8 Incredible Facts About Game of Thrones

  • April 08, 2014
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Two Other Former Cast Members have Legendary Relatives

Two Other Former Cast Members have Legendary Relatives

You may remember Viserys Targaryen, the older brother of Dany, the Mother of Dragons. He was a whiny little jerk who was convinced he was destined to rule Westeros, though the only golden crown he ever received was the insanely painful, brutal one that Khal Drogo gave him when he poured molten gold over his head. It ended the run of actor Harry Lloyd, who has some pretty impressive lineage of his own. See, he’s actually the direct descendant of Charles Dickens. And that’s not the only famous Charlie someone in the cast was related to, either, as the actress who played Robb Stark’s doomed wife Talisa is the direct descendant of Charlie Chaplin. That’s not too shabby, is it?

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People Are Actually Breeding Direwolves

People Are Actually Breeding Direwolves

The Direwolf is the symbol of House Stark, and in both the books and television show, they are huge, incredibly loyal, vicious beasts that strike fear into anyone who even thinks about threatening a member of the Stark family. They’re also, apparently, very real now that people are starting to breed Direwolves to sell to rabid fans of the show. A woman in Oregon has started the Dire Wolf Project, using Alsatian’s to basically create the closest possible thing to a real life Direwolf that you’ll ever see. So now you, too, can pretend to be a member of House Stark with your very own Direwolf, though trying to become a warg and controlling the beast in that manner, a la Bran Stark, is something you’ll have to figure out how to do on your own.

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The Actress who plays Shae Used to be a Porn Star

The Actress who plays Shae Used to be a Porn Star

The character of Shae has become something of a fan favorite since being introduced as an exotic love interest for Tyrion Lannister. She’s a prostitute with a sharp tongue who doesn’t take any crap from anyone, and has become protective and loyal to Sansa Stark while the eldest Stark daughter is stuck in King’s Landing. If you’re a fan of the character you may have Googled the name of the actress, however, and been shocked to discover she actually used to be a porn star. Sibel Kekilli had performed in adult films under the name “Dilara,” and when this became public she was publicly disowned by her parents despite having a burgeoning career as a serious actress. It’s okay, Sibel, it just makes us love you even more.

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Only Three People in the World Know who Wins the Game of Thrones

Only Three People in the World Know who Wins the Game of Thrones

It should not come as much of a surprise that George R.R. Martin knows exactly how the series is going to end, but everything about how he’ll arrive at his ending and who, if anyone, will actually win the game of thrones is shrouded in mystery. At least, for anyone not named Martin, David Benioff, or D.B. Weiss. Those are the two guys in charge of the show, by the way, to whom Martin entrusted the secret of the ending of his magnum opus. It makes sense of course, since the show has to end at some point and, as morbid as it sounds, Martin may not live long enough to finish the series of books. He has given rough ideas of where things are going to a couple of his trusted writer friends to finish the story should he kick the bucket. Anyway, the HBO series is rumored to end around 2018, so thankfully we’ll all eventually find out what happens anyway. But wouldn’t it be nice to threaten Benioff and Weiss with a Direwolf to get them to give up the goods?

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