Now that the prequel to the saga is almost here, let’s warm up the engines by discovering some curiosities about the series that drove more than half the world crazy.
For a few years, Game of Thrones has been the series that has kept us in suspense, has left us without sleep, that has provided us with dozens of conversations with friends, work and study colleagues. It can be said that the fever of television series began in 2011, with the first season of this series, that of the seven kingdoms, based on the novel by George RR Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire.
A couple of years ago it ended, leaving us with that feeling of emptiness, or panic, of what now? The good news is that the prequel to the saga, a new series, is coming soon. While you wait for that to happen, you can redeem the HBO promotional code that you find on this page to watch it again or to watch it for the first time, if you haven’t already done so.
Let’s warm up engines. What do you think about knowing some curiosities of the well-known series? You may think you already know everything, but do you?
Filming in disparate locations is one of the most curious things about this series. Did you know that it has been shot in 10 different countries? Yes, in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Morocco, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, the United States, Canada, and Scotland. Filming in Iceland was particularly difficult, as during the winter months there are only four and a half hours of daylight. This meant that they had to record in a hurry and not waste a minute.
It is known that many scenes were recorded in Osuna (Seville), especially the memorable scene in which Khalessi escaped from his enemies on the back of a dragon. But what you may not have known is that many parts of the Spanish geography have served as the setting for the series, such as the castle of Santa Florentina in Barcelona, the Bardenas Reales in Navarra, the Alcazaba in Almería, Zumaia in the Basque Country, or Zafra, in Guadalajara.
Influence of The Lord of the Rings
This series has as a clear reference the great epic saga of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien. It is not something that the experts say, but that the creator of Game of Thrones himself has affirmed and shown it. Did you know that on the iron throne, full of swords, there was a special sword? None other than the Glamdring sword, Gandalf’s from The Lord of the Rings!
A language created for the series
This is a point that we love and that is proof of the importance of this series. Just as Star Trek had its language, Klingon, which its fans learned and spoke with pride, so did this series creates its own language. Moreover, two. The first is Dothraki, with elements that bring it closer to Russian and Arabic. This language has 2700 words; one of them is Erin, which means ‘nice’ and is actually the name of the wife of its creator linguist. The second language, created by the same linguist, David J. Peterson, is Valyrian, which resembles Latin but with Slavic nuances. This language already has 3000 words and the truth is that this linguist is quite a gem.
Various love affairs
A series of years of filming means spending a lot of time together. It is not surprising, therefore, that several love relationships arose between actors and other professionals in the series. The anecdotal thing is that some of those loves and heartbreaks have been talked about. For example, that of the protagonist Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Jerome Flynn (the mercenary Bronn). Their romance ended so badly that both actors demanded that the producer not put them in a scene together again. Instead, there is a love story with a happy ending, Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Kit Harington (John Nieve), who are a couple in real life, are married with a child.
The worldwide coffee cup meme
Something that we love is “the errors” that occur in the recordings, such as anachronistic objects and other oversights. And it is that despite all the efforts and hard work of the professionals on set, sooner or later a small mistake creeps in. We bring you one that gave a lot to talk about. In the fourth episode of the eighth and final season, a cup of coffee was spilled in a medieval party scene. The carelessness was immediately caught by the followers of the series, who flooded the network with memes about Starbucks (the brand of the coffee cup), which obtained extraordinary beneficial publicity and was free!
These are some of the anecdotes and curiosities that we have been able to collect about Game of Thrones. We are looking forward to The House of the Dragon arriving and bringing us many more anecdotes.