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  • Just to let you all know, therell be a few spoilers coming up in this video. So if

  • you know nothinabout the events of the series, be warned. It's also pretty graphic

  • because, well, it's Game of Thrones. Other than thatenjoy!

  • Top 10 Facts About Game of Thrones

  • NUMBER 10: NAME OF THRONES

  • Since the show started in 2011, at least 146 American baby girls have been namedKhaleesi’,

  • after Game of ThronesDaenerys Targaryen.

  • Arya’ [Are-ya] was also the fastest-growing baby name in 2012, rising in rank from 711th

  • to 413th. Other names that have been inspired by the show include Sansa, Theon, Tyrion,

  • and Sandor.

  • And this trend has even spilled over into the animal world. In 2013 marine biologists

  • discovered a new species of sea slug off the coast of Brazil. The slug had a pale, white,

  • twisted body, reminiscent of Daenerysblonde braids. It was therefore given the name Tritonia

  • Khaleesi.

  • Sources: Independent, The Guardian, GMA Network, Featured Creature.

  • NUMBER 9: SEXPOSITION

  • The explicit sexual content in Game of Thrones is a staple part of the show, so much so that

  • it warranted the invention of a new dramatic technique: ‘sexposition’.

  • Critic Myles McNutt coined the term in 2011 to describe the numerous scenes in the show,

  • in which major plot points are exposed by characters talking during sex.

  • Furthermore, many of the Game of Thrones actors have a history in the adult film industry,

  • particularly the extras who play prostitutes. Most notable is Sibel Kekilli [Sea-bell Key-key-lee],

  • who played Tyrion’s mistress, Shae.

  • Sources: Vulture, The Guardian, New York Post.

  • NUMBER 8: CREATING WESTEROS

  • The production of Game of Thrones spans numerous countries. Filming locations range from Croatia

  • and Morocco to Iceland and Northern Ireland.

  • Many of the places featured in the show have become popular tourist destinations, and it’s

  • estimated that filming in Northern Ireland has brought more than $100 million to their

  • economy.

  • The ancient Moroccan city of Ouarzazate [Where-zer-zert-ah] is also said to have seen a 100% increase

  • in visitors thanks to the show.

  • Sources: Discover Northern Ireland, Sky Scanner, Rough Guides, IMDB.

  • NUMBER 7: DIRE WOLVES ARE REAL

  • Dire Wolves, the trusty pets of the Stark children, are actually based on an ancient

  • species of real-life wolf.

  • Canis Dirus [Can-iss Dear-uss], which lived approximately 15,000 years ago, is thought

  • to have been 25% larger than the modern grey wolf.

  • Game of Thrones used Northern Inuit Dogs to recreate the beasts, digitally enlarging them

  • in post-production. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, adopted her dog Zunni from the

  • show.

  • The American Alsatian BreedersAssociation is currently conducting The Dire Wolf project,

  • breeding large, wolf-like Alsatians that look like the canines in the show and can be bought

  • for $3,000 each.

  • Sources: Prehistoric Wildlife, Natural Worlds, New York Daily News.

  • NUMBER 6: YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

  • Game of Thrones is famous for its brutality. There are an average of 4.5 murders per episode

  • and, in the first four seasons of the show, 133 named characters were killed off.

  • The deadliest episode isBlackwater’, which saw thousands of casualties on both

  • sides of the battle between the Lannister army and Stannis Baratheon’s naval fleet.

  • However, the most notoriously brutal scene came inThe Rains of Castamere’, a.k.a.

  • the Red Wedding, in which 7 named characters were shockingly killed off.

  • Creator George R. R. Martin had hoped to be an extra in the episode. He wanted to appear

  • as a casualty but, unfortunately, his busy schedule prevented him from doing so.

  • Sources: Omnivoracious, Telegraph, Screen Rant.

  • NUMBER 5: MOST PIRATED SHOW

  • In 2015 BitTorrent announced that Game of Thrones was their most downloaded show for

  • four years running. At 14.4 million times, it was pirated more than The Walking Dead

  • and The Big Bang Theory combined.

  • HBO chief Richard Plepler didn’t seem too disheartened by this announcement, though,

  • asserting that pirating is ‘a terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers’,

  • as it exposes the show to more people.

  • And Game of Thrones still performs well on legal channels, with its fifth-season finale

  • drawing an audience of 8.11 million viewers.

  • Sources: Techcrunch, Torrent Freak, Variety.

  • NUMBER 4: LESSONS FROM HISTORY

  • George R. R. Martin took inspiration for numerous plot points from history.

  • The ongoing story arc of the War of Five Kings is based on the 15th Century War of the Roses,

  • when different royal houses competed for the English throne.

  • The author has also specified historical events that influenced his writing of the infamous

  • Red Wedding scene. For example, the Black Dinner of 1440, which saw the Scottish Earl

  • of Douglas and his young brother lured to a feast where they were brutally murdered.

  • Sources: BBC, robertsewell.ca, History GOT.

  • NUMBER 3: MASTERS OF COIN

  • Game of Thrones is currently one of the most expensive shows on TV, costing an average

  • of $6 million to make each episode, or $60 million per series.

  • In comparison, The Walking Dead costs approximately $2.75 million per episode.

  • The most expensive episode of Game of Thrones was the season 2 episodeBlackwater’,

  • which cost a whopping $8 million.

  • The budget was so great because the episode required more than 250 fight-trained extras,

  • a full-size battleship, and ambitious visual effects.

  • Sources: IB Times, Bustle, Business Insider.

  • NUMBER 2: THE DOTHRAKI LANGUAGE

  • The language used by the Dothraki Warriors has actually been created.

  • Working from the 30 Dothraki words used in George R. R. Martin’s books, linguist David

  • Peterson invented a language of 3,163 words especially for the TV show.

  • Although only a small fraction of those words have ever been used in the show, producers

  • thought the language would appear more realistic if it was thoroughly fleshed out.

  • Peterson’s dictionary of Dothraki included pronunciations and rules for grammar and syntax.

  • Sources: Living Language, Telegraph, Living Language Dothraki.

  • NUMBER 1: HUGE STARS

  • Among the big stars who have joined the Game of Thrones cast is Neil Fingleton, the tallest

  • man in Britain. At 233cm, or 7 foot 7 inches tall, Fingleton was ideal to play a giant

  • at the head of the wildling army.

  • Similarly, the role of GregorThe MountainClegane was played by Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson

  • [Haff-thor You-lee-us Bee-yorn-sun], who is 2 meters tall, weighs 190kg, and is a top

  • competitor in the World’s Strongest Man contest.

  • Researchers from Time Magazine estimated that it is possible that - like The Mountain - Björnsson

  • would be able to exert the 235kg of pressure necessary to crush a human skull with his

  • bare hands.

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