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OTTplay Now You Know - Game of Thrones

HBO’s smash hit fantasy series Game of Thrones wrapped up its eight-season run in 2019. The series based on George R R Martin’s popular fantasy novels from A Song of Ice and Fire saga has become one of the most popular TV shows ever produced. 

  • Nikhil Kumar

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 11.32 AM, Jan 17, 2022

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HBO’s smash hit fantasy series Game of Thrones wrapped up its eight-season run in 2019. The series based on George R R Martin’s popular fantasy novels from A Song of Ice and Fire saga has become one of the most popular TV shows ever produced. In the spirit of its popularity even two years after its finale, and its first prequel series House of The Dragon releasing its teaser trailer, here’s a bunch of trivia you may have not known about the series, Game Of Thrones. Here we go!

1. Writer George RR Martin, on whose novel the show is based, was supposed to have a cameo in the initial pilot. He was expected to play a noble from Pentos who attends Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding. But during the reshoot of the pilot, his appearance was mercilessly axed. Now that is an apt start to a deliciously violent show. 

2. It seems that masks have been obscuring identities much before the pandemic made them a necessity. The character of The Mountain, who is always shown covering his face with a metal face shield, was recast twice during the show’s run. While Conan Stevens played The Mountain aka George Clegane in the first season, he was replaced by Ian Whyte in the following installment. Hafþór Björnsson soon took over from Whyte.

3. It seems Peter Dinklage was destined to play Tyrion Lannister. Writer George RR Martin revealed while writing A Song of Ice and Fire, he could not imagine any other actor in the role other than Dinklage. Promptly, while casting for the show, the makers did not blink an eyelid before getting Dinklage on board for the part.

4. The props department of Game of Thrones have, among other things, given a new lease of life to Ikea rugs - by transforming them into coats. As implausible as it may sound, the coats of the Night Watch were not made of fur. Instead, Ikea rugs were shaved, waxed and frosted to make them resemble actual fur. 

You can watch the series on Disney + Hotstar

That's some lesser-known trivia about the series Game Of Thrones on Now You Know. I shall be back with another new podcast giving you info about your favorite film or OTT series. Until the next time, it's your host Nikhil signing out. 

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