Behind-The-Scenes Game Of Thrones Secrets You Probably Didn't Know
It's an understatement to say that A lot happens in a single Game of Thrones episode. So it's really know surprise to learn that behind-the-scenes are just as event. Here's a list of 10 secrets, you probably didn't know about. (No spoilers ahead)
The Season 1 Scripts Went Missing
In 2011 George. R.R. Martin lost two season 1 scripts in the mail. "The envelope was torn open on one end, and both scripts were gone... I am convinced the scripts were stolen," Martin wrote on his blog. Martin was understandably angry and wrote a plea to his fans to keep an eye out. ""Like Bloodraven, I have a thousand eyes and one. So let's keep 'em all peeled, boys and girls."
To this day, the scripts have never been recovered, but luckily no spoilers ever got out.
The Show Uses Fake Meat
Peter Dinklage is an animal lover and strict vegetarian. He is seen many times in the show eating meat, but what you may not know is everything he's eating is tofu. He feels so strongly about that cause that back in 2014 he starred in a Peta commercial stating "By buying meat, eggs, and dairy products, you're paying for cruelty."
The Moon Door Is All Lies
You know that huge scary hole that people tend to get thrown down in Game of Thrones? Well, turns out it's not scary at all. In fact, Sophie Turner revealed in a recent interview that "It's like a meter deep...Just like green screen floor and then you put a crash mat on top of it."
The Dragons Were Inspired By Farm Animals
To get the movements of the dragons to look realistic, the special effects team studied a goose. "We looked at big goose animals when they are on the ground, how they play with their wings even though they're not able to fly," Game of Thrones effects supervisor Sven Martin told Wired.
The Showrunners Love Messing With Kit Harrington
"We had a whole story about how HBO felt he was too Disney; he was too Harry Potter," showrunner DB Weiss said in an SXSW audience Q&A earlier this year.
"We wrote a [fake] scene for Kit Harington where his face melted off," confessed fellow co-showrunner David Benioff.
Explaining that they told Kit (in gory detail) just how messed up his face would be for the rest of the series, Benioff said: "It was his upper lip and all of his hair... Kit's got great hair and a great pout."
"He was a good sport about it, but you could tell he was really sad," Weiss added.
Arya Was The Hardest Role To Cast
According to showrunner Benioff: "[Arya and Sansa] start so young, but we knew if the show worked, [the characters] were going to go to extremely dark places, so it was a tricky thing, casting people and just hoping they would blossom into the women that they've become."
"I remember we probably looked at 300 girls in England and could not find the right Arya", he revealed at a SXSW Q&A. Safe to say they nailed it in the end.
Laughing On Set Is A Problem
Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey have to actively avoid eye contact during intense scenes as they always crack each other up.
"People think the mood on set is very serious," Dinklage said during his Reddit AMA. "But sometimes the most serious scenes can produce the most laughter on set."
Fake Blood Can Cause Issues
Emilia Clarke revealed that after her scene with the horse heart, she was in a very embarrassing situation on set.
"It kind of just stays sticky for quite a long time and then there was a moment when we were filming it that I disappeared... And I was stuck to the toilet," Clarke confessed on Jimmy Kimmel.
Stuntmen Love To Mess With Each Other On Set
Game of Thrones stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton recently revealed how annoying the stunt scenes can be. "There [will be] a clip [lasting] three or four seconds, and then it's taken us six weeks to prep it, and get it ready for that", he told HuffPost. "One whole day of filming might actually be only three seconds of actual camera time... Sometimes just before a take they'll knock a weapon out of someone's hand, so they've got to quickly pick it up before they call action."
Season 7 of Game of Thrones returns for more shenanigans on July 16th, 2017