Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television shows in history. It has taken over primetime tv on Sunday nights. The show has amassed a massive following with extremely devoted fans. However, even the most diehard Game of Thrones fans don’t know everything about the show and it’s stars. We bring you 20 Amazing Game of Thrones Facts You Never Knew, courtesy of TwentyTwoWords.com.
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1The Night’s King is used to being a villain.
Richard Brake, the actor who plays the terrifying leader of the White Walkers, also played Joe Chill in Batman Begins. Unsurprisingly, that character actually killed Batman’s parents.
2Emilia Clarke has a topless clause in her contract.
Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, actually has a clause in her contract about how many times she can appear topless in a season.
3Alfie Allen is Lily Allen’s little brother.
One the show he plays the tortured and castrated little brother, but in real life Alfie Allen is the singer’s little bro. She actually wrote a song about her brother called “Alfie.”
4Ser Ilyn Payne is a rockstar IRL.
We hate his character because he’s the one that executed Eddard Stark, but the actor, Wilko Johnson, is a rock guitarist that we can totally get down with.
5Jojen Reed was also the voice of Ferb on the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb.
You may also remember him from the hit holiday movie, Love Actually, in which he plays a lovelorn little dude intent on impressing his woman.
6Lady Talisa Maegyr is Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter.
Oona Chaplin, the actress that played Robb Stark’s wife, has a long family history in Hollywood.
7Lena Headey And Jerome Flynn hate each other with a passion.
Who knew that Cersei Lannister and the guy who plays Bronn had such bad blood? Rumor has it that the pair once dated, and now they don’t speak at all on set.
8Hodor is A D.J.
You might be still crying about Hodor’s untimely departure, but Kristian Nairn, the guy who him, is actually a professional D.J. in real life. He plays at raves called “Rave of Thrones.” Someone get us a ticket ASAP.
9Sophie Turner adopted her direwolf.
Sophie Turner actually adopted the same dog that played her direwolf in the show. Sure, he’s not so big, but he’s still as adorable.
10Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain) is the third strongest man in the world.
He actually placed third in a world strongman competition, and we’re not surprised. However, we can’t say we’ll ever forgive him for killing Oberyn.
11Shae was a porn star.
Sibel Kekilli, the girl who plays Shae, has a natural allure that might be attributed to the fact that she used to work in German adult film.
12Sean Bean played soccer with his prosthetic head after dying.
Things get a little bit gory on the show, so we’re assuming that the actors have to come up with some slightly disturbing coping mechanisms. Wonder what it would be like to play soccer with your own head.
13Jaime Lannister absolutely despises wearing his armor.
Who can blame him? Even if he’s a knight and the King’s Guard, that s**t must be really, really hot — especially under all of those studio lights.
14Richard Madden had no idea that his character would die.
We’re assuming that he didn’t read the books and find out what went down at the Red Wedding. There’s something comforting about the fact that Robb Stark was as shocked as we were. That one really hurt.
15Richard Madden is dating Jenna Louise Coleman.
And Coleman played the companion on Doctor Who. Yup: This is what’s known as a nerd power couple.
16Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey have both played Sarah Connor in the Terminator films.
Clarke was in Terminator Genisys and Headey was in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. They’re both total bosses, so this isn’t hard for us to believe.
17The writers put in fake death scenes to trick the actors.
Confidentiality is of the utmost important when it comes to preserving the plot, and that means that sometimes the writers even have to throw the actors for a loop.
18Maester Aemon Targaryen is blind in real life
Peter Vaughan lost his sight years ago, and that led to his utterly convincing performance on the show.
19It’s the most pirated show in the world.
If you’re not watching Game of Thrones on Sunday night, that means you don’t have an HBO subscription (or live outside of the United States). That means that each week, millions of people are illegally downloading the show. We don’t blame them.
20George. R. R. Martin has revealed how he plans to end the series to producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff in case he dies before he finishes.
They had to cover all of their bases, so Martin has revealed the entire stories to the directors. Of course, it’s top secret — and we’re hoping that Martin releases the next book soon so we can get that much closer to the truth.