It’s no surprise that Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and successful television shows of our time. Known for its affinity of killing off main characters and gut wrenching plot twists, GOT boasts a 9.5 out of 10 rating on IMDb and 97% out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes. Apart from obviously great ratings and a huge worldwide fanbase, this show is also a host of quirky behind the scenes, actor, and production facts that might make fans even more intrigued about the show and how it continues to ensnares them.
1- Dothraki is a real language that was actually invented by linguists from the Language Creation Society after they were approached by the show’s producers. So if any viewers ever wonder why dialogue in the “made up” languages seems to flow well, it does. It’s supposed to.
2- The Dothraki word for eagle is Kolver. Stephen Colbert’s name inspired it. So any fans of Colbert’s Comedy Central show will rest assured that they pay homage to Colbert while watching their other favorite show.
3- Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark actually adopts the dog who plays her direwolf, Lady on the show in real life.
4- The show has been filmed on 3 different continents and in 6 different countries that include the United States, Northern Ireland, Croatia, and several others. Constant travel makes it so that it takes almost $6 million to produce one episode. Considering the amount of fans and money made from views and merch, that’s practically chump change these days for HBO.
5- The show has single handedly funneled $100 million into Northern Ireland’s economy. This is not only due to actors, but also tech crew, costume design, makeup, extras, and any other miscellaneous jobs that come with such a large ongoing production.
6- Various actors on the show are the descendants of famous figures in history. Harry Lloyd who played Viserys Targaryen is the great great great grandson of Charles Dickens. Oona Chaplin who plays Robb Starks wife is also actually the Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter.
7- Due to it’s popularity, Game of Thrones is one of the world’s most pirated television show in the world right after Breaking Bad and the Walking Dead. So far it’s been downloaded over 5 million times on websites like Piratebay.
8- “The Wall” that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the insidious cold wilderness and also from what is later revealed to be White Walkers, was inspired by Hadrian’s Wall in the UK and how the Roman Empire used it to separate itself from the Scotts and the Celtics. The series’ writer visited the wall in the 80’s and was awestruck by it and decided to make a huge exaggerated wall of his own for the series.
9- Though direwolves have been extinct for ages, in order to recreate The North’s respected mascot, Northern Inuit dogs are utilized in scenes and are then made to look larger and more primitive with visual special effects.
10- Various aspects of the show have won or have been nominated for an Emmy Award. They include the costumes that are aged a week or two before use in order to make them look authentic and lived in. The title credits have also won Emmys for its mesmerizing artistry which was actually inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s artwork and machines. The wigs used to make the Khaleesi’s hair takes over two feet of human hair per episode and about $7,000 to make.