Expect to see more “Game of Thrones“-related posts from me as the second season creeps toward us, debuting April 1. The fine people at Pajiba put together “20 Facts About ‘Game of Thrones’ That Might Leave You Crippled, a Bastard or a Broken Thing,” and, boy, is it a fun read.
I knew about some of the facts, but not nearly as many as I didn’t know. For instance:
5. Director Tim Van Patten (“The Sopranos, The Pacific, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire”) came in to a meeting with storyboards he’d created for the opening sequence. When he was done presenting them, he waited for the reaction—no one said a word—there was just applause.
16. The Dothraki tongue was commissioned by HBO through the Language Creation Society. Linguistics expert David Peterson created the language and delivered over 1700 words before the series began filming (there are now more than 3000 words).
My favorite fact is this one:
8. All the snow and ice is created for the show. [Creator/writer David] Benioff lamented that though Northern Ireland is cold, it doesn’t snow when you want it to (in August). The first time they shot the pilot, there were just heaps of bodies, it was bloodless, not violent or horrific enough. After the pilot aired, they received lots of comments that the girl nailed to a tree didn’t look real, she looked like a doll. In fact, she was a real, 19 year old girl (Claire Wright).
Head over to Pajiba for the complete list.