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lesser known facts about ‘Game of Thrones’

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With the season 6 of the most awaited TV show being aired in less than a week, the excitement is beyond the seven kingdoms. Now there is declining daylight and long cold nights, we know winter is no more coming but is already here and with it are the night walkers.

Game of Thrones which mostly airs in Spring has returned now with a long hiatus. Here are some lesser known facts about the TV series worth wasting your time on.

Valar Morghulis!

1. Ramsay Bolton could have been John Snow!
The sadistic Ramsay Bolton who tortured Theon Greyjoy and Sansa Stark through the past seasons was about to play the John Snow character in Game of Thrones. Ramsay was more loathed than Game of Thrones’ despicable boy king, Joffrey Baratheo. Iwan Rheon, who in “Battle of the Bastards” fought Jon Snow, initially auditioned for the character of John Snow, but the role was given to Kit Harrington. It is impossible to imagine anyone else to play John Snow other than Kit Harrington. Hush?

2. George R. R. Martin made GoT directors answer who John Snow’s mother is!
In 2006, screenwriters D.B. Weiss and David Benioff approached George R.R. Martin, the author of the acclaimed “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, to see if he was open for a television adaption.They met for a much which soon stretched out as a five hours meeting in which Martin made them answer a question to see if they have read the book. They were asked to answer,” Who is John Snow’s mother?”. Show-runners answered the question right and that’s how we got the most epic television show ever.

3. Dothraki and Valerian languages were created from scratch.
In the books, Martin only provided a few examples of the foreign tongues spoken on Game of Thrones. So the show’s producers called linguist David J. Peterson to help create Dothraki which is included in the series right from season 1. Peterson developed Dothraki and Valyrian into full,grammatical languages rooted in both Russian and Arabic, and upwards of 2,000 words which the actors could actually speak. He went on to create High Valyrian spoken most often by Daenerys Targaryen and nine separate dialects of Low Valryian.

4. Sophie Turner owns a direwolf!
Sadly, dire wolves no longer exist beyond the realms of fictional world. In Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark’s dire wolf Lady met an untimely end as a sacrifice to mollify the queen’s anger after Arya’s dire wolf Nymeria bit Prince Joffrey. When they had to re-home the the Mahlek Northern Inuit Dog who played as Lady, Sophie’s mom persuaded them to let Sophie adopt her. So it’s no sad end for Lady atleast!

5. The original GoT pilot was horrible.
Game of thrones has managed to craft among the best pilots. However, the original pilot of the show was nothing less than horrible. For Dan Weiss, the memory of the experience has not grown less mortifying with time. Dan Weiss said, “Watching them watch that original pilot was one of the most painful experiences of my life. I mean, it’s probably like appendicitis and that. As soon as it finished, Craig Mazin said, ‘You guys have a massive problem’.”

Almost 90% of the original pilot had to be re-shot. Major roles in the TV show like Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark were changed which initially were played by by Jennifer Ehle and Tamzin Merchant respectively.

6. Tyrian Lannister is a constant.
Game of Thrones is known for killing brutally all our favourite lead characters. This TV show has never had a character appear in every single episode. Only three characters, so far, have been in every episode of a given season. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey Baratheon) were in every episode of Season 1, and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) was in every episode of Season 2 and Season 5.


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