Bits of Game of Thrones
- By bitsofgameofthrones
- On 03/10/2017
In 2017 more than 40 million people watched each episode of Game of Thrones eager to find out which intricate plots would unfold on screen. But did you know some of the most interesting storylines actually take place behind the scenes.In this blog I plan to take a closer spoiler filled look at the untold truth of Game of Thrones. Author George RR Martin has long been reluctant to adapt his novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, because he didn't want the on-screen version to tarnish the brilliance of his books. So, when David Benioff and DB Weiss approached him for HBO, Martin agreed on one condition - they had to answer one question. Is there a way to get out of the dungeon without using the wizard key? F**k?! The hell are you talking about?!
Actually, Martin asked them who they believe Jon Snow's true parents were. When Benioff and Weiss gave the correct answer Martin gave his blessing in return. Well, the rest of the world finally learned the truth during the season 6 finale that Jon Snow is really the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. It's not hard to admire Benioff and Weiss for setting out the truth years ago.
HBO nearly cancelled it before it’s said, believe it or not. Even after Benioff and Weiss solving Martin's riddle, his first pass at the pilots episode wasn't very good. HBO executives and producers were so unhappy they almost ended the show before it could even begin. In an interview DB Weiss explained that after watching it, one of the HBO heads put it bluntly – „you guys have a massive problem“. The script was rewritten, about 90% of the pilot was reshot with a new director. The showrunners also made major changes to the cast. The role of Daenerys Targaryen was recast with Emilia Clarke. Catelyn Stark was recast to bringing in Michelle Fairley for Jennifer Hale. The original pilot has, of today, never aired and that's a shame for plenty of reasons. George RR Martin explained that he had a cameo during the narrative wedding scene. He said that he was left on the cutting room floor, and was a Pentoshi nobleman in the background wearing a gigantic hat.
These are just some of the tiny details we miss on GoT today. And there are plenty of those. Keep up with me, and I will show you many more of these.