Game of Thrones is one of the most popular series on televison, arguably HBO's biggest hit since The Sopranos. As we move forward towards Season 4's premiere on April 6, the hype surrounding the show based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin just continues to grow. Here are 9 fun facts about Game of Thrones to help tide you over. And remember, winter is coming.
Thrones pays homage to other famous fantasy worlds
Take a good look at the famous throne in King's Landing the next time that brat Joffrey is shown in a close up. The designers planted some cool Easter eggs in plain view. Famous swords from other famous fantasy tales including The Lord of the Rings and Robin Hood are included among the throne's massive collection. Yes, that's Gandalf's sword right in the middle.
Sansa owns a direwolf in real life
Back in season one, Sansa had her direwolf taken from her and killed after Prince Joffrey was attacked. (by Arya's wolf, go figure). When the "wolf" bowed out, actress Sophie Turner took "Lady" home. The Northern Inuit dog was renamed Zunni. Turner said she always wanted a dog growing up and her family became attached to the pet while on set.