HOLLYWOOD – On the eve of the third season premier of Game of Thrones, let the amazing fact dragon Studio Exec breathe a fire of purifying non-fiction into your Hordor-shaped head, dispelling the enchantments of myth concerning the HBO masterpiece of televisual umphka-ba-rumph.

Let the Game of Thrones FACTS commence:

1 The Game of Thrones television series is an adaptation of Danish crime drama Spil af Troner which starred Mads Mikkelsen as a weary alcoholic police inspector, who was weary and alcoholic until a young girl is murdered and then he’s weary and alcoholic and searching for a killer in the white wastes of Northern Denmark.

2 The writer George R.R. Martin is the great grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, but when an English gentleman has a baby with a dirty Yankie scullion maid (as Grandma Martin then was) offspring are legally allowed to keep only the middle initials. 

3 In adapting the books for the screen, writers changed many names to give the material a more realistic grittier feel. The Banstickitons were changed to the Lannisters; Biggus Dickus was changed to Little Finger and Portcullisarian Ephmayllindyoniousi was changed to Ned Stark. 

4 Peter Jackson has consistently embarrassed himself by publicly praising the use of forced perspective and motion capture to create Peter Dinklage’s character Tyrion Lannister, or the Imp. 

5 The dragons are all from Romania. Seventeen dragons are used in total even though there are only three dragon characters. This is due to Romania’s strict labor laws for mythical creatures, which means any one dragon can only work for four hours a day.

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WESTEROS – Everyone’s favorite patriarch and former Hand of the King, Ned Stark is to return to Game of Thrones next episode, following a surprise announcement by actor Sean Bean.

Ned Stark played by Sean Bean is to return to Game of Thrones on Sunday’s episode: ‘Waking Ned’.

Bean spoke with Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY about his character’s resurrection:

I began to get excited as soon as I heard that the Mountain was coming back to the show. And then Kit phoned me up to say that Jon Snow was also going to come back from the dead. Of course, I knew that he was coming back because otherwise we were going to lose half the audience. Then I got the call from the lads at HBO and they asked would I like to read a script they were preparing. Of course I would, I said. I almost spat out me beans on toast (and yes I address the name pun constantly). I read it through and I was immediately on board. After all, what else was I going to do?

What can you tell us about the episode?

I don’t want to spoil too much. Actually even telling you that I’m in the episode might itself be a spoiler. But basically I get my head sewn back onto my neck stump by the High Sparrow and then I go to search for my wife and eldest son.

Both dead.

Aye, so I gather. Any how, I have lots of adventures and a great old time.

You die, don’t you?


You die. Again.

Of course I bloody die. When don’t I die?

The latest episode of Game of Thrones ‘Waking Ned’ will show Sunday.

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