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15 Things You Never Knew About Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones has finally returned to our screens with season seven premiering to huge praise from fans and critics alike. So, it’s safe to say that being obsessed with Westeros will be quite common for the next seven weeks, so let us help you with that. Here are 15 things you never knew about Game of Thrones.

15. The ever-increasing death count

A lot of people die in Game of Thrones, a lot. It can never be said that the show is shy about killing off major characters and extras with the same violent gusto, but have you ever wondered what the series total death count comes to? 150,966 people at the end of season six, which is no wonder when you consider the battle of Blackwater, Hardhome, and literally anywhere the Mountain’s army held in the first few seasons.

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14. Master of Coin

It seems like nearly every British thespian has appeared on Game of Thrones, but there are still some actors that are willing to go above and beyond to appear on the show. Considering how popular Game of Thrones is, it will come a little surprise that, according to Total Film, some actors resort to bribery to try and get on the show. Ed Sheeran probably promised to stop singing to get his little cameo.

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13. It could have been so different

A lot is said about the original pilot of Game of Thrones: mainly that it sucks. Yet if it was successful there would have been different actors playing characters that have become staples of popular culture, with Tamsin Merchant as Dany, and Jennifer Ehle would have played Caitlin Stark.

Emilia Clarke – Youtube

12. Hide the boy!

Remember last year when Jon Snow was dead, and Kit Harrington said that he was finished with the show? No one believed him which was correct, except this meant that Harrington had to be hidden from passing drones under umbrellas while filming in order to not spoil his resurrection in season six.

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow – Vanity Fair

11. On the Bandwagon

Even though Westeros isn’t the kindest place for musicians, some lose their tongues after all, that hasn’t stopped some high-profile bands and artists from appearing. Season seven’s premiere featured Ed Sheeran, as well as Sigur Ros, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Mastadon, Will Champion from Coldplay, and Of Monsters And Men popping up at different times. Not to mention the fact that The National perform The Rains of Castamere over the closing credits of Blackwater.

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10. The lost Cameo

Series author George R. R. Martin has become nearly as famous as the books an TV show. So, it won’t surprise fans if he gets his wish and has a small cameo before the show ends. Except Martin already has an appearance in the show, albeit as a Pentoshi nobleman in the lost pilot. Still, there is the little detail of Martin cancelling all other projects until The Winds of Winter is completed, so he probably won’t be in season seven.

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9. I don’t think so, Lilly

Alfie Allen has become a star in his own right by playing one-time Reek Theon Greyjoy. Before Game of Thrones he was most famous for being the brother of pop star Lilly Allen. Lilly tried to get a rumour going that she had auditioned to play Theon’s sister Yara, but refused due to the sexual content. Alfie has since called nonsense on this claim.

Lilly Allen – Wikipedia

8. Sounds like Bean

There are some British actors that never have to change their accent for a role. Famous examples include Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Ned Stark himself Sean Bean. When asked by the creators if he could do any other accent Bean said no. This led to the Stark’s and the Northmen imitating Bean’s Yorkshire brogue for the sake of continuity.

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7. Ratings winner

When it comes to the most watched episode of Game of Thrones the crown goes to the season six finale The Winds of Winter. It makes sense really: Cersei defeated all of her enemies to become queen of the Seven Kingdoms in a literally explosive finale. After that simple ratings are easy.

Lena Headey as Cercei in The Winds of Winter – SB Nation

6. Joffrey Quits

Where do you go in your young career when you have already played one of modern television’s most hated villains? Well, for Jack Gleeson, who played King Joffrey, he decided to give up acting altogether. It’s a shame really, as only a truly brilliant actor can make a character that hateful.

Jack Gleeson as Joffery Baratheon – Bustle

5. On the Head!

It must be unnerving for any actor, not only to die onscreen, but also to have a replica of your severed head made. Not for Sean Bean though, as he told fans on Reddit after the final episode of season one. It turns out that Bean and other cast members had a kick about with Ned’s head. No wonder Bean wasn’t fussed, he dies all the time.

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4. Varys the bowman

The Winds of Winter had Cersei kill off some of her most powerful enemies, including Grand Maester Pycelle and her uncle Kevan. But in the books, it is actually Varys that murders both men, with Tyrion’s weapon of choice, a crossbow. This is one of the differences between the show and the books that has more impact in the show.

Conleth Hill as Varys –

3. What is Euron’s Gift?

Euron Greyjoy is set to feature heavily in season seven, and has already told Cersei that he has a gift that will assure his victory against Dany. This gifted could be magical horn, that has appeared in the books, that when blown gives the user control over Dragons. That wouldn’t be a gift – that’s a full-on cheat code.

Pilou Asbaek as Euron Greyjoy – Wikipedia

2. What’s in a name?

Many characters in the show go by different names in George RR Martin’s books. Hodor’s real name was changed from Walder to Willis, Yara Greyjoy is called Asha, and Benjen Stark is known as Cold Hands as his true identity has only been confirmed in the show.

Kristian Nairn as Hodor – HBO 14

1. Choked up

The season seven premiere, Dragonstone, plays fast and loose with its foreshadowing. Even though these might count more as fan theories, the fact that Ed Sheeran sings a song from the books called “Hands of Gold”, combined with Jamie and Cersei’s positions in the map room: Cersei is standing on The Neck, and Jamie is just off the coast of the Fingers, it seems that the writers really want us to think that Jamie will murder his sister.

Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster – Waldau as Cercei and Jamie Lannister 15 – Credit: Watches on the Wall

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