9 Facts About “Game of Thrones” Even Hardcore Fans Might Not Know | Pop Culture Decoded

Kim Renfro: Did you know that Westeros looks just like the United Kingdom, if you put England on top of
an inverted version of Ireland? Well, I know that, because I’ve been covering
the show for years for Insider and I wrote “The Unofficial
Guide to Game of Thrones.” Here are nine more facts
about “Game of Thrones” that might surprise even die-hard fans. There is an episode of “Game of Thrones” that you’ve never seen and
will probably never see. And that is the very
first version of the pilot that they shot over 10 years ago. In that pilot, there is an
actor named Jamie Campbell Bower who played the role of Ser Waymar Royce. He was one of the Night’s
Watchmen who we see in that very first cold-open shot, where they’re ranging beyond the Wall. By the time that it came time
to do reshoots for the pilot, he was working on a Starz
show called “Camelot,” and he was super dedicated to that show. So he decided that he
couldn’t come back and appear in the final version of the
“Game of Thrones” pilot. At the time, George R.R. Martin posted on his blog about the reshoots that were going on for the coming pilot. And he mentioned Jamie Campbell
Bower would unfortunately not be able to come and join
them again for this pilot. However, George kind of hinted that he hoped that maybe Jamie could return to the “Game
of Thrones” universe sometime in the future. Well, all these years later, George’s prophecy is coming true. Jamie Campbell Bower was one
of the first cast members announced in the new HBO prequel series that was gonna be all
about the Age of Heroes and the Long Night. So, hopefully, we’ll see him in an actual “Game of Thrones” show to come. Jon Snow may have died
and come back to life, but actor Kit Harington actually
had a close call of his own while they were filming season seven. There was this scene where
they were on a cliff’s edge, and it was super windy that day. And Kit had this really heavy cape on. And the cinematographer for that episode, Robert McLachlan, said in an interview that Kit was dangerously close
to turning into a kite. He was about to blow off
the side of that cliff. And so they actually had to tie him down to the ground with a special cable while they were filming
all of those scenes. Now, this isn’t something
that you would see in the actual show, but Emilia Clarke posted
a really fun video from behind the scenes that season, and Kit’s, you know, flapping his cape and pretending to be a dragon or whatever, but you can see down in the corner that that cable is actually still tied to him, even as they were goofing off on that set. Did you ever notice that
a King’s Landing scene looks a lot more orange
and red compared to, let’s say, a Castle Black scene, which is a little more blue-toned? Well, those colors that
differentiate the locations on “Game of Thrones” actually
helped composer Ramin Djawadi make the music for the show. How, exactly? Well, Ramin Djawadi has a
condition known as synesthesia, and that means that he
sees colors as music. And so, when he is composing
music to the different scenes, the setting really helps him get inspired for all the various notes
and tones of the show. He has compared this process to painting. So whether it’s Daenerys
in the desert in Essos or Jon Snow at Castle Black, he can kind of pick up
the aesthetic of the show and translate that into music. In the pilot episode, there’s a character named Ros, and she is one of the sex workers who we see in Tyrion’s first-ever scene. Now, Ros is not a
character from the books, and she didn’t even have a
name to begin with in the show, in those early versions of the script. And it was actually George
R.R. Martin who was on set and chatting with the
creators and the actors, and he said: “Hey! Maybe
we should give her a name? Other than red-headed whore.” Which is how she was
described in the scripts. And the actress, Esmé Bianco, said that George R.R. Martin gets the credit for Ros having a name in the show. So, “Game of Thrones” has done more than completely change television and the culture of
fandom around the world. It’s also literally changed the
economy of Northern Ireland. The entire show is based in Belfast. Dozens of locations all
around Northern Ireland were used as the sets for various scenes all throughout all eight seasons. And there’s an entire industry now, called screen tourism, that
has been built out of people who are just flocking to the country, and they want to experience “Game of Thrones” for themselves. But there are literally
people who have jobs and careers now that
they never would have had if “Game of Thrones” wasn’t
filming in Northern Ireland all these years. Arya Stark has a long kill
list that gets shorter and shorter as she becomes
a more skilled assassin as the seasons go on. But there’s one name that disappeared from that list for a
completely different reason. And that was the name of Ser Ilyn Payne. You might have noticed by season five, she was no longer reciting Ser Ilyn Payne’s name on her list. And this was because the actor who played Ser Ilyn Payne, Wilko Johnson, was diagnosed with cancer, and they decided to write
his character off the show, rather than trying to replace him or sort of explain it away. Bonus fact: This is why Bronn had a much bigger role starting in season five. He was the one who stepped in and began sword training with Jaime, even though that role was
Ser Ilyn Payne in the books. Good news, Wilko Johnson’s cancer is in remission as of 2019. So, he’s all well, but he decided
not to return to the show. One of the most-hyped scenes
in the series was Cleganebowl, which finally came to
fruition in season eight. But have you ever wondered
why it’s called Cleganebowl? It actually all has to do
with the 2013 Super Bowl, of all things. So, that year, the coaches
of the opposing teams were brothers. And their names were
Jim and John Harbaugh. Nice little portmanteau: Everyone decided to call it the Harbowl. So, Harbowl was a common
phrase being tossed around. And it was around this time
that someone pieced together a few different theories, and they came up with the idea that Clegane versus Clegane might happen in an epic fight to the death. Why not call that Cleganebowl as well? And so that theory was born. One of the first mysteries
early on in the series is Jon Arryn’s death. But there’s a little clue
that was given to viewers that you might not have noticed. When the raven first arrives in Winterfell bearing the news of Jon Arryn’s death, the music that plays in that moment is actually Littlefinger’s theme. You wouldn’t have known that
it’s Littlefinger’s theme music until much later in the season. But if you rewatch that episode, you can totally put two and two together. And lastly, Theon’s courageous death in season eight, when he was protecting Bran, was actually this really
great callback to season two. He was trying to rally the ironborn troops and thinking that they were
gonna defend Winterfell from whoever was outside the gates. And I’m gonna quote this directly, because I need to give
Theon’s words justice. He said, “[We] die bleeding from a hundred wounds, with arrows in our necks
and spears in our guts.” And how did he die, almost six seasons later? With a spear in his gut. In the battle of Winterfell. The real battle of Winterfell. So. Pretty epic way to go out, Theon. Even if it was sad.


  1. Shirsh Bhati October 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm


  2. Polite Paulite October 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    1st comment

  3. Jenny Pham October 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    3rd comment😭

  4. kla waii October 10, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Hello ! Early time! ❤ Fourth!

  5. Tushar Waikar October 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    You all were nostalgic to GOT.

  6. Just Some Bigfoot With Internet Access October 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Watches video
    Now I can flex on hardcore fans

  7. Dipanjan Saha October 10, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Please watch my first video from my channel you will not regret.😅😅

  8. Parminder Jaura October 10, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Here's one crazy fact, I live on the street that George RR Martin lived and grew up in. In bayonne nj. I also attended the same high school as him.

  9. James Ver October 10, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Enough with GOT alrdy….we've moved on

  10. Alex Rivas October 10, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    John snow looked funny blowing in the wind 😂😂😂

  11. Ashwin Ghadveer October 10, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    We have given up long time ago.

  12. ArTessa October 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    maan now I feel guilty for hating on HBO for changing Ilyn's character into bronn 🙈

  13. no one October 10, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I ain't hc fan but I knew these.

    ..and stop rubbing salt into my wounds. Season 8 was shite. That's why I ain't a hc fan anymore. F* U D&D! 🖕

  14. Princess Sophie Punzalan October 10, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    with the pressure lifted, I hope GRRM gets to finish now the remaining parts of his book series 😭

  15. Chicken Nuggets October 10, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Last season was so bad that it lost the entire series' re-watch value

  16. Ntando Mission October 10, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    we tryna forget bout GOT stop postin bout it

  17. Rúna á Steinamørk October 11, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Thank you for explaining Cleganebowl ❤️

  18. Kasey Dugan October 11, 2019 at 4:37 am

    The clip art is cheap and the facts are stale.

  19. Sam Nassiri October 11, 2019 at 11:40 am

    "Ros", by the way, is Dutch for "ginger". so yeah, fitting.

  20. Amir Kodi October 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm


  21. Abhi Barua October 11, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Okay so??!

  22. Rbles Del Rosario October 11, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Imagine being such a fan of this series that you made a book, then they slap you with the last season

  23. ranica47 October 11, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Um….Ireland isn't in the UK, we fought for, and gained our independence after centuries of brutal occupation so please don't lump us together with them just for the sake of convenience, thank you.

  24. Jenn Glow October 12, 2019 at 3:24 am


  25. Sound Offense October 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Intro flex was a little obnoxious but ok 😆

  26. Kapil Singh October 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Feels like i wasted so much time on GoT only to be treated with such a bad ending.

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