Fans of George R.R Martin’s bestselling series and HBO’s television adaptation will agree that Game of Thrones is a programme unlike any other.
Combining fantastical elements, historical references and a mixture of politics, epic battle scenes and dry humour, the medieval fantasy show has quickly become a record-breaker.
Now, new data gathered by gameofcanada.com shares some of the most surprising statistics and figures, from the price of the iconic platinum wig worn by Daenerys Targaryen, to the jaw dropping earnings of Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington per episode. Prepare to be astounded (and slightly jealous) as we share some of the most unusual and spectacular stats from the show.
Although we are tempted to think that this number could refer to the number of glasses of wine drunk by Cersei, (or even the number of horses ridden by the Dothraki), this is the grand total of viewers who tuned into the finale of Season 7. Admittedly, it was a great finale revealing the true identity of Jon Snow and tantalising readers for the arrival of winter in Season 8 but it’s still surprising that this episode broke records for the most watched series in history. Additionally, this stat reveals more than a 36% increase since the finale of Season 6, looking ahead this could mean that the finale of Season 8 could draw another large increase in viewers, if that is even possible.
If you guessed that this is the amount that Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington each earn per episode of Game of Thrones then you are correct. This figure is also paid to co-stars Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) – no wonder the Lannisters pay their debts! The stars allegedly earned approximately $2.5million per episode in Season 7 and will receive the same amount in the final season. Although these wages are eye-watering (and envy inducing), they are matched by House of Cards who paid Kevin Spacey the same amount; Robert De Niro also will reportedly rake in $750k for an Amazon project.
Did you guess it? This is how many times Game of Thrones has been downloaded. If the viewers of the finale are anything to go by, this really isn’t surprising. Especially, with the rise of pirating websites. Data from piracy monitoring firm MUSO, also revealed that the Season 7 premiere was illegally downloaded 90 million times in just three days. These high numbers suggest that Season 8, the final season, will pull in more than one billion viewers.
Main characters such as Cersei, Daenerys, Margaery and Melisandre have all wore wigs worth a whopping $7,000. According to the Kevin Alexander, the hair designer for Game of Thrones, the cost increases due the length and individual strands of human hairs sourced from Europe, India and Russia. Based on the cost, it’s not surprising that these wigs are treat like actual hair and are washed, styled and set with premium hair products.
It appears that the young assassin has gained quite the fan base as more than 300 babies in England and Wales were named Arya last year, pie anyone? As a whole, the television adaption of Game of Thrones has undoubtedly contributed towards baby names with a reporter increase in character inspired names since 2011. In 2014 alone, 53 were named Khaleesi after the infamous Mother of Dragons.
Did you guess what this very specific number could be? It’s actually the number of on-screen deaths we have seen since the show started in 2011. Admittedly, that is a lot of deaths and that’s not accounting for deaths that are strongly insinuated by not actually shown. It’s slightly baffling to think that we somehow didn’t pick up on the fact that more than 100,000 characters have been killed before our very eyes, but when we think of scenes such as the Battle of the Bastards and the Sack of Highgarden, it’s easy to see how the numbers quickly amounted.
The word ‘minutes’ may have given it away, but this number refers to the amount of screen time that the most viewed character has gained until now. Originally, the character with the most screentime was Tyrion Lannister however, Season 7 ensured that Jon Snow filled up our screens more often than not, pipping Tyrion to the post with his grand total of 338 minutes. Looking ahead to the next season, it is likely that Jon Snow will remain ‘most watched’ character possibly seconded by Daenerys or Cersei.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.