The season six finale of The Game of Thrones has finally concluded and people cannot wait to find out the fate of some of the shows' favorite characters. Season 6 answered a lot of questions;
"What happened to Benjen Stark" and "Where did the White Walkers come from?" but there are still many aspects of the story that have left viewers guessing. Season 7 promises to be one of the most thrilling and dramatic finishes to an incredible series, so to tide you over we've put together a little list of spoiler-free facts about the Game of Thrones that you might not have known. Make sure to let us know your favorite in the comments below.
5. Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in history.
You may remember Game of Thrones' most notable pirate Davos Seaworth played by Liam Cunningham. Though, he may be the show's most famous swashbuckler he’s certainly not the only one. As it turns out, Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in television history, which consistantly manages to break its previously held records for illegal downloading. Most believe this is due to the exclusivity of the shows syndication, only being aired through HBO in The U.S.
If we look at a relatively new episode, “The Wars to Come”, from Season 5, we see that it was downloaded 13 million times, which resulted in a projected $44 million dollar loss for the episode. Considering that this is a single episode, we see that the effect that illegal downloading has on the shows revenue. Another episode from Season 5, “Kill the Boy”, accumulated 2.2 million downloads in just a twelve hour time span, setting a new record and proving that even though the TV ratings for Game of Thrones are incredible by today's standards, they’re only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many television viewers want to get their hands on this show.
4. The horse's heart was a difficult meal to swallow.
If you recall back in season 1 when Daenerys (played by Emilia Clarke) was made to eat the raw heart of a stallion during a special ceremony held for her upcoming motherhood. The prop heart that Clarke had to eat weighed several pounds and was reportedly made mainly of gummy bears. The Game of Thrones actress, would later admit in a commentary that the prop heart had an overwhelming bleach flavor that made the task about as difficult as eating an actual horse heart. The fake blood used in the scene would later get Clarke stuck to a toilet seat after shooting. It's safe to say she skipped lunch that day...
3. Game of Throne's costume designer Michelle Chapman "ages" the garments for two weeks to keep their gritty look authentic.
Costume designer Michelle Clapton says the most time-consuming part of the design process is breaking in the wardrobe. She says breaking in the costumes helps the show avoid that cheap Renaissance Fair-fantasy look. Clapton allegedly told the Hollywood Reporter, “You spend two weeks breaking down, patching, dying, repatching. Then you trash it, age it, then trash it again and repair. You can’t just stick a couple of patches on it and spray it with dirt because that is exactly what It will look like on HD televisions.” I think it's safe to say that her work has not gone unnoticed.
2. There are multiple Game of Thrones Hip Hop albums recorded by multi-million dollar recording artists.
HBO released the first official Game of Thrones-themed Hip Hop album in 2014 called “Catch the Throne.” The second album was released before the season five premiere of the show and also contained a few heavy metal songs. The songs were availablefor free download via Soundcloud and including songs by Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Big Boi, Talib Kweli and Anthrax.
1. There’s a Game of Thrones pilot episode that never aired on HBO.
The original episode, written and directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) was so unfavored that it had to be scrapped and remade. Co-Creator David Benioff was quoted by Variety recalling that “We got everything wrong on a very basic level with the writing of it.” He went on to highlight that one of the major problems was the audience invited to the test screening was unable to determine that the characters Jamie and Cersei were brother and sister, which was a major plot point.