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The highly-anticipated first trailer for Game of Thrones
descended upon us all early last month
, but there’s still a significant amount of time stretching between now and the season premiere.
So in the interest of keeping that excitement going, how about some fun trivia?
Here are some things you may not have known about the cast, Game of Thrones
author George R.R. Martin, and the inspiration behind some aspects of the show.
1. Ever wonder what happened to Lady, Sansa’s direwolf, after King Joffrey killed the loyal creature?
Not to worry, she’s in good hands. Sophia Turner, who plays Sansa, adopted Lady and renamed her Zunni.
"Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s direwolf, Lady, on set,” Turner told Coventry Telegraph
in an interview.
2. If you’re thoroughly creeped out by Jamie and Cersei Lannister’s determination to keep their bloodline pure by inbreeding (shudder), not to worry, Martin didn’t devise that weird concept himself. He was simply inspired by the War of the Roses in the 1400s.
3. Viserys Targaryen has one redeeming quality!
The actor, Harry Lloyd, does have a famous ancestor though. He’s descended from well-known English writer Charles Dickens. Lloyd is actually his great-great-great grandson.
4. Jack Gleeson, also known as the beloved (ha) King Joffrey, is calling it quits with his acting career once Game of Thrones
"I started acting when I was eight, and really, really loved it. But I think when it became less of a recreation and more of a profession, it kind of put more pressure on the acting itself and made it a tiny bit less enjoyable,” Gleeson revealed when he spoke to a class at University College Dublin.
He’ll be spending his newfound free time doing charity work and performing with his theater group, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company.
5. There’s an actual Game of Thrones
-themed Burlesque Show. How awesome is that?
“Dames of Throne” is a live parody being shown throughout this month at The Vanguard in Australia. For tickets and more information, check out the venue website
6. There was no actual consumption of raw animal organs in the making of this show.
When a pregnant Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ate a raw horse heart in front of the Dothraki people in order to gain favor with them, it was actually some kind of gummy-bear-like mass. Yuck.
“That was one of those amazing scenes that you get as an actor that there’s just no acting required -- at all. It was disgusting! They promised me that it would taste similar to a gummy bear and it definitely didn’t," Clarke said in an interview with The Vulture
7. Martin believes that fantasy needs some truth mixed in to be worth reading.
"[Fiction] has to have a truth at the core of it. You’re still writing about people, you’re writing about the human condition. I often quote Faulkner, who said in his speech after winning the Nobel Prize that ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’ is the only thing worth writing about. And I’ve always agreed with that. It’s true no matter what genre you’re writing in, even if there are dragons in it or it’s about a private detective or a western gunslinger, it’s still ultimately about the human heart in conflict with itself or it’s not worth reading,” he said to The Wall Street Journal
8. The Language Creation Society developed more than 2,000 words for the Dothraki language.
9. The opening sequence of the show is based on symbolism.
Inspired by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines, the movement of the cogs are meant to represent the everlasting struggle for power between the families. Family histories are briefly shown throughout the sequence, and each season has its own unique version.
10. Even though his novels have sold more than 24 million copies across the world, Martin lives a completely normal life. You can still find him in the Yellow Pages, and he communicates with his fans.
He does, however, have a second home containing two bedrooms overflowing with books. Which is basically every bookworm’s dream…
For more GoT tidbits, head over to Mashable
Game of Thrones
returns on Sunday, April 6.
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, a special preview
, premieres on Sunday, February 9.
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