What a wild Game of Thones!

By Kirstin Buick
18 June 2013

After finishing season 3 of Game of Thrones, our TV blogger wonders if she’s the only one who wants to slap horrid Joffrey silly? Read her blog and find out what three things she learnt about the series.

Am I the only one . . . who feels as if I’ve tussled with a teenage dragon and was then left to recover on that uncomfortable-looking Iron Throne after the latest season of Game of Thrones? It was epic and I feel I may never recover after so many hectic moments. But I learnt some interesting facts along the way. Here are my top three things about season three (if you have PVRed and not yet finished the season, here’s your spoiler warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)

1 They have a linguistics expert on board to make up the languages!

David Peterson is the language expert who took the few Dothraki phrases author George RR Martin gives in the books and created the Dothraki language. He worked out pages of vocabulary and about 4 000 words. Peterson, who has a masters in linguistics from the University of California, also had to create High and Low Valyrian, which Daenerys [played by actress Emilia Clarke] also speaks (the poor actress had the hard language job). And what I learnt is if I’m going to speak fluent Dothraki, I should pronounce Daenerys’ Dothraki title of Khaleesi as “KHAH-lay-see”, not “ka-LEE-see”. I know, I know that’s how they pronounce it in the show but the language creator says it’s wrong!

“The vowel change bugs me. That’s not how it’s supposed to sound but the producers decided they liked the other way better. They probably thought most people were pronouncing it that way anyway, which is true,” he told vulture.com.

Peterson has designed languages for other shows too, such as new sci-fi series Defiance. And when shows ask for new languages what do they usually need? Swear words! “That’s the thing they like the most. They want really creative swear words,” he told KPBS.org. “I spend a lot of my time doing that.”

2 The traumatic Red Wedding episode was also disturbing for the actors

Even if you read the books and knew it was coming the Red Wedding massacre in episode 9 was still horrific. I sat there unable to deal with the fact that in one swoop we lost the lovely Robb Stark, his wife, Talisa, and his mom, Catelyn. But it was even harder for the actors to film. “There was lots of tears from many people, including myself, the way it happens . . . Robb Stark with his dead queen in his arms, and her stomach ripped open and blood pumping out of that. His mother getting her throat slit. It was a really disturbing day, and just because it’s such a big part of [our lives],” Richard Madden who plays Robb told Hollywood Life. “There’s just a total sense of exhaustion and it was horrific. These characters that you love get slaughtered.”

Robb Stark and Talisa Westerling

And Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, tweeted after the show aired, “Michelle Fairley [who plays Catelyn] is one of my favorite actors to watch. That howl for her son ripped through my heart. On a personal level, I shall miss my pal.”

Catelyn Stark

Not surprising a ton of reaction gifs sprang up. Here’s one of my favourites:

3 Fans say they want to slap the actor who plays Joffrey but more of them are actually rude to the actress who plays Sansa

Sansa Stark

I would have to resist the urge to cheerfully slap Joffrey a few times if I saw him out and about and force myself to remember he’s an actor playing a horrible boy. I am sure I’m not alone.

Game of Thrones producer David Benioff told GQ, “Jack [Gleeson] is genuinely one of the sweetest and most interesting people I’ve met. But people take the show very seriously. I think we were a little surprised at first what an impact Joffrey made on an audience. We get worried that Jack is going to wander into a bar someday and somebody ? who is drunk and hates Joffrey and doesn’t entirely separate fact from fiction ? takes a swing at him.”

But they haven’t. Jack told Entertainment Weekly people are actually quite nice to him. “Nobody’s ever said a mean thing to me. Instead people say, ‘Are you okay? I hear you get bullied on the street.’ And I say, ‘No! Everybody’s been really nice.”

Now, poor Sophie Turner who plays silly Sansa, on the other hand, gets all the abuse. “A lot of fans who recognise me go, ‘I kind of hate you,’ and I’m all, ‘Cool, well, you’ve just made this sufficiently awkward.’ At first it kind of came as a shock because people didn’t like Sansa; she isn’t a fan favourite,” the 17-year-old actress told digitalspy.com.

But this is still what I want to do:

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