about Renly, claiming that "if the Iron Throne was made of cock they'd never keep him off it." Well...
  • The season 4 finale, in which Tywin is directly confronted with the fact that two of his children are incestuous lovers and his grandchildren are the product of it, then gets killed by his other son, happened to air on Father's Day.
  • In season 3, Tywin, after announcing his plan to marry Cersei to Ser Loras, has a discussion with Lady Olenna about Cersei's fertility. Then in February 2015, Lena Headey announced that she was pregnant with her second child.
  • In the 2015 Cinderella movie Richard Madden (Robb Stark) plays the prince, falling in love with a beautiful, strong-willed girl who came from wealth but is not a political match for him.
  • In the Season 5 premiere, blonde-haired former queen Cersei suddenly has more power than ever before and is the de facto ruler of Westeros. The very day it premiered, Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President.
  • It seems the Lannister incest trend has invaded the real world, as Tommen and Myrcella's actors are now dating. Even better, they never actually worked together on the show so it doesn't quite count as Romance on the Set.
  • In "The Laws Of Gods And Men", Tywin is eager to have Tyrion sentenced to death. One year later, Charles Dance portrayed Hanging Judge Wargrave in the BBC adaptation of And Then There Were None.
    • Even better: Wargrave punctiliously attends the execution of every man he's sentenced to death. He doesn't pull the rope himself, but it seems Ned's practices have rubbed off...
  • The Japanese dub of the show has some incidences of this:
    • Eddard Stark is voiced by Hideaki Tezuka who also voice A, The Fourth Raikage: A loses an arm due to Sasuke's Amaterasu technique. On the other hand, Eddard Stark ends his days by losing his head.
    • A meta-example happens with Nobunaga Shimazaki (Joffrey Baratheon): Assuming it was a not a coincidence, it's not very hard to see why he was cast as Joffrey, taking into account he shares the same name of a (in)famous daimyo of the Sengoku-era Japan or at least how many people see him in media. Extra hilarity Oda Nobunaga was nicknamed "The Fool of Owari" in his younger days.
    • In a more straight example involving the aforementioned voice actor, Shimazaki voiced the Male Avatar (aka Corrin/Kamui) who is a noble prince who, depending of the actions of the player, can become into The Good King. Tell that to Joffrey again, dudes. This also becomes ironically hilarious after the Male Avatar has a child and that child is attacked by invaders, forcing the Avatar to act in a way that it could sound not too out-of-place for Joffrey, except the Avatar is the hero of the game.
    • The end of the show brings a bigger one on regards of Jun Fukuyama's role as the dub voice of Bran, taking into consideration his Star-Making Role as Lelouch Lamperouge aka Lelouch vi Britannia at the very end of the second season: In the aforementioned show, Lelouch became the emperor of Britannia and plans to conquer the world, just like Daenerys planned to do, with the help of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (In Code Geass with the Sword of Damocles and the F.L.E.I.J.A. warhead and in Game of Thrones with a dragon) and both Lelouch and Daenerys ended being killed by their closest allies (Suzaku Kururugi and Jon Snow respectively) in similar ways (being stabbed). The main difference here is while there's two cities destroyed by the F.L.E.I.J.A. in the series, mainly Tokyo and Pendragon, the capital city of Britannia, Lelouch wasn't involved in their destruction, as the former was destroyed accidentally by Suzaku and the latter was nuked by his brother Schneizel el Britannia in an attempt to assure his authority, compared with King's Landing, when Daenerys orders its destruction without guilt. Also, unlike Lelouch, Bran survives the whole thing and became the ruler of Westeros. To make the irony even sweeter, Bran's role is very similar to Lelouch's sister Nunnally, who, just like Bran, she is also crippled and she became the empress of Britannia after her brother was killed.
    • In a similar way, Toshiyuki Morikawa's role as Tyrion could be this considering his debut role as the titular Tekkaman Blade and how both shows ends: Blade aka Takaya Aiba has a Chest Blaster weapon named Voltekka, which, after few upgrades, is capable of leveling cities with it. In this show, Tyrion has to stop a person who destroyed a city with a Fantastic Nuke, in this case a dragon. Also, Takaya ends crippled by the end of the series, compared here, when Tyrion ends serving a crippled ruler instead. In another role involving him, he also voiced Minato Namikaze who was killed by a guy (Madara Uchiha) using a giant monster (The Nine-tailed Fox aka Kurama) while also destroyed a town with it (Konoha) as a result of a giant GOT-style clusterfuck of conspiracies dating back centuries, just to returning from the dead just to help his son Naruto to finish that same guy in the final battle against Madara.
    • Nobunaga Shimazaki and Yuuma Uchida, who voice the polar opposite brothers Joffrey and Tommen Baratheon, again play polar opposite roles,but as cousins in the 2019 version of Fruits Basket. And what's funnier, is that their personalities are swapped. However, Kyo at least keeps his temper in check and is a tsundere, while Joffrey is a maniac with no redeemable qualities. And Yuki, just like Tommen, craves affection he never received from his mother. However, Yuki at least finds it through Tohru. You could also say that Tommen, a Kindhearted Cat Lover, is not just another one in the anime, but also transforms into a cat, and can attract them. Tommen would have loved that instead of having to deal with the problems of running the Seven Kingdoms.
  • In this show, Charles Dance plays badass general Tywin and Lena Headey is the increasingly ineffectual Cersei. Contrast to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where Dance is the milquetoast Mr. Bennet and Headey is the badass Lady of War Catherine De Bourghe.
  • In Season 6, by far the most popular theory about Jon was that Melisandre would bring him back to life. Then the premiere reveals that she's actually an extremely old woman, and looks quite similar to Miracle Max, the Trope Namer for Only Mostly Dead.
  • The Father’s Day shenanigans got even funnier in Season 6, as the episode that aired on that day has a scene between Dany, Tyrion, Theon, and Yara, where Dany points out that every one of them had horrible fathers who left the world worse off for their presence.
  • In the Season 6 finale, one of the titles Jon is given is "The White Wolf." The irony is not lost upon Witcher and Elric fans, since all three franchises use the same epithet to refer to sword-wielding badasses who come back from death and end up fighting an invasion of supernatural creatures from a frozen realm, and in the case of Elric, is reluctant about his destiny on account of his loved ones dying around him.
  • Just a few months after Rickon was killed by an arrow, Art Parkinson played the title role in Kubo and the Two Strings, where his life is saved by an arrow.
    • Kubo loses his parents shortly after reuniting with them; when Rickon is about to be reunited with his brother Jon, who rushes forward to rescue Rickon as Rickon runs to him, Rickon is shot by an arrow just when they are about to reach each other. As for the books, Kubo's mom is "resurrected" and but she hides behind a disguise and has a different, "harder" personality; Rickon's mom is resurrected but she is changed, disguised, and completely focused on revenge.
  • In Iron Fist, the actors for Loras and Nymeria team up with a character named Davos.
  • One of the jokes the producers played on the cast in early seasons was creating fake "death scenes" for the characters. It went well until Alfie Allen was completely nonchalant about his, which involved him being killed, then being resurrected naked. Jump to Seasons 5 and 6, and that is just about exactly what happened to Jon Snow.
  • After the Purple Wedding Tywin orders the city gates closed declaring "No One Leaves the Capital!!" we then cut to Sansa...leaving the capital. Then in Season 5, we saw Arya's training with the Faceless Men but some declared that Sansa became No One before Arya.
  • In the Season 7 premiere, David Bradley returns to play Arya disguised as Walder Frey. Shortly before, he was cast as the First Doctor on Doctor Who after playing his actor William Hartnell in a TV movie about the show's creation. The very same day the episode aired, it was announced that the Doctor's next incarnation would be a woman.
  • In season 1, Ned jokingly tells Arya not to stab her sister with her sword Needle. By season 7, after several years of trauma and training to be a killer, she's literally issuing Sansa death threats by insinuating that she'll skin her face with her Valyrian steel knife. Oh, and both blades were given to her by one of her brothers.
  • In 2006, Alfie Allen's older sister Lily released a song mocking him for being such a loser. Now Alfie's playing a character who lives in the shadow of his more competent older sister. The parodies write themselves.
  • In 2004, Peter Dinklage played the title role of Richard III, which was an inspiration for Tyrion Lannister. Then he plays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones.
  • In Bohemian Rhapsody, Aidan Gillen plays a genuinely nice guy who gets screwed over by a sleazy manipulator in what may be a deliberate Casting Gag.
    • This got even better just a few months later when Rocketman portrayed the same guy as being very Littlefinger-esque himself, this time played by Richard Madden. Yep, Littlefinger and Robb Stark completely swapped personalities for this role.
  • Theon making disparaging remarks about Ramsey playing a musical instrument (in this case horn) when Iwan Rheon was cast as rock legend and guitarist Mick Mars in the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt.
  • “The night is dark and full of terrors.” So dark, in fact, that the final battle against it was notoriously incomprehensible.
  • The climactic battle of the entire series winds up being about Sarah Connor vs. Sarah Connor.
  • Not the first time the High Sparrow meddled with Cersei's plan.
  • Peter Dinklage is actually related to the German noble family Dincklage.
  • Remember Robb Stark's last words to Jon Snow? "The next time I see you, you'll be all in black." Richard Madden and Kit Harrington will reunite in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Eternals where Kit will portray Dane Whitman, a.k.a. the Black Knight.
    • Plus, the Black Knight's love interest is named Sersi, pronounced similarly to Cersei.
  • Lena Headey's very next role after the show ended was in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, where she rebels against a very Cersei-like character.
  • A frequent comment was that Jonathan Pryce's performance as the High Sparrow was very similar to Pope Francis (their uncanny resemblance has been pointed out for years also). In 2019, he actually played Pope Francis.
  • There's a 2015 Sesame Street parody skit called "Game of Chairs", which is a literal game of musical chairs. Grover has to remove a heavy chair in-between turns and says "should get some wheels on these chairs..." At the end of Game of Thrones, the wheelchair-bound Bran Stark becomes King of the Six Kingdoms.
  • Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon) and Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) would voice husband and wife in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. Also, an Action Girl serving House Proudmoore, Taelia Fordragon, is voiced by Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed).
  • Seeing Sandor in Beyond the Wall while getting annoyed with Tormund the wildling is quite amusing as Rory McCann would portray a wildling-esque (albeit more brutal and Rape, Pillage, and Burn version) warlord in Jumanji: The Next Level and his character's faction is stationed in a Grim Up North fortress.
  • Tyrion's remark to Oberyn Martell: "you could at least wear a helmet". Pedro Pascal went on to play the titular role in The Mandalorian, a character who's religiously obligated to never take off his helmet around other living beings. Pascal lampshaded this irony on Instagram, by sharing a Mandalorian poster with the caption, "Helmet ON! Lesson learned."
    • His “that’s not a monster, that’s just a baby” speech also becomes funnier since the Mandalorian adopts a baby of Yoda’s species.
    • Pascal and his fans joked that he really needed a helmet after Oberyn's death by head crush. In the Mandalorian first season finale, Mando still suffers a fatal concussion, complete with a look at Pascal's bloody face as the nurse droid IG-11 heals him with bacta spray.
  • In 1917 Tommen and Robb are brothers (though unfortunately they don't ever actually appear together).
  • Robert's "Gods, I was strong then" quote becomes this with Mark Addy getting cast as Hercules in Atlantis. You don't get much stronger than that.


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