With incredible special effects, talented actors, and action-packed plot, Game of Thrones has certainly created a lot of excitement worldwide. But, how well do you know about this hot TV show? Well, everyone who watches GOT is aware of its behind-the-scenes facts, but some things might be still unacquainted. And even if you aren’t on the Game of Thrones bandwagon, these ten facts will unquestionably get you there.
10. The Series Is Banned In The Turkish Military Schools
Screening the HBO series in Turkey military schools is strictly prohibited. In 2014, many television shows, even including GOT was banned by the Turkish army to protect the young generation from watching “sexual exploitation, abuse, exhibitionism, harassment, pornography and other negative behaviors.” According to Cumhuriyet’s report (a Turkish newspaper), this is not the first time the hit series — Game of Thrones — has caused problems in the country’s defense force. In 2012, many officers in Istanbul were suspended and even thrown out from the Academy for letting cadets see the show.
9. Every Episode Costs $6 Million On An Average
Game of Thrones is one of the expensive shows in TV history. It is 3 times costlier than an episode of The Big Bang Theory. In fact, some episodes of Game of Thrones cost more than six million dollars. The second season’s action-plot “Blackwater” skated at a whopping price tag of $8 million! Though HBO spends $60 million on every Game of Thrones season, it is certainly not the “expensive”. Popular television series “Friends” beats it with an estimated cost of $10 million for every episode, making it the world’s costliest shows ever aired on TV.
8. Master Aemon Is Partially Blind In Real Life
When you are in the nineties, it is easy to look weak, but appearing blind is a completely different game. Peter Vaughan, who plays the role of Master Aemon, not only acts blind but is also partially blind in real life. Peter certainly deserves a huge eulogize for being in the acting industry in spite of a career-ending ailment.
7. Has An Average Of 4.5 Deaths In Every Episode
Game of Thrones has recorded to be one of the bloodiest television shows for valid reasons. The show has killed 133 characters in just four seasons and maintains at average 4.5 deaths for every episode so far. Though every killing-plot is shocking, the most dreadful was The Red Wedding, where seven characters were killed mercilessly.
6. The Most Pirated Television Show
Besides being a popularly hit series worldwide, it is also reported to be the most pirated television show and that too constantly for four years (2012 – 2015). It had 14.4 million estimated downloads in 2015 from Torrent alone.
5. George R. R. Martin Doesn’t Leads A High Life
George might be as wealthy as a Lannister, but he leads his life as simple as a Stark. According to Forbes, he makes $15 million every year, yet he stays away from living a high life. Rather than leading a luxury lifestyle, he resides in a small house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He eats at local restaurants and drives only a Mazda. The author has not let fortune or fame to change him.
4. It Took 2 Months To Create The Iron Throne
The Iron Throne you see in Game of Thrones is eight feet tall and is made from 200 heated swords aligned on a big wooden frame. It took two months for the prop-maker Gavin Jones to construct the throne.
3. GOT Has Only 7 Writers
It is quite surprising that in spite of all the records Game of Thrones has set – from popularity, amazing story-line to money and winning awards, the show has employed just seven writers (Geroge R. R. Martin, D. B. Weiss, David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, Dave Hill, and Jane Espenson).
2. Ygritte Owns Castles In Real Life
Rose Leslie, who portrays the character of Ygritte in Game of Thrones, is super rich in real life. Her father is a clan chieftain and they live in Lickleyhead Castle at Scotland. Though she is a fiery, bold wildling in the series, this Scottish actor is super cool in real life. She loves rock climbing and is too good with her accents.
1. Many Dead Characters Are Actually Alive In The Books
George R.R. Martin might be famed for killing his fictional characters in books; however, let us not downplay the bloodthirsty tendencies of the show runners Davis Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Many characters are actually alive in George’s books but are dead on the HBO show. These include Stannis & Shireen Baratheon, Barristan Selmy, Night’s Watchmen Grenn & Pyp, Myrcella Baratheon, Mance Rayder, Doran & Trystane Martell, Selyse Baratheon, Roose & Walda Bolton.