By Trevor Dueck – Staff Writer
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If you are part of Nerdcore Movement, you are undoubtedly a fan of Game of Thrones. So as we wait for Season 4, which seems like a lifetime away, here are seven facts about the show that you may not have known.
1. Peter Dinklage was the man to play Tyrion Lannister from the very beginning. GOT Producer David Benioff read “A Song of Ice and Fire” and pictured Peter as the perfect actor to play the small but cunning Lannister. Nobody else auditioned for the role and the rest is history
2. Speaking of Peter Dinklage, did you know that he and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are actually true BFFs in real life? When Peter was cast as Tyrion he told the producers of the show about his good friend Lena. She auditioned and was cast as Cersei. It must be pretty cool to be playing alongside a good friend.
3. Game of Thrones was almost a movie franchise and not a TV series. George R.R. Martin was approached by producers looking to make the book series a movie saga. Luckily for us all, George decided that his vision wouldn’t translate well on the silver screen due to the amount of content that would have to be excluded. George insisted that “A Song of Ice and Fire” be a successful TV series on HBO called Game of Thrones.
4. The majority of the cast have not read any of the books. The actors on the series feel that reading the books and spoiling the storyline will interfere in how they portray their characters, and knowing their fate my cause issues with how they act. Most of us agree that there is no reason to read the books because it will ruin the viewing pleasure of the television show.
5. In the books it says that the Iron Throne was made with dragon’s fire and a thousand swords. However, for the television show the Iron Throne was made by propmaker Gavin Jones who spent two months gluing, stapling and nailing wood together and adding a few swords. Apparently it was a very tough prop to build and stands 8 feet tall. There has to be instructions on the internet somewhere because everyone needs one in their home. You can, however, buy a full-size replica of the Iron Throne for only $30,000!
6. Just like Klingons in Star Trek, the Dothraki in GOT have a created language. The producers on the show hired an actual linguist named David Peterson to create a dictionary of Dothraki for the script. Peterson created over 3000 Dothraki words and rules of grammar for the language, and all of it was used in the show.
7. Games of Thrones Producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have the inside scoop in how George R.R. Martin’s series is going to end. George is turning 65 this Summer and just in case something happens to him and he can’t finish writing the final few books of the series, the producers have inside knowledge to at least finish the television show in George R.R. Martin’s vision.
Keep it locked on Nerdcore Movement for all Game of Thrones Season 4 news. Don’t forget to follow along all next week as we debut our first ever San Diego Comic Con blog including plenty of Game of Thrones footage!