14 little-known facts about Game of Thrones, as told by wolves
Wolves love Sansa, and Sansa loves wolves.
When Sansa Stark's wolf, Lady, met her end her role on the show ended. But Lady and her TV mama, actress Sophie Turner, weren't ready to part ways just yet. The two had such a bond, Turner decided to adopt her. "We kind of fell in love with my character’s direwolf," says Turner.Image courtesy of HBO
You'll never guess what Melisandre can't handle.
The direwolves are none too fond of the Red Priestess, Melisandre, and are rooting for her downfall. To that end, they've decided to reveal her one weakness: an allergy to horses! Actress Carice Van Houten's horse aversion is so severe, she has to have a stunt double for her riding scenes. Plot accordingly.Image courtesy of HBO
'Arya' is really popular with the Brits.
Our new wolf friends puffed up their furry chests as they told us that "Arya" was one of the top names for girls born in the UK in 2012.Image courtesy of HBO
The wolves also want you to know that the show has won 10 Emmys.
As wolves, they have no idea what an Emmy is, but they think they sound delicious.Image courtesy of HBO
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie were more than just costars, if you catch our drift.
Shame, shame, double shame, we know Jon Snow's girlfriend's name! Turns out direwolves are terrible gossips. Kit Harington dated his onscreen love interest, Rose Leslie (wildling Ygritte on the show) for a few months back in 2012.Image courtesy of HBO
Those Stark kids cannot carry a tune.
You know the Game of Thrones theme song? Well, you've never heard it like this before. (Cue more wolf giggling.)Image courtesy of HBO
Obama LOVES the show.
Ghost—Jon Snow's direwolf—has a theory about US politics: Based on a report that the US President asked HBO for an advance copy of the new season of Game of Thrones, he thinks Obama plans to base foreign policy on the machinations of the Lannisters... or maybe the Targaryens. Ghost is still hammering out the details.Image courtesy of HBO
And the raw stallion heart was actually made of (drum roll, please)...
Remember when Dany ate that raw stallion heart in Season 1? Apparently, it was actually a 7-pound, bleach-flavoured, gummy-bear-like substance. Silly Khaleesi.Image courtesy of HBO
Viserys Targaryen has a surprising ancestor.
Ever heard of House Dickens? The wolves haven't ventured into Dickens territory but they assume it must be somewhere near Dragonstone, because Viserys Targaryen (actor Harry Lloyd) is the great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens.Image courtesy of HBO
Yep, you've totally seen the cast somewhere before.
Jojen Reed is the kid from Love, Actually. You've seen Robert Baratheon's Full Monty. Walder Frey went by Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, and you can spot a young King Joffrey in this superhero movie.Image courtesy of HBO
The men on the show are very competitive...about their abs.
“If you’d seen the number of crunches they were doing before this scene, they were practically throwing up; they’re not acting--just holding their breath and flexing their abs!” Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff told one unnamed direwolf.Image courtesy of HBO
It was invented especially for the show by a linguist named David Peterson. The direwolves don't understand a word of it but they think their horse friends do.Image courtesy of HBO
Most of the actors don't read.
That is, they don't read the Game of Thrones books. The wolves say they're too scared to discover their fate—and who can blame them? Over the show's three previous seasons, a total of 103 characters have died and virtually anyone could be the next victim.Image courtesy of HBO