From on-set romances to accidents that ended up being iconic tv moments, Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon pulls again the curtain on Game of Thrones.
Last month, Penguin put out Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series. This guide, by Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, is maybe probably the most in-depth look backstage of HBO’s hit fantasy drama that’s ever been launched…and it’s superb.
Functioning as each an exposé of all these nitty-gritty particulars we love in addition to a celebration of Game of Thrones‘ incredible run, the book is a veritable treasure trove for the passionate fan. The internet has already discussed plenty of juicy tidbits, like that time Ian McShane punted his lunch across set, the fact that Ser Jorah Mormont was originally supposed to survive the Long Night, and the filming troubles that plagued the Dornish plotline.
But of course, those teasers only scratch the surface. Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon boasts over 400 pages of interviews, behind-the-scenes photos, and recollections from Hibberd, who had near-unfettered access to the show for nearly the entire production.
Hibberd got on the Thrones train early. Already well-respected in his field, when he joined Entertainment Weekly, one of the first assignments he asked to be put on was this strange little fantasy show HBO was cooking up. The rest, as they say, is history. Hibberd was there for the Red and Purple weddings, the Battle of the Bastards, the Long Night, Cersei’s stroll of disgrace…the listing goes on and on.
With Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon, Hibberd painstakingly recounts the historical past of the present’s manufacturing in a means that’s enjoyable, intriguing and inconceivable to place down. There are lots of improbable bits in there, so we thought it may be lots of enjoyable to spherical up 20 of our favorites.
Hibberd’s guide explores the saga of Game of Thrones in chronological order, and whereas we received’t be sticking strictly to the timeline, it’d be insanity to not begin firstly!
1. Game of Thrones was shot in the identical place the place the RMS Titanic was constructed
After detailing the early conferences between showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin and HBO, Hibberd launches right into a chapter concerning the present’s failed unique pilot. There are all types of particulars right here, in addition to mysterious questions like: why was Tamzin Merchant recast as Daenerys Targaryen? (The interviews reveal solely reveal that her function was “compromised” and that it simply wasn’t figuring out).
One factoid that notably shocked me was discovering out was that the studio the place Thrones did lots of its indoor taking pictures, the Paint Hall studio hangar in Belfast, was actually constructed on the identical grounds the place the RMS Titanic was constructed. In reality, the Paint Hall is an element of a giant improvement known as, appropriately sufficient, the Titanic Quarter.
There’s one thing stunning and somewhat unsettling about that, proper?
“The hangar sits on a windy gray corner of the world, with cold, dark water lapping against a rocky shore,” Hibberd writes. “A series of tall poles on an adjacent concrete slab mark the outline of the RMS Titanic as an eerie memorial. The site was tough to beat, not only as a practical choice but also as an unintended metaphor. The birthplace of what was once the world’s biggest and most lavish ship was about to create the world’s biggest and most lavish TV drama.”
It’s much more synchronous while you take note of that unique pilot I discussed, and the way it was so dangerous that it very practically sank the present earlier than it ever managed to drag of port.
Thankfully, not like the ill-fated ship, the present managed to avoid any icebergs, and finally modified TV for the higher.