30+ Shocking Game of Thrones Secrets
1. HBO almost canceled the series after the original pilot
HBOHBO actually thought the series would be a total flop. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, revealed that HBO was not happy with the outcome of the pilot to Telegraph. “Apparently the pilot was fairly bad. We had to reshoot basically all of it because it was really bad. We thought it was great [but] apparently HBO almost said no [to the series].” The original pilot never aired and it appears it was for the best.
2. Most of the cast members have actually NOT read the books
HBOAs the show is based on George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones book series, many cast members have revealed that they have not actually touched the books. In fact, plot twists have many differences have occurred between the book and the show. Charles Dance, the actor who plays Lord Tywin shared, “I haven’t read the books. We’re filming adaptations by David Benioff and Dan Weiss. We’re not filming the books. And it’s counterproductive sometimes for actors to go back to the book because they then tend to come on set and say, ‘Why aren’t we doing this scene? I’ve got this wonderful line here, and I want it in.’ That’s not what we’re about.”