10 Vital Facts About Game of Thrones That Will Shock Your Senses

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Just let you know that many things happens related to the events in the series, since the show’s first episode launched in 2011.

#1 Name of Thrones: Since the show started in 2011, at least 146 baby girls have been named ‘Khaleesi’ after the Game of Thrones ‘Daenerys Targaryen’. ‘Arya’ was also one of the most adopted name in 2010, rising in rank from 711th to 413th. Other names that have been inspired by the show include Sansa, Theon, Tyrion, and Sandor and this trend even pilled in the animal world. In 2013 Marine Biologist discovered a new species of sea slug off the coast of Brazil. The slug had a pale, white, twisted body, reminiscent of Daenerys’s blonde braids. It was therefore given the name “Tritonia Khaleesi”. 

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#2 Sex Positions: The explicit sexual content in Game of Thrones is a staple part of the show, so much so that it warranted the invention of a new dramatic technique: ‘sex position’. Critic Myles McNutt coined the term in 2011 to describe the numerous scenes in the show in which major plot points are exposed by characters during the sex. Furthermore, many of the Game of Thrones actors have a history in the adult film industry, particularly the extras who play sex workers. Most notable is Sibel kekilli, who played Tyrion’s mistress, Shae. 

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#3 Creating Westros: The production of Game of Thrones spans numerous countries. Filming locations range from Croatia and Morocco to Iceland and Norther Ireland. Many of the places featured in the show have become popular tourist destinations and it’s estimated that filming in Norther Ireland has brought more than $100 million to their economy. The ancient Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is also said to have seen a 100% increase in visitors thanks to the show. 

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#4 Dire Wolves are real: Dire Wolves, the trusty pets of the stark children, are actually based on an ancient species of real life wolf. Canis Dirus, which lived approximately 15,000 years ago, is thought to have been 25% larger than the modern Gray wolf. Game of Thrones used Northern Inuit Dogs to recreate the beasts, digitally enlarging them in post production. Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark, adopted her dog Zunni from the show. The American Alsatian Breeder’s Association is currently conducting the Dire Wolf Project, Breeding large, Wolf like Alsatians that look like the Canines in the show and can be bought for $3000 each.

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#5 You win or you die: Game of Thrones is Famous for its brutality. There is an average of 4.5 murders per episode and, in the first four seasons of the show, 133 names characters were killed off. The deadliest episode is ‘Blackwater’ which saw thousands of casualties on both sides of the battle between the Lannister army and the Stannis Baratheon’s Naval fleet. However, the most notoriously brutal scenes came in “The Rains of Castamere” a.k.a the Red Wedding, in which 7 named characters were shockingly killed off. Creator George R. R. Martin had hoped to be an extra in the episode. He wanted to appear as a casualty, but, unfortunately, his busy schedule prevented him from doing so.

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#6 Most pirated show: In 2015, BitTorrent announced that the Game of Thrones was their most downloaded show for four years running. At 14.4 million times, it was pirated more than ‘Walking Dead’ and “The Big Bang Theory” combined. HBO chief Richard Plepler didn’t seem disheartened by this announcement, though asserting that pirating is ‘a terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers’ as it exposes the show to more people and Game of Thrones still performs well on legal channels, with its fifth season finale drawing an audience of 8.11 million viewers.

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#7 Lessons from History: George R. R. Martin took inspiration for numerous plot points from history. The ongoing story arc of the War of Five Kings is based on the 15th Century War of the Roses, when different royal houses competed for the English Throne. The author has also specified historical events that influenced his writing of the infamous Red Wedding scene. For example, the Black Dinner of the 1440, which saw the Scottish Earl of Douglas and his younger brother lured to a feast where they were brutally murdered. 

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#8 Masters of Coin: Game of Thrones is currently one of the most expensive shows on TV, costing an average of $6 million to make each episode, or $60 million per season. In comparison, The Walking Dead cost approximately $2.75 million per episode. The most expensive episode of the Game of Thrones was the season 2 episode ’Blackwater’, which costs a whopping $8 million. The budget was so great because the episode required more than 250 fight trained extras, a full size battleship, and ambitious visual effects.

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#9 The Dothraki Language: The language used by the Dothraki warriors has actually been created. Working from the 30 Dothraki words used in George R. R. Martin’s book, linguist David Peterson invented a language of 3,163 words, especially for the TV show. Although only a small fraction of those words has ever been used in the show. The Producers thought the language would appear more realistic if it was thoroughly fleshed out. Peterson’s dictionary of Dothraki included pronunciations and rules for Grammer and Syntax. 

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#10 Huge Stars: Among the big stars who have joined the game of thrones cast is Neil Fingleton, the tallest man in Britain. At 233 cm, or 7 foot 7 inches tall, Fingleton was idle to play a giant at the head of the wildling army. Similarly the role of Gregor, ‘the mountain’ Clegane was played by Halfthor Julius Bjornsson, who is 2 meters tall, weight 190 kg and is a top competitor in the world’s strongest man contest. Researchers from Time Magazine estimated that it is possible that like – the Mountain ‘Bjornsson’ would be able to exert the 235kg of pressure necessary to crush a human skull with his bare hands. 

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