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10 Things You Need To Know About ‘Game Of Thrones’
10 Things You Need To Know About ‘Game Of Thrones’

Enthusiasts probably know a lot about hit HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, but there also probably some things that you didn’t know…

The second season of Game of Thrones has recently ended, and the makers sure topped it off with a breathtaking ending. The much-awaited season three is due to hit our screens in April next year, with some fans already on the waiting stage. And for those who think they know everything about the well-acclaimed TV series, here are 10 Game of Thrones facts that might surprise you.

Number 1: Peter Dinklage was the first choice of author George R.R. Martin and producers to play the role of Tyrion Lannister on the show, and they must have been huge fans of his, since they didn’t even hold an audition for the role.

Number 2: Sean Bean was also their first choice to play as Ned Stark. They did however hold auditions, just in case Sean rejected the offer.

Number 3: Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage were friends before they became co-stars. When Peter was talking with the producers of the show, he suggested Lena for the role of Cersei Lannister.

Number 4: Many of the actors have not read the novel. They have a fear of finding out what will happen to their character as they believe this could affect their acting.

Number 5: The author of the novel - George R.R. Martin - has revealed how he plans to end the series. He told this to producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff in the event he dies before he finishes writing.

Number 6: Emilia Clarke was not the first choice to play Daenerys Targaryen. It was given to actress Tamzin Merchant, but she decided to leave the show before it even started.

Number 7: A linguistic expert - David Peterson - created the Dothraki language for the series. It consists of over 3,000 words.

Number 8: Jason Momoa or Khal Drogo performed the Haka dance for his audition.

Number 9: George R.R. Martin sent Jack Gleeson - the actor who plays Joffrey Baratheon - a letter saying: “Congratulations on your marvelous performance. Everyone hates you.”

Number 10: Alfie Allen - who plays Theon Greyjoy - is singer Lily Allen's younger brother. Her song “Alfie” is about him.

Game Of Thrones Star Jack Gleeson Says His Portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon Is ‘Very Clichéd’
Game Of Thrones Star Jack Gleeson Says His Portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon Is ‘Very Clichéd’

Hit Fantasy Series Game of Thrones has a huge fan following, but star of the show Jack Gleeson has described his performance on the show as “very clichéd”.

The 20-year-old actor - who plays young tyrant Joffrey Baratheon - told GQ magazine that he is strongly influenced by classic film and TV villains.

“It’s something that’s so easy to slip into because I’ve seen so many villainous characters on TV and on-stage and in films,” he explained. “Joffrey is definitely informed by those performances.”

Jack added that Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Emperor Commodus in 2000 film Gladiator was a “big influence” on his portrayal of Joffrey.

“Sometimes when I’m sitting on my throne, I think of Phoenix sitting on his, with that smirk on his face,” he admitted.

The star also suggested that Joffrey has been “made bad” by his family and the situations he finds himself in.

He claimed: “With Joffrey, the evil and malicious things he does are by-products of the setting that he’s been brought up in, how his family behaves, and what he’s been made to believe of himself.”

Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic in the UK. A third season will premiere in April 2013.

Did The Game Of Thrones Battle Of Blackwater Meet Expectations?
Did The Game Of Thrones Battle Of Blackwater Meet Expectations?

After 19 episodes, endless amounts of gut-slashing, head-slicing swordplay and steamy sex scenes, Game of Thrones finally played out its much-hyped and highly-anticipated Battle of Blackwater. But did it live up to the hype?

Tyrion, Joffrey and the Lannisters had to fight to hold on to King’s Landing from Stannis and his invading forces and finally - after much chatter about battles - we witnessed a full-on war between two of Thrones’ strongest forces.

Game of Thrones has been a huge hit and gathered a huge following of fans, but after all the bluster and praise lauded on HBO’s fantasy show, and all the big talk from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, did the episode meet expectations when it came to the fiery battle scenes?

Were the small screen effects cinema-worthy and was it, as many TV critics have suggested, one of the most visually stunning TV set-pieces of all-time?

It seems like the latter, as most fans have had nothing but praise for the episode. One commented: ‘Stunning episode. Best hour of television I have ever seen’ with another saying ‘this episode was absolutely epic. The switch from gory battlefield to the more quiet (but not less dramatic) scenes between Cersei and Sansa were great.’

What did you think of the episode?

Game of Thrones Actress Emilia Clarke Discusses Her Character, Fans and Fantasy
Game of Thrones Actress Emilia Clarke Discusses Her Character, Fans and Fantasy

Game of Throne actress Emilia Clarke has been discussing how her own development has matched her character’s.

When asked what similarities Emilia can see between her character and herself, the blonde actress admitted that the biggest shared trait was naivity:

“We both started out as naïve young girls with plenty to learn. Season one was sometimes petrifying and terrifying and horrifying. Dany was with me and helped me to step away from myself. I feel like I’ve learned a huge amount. I think we’re similar in that we try not to make the same mistakes twice. Not to sound too much like an obnoxious actor, but the character never really leaves me. I’ve read all the books many times over, so I sometimes find it easier being on set, because it can be hard to get out of character.”

Fantasy fans are a notoriously obsessive lot, but Emilia is relieved that she hasn’t had any crazy marriage proposals yet. She told the Telegraph:

“Nobody’s proposed yet, no. Nobody’s gone down on one knee. But my biggest aim in the first season was to keep the fans happy. I knew that Dany was a loved and hated character in the books, and I wanted to be true to everyone’s imagination of her while also being true to my interpretation. If I’ve managed that, then fantastic. But I don’t really look at stuff online. At the start I was looking and found something which wasn’t very nice, so now I leave it all. If there’s something that people are desperately happy with or unhappy with, you tend to hear about it anyway.”

When asked how life has changed for her, she admits that her life is now unrecognisable in comparison to pre-Game of Thrones:

“Game of Thrones has opened doors that were never there before. But it can be dangerous to see it in those terms, I think. It’s best to take it as it comes and work as hard as you can, and hopefully the other things fall into place.”

Emilia also said that the actors talk to George R R Martin, the author of the series, whenever they like:

“We can talk to him whenever we want. but on the whole he lets us get on with it. If we were doing anything really wrong I think he’d let us know, but he’s happy I think. But at the moment he’s writing so we don’t want to disturb him.”

Game of Thrones Actor Sean Bean arrested
Game of Thrones Actor Sean Bean arrested

Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean has been arrested following allegations that he was harassing his former wife.

The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones star was arrested over claims he sent abusive texts and calls to actress Georgina Sutcliffe. He attended a prearranged interview at Holborn Police Station where he had a DNA swab and fingerprints taken.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “A 53-year-old man attended a central London police station by appointment, where he was arrested and bailed pending further inquiries. He was bailed pending further inquiries. He was arrested on suspicion of harassment.’

Georgina, 34, who is appearing in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in the West End, is Sean’s fourth wife. The pair first met in 2003 when she was managing the bar at a West End Theatre while he was playing Hamlet at the Albery Theatre. The couple wed at Marylebone Register Office, but it was a stormy marriage during which they were reported to have split up before getting back together. The couple, who lived together in a house in Belsize Park, North London, finally divorced in December 2010 after two years.

Last year the Sean admitted that while being a romantic he had realised marriage was not for him. He said: “Of course I believe in love despite four divorces. There is nobody who doesn’t believe in love. But marriage – that fits some people but obviously not me. I love doing just nothing in my free time. I love to be with my kid in Yorkshire. I love it there. Working in a garden calms me down.”

Chris Hemsworth says Thor 2 should head in direction of Game of Thrones
Chris Hemsworth says Thor 2 should head in direction of Game of Thrones

Heartthrob Chris Hemsworth has said that Thor 2 could learn from the HOB series, Game of Thrones.

The 28-year-old actor has revealed that he is looking forward to working with director Alan Taylor, who has penned a number of episodes of the hit series, on Thor 2.

“[Game of Thrones] had a real mythical element to it, but it was rooted in such an organic and tangible world,” Hemsworth told MTV News. “I think Asgard could really benefit from that sort of a grittier, aged feel to it and not so ethereal,” he continued.

“The big thing about the comics for me was the origin story. Thor was interesting, but what I found more fascinating was the other worlds and realms that you can be taken off into.”

Thor 2 is currently scheduled for release on November 15, 2013.

Game of thrones star Emilia Clarke has recently been discussing how the hit show has effected her life: “I’m really oblivious to it, because I look so different,” said Emilia, whose natural brunette hair color makes her look quite dissimilar from her character, the white-haired, royal exile Daenerys Targaryen. Still, people do occasionally recognize her: A woman in a department store in Los Angeles was too stunned to get in the elevator when she saw that Emilia was in it. “Khaleesi?” the fan asked.   

Emilia Clarke talks about the Game of Thrones cast & dealing with fame
Emilia Clarke talks about the Game of Thrones cast & dealing with fame

Emilia Clarke has made a huge name for herself as the Mother of Dragons in hit TV series Game of Thrones, but she sounds relieved that she hasn’t really had to deal with the pitfalls of fame since the debut of her HBO fantasy.

“I’m really oblivious to it, because I look so different,” said Emilia, whose natural brunette hair color makes her look quite dissimilar from her character, the white-haired, royal exile Daenerys Targaryen. Still, people do occasionally recognize her: A woman in a department store in Los Angeles was too stunned to get in the elevator when she saw that Emilia was in it. “Khaleesi?” the fan asked.

“And then the doors closed, and the lift kept going up,” Emilia said with a laugh. “Stuff like that happens, and there’s also, ‘You kind of look like that girl from “Game of Thrones.”’”

Given that she prefers a low-key lifestyle, it’s perhaps good that the film role she just finished also has the actress wearing things that make it unlikely that fans will recognize her. In “Spike Island,” Emilia plays one of a group of early ’90s Stone Roses fans, and wears baggy overalls and that era’s puffy, fluffy hair.

She’s a huge fan of the band, but as she noted, “The ’90s were really just bad for fashion and hair.” The movie, which doesn’t have a release date yet, just wrapped a couple of weeks ago, and at the end of 2011 Emilia finished filming her “Game of Thrones” scenes, which were mostly shot in Croatia. Once again, she typically worked far away from the rest of the cast. This season, Dany is across the Narrow Sea, trying to keep her Khalasar (her Dothraki tribe) alive and ultimately trying to get back to Westeros, the land that the Targaryens used to rule.

Back in the real world, the London-based actress sees the rest of the cast whenever she can. “All of the boys, I see regularly because we’re all in London together, so that’s really nice,” she said. “A special bond was made with the whole of the cast from the beginning, when we were all a bit more together, and I don’t think that’s really going to go away.”

Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington discusses what’s in store for Jon Snow
Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington discusses what’s in store for Jon Snow

In just four years, Kit Harington has gone from fledgling actor to one of the leading men in the HBO hit “Game of Thrones.” The show has gained a huge following of fantasy loving fans, and Red Eye caught up with Kit to doscuss what’s next for the series.

Jit plays Jon Snow, the bastard son of Ned Stark and a mother he’s never known, who now serves as a Brother of the Night’s Watch, sworn to protect the 700-foot ancient Wall and the realm against threats from the north, with a mix of melancholy, pride and quiet power. Jon is one of the most pivotal characters in the series based upon George R.R. Martin’s best-selling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.

The role has given the 25-year-old Brit, who before the show starred in the original West End production of “War Horse,” opportunities such as the upcoming film “The Seventh Son,” in which he stars with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Kit has also established worldwide fame and the chance to travel from Ireland to Iceland to film the series.

Season 2 has also allowed Harington to do something he hasn’t done since early in Season 1: act opposite a woman.

“It’s really enjoyable,” he said, laughing. “It was nice to work with someone who’s not a bloke. As much as I love working with the guys.”   

Asked what he thought Jon’s weakness is, he said: “His temper. I think he reacts before he thinks, and I think his temper gets in the way of his natural sort of intelligence. He speaks out before he thinks and I think that really is his Achilles heel. But also, like a lot of men, women could be [his Achille’s heel] and we’ll see that this season as well.”

We can’t wait!

Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden discusses Robb Stark romance
Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden discusses Robb Stark romance

“Game of Thrones” isn’t a show heavy with romance. On this epic fantasy series, beating hearts are usually cut out and thrown into the fire. But if there’s one character close to a romantic lead, it’s Robb Stark, the eldest son of Eddard Stark, who fans saw get beheaded last season.

Scottish actor Richard Madden is the man in the leather and furs, leading the men of the north of Westeros into battle against the Lannister clan.

When asked if how he was finding the experience of adoring fans, he told LA Times that he hadn’t experienced much of that, saying: ‘I look quite different than I do when I’m on the show, I think. So people will go, “Is that? No, not really. That guy’s much bigger on the show.”  I’m cleaned up. My hair is a bit shorter, and I’m not in fur and leather and armor. So I’m a little smaller. This press tour is nice. I went down to Brazil and Mexico, and the people there know the show so well, it’s kind of overwhelming.  I take that as a compliment to all the hard work everyone on the show does.’

When asked about his character’s potential love interest, Richard said that it is a huge change for Robb: ‘Especially at a time when Robb as a character is mentally and physically knee deep in mud. He gets to meet this foreign creature, this light in the darkness for him. Someone who doesn’t bow down and call him king. He needs that. He’s not had that yet. Like Robb in this season, everything is a first time for him. First time he’s leading an army, first time he’s fought with his mother, first time he’s met a woman.  It’s all new experiences for him and he’s riding this wave and trying to keep on top of it.’

Emilia Clarke: ‘What to expect next from Game of Thrones…’
Emilia Clarke: ‘What to expect next from Game of Thrones…’

There’s no denying that the medieval series, Game of Thrones, has captured the hearts of fantasy-lovers everywhere, so it’s no surprise that in the run-up to the launch of season two earlier this month, Facebook was abuzz with local status updates eagerly anticipating its arrival.

One of the shows more popular characters, 25 year old English actress Emilia Clarke, spoke to timeoutdubai.com about what we can expect next from her character. Emilia said: “When we last saw Dany she was in this borderline spiritual place. Season two sees her crashing back down to a very practical earth and trying to deal with the realities she’s been given. She’s dealing with the fact that she’s a woman in a man’s world – that’s quite shocking when you think about all the things she has to deal with, because there’s no Drogo now, there’s no man to hide behind. I think she’s feeling a huge amount of pressure – heavy is the head that wears the crown.   

Emilia also spoke about how the show has changed her life. She told the website: “Absolutely everything in my life has completely transformed. All I’m trying to do is stay true to myself and realise that any hype is all froth and bubble at the end of the day. I never look at the internet – I can barely even look at myself on screen – so I keep a big distance from it.”

Game of Thrones Joe Dempsie believes Gendry is close to discovering his ancestry
Game of Thrones Joe Dempsie believes Gendry is close to discovering his ancestry

Game of Thrones actor Joe Dempsie, who plays the character Dempsie in the hit HBO fantasy series, has revealed how he believes that his character is close to discovering that he was fathered by King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), after the Gold Cloaks have begun their hunt for him.

Dempsie explained to TV Guide, “I think he would certainly be surprised [by the revelation], but he’d definitely have to believe it. He knows now that the Gold Cloaks are after him. One of the weird things about the series is that he never actually asks why.”
 
He added, “He’s starting to piece together that whole thing… He knows that something’s up and knows that he must be a point of interest for some reason, but I don’t think he’s got a clue. The truth would certainly answer a lot of questions for him.”
 
Joe continued, “I don’t think Gendry has ever been given that level of responsibility before or ever felt like people trusted him enough to do that. I think he looks upon her as a little sister now. That’s something he’s never really experienced before.”
 
Game of Thrones continues in the US on HBO at 9pm on Sundays and in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on Mondays.