You consider yourself to be an expert on everything to do with Game of Thrones, whether it’s character names, house sigils or facts about the filming process. You’re ready for any trick questions that internet quizzes and bar trivia nights try to toss your way. Here are three more facts about the show that you can add to your impressive collection of GOT knowledge.
1. George RR Martin’s favorite character is Tyrion.
If you have watched the entire series, it’s not much of a surprise that the quick-witted political strategist Tyrion is George RR Martin’s favorite character — he’s starred in more episodes than any other figure in the realm, making appearances in sixty-one of the total sixty-seven episodes.
Martin even has a special place in his heart for the actor Peter Dinklage, who he imagined in the role before he was even hired. When the showrunners were setting up the cast, they didn’t let anyone else audition for the role.
If Dinklage didn’t agree to take the part, Game of Canada has come up with an alternative that could play the clever wine-guzzling Lannister — the website has carefully chosen celebrities from the Great White North who would be great picks for the show. They offered that the Ontario-born actor Jordan Prentice could be an excellent option because of his past in comedies like In Bruges, which proves he could capture the unforgettable personality and wit of Tyrion.
2. The show broke records with a fiery stunt.
Lots of shows on television have bar brawls, swordfights and great armies clashing together, but they don’t have dragons. After years of waiting, the dragons are finally grown-up and ready to douse their enemies in flames.
Showrunners decided to demonstrate this terrifying power when Daenerys attacks the Lannister troops while riding on top of her most fearsome pet, Drogon. During the seventh’s seasons episode The Spoils of War, Game of Thrones broke a stunt record for the amount of stuntmen that were simultaneously set on fire — there were twenty stunt performers and seventy-three separate fire burns in the shoot.
3. Jason Momoa did something unique for his audition.
Fans may recognize him as the Dothraki chieftain Khal Drogo who married Daenerys Targaryen in the first season. After seeing his intimidating figure on screen, it’s hard to imagine anyone else could play the character, but he still had to convince the showrunners that he was destined for the role.
For his audition, Momoa proved that he could bring the fierceness of the legendary warrior to life by performing a Kapa Haka — this a traditional dance meant to intimidate one’s opponents before battle or to honour people on special occasions. This performance originated with New Zealand’s Maori people and spread to countries across the world including Momoa’s birthplace of Hawaii.
This dramatic series is known for pushing the boundaries of television, so there will definitely be exciting trivia to come. You will be picking up hidden Easter eggs, fascinating cast updates and shocking news the moment that the next season airs.
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