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15 'Game Of Thrones' Facts That Even The Most Hardcore Fans Won't Know

Even though the Game Of Thrones TV series has finished coming out, it's diehard fan's love for it will never finish (and we still have another book to wait for!). So because we will never have enough of anything GOT, here are some true facts about the show that most of you won't know. And what facts they are! Not only will you be super surprised at some of them, you'll be the king/queen at the next GOT-themed trivia night you attend. Two birds, one stone. 

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    Text that reads, "Sansa Stark's direwolf Lady was killed early in season 1, meaning the dog who played her, Zuuni, was out of a job. So Sophie Turner, the actress who portrays Sansa, adopted her"
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    Text that reads, "The Roman Emperor Caligular was acruel and destructive ruler whose reign only lasted a few years because he was assassinated for being terrible at his job. And Joffrey looked a lot like him, judging by the old statues and busts. Coincidence?"
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    Text that reads, "'Song of Ice and Fire' writer George RR Martin has said he imagined Peter Dinklage in the role of Tyrion Lannister before the show came into being - and when it was time for showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to cast the role, no other actor was considered for the part"
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    Adaptation - The first season of "Game of Thrones" cost between $50 million and $60 million, or something north of $5 million per episode on average. Even now that's a lot for a TV show -- but HBO has blown past that amount and footed a bill of more than $100 million for Season 6. You can see where the extra funding has gone on the screen.
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    Text - The original pilot for "Game of Thrones" was by all accounts total garbage, despite being helmed by Tom McCarthy, the director of last year's Oscar winner for Best Picture "Spotlight." The first episode was reshot almost entirely, with several new cast members including Michelle Fairley replacing Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark. Apparently it contained a particularly theatrical rendition of the death of Jon Arryn (pictured) as well.
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    Text - Tyrion Lannister has appeared in more episodes than any other character -- 58 out of a possible 64, including every episode in Season 7 so far.
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    Tire - When Daenerys married Khal Drogo, Illyrio Mopatis gave her the three ancient dragon eggs that would hatch into the actual actual dragons we know so well today. The egg props, however, were given in real life to George RR Martin by the prop maker who constructed them.
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    Text - Iwan Rheon, the actor who played the much- loathed Ramsay Bolton, had previously been up for a different role before he got that part: Jon Snow. Rheon has said it was down to him and Kit Harrington for the part before the showrunners decided on Harrington.
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    Text - Word is that series co-creator David Benioff originally wanted "The Rains of Castamere" to be the theme song, but the other co-creator, D.B. Weiss, talked him out of it. Nonetheless, "The Rains of Castamere" can be heard dozens of times in the series, including versions by The National and lIcelandinc rockers Sigur Ros (pictured, in a cameo appearance).
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    Adaptation - There are only five episodes in the entire series thus far in which nobody dies on screen, and only two of those -- "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" in Season 3 and "Blood of My Blood" in Season 6 - don't feature any deaths on screen or off. That's remarkable considering the former is the episode in which Brienne fought a bear.
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    Fictional character - Gregor Clegane, better known as The Mountain, has been recast twice in his years on the show. In Season 1 he was played by Conan Stevens. In Season 2 he was played by lan Whyte. Currently, the role belongs to Hafpór Júlíus Björnsson. Whyte, however, would go on to an illustrious career as Wun Wun the giant.
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    Photo caption - Writer George RR Martin had a cameo in that old pilot as a noble of Pentos who attended Daenerys' wedding. The cameo didn't survive the reshoots.
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    Photo caption - Remember when Daenerys ate that horse heart in Season 1? After shooting that scene, actress Emilia Clarke was covered in so much fake blood (which commonly uses sticky corn syrup as a base) that she got stuck to a toilet.
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    Photo caption - When we first met Tywin Lannister at the end of Season 1, he lectured his son Jaime on legacy and family while skinning a stag (as a metaphor, since a stag is the sigil of House Baratheon) That stag was an actual dead stag and actor Charles Dance actually was skinning it.
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    Text - Few characters on "Game of Thrones" hate each other the way Cersei and Tyrion do -- well, Tyrion doesn't hold nearly as much contempt for his sister as she does for him, but you know what I mean. In real life, though, actors Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey are basically best friends. "Sometimes we have to avoid eye contact so we don't crack up," Dinkalge said in a Reddit AMA in 2014.
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