Today is the day… The FINAL season of Game of Thrones starts! To get you warmed up and EXCITED for the final moments of the series, here are some facts you might not know about GoT!

1. IN 2013, HBO AND FIREBOX TEAMED UP TO SELL LIFE-SIZE REPLICAS OF THE IRON THRONE

Made of fibreglass and resin, the 159kg replicas were 7 feet, 2 inches tall, 5 feet 11 inches deep, and 5 feet 5 inches wide — and were priced at £20,000 in the UK. They are, alas, no longer available.

2. TRIAL BY COMBAT MAY BE LEGAL

According to Tyrion Lannister (who has endured not one but two trials of this nature, although he managed to avoid fighting himself in both), “deciding a man’s guilt or innocence in the eyes of the gods by having two other men hack each other to pieces tells you something about the gods”. Back in the real world, some have argued that, thanks to an obscure loophole in the law, trial by combat may still be legal in the US.

3. AUTHOR GEORGE RR MARTIN PREFERS WRITING SEX TO VIOLENCE

This one is pretty self explanatory.

4. IT’S THE MOST PIRATED SHOW IN THE WORLD

According to the filesharing website TorrentFreak, more people are illegally downloading Game of Thrones than any other show in the world. In 2012, public BitTorrent trackers showed that one episode was illegally downloaded about 4,280,000 times (Salladhor Saan, the pirate lord played in the series by Lucian Msamati, would doubtless approve).

5. THERE HAVE BEEN 150,966 ON-SCREEN DEATHS (SO FAR)

Game of Thrones isn’t exactly known for being a gentle, violence-free zone — but you might still be surprised at just how many on-screen deaths the hit fantasy show, first broadcast in 2011, has managed to squeeze in across the years.

6. THERE WERE 70 DIFFERENT WAYS TO SAY ‘HODOR’

How many ways must a man “Hodor”, before you can call him a… Hodor? Quite a few, as it turns out. According to Kristian Nairn, the 6ft 10in actor (and club DJ) renowned for playing the gentle giant who can only speak his own name, there were in fact about 70 different ways of saying ‘Hodor’.

7. GEORGE RR MARTIN ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO HAVE JON SNOW AND ARYA FALL IN LOVE…

In 2015, some of Martin’s original plans for the series, outlined in a 1993 letter to his publisher, were revealed. Anyone who watches the show will likely be feeling quite worried by his original intended romance between Jon Snow and Arya Stark, given both the age difference between the actors playing the characters on the show, and the fact that the pair were raised as brother and sister. Martin originally intended for the half siblings to fall for each other and be “tormented” by their incestuous passion, due to Jon’s vows of celibacy to the Night’s Watch.

8. AND TYRION WAS GOING TO FALL FOR ARYA TOO…

In Martin’s original plans, Arya was also clearly quite the heartbreaker. According to the early 1993 outline, Tyrion ends up aligning himself with the Starks — and falls “helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it”, although Arya doesn’t return his affection.

9. SOPHIE TURNER ADOPTED HER DIREWOLF

We all remember when Lady, Sansa Stark’s pet direwolf, was sacrificed to mollify Cersei’s anger when Arya’s direwolf Nymeria bit Prince Joffrey. This, naturally, left the dog who played Lady out of a job and actress Sophie Turner was only too happy to adopt her. The Mahlek Northern Inuit pup’s real name is Zunni.

10. JON SNOW’S FUR COMES FROM IKEA

Game of Thrones may have a budget of around $10 million per episode, but they still rely on that mainstay of frugality, Ikea. Designer Michele Clapton revealed in a 2016 interview at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles that several of the fur capes worn by men of the Night’s Watch are actually Ikea rugs. Even more reason to be excited for a store opening in NZ!

Now get yourself sorted and ready for the new season airing tonight!

Source: NZ Herald

Image: Getty images

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