Through a poll of Digital Spy, netizens voted for their favorite series that were released in the 21st century and, despite having its outcome heavily criticized, ‘Game of Thrones‘ took the top spot on the list.
The poll had about three thousand votes.
Check out the complete TOP 10:
- Game of Thrones
- Stranger Things
- Doctor Who
- Breaking Bad
- The Great British Bake Off
- Killing Eve
- Gavin & Stacey
- Line of Duty
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‘Game of Thrones’ made history from the moment of its television debut and remains one of the most acclaimed productions of all time.
Following in the footsteps of other epic fantasy predecessor franchises such as ‘Lord of the Rings’ e ‘Harry Potter’, the series has become the trademark of HBO and took it home no less than 59 Emmy figurines, for the impeccable direction and the astute script – which, from time to time (specifically in Season 8), slipped and rushed to finish deep and complex arcs.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the premiere of the first episode, the CinePOP prepared several special stories exploring the iconic world created by George R.R. Martin. In this one, you check ten backstage trivia about the work, from backstage secrets to actors and actresses who were considered for the main roles.
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HATED BY EVERYONE
Joffrey Baratheon is, without a doubt, one of the most sadistic characters in the entire pantheon of ‘Game of Thrones’. Shortly after the series premiered, the actor Jack Gleeson, who played him until season 4, received a letter from Martin himself that said: “congratulations on your fantastic performance. Everyone hates you”.
TYRION THE MAJESTIC
Peter Dinklage he majestically portrayed Tyrion Lannister and, for his spectacular rendition, was nominated eight consecutive times (one for each season) in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards. He took home the figurine four times, breaking a new record for most category wins for the same role.
The average production cost per episode, through the end of season five, was $6 million dollars, with the most expensive chapter being “Blackwater” (02×09, $8 million). However, the HBO decided to increase the budget to $100 million for the 6th year, which means that each episode had an average cost of $10 million. For comparison, the series is tied with ‘Friends’ as the most expensive of all time.
Carice van Houten won over audiences to play the vile and dangerous priestess Melisandre in the series. However, she had previously been considered for an audition for Queen Cersei Lannister, but was unable to audition due to scheduling conflicts: at the time, she was shooting the film. ‘Intruders’.
At first, Martin intended to write an episode for each season, but he hasn’t signed any script as of season 4, as he was focused on finishing the sixth book in the saga, ‘The Winds of Winter’. When the show ended in 2019, the novel wasn’t finished yet.
THE MAD KING
No pilot ruled out, Liam Burke made an appearance as Aerys II Targaryen, the Mad King, but the scenes were cut in the revamped version. Eventually, a sequence in flashback from Aerys was included in the episode “Blood of My Blood” (06×06), but bringing David Rintoul like the character.
NOT THIS TIME
Dominic West was considered to be on the series, but turned down HBO’s offer. West was offered a secret role that he himself described as “lovely”, but despite urgings from a nephew who was a fan of the show, he decided to pass the role on to look after the kids. Apparently, West would play Mance Rayder (who was played by Ciarán Hinds).
Martin commented that the infamous Red Wedding was the most difficult chapter he wrote in ‘A Storm of Swords’. He was so emotionally attached to the characters that he wrote the rest of the novel first, then the chapter in question last. Executive Producers David Benioff e D.B. Weiss, after reading the scene, revealed that the sequel was one of the main reasons they wanted to turn the books into a television series.
KHALEESI AND THE DRAGONS
After filming her last scenes as the iconic actress Daenerys Targaryen, the actress Emilia Clarke he tattooed three dragons on his wrist, honoring the creatures that accompanied him throughout the series: Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal.
The series was the target of constant criticism for its explicit portrayal of physical and sexual violence. In particular, rape scenes have caused numerous controversies. Martin defended his artistic choices by saying he wanted to take readers straight into the action, rather than create a safe distance from the events by summarizing them. The author commented that, despite his creation being a fantasy epic, he based it on History itself, where “rape and sexual violence were part of every war ever fought”.