GAME OF THRONES RETURNS

With the premier of the final season opener for HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones” last week, the Lynn community took a moment to identify its most memorable, sometimes quirky, notes to remember as the eighth season unfolds (note: plot points from the show and spoilers are referenced ahead).

1. Ramsay Bolton nearly played Jon Snow

Iwan Rheon was the runner-up to play Jon Snow when casting for the show. To the joy of many, the role went to Kit Harington instead and Rheon would play Ramsay Bolton.

2. Maisie Williams’ memory loss

It was revealed recently that the face of character Arya Stark, Maisie Williams, had to re-watch the entirety of season one to familiarize herself with season eight’s several callbacks to the initial installment.

3. Tyrion Lannister leads the way

Since the show’s inception, Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, has appeared in 54 episodes of the 64 aired thus far. This makes him the character with the most appearances in the TV series. 

4. Season six expenses

It was reported that the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” cost roughly $100 million to produce with each episode costing more than $10 million, setting a series record.

5. “Game of Thrones” keeps winning

In what might become the most-watched show in HBO’s history, “Game of Thrones” has been named the most popular television series in the world by Time magazine.

6. Too many trophies

Through the years, “Game of Thrones” has been awarded an unparalleled 37 Emmys, the most honors ever received by a drama series. 

7. Battle of Winterfell marathon

It took 55 consecutive nights, 11 weeks and 3 locations to film the last Battle of Winterfell, also known as the largest and longest battle ever filmed in TV history.

8. Soon-to-be prequel

According to HBO, the prequel will take place thousands of years prior to show’s current narrative, “chronicling the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”

9. No cutting corners

“Game of Thrones” also has the most expensive death scene ever filmed under its belt – the moment when Arya Stark gouges out Ser Meryn Trant’s eyes in season five.

10. It really was brain surgery

Emilia Clarke, the star of the show and actor behind Daenerys Targaryen, survived two brain surgeries during her “Game of Thrones” tenure.

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