13. Real Life Valyrian Steel
In the world of Westeros, Valyrian Steel is known for being exceptionally sharp and tremendously strong, with a distinctive rippled pattern on its blade. It is also one of the few things that can kill White Walkers, alongside dragonglass. Martin has definitely come up with a great design here, but not without inspiration.
Valyrian steel is based off of real steel known as Damascus steel. The characteristics of Damascus steel became known to Europe when the Crusaders reached the Middle East, beginning in the 11th century. They discovered that swords of this metal could split a feather in midair, yet retain their edge through many battles. Damascus steel even holds a similar resemblance to that of Valyrian, said to have a watery or ”damask” pattern on their blades.
12. Unlikely Friends
In Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister and her brother Tyrion aren’t exactly on the best of terms, however off set the two are actually the best of friends. In real life, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headeywere good friends before GoT even started. Peter was actually the one who recommended Headley for the role of Cersei Lannister. The two friends find it difficult to act alongside one another during some of the more serious scenes and even admitt to avoiding eye contact with each other during these intense scenes. The two may clash in the fantasy world of G0T but in the end it’s all an act.