(SPOILER ALERT. Just wanted to throw that disclaimer out there before this goes any further. Any continuation of reading and finding out who gets the axe will be at your own risk.)
Ah, Game of Thrones fans unite! The show has brought us tears, joy and to the edges of our couches. The show premiered in 2011 and here we all are in 2017, so ready to see who will get this throne. Besides the jaw-dropping writing and genius mind behind this franchise, the actors put on one hell of a show. There are so many people on this show, it’s hard to keep track of who’s who and honestly, who’s even alive sometimes. We know so much about the characters, but here are some things to know about the people behind some of our favorite characters.
15. Jon Snow is really dating Ygritte
These two had quite the up and down relationship, but a very memorable one to say the least. Remember that especially memorable moment when Ygritte told Jon Snow, “You know nothing”? Well, it looks like a lot of people didn’t know the two are actually a couple in real life. Though they aren’t a couple on the show because Rose’s character gets the axe, Kit Harington is indeed dating Rose Leslie. The buzz around the two started in 2012, but it wasn’t until recently when Kit shared on The Late Late Show with James Corden that Rose and him have moved in together. It’s probably more challenging filming with your significant other, but this definitely isn’t the first time an on-screen relationship brought itself to life!
14. Robb Stark was in tears after “The Red Wedding”
Ugh. Hearts were broken everywhere the night “The Red Wedding” aired. Going down in history as one of the most savage/heartbreaking/shocking/cannot look away scenes of all time, it’s a little comforting to know that Robb Stark himself was also heartbroken. The actor who played Robb, Richard Madden, was in tears after the scene, “I was the crazy boy on the plane crying at about midnight, landing in London.” Richard did an interview with Access Hollywood after his character’s exit and shared his last memories on the show. “It was a big, emotional moment because we’re one big family that’s plowed on through this for years. And, it was a sad day.” He did mention that as sad as the scene was for the characters, there was a sense of relief because their characters have fought so much for so long and it was finally over. Makes sense.
13. Theon Greyjoy’s sister is Lily Allen
Theon (poor, poor Theon), played by the talented Alfie Allen is actually the younger brother to English recording artist Lily Allen! Their dad is an actor/musician named Keith Allen and their mom is a producer named Alison Owen. Talent really does run in the family! Lily’s song “Alfie” is actually about her brother. She wrote the song for and about him because she wanted him to do something with his life, instead of just being lazy. “At first he was really upset about it, because he thought that I was just pointing out all of his bad points and attacking him.” Well, Alfie’s now on one of the most successful shows of all time so it’s safe to say that he listened to his big sis.
12. Sansa adopted her Direwolf from the show
Every true Game Of Thrones fan will always remember the direwolves the Stark clan all got in the very beginning. Each of the Stark kids received one and that made us all want to go get dogs, right away. And each of the Stark kids had very special relationships with theirs. That’s maybe what Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark thought, too, because she ended up adopting her character’s direwolf! Zunni, who was named Lady in Game of Thrones, is Sophie’s dog in real life. “Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one. We kind of fell in love with my character’s dire wolf, Lady, on set.” It was actually Sophie’s mom who talked the show into letting them adopt the dog.
11. Joffrey was in Batman Begins
First things first, how amazing of an actor is Jack Gleeson?! We have got to give credit where credit is due. He is so good that he got everyone to absolutely want to punch him right in the face, repeatedly. Just think about how evil he really is, let it sink it… and then remember that he’s a normal dude who’s just doing his job so well that it’s believable! But before he became one of the most disliked characters of all time, let us not forget that he was once the innocent little boy in Batman Begins! Jack himself doesn’t really look any different, even though Batman Begins came out in 2005. Watch the clip above and watch until the end… where he gets slapped (kinda)… again.
10. Viserys Targaryen is the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens
This enormous cast does not fail to amaze us. Let us not forget that the beautiful Khaleesi had an older brother at the start of this show, but Viserys Targaryen has been long, long gone. So we haven’t seen Harry Lloyd’s character since very early on because he got the axe, in a very memorable way. Remember? When Khal Drogo melted gold in a pot and then just poured it over Viserys’ head to give him the golden crown he’d been wanting? He played royalty on the show, but he’s also kind of royalty in the literature world. His great-great grandfather is the famous English writer, Charles Dickens. The mind behind Great Expectations, The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol… just to name a few.
9. Cersei is tatted up
The show has won their fair share of awards for their outstanding costume choices for all of their characters. The characters don’t really have summer apparel or anything like that, so we often forget what their skin looks like. It’d be a bit confusing to see someone in King’s Landing with a full sleeve, but we’re guessing Game of Thrones fans didn’t realize Cersei, played by Lena Headey, is pretty tatted up. It’s hard to keep track of how many she has, but it definitely is a lot. We all have our happy place and this sounds like it could be hers, “I find a real calm, a real peace to it.” It doesn’t sound like she’ll be stopping anytime soon, either. “I’ll be outside a tattoo shop and hear the needle and think, ‘I could just get a little one that nobody would see.”
8. Jojen Reed is the voice of Ferb in Phineas and Ferb
Ah, Jojen Reed. Played by babyfaced Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Thomas is 27 years old!). His character Jojen sort of had superpowers where he had green sight, which was the power of prophetic green dreams. Basically, he can see into the future. But before he landed the role, he had another big role on the Disney Channel. He’s probably not familiar to Disney fans because he never really showed his face. Thomas is the voice of Ferb from Disney’s Phineas and Ferb! The show aired from 2007-2015 and Thomas was one of the main character’s voices. Sure, Ferb doesn’t really have many lines throughout the whole series, but he’s still a likable character. Thomas has been in many popular shows and movies, like everyone’s favorite Christmas time movie, Love Actually.
7. Robb Stark’s wife is Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter
Ready for this shocker? As if being a part of the Starks family wasn’t cool enough already, Oona Chaplin, who played the short-lived role of Talisa Maegyr/Stark, is actually the granddaughter to the successful, accomplished and beloved Charlie Chaplin. He’s a man who (arguably) changed the way we all watch movies today. No pressure or anything, Oona. Luckily, she has always been inspired by her famous family, as her mother is also an actress, Geraldine Leigh Chaplin. “I know there are a lot of different ways someone in my position might feel about it, but to me—my mother, my grandfather, my great-grandfather —they are just constant, healthy reminders of what one should strive for, of giving your everything to creating lasting work, spreading love.”
6. Ramsay almost played Jon Snow
Oh how different things would have been! Lets face it, it was pretty rough watching Ramsay torture Theon Greyjoy all this time, but just like Joffrey’s character, what a great actor he is. But it’s still surprising to learn that Iwan Rheon, who played the evil Ramsay, was this close to portraying another Snow… Jon Snow, to be exact. Iwan auditioned early on before they got to casting a Jon Snow and he was so close that the final two in the running were Iwan and Kit Harington. “I auditioned for the pilot of Game of Thrones, and was down to the last two for Jon Snow,” he said. As talented as Iwan truly is, we think the series made the right call with the right Jon Snow. Plus, Iwan turned out to be the perfect Ramsay.
5. Grey Worm is a musician
He doesn’t have too many lines when we see him on Game of Thrones, but Grey Worm is a singer! A good one at that. His real name is Jacob Anderson, but his musician name is Raleigh Ritchie. The 27-year-old English actor isn’t a one trick pony. Outside of being on one of the coolest shows of all time, he’s got his own thing going on. Jacob has said before that Kanye West’s College Dropout album really inspires him and his music. His sound is an eclectic mix of everything really—a little pop, a little hip hop and a bit of alternative. It really shows how many different ways he can take his sound and that just shows how talented Jacob Anderson really is.
4. Hodor is a DJ, for reals
Hold the door… (get it?) Hodor is a DJ?! Played by Irish actor Kristian Nairn, the Game of Thrones world fell in love with this guy. His character was truly a caretaker. A kind one with a giant heart. Hodor literally only says his name the entire time he’s on the show, but he was a favorite. When he’s not taking care of Bran and trying to protect him on-screen, Kristian is a real life DJ. A progressive house DJ to be exact. For a period of time, he was the resident DJ of a gay club in Belfast called Kremlin. (Kristian publicly came out in 2014.) Sounds like the world is loving him because he even went on a tour called “Rave of Thrones” (how awesome is that name?!) from October–December 2014 in Australia and in the U.S. Way to go, Hodor!
3. This was Arya’s first acting gig
Talent is talent. But luck had to have played a little into this too, right? Everyone’s favorite badass, Maisie Williams—who portrays Arya Stark—revealed that this was actually her first gig, ever. And boy, has she made a lasting impression in Hollywood. Maisie could have fooled us all into believing that she’s been doing this acting thing since she could walk and talk. The show first aired in 2011 and Maisie is now 20 years old, so she must have been around 13 years old when they started filming season one. Most people have to pay for their acting classes, but is there a better class than a handful of real-life experience on the set of Game of Thrones? The answer is… not likely.
2. The Mountain competed in a World’s Strongest Man competition
There is a lot of talent from this cast, so do not even try to count out a strength competition. Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson is a professional strongman. Yes, a professional strongman is a real thing. The Iceland native is also an actor (duh) and used to play pro basketball, too. He plays The Mountain on Game of Thrones, because well, it’s pretty fitting. In 2011, Björnsson was entered into the World’s Strongest Man competition as a wild card. What’s even wilder than that? He came in sixth place! That probably didn’t hurt his resume when it came time for his Game of Thrones audition. Want more wildness? In 2012, 2013 and 2015, he came in third place. And in 2014 and 2016, he was the runner-up. His character did take out Oberyn by crushing the guy’s head, so yup, it adds up.
1. During season three, 257 cast names were recorded
That is record breaking! A dizzying 257 names… think of all the food at crafts services! Game Of Thrones is known to have a crazy talented cast that’s just nearly impossible to keep track of. Everyone has their favorite characters (like Arya, Jon Snow, Khaleesi) and their not-so favorite characters (like Sansa and Petyr Baelish). But as many main characters as there are, think about how many extras are in these shots as well. Surely not, every season had 257 names recorded on the cast list, because, well, people drop like flies throughout the series. There are a lot of people on the show, but most of them do not see each other as they shoot in different locations which are often times in different countries. Think about how many (or how few?) of their characters have actually crossed paths…
sources: accesshollywood.com, gizmodo.com, imdb.com, people.com, biography.com, eonline.com, time.com, theworldsstrongestman.com
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