Just as it is with our favorite movies, the most popular TV shows out there often feature a messy, scattered, and dramatic behind-the-scenes saga that eventually leads to a polished finished product. What exactly went on during those off-camera moments? We run through all the craziest secrets you didn’t know (and then some).
1. Game of Thrones brought in a renowned linguist to create nine brand new languages for the series
The diverse cultures in the Game of Thrones universe on HBO required more than just vaguely foreign English-speaking accents in order for audiences to truly feel immersed in the action. Enter David J. Peterson, a renowned linguist who was hired by HBO to invent a whole mess of new languages for the series.
Peterson’s first duty was to construct the Dothraki dialect, made up of upwards of 2,000 words, with close ties to the Mongolian language spoken during the era of Genghis Khan. Beyond that, he also created various offshoots of Valyrian (including nine dialects of Low Valyrian), and a White Walker language that to this day hasn’t been utilized.