Even those who don’t watch television know about Game of Thrones, the acclaimed HBO series based on the A Song Of Ice And Fire fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin. Everyone knows about the vigorous helpings of sex, violence, and epic fantasy lore that the show delivers each week, but what’s been discovered behind the scenes might be even more fascinating.
You’d think that with all of the wonton violence and graphic sexuality on screen, the reality behind the scenes might pale in comparison. On the contrary, we’ve discovered a surplus of weird, wild, and wonderful facts that shed light, and raise a few eyebrows, on the creation of the worldwide phenomenon.
1- Torrential Popularity
Game of Thrones is the most pirated show of all time. Its worldwide popularity has shattered records in more ways than one: beside massive ratings and DVD sales, the show has been downloaded illegally more than any other show in television history. This may be set to change with HBO’s new Now service, available to those without a cable subscription.
2- Ireland Loves Game Of Thrones
According to official reports, Game of Thrones has helped Northern Ireland’s economy to the tune of over $100 million, because of tourism related to locations where the show films.