Think you know everything there is to know about the critically acclaimed, action-packed series, Game of Thrones? I'm willing to bet you otherwise. Below, you will find 25 secrets that will be sure to catch you off guard about one of the best tv shows of all time.
First, for those who don't know much about Game of Thrones, I'll give you a quick synopsis of what to expect when you decide to give it a chance. Game of Thrones is a show with no main character. The interwoven stories involving each character's attempt to rising to power is enough to put even the most reserved person on the edge of their seats. That's what makes Game of Thrones such a good show. You never know what to expect and no character is safe. Do you know how many curve balls were thrown at fans when they thought their favorite character had what it takes to survive?
Based on the best-selling novel, Game of Thrones has gathered an impressive amount of obsessed fans, that are in love with the series. Don't think it's your cup of tea? Take a second and check out this list of dark secrets concerning everything related to Game of Thrones and see if it will spark the flame of interest in your hearts.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Winter is coming!
25 Power Of The Starks
All of the Stark children are wargs. A warg is a person who can enter the minds of other people and animals and see the world through their eyes, experiencing everything as they do. In the Game of Thrones books, all of the Stark children have the ability to enter the mind of their wolves and control their actions as needed. The most powerful warg we see is Bran Stark who has the capability of not only controlling his wolf companion but also his friend and protector, Hodor.
Sadly, we don't have the opportunity to see all of the Stark children's full powers in the series.
We still know what they are capable of. Who knows, maybe in future episodes, we will get to see them using their powers to take back the throne. The North Remembers!
24 The Stag Ends The Wolf
There is foreshadowing throughout Game of Thrones, and a keen eye can use their sleuthing skills to make accurate guesses of whats to come in future episodes. In the first episode when the Stark family is making their way through the woods, they come across a direwolf with a litter of defenseless pups. The wolf is the house sigil of the Stark family. Jon suggests that they keep the pups.
The important part of the scene, however, is the direwolf. The Direwolf was ended by a stag, which is the house sigil of the Baratheon family. The foreshadowing comes into play with the passing of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. Ned's passing was brought forth by the fact that Robert recruited him to come to King's Landing to join Robert. Robert's was brought forth by Ned's reveal of the relationship between Jaime and Cersei.
23 A Crown Fit For A King
Viserys had had one of the most unexpected passings of the first season. We all knew it was coming at some point, a guy as evil as Viserys would never survive with his malicious ways. Viserys put his sister through a lot, and he thought of her as just a pawn to achieve his goals. Khal Drogo wouldn't allow it, though. He decided to give Viserys exactly what he had been demanding his the entire time, it just wasn't what Viserys had in mind.
Khal Drogo poured melted gold on top of Viserys' head.
Viserys' scene had to be done with perfection since they only had one shot to get it done. The costumes that actors often wear are very expensive to make, and with Viserys' scene, his costume would be completely destroyed. Luckily, they nailed it on the first try. Who knows how things would've gone had someone sneezed in the middle of their lines.
22 Red Wedding Survivor
Catelyn Stark passed unjustly during the "Red Wedding." It's sad, but the Red Wedding was one pivotal moment in the development of the series. The wedding on the show played out similar to the way it was on in the books. I was heartbroken when I saw the events take place during what was supposed to be a sacred moment during two lovers' lives.
After the end of Rob, his newly wedded wife, and Catelyn Stark, fans were left in tears from the unexpected occurrence. However, fans would have been given a little more relief had the show followed the story in the books. When Catelyn Stark was ended, she was dumped in the river, where she was found. After some time, she was brought back to life, but she was highly disfigured. So, maybe it would have been worse if we saw her like that.
21 Wait, He Looks Familiar...
Tommen Baratheon once played another Lannister. Many fans may not have noticed this, but the actor who played Tommen Baratheon, Dean-Charles Chapman, played Martyn Lannister in season 3 of Game of Thrones. You may not remember Martyn Lannister since he had such a small role.
Martyn Lannister was held captive in season 3 by the Starks when Rob was in control at the time.
One of Rob's bannerman busts into the room where Martyn is sleeping and sticks a knife in him. Chapman is then given the role of Tommen Baratheon, the new king following the passing of Joffrey Lannister. After the huge explosion in the sixth season, Tommen Baratheon ends it all, as he can't come to terms with the loss of his beloved.
20 The Taste Of Strength
Daenerys Targaryen went through a lot to get to where she is now in, and one of her rights of passage was to eat a horse heart for her husband, Khal Drogo. During that gruesome and stomach-churning moment, fans saw Daenerys struggle to consume the entire heart. We as fans knew that the thing that Emilia Clarke ate was not actually a horse heart. So what was it?
Emilia Clarke was actually eating a three-pound gummy bear, which, if you ask me, sounds awesome! I would love to sink my teeth into a ball of sugary goodness. It turns out, it wasn't that awesome. The gummy bear wasn't meant to taste well. The directors wanted Emilia to have genuine feelings of disgust. It was filled with fake blood and spaghetti noodles. Emilia Clarke is a great actor, but her reaction to eating the heart was 100% real.
19 No Place For Politics
You can find George W. Bush's head in an episode in the first season. After Ned's passing, rest his soul, Joffrey Baratheon takes his soon to be wife, Sansa, to see her father's head at the castle. Among the heads was that of George W. Bush.
Surprisingly, no one notices this.
After the release of the first season on DVD, the producers include commentary of the episode and point out that among the heads on the spikes, was that of Bush. At this point, the public took this as a hit at Republicans and they felt that the producers were trying to slander their name. It turns out that Bush was just an available prop at the time. The producers got their props from a company who gave them the Bush head and they just decided to go with it.
18 Well, I'm Glad They Switched It Up
I know it may seem kind of hard to fathom this, but Game of Thrones and its producers had a hard time getting the wheels rolling. The original pilot never even aired. There are a lot of different stories that include so many different characters throughout the show.
After the making of the first pilot episode, the producers received some very mixed feedback. Most of the complaints were concerning the dialogue and how confusing the story was. Weiss and Benioff were distraught about the comments and they had to scrap 4 years of work and completely rewrite the script and even recast a few characters. After a lot of hard work and perseverance, the new pilot was created and it sparked the long run of one of one of the best shows on tv. Most notable was the casting of Emilia Clarke, which turned out to be a great decision.
17 When You're Your Own Uncle
Jaime and Cersei are twins! Yeah, a lot of people miss this small detail in the first episode, as it doesn't present itself to be a problem until we see the siblings having a bit of time alone in the top of a tower. By this time, a lot of people might have forgotten that they were not only brother and sister, but also that they are fraternal twins.
For some reason, since the Cersei and Jaime Lannister are twins, it adds another layer of creepy to the already horrific situation.
They have been secretly with each other for years and, as a result, they have had a few children with each other. One of which turned out to be a monster, but hey, when you are born of this, you may end up with a few screws loose in your head. Just saying.
16 You Know He's A Big Guy
There are few characters as terrifying as the Mountain in Game of Thrones. This guy looks like he eats nails in a pool of dark oil for breakfast, and with his recent trip to the world of the living, he only looks more vicious. The Mountain is one of the strongest characters on the show.
One thing you may not have noticed is that The Mountain has been played by three different people. The original Mountain was played by Conan Stevens, who left the show to take on a bigger role in the Hobbit trilogy. After he left, he replaced by Ian White, who said that he didn't have anything in common with him so the producers gave the part to an Iceland native, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson. If you think about, I hope all these actors didn't have much in common with The Mountain. He's pure evil.
15 Multiple Roles For A Talented Actor
A lot of times we don't even realize when an actor is replaced or recast as another character. The producers do a good job of disguising the change to make the transition as seamless as possible, in order to maintain the realism. As I stated before, the role of The Mountain was played by three different men.
One of those men was Ian Whyte, who also played a few other roles on the show.
If you were to play The Mountain, you know you have to be pretty big, and Ian's size opened up a few doors to other roles on the show. Ian played a Wun Wun, the giant wildlings that live outside the wall. Ian has also played a few white walkers as well. With all the makeup and special effects, it's easy to hide Ian's face and keep fans from learning the truth.
14 The True Heir To The Throne
Jon Snow is actually the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This is no longer a secret since we now know who Jon Snow's mother and father really are. Jon Snow has become my favorite character in the series, his honorable nature that he acquired from his stepfather, make him one of the few "good guys" in a world filled with hate and thirst for power.
Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen. His father was Rhaegar Targaryen and his mother was Lynna Stark, making Jon a Targaryen and not a wrong child. We got a glimpse of this when he first encountered one of Khaleesi's dragons and was able to touch it without any harm done to him. It is known that dragons are kind to people with Targaryen blood, so this was our first clue that he is is a Targaryen.
13 Getting A Bit Too Close
So now that we know that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, we can see that he is related to Daenerys in some way, right? If you can remember in the last episode, Daenerys and Jon Snow begin to show feelings for each other when things go wrong. Jon Snow's honorable nature and willingness to sacrifice himself for his friends was enough to light a fire under Daenerys' cold heart.
I'm sure, like me, many fans were confused as to how Daenerys and Jon are related.
It turns out that Jon Snow is Daenerys' nephew. So, yeah, there you have it. If they end up having a kid together, he will be the most fierce child to ever walk the Earth. Targaryens are already destined to get crazed with power. Sprinkle a bit of similar blood into the already ferocious genes and you've got a recipe for disaster.
12 I Wonder How That Would Have Turned Out
The actor who plays Ramsey Bolton was almost given the role of Jon Snow instead of Kit Harington. Ramsey Bolton was pure evil, there's no doubt about that. I might have felt a totally different way about who he was had Iwan Rheon, the actor who plays Bolton, have been given the role of Jon Snow. Ramsey Bolton did things just for the sake of evil. Anyone who defied him, or even had the chance to defy him, would meet their demise rather quickly.
During the auditions for the part of Jon Snow, Iwan Rheon made it to the final two choices. The producers, of course, ended up giving the role to Kit Harington. I can't imagine anyone else playing Jon Snow, and I can't imagine anyone else playing Ramsey Bolton. The producers did a great job of casting these two talented actors.
11 Another Cameo Appearance Goes Unnoticed
Wouldn't it be cool if the writer of Game Of Thrones, Martin, made an appearance in the show? Well, it turns out, he actually did at some point, we just never got the opportunity to see it. As I mentioned before, the original pilot episode of Game of Thrones was scrapped and replaced, Martin had a cameo scene in Danaerys Targaryen's wedding with Khal Drogo.
He appeared as a wealthy nobleman at the wedding who gave Danaerys a gift.
When the episode was scrapped, the actor who played Danaerys was changed and replaced with Emilia Clarke, so the scene was let go. I wonder why they didn't reshoot the scene with Martin in it? Who knows, but it would have been nice to see the writer make an appearance on their own show.
10 Look Into My Eyes And You'll See
The Targaryens are a unique group of individuals. When looking at Danaerys and her brother, Viserys, both sport the white hair for their characters. This is a dead giveaway of the Targaryen blood running through their veins. In the books, however, the Targaryens had more than just the white hair to show their true heritage.
The Targaryens are also born with violet eyes. This is another staple of their background and where they come from. The concept of the violet eyes was originally supposed included in the show but the actors were complaining that the contacts irritated their sight. It's sad, really, because the inclusion of violet eyes could have made for a good inclusion in the show. Picture Danaerys riding her dragon with her bright violet eyes. That would be an amazing sight.
9 Swords Of The Fallen
The Iron Throne sends a powerful message to all who look upon it. It is comprised of those thousands of swords of dare go against the whoever was to rule the seven kingdoms at the time. Looking upon a throne made out of swords of dead enemies is sure to convey to you that you should think twice about rebelling against whoever rules the seven kingdoms, but there is also another powerful message for those who gaze upon the iron throne.
If you look closely, you can see that there are a few swords from notable swordsmen embedded into the throne.
One of which is the sword that belongs to Gandalf from the Lord Of The Rings series. This can be seen as a little wink to eagle-eyed fans. I don't know, I'm just spitballing here, but it does make you wonder, right?
8 A Mother's Love Brings Her Back
When Catelyn Stark was ended right after witnessing her son perish before her eyes, it was a hard scene for fans to wrap their heads around. The scene was so unexpected that it left a hole in the hearts of many disgruntled fans. Like I mentioned before, Catelyn Stark made a reappearance in the books when she was brought back to life, and the writers for the series decided to bring her back in their own way.
Catelyn Stark didn't want her daughter growing up with swords in her hands and iron on her back. While Arya and Brienne of Tarth were fighting, you could see a quick glimpse of a red-haired lady walking past in the background. This woman is actually a ghost of Catelyn Stark. What better way to bring Catelyn back than to do so when both her daughters are back to their home.
7 What Kind Of Fan Are You?
If you're a mail carrier and you happened to stumble across an envelope with the name R.R Martin on the front, would you go ahead and open the letter? Me neither, but for some reason, not everyone thinks like us.
Apparently, the Season 1 script for Game of Thrones was stolen in the mail and Martin was not happy.
When Martin sent the first season of Game of Thrones in the mail, a fan (or someone looking to make a quick buck) tore one end of the envelope and took the 2 scripts for season one that were inside. If this was a fan, why would you potentially ruin the entire first season by slowing down the process like this? Once, Martin heard about the theft, he posted on a few sites for fans to keep an eye out for anyone trying to sell the scripts. They were never found.
6 It Looks So Real, Though
There are a lot of components that come together to make a good scene seem real for the viewers. Everything is meticulously crafted and properly placed to have some sort of effect on the audience. Sometimes, however, there are ways around participating in gut-wrenching activities, like hiring a stuntman, using CGI, or feeding your actors tofu.
It turns out that our halfling, Peter Dinklage, is actually a vegetarian. Have you noticed how much Lannisters eat, and the powerful and wealthy folk are the ones who eat the most meat? So, in order to make things feel real, actors are given real food so they can participate in the scene. Where does this leave Dinklage? He probably eats and drinks the most out of any other Lannister in the show. Instead of feeding him meat, the producers make a special blend of tofu and coloring.
5 Jon Snow's Face Off
It's funny to think that the writers of Game of Thrones like to poke fun at Kit Harrington, Jon Snow, for being "too Disney." Maybe they're saying he's like a prince. I wouldn't know if I should take that as a compliment or an insult. If you're a writer, whats the best way to poke fun at someone? Well, you write, of course. That's exactly what the writers did for Kit Harrington.
They wrote a fake scene in which Kit's face would be melted from an accident.
They explained to Kit that most of his features, like his hair and lips, would be a mess for the remainder of the episodes. After the light-hearted joke was over, the writers told Kit it was a joke. He looked a bit concerned when he first heard the news, though.
4 Just A Bunch Of Pals
Working with a handful of people every day on set has to foster a bunch of different relationships. When you see the same faces constantly, you begin to be more comfortable and it opens up the opportunity for you to be yourself. Sometimes it's a good thing and sometimes it can get in the way of shooting a great scene.
We've all seen those blooper reels at the end of our favorite movie. No matter if the movie is a horror, comedy, suspense, etc. you are going to see some instances of joking around amongst the cast. It turns out that the cast members of Game of Thrones have a problem with laughter. Laughter makes work more enjoyable and, after reading the last post, you can see that even the writers like to join in and play pranks sometimes.
3 They Definitely Picked The Right One
Arya has been through a lot and it has all paid off to create an absolute beast in all facets of being a ruthless warrior. She is super smart. She is able to fight someone 3 times her size. Lastly, she has the gift of gab, able to talk her way out of many situations with ease. Oh, and she has the knowledge and power of the many-faced God at the palms of her hand.
Finding someone who would be able to play such a complex challenge turned out to be a daunting task for the writers.
They went through 300 different actors and they still hadn't found the right Arya. You're putting a lot of trust into someone so young and unestablished in the field of acting. After a lot more auditions the writers were able to find the perfect Arya.
2 Drop The Beat
It's no surprise that many actors have other hobbies that have absolutely nothing to do with acting. Acting is a job. No matter how much fun it is, actors still need breaks from time to time to get into other activities that they enjoy. What if I told you one of the Game of Thrones actors is a successful DJ? Who would you think it would be? Take a quick guess.
Alright, times up, who do you think it is? Wrong! It's Hodor. Can you imagine 6'11 Hodor, Kristian Nairn, standing over a D booth and fist pumping in the air? That would be awesome to see. It would be even better if he took a bunch of Game of Thrones lines and mixed them together to make one awesome track. Maybe it will happen one day? In the meantime, you can check out Kristian's music on SoundCloud.
1 They Passed The Test
Martin created a masterpiece when he wrote Game of Thrones. The blend of characters and constant heart-pounding fight scenes make Game of Thrones a high-speed chase through a dark forest because you don't know what to expect next. Putting all that time and effort into creating something so successful would make anyone protective over where the show would be headed in the future.
When HBO asked for the rights to create Game of Thrones show, Martin had a few questions for the writers.
Martin wanted to make sure that writers understood what the show is all about. Martin held an interview where he asked the writers a bunch of questions. The last question he asked them was, "who is Jon Snow's mother?" Thank goodness the writers knew the answer to that question, or we wouldn't have Game of Thrones today.