Game of Thrones®: 10 Strange and Awesome Truths

03 March 2016
Check out these ten interesting facts about the famous fantasy show, Game of Thrones®.
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There’s no show quite like it. It has permeated the collective pop culture conscience across the globe, and there’s almost nothing fans don’t know about the show. Which is why, in anticipation of the sixth season of Game of Thrones® , arriving Express from the U.S. in April on M-Net Edge, we’ve dug up some strange and awesome truths about the biggest fantasy show, its talented cast and the master behind the books.

Spoiler alert!

  1. Game of Thrones saved a breed of pigs. Due to the demand for farm animals in medieval-type shows, like Game of Thrones, a farm in Northern Ireland received a helpful boost to business by supplying its Iron Age pigs to the show.
  2. What do you do when you’re beheaded on a show? You play soccer with your prosthetic head! That’s what Sean Bean did after his sad departure in Season 1.
  3. Lysa Arryn met her death when she was pushed out the Moon Door in the Eyrie, by Petyr Baelish. In reality, the show’s death trap is only one metre deep.
  4. Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, was born in a castle in Scotland.
  5. Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) doesn’t read the books, and was told by a fan that his character was going to die.
  6. After her horse-chomping scene in Season 1, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targayren) was covered in so much fake blood she got stuck to the toilet seat.
  7. Harry Lloyd – who played Viserys, Daenerys’ cruel and exasperating brother – is the great-great-great grandson of Charles Dickens.
  8. Kit Harington’s (Jon Snow) first name is Christopher – something he didn’t know until he was 11 years old.
  9. George R.R. Martin has told showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss how he intends to end the story, just in case he kicks the bucket before completing the books.
  10. Despite his fantastical imagination, Martin is a pretty regular guy. He drives an old Mazda, eats at local restaurants, and blogs on a regular basis.

Watch Game of Thrones Season 6 every Monday at 03:00 Express from the U.S from 25 April, on M-Net Edge.

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