Since the launch of the newest season of Game of Thrones on HBO, fans around the world have been going crazy over leaked episodes, hidden tidbits and the Jon Snow and Khaleesi drama.
But despite the plot twists, the murder of our favorite characters and some gigantic and menacing dragons, here are some things that will only enhance your viewing pleasure of GOT.
From the Dothraki language to the quips of the great Tyrion Lannister, here are 16 facts that will make you watch the show a little differently.
The Dothraki language is something that is created and made up by David J. Peterson for the television series. It has over 3,000 words and continues to grow. Since the show, more and more people have been willing to learn the ‘new’ language.
Pigeon pie is actually a real thing. The pigeon pie that was served at King Joffrey’s feast was actually based on something that was created by the 16th-century author Giovanni de Rosselli.
There is a class at Harvard that is based on GOT. Yes, you heard it right, one of the most prestigious schools in the world has a history course that looks into the history and culture that the series is based on.
GOT is easily the most pirated television show of all time. It not only smashed all television ratings but for several consecutive years now, GOT has been the most downloaded show of all time.
Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister on the show. The directors already had Peter in mind for the role so they didn’t need him to audition for the role. It was Peter who suggested Lena Headey be cast for the role of Cersei Lannister.
In one episode, George Bush’s prosthetic head was used as one of the heads that were placed on a spike outside of the Red Keep. Producers insist that it was not a political statement rather just the use of material that was on hand at the time. HBO has since apologized.
The Iron Throne costs about 30,000 dollars and weighs over 300 pounds. It stands (or sits) at about 7 feet and 2 inches and the directors of the show are actually selling replicas of the throne for upwards of 30 grand!
The sword that Gandalf used in Lord of the Rings is actually one of the swords that was forged into the Iron Throne. I guess that explains the hefty price tag.
Kristian Nairn plays Hodor in the series. Now he might not have the most lines to remember but during his time off, he has mastered over 70 ways to pronounce ‘Hodor’ depending on the character’s mood.
Madonna asked the directors of the show to lend her a Daenerys costume to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.
The dress that Sansa wore actually has a deeper meaning than just fashion. It is meant to send a message to her allies and also her enemies. The trout and wolf symbolize the houses her parents are from and the lion represents that she now belongs to the Lannisters.
Maester Aemon is played by Peter Vaughan and just like his character on the show he is almost blind. Unfortunately, he recently passed away with his family by his side.
Ian Whyte who is an actor on the show plays four separate characters. He has played a White Walker, a nameless giant, Ser Gregor Clegane and also the giant Wun Wun.
Catelyn Stark who plays the mother of the Stark family has also played the maternal role of another famous character. Michelle Fairley was also the actress who starred as Hermione’s mother in the Harry Potter movies.
Theon Greyjoy is played by Alfie Allen. And if that name is somewhat familiar to you it is probably because he is the older brother of singer Lily Allen. She received an invitation to play Yara Greyjoy (Theon’s younger sister) but declined the role.
Diehard fans of the show have been speculating about the identity of Jon Snow since his introduction. But few realize the similarities between Jon Snow (as portrayed in the show) and a young George R.R. Martin. And for those who are wondering, yes, the actors who play Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon on the show are rumored to be dating in real life!