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samwell prank longGame of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are quite the pranksters. We bring you 4 pranks they pulled on the cast and 1 prank which saw them on the receiving end:

John Bradley’s (Samwell) New Costume:

During season 6 filming, Kit Harington (Jon) and Hannah Murray (Gilly) asked the showrunners to prank Bradley. Dan Weiss tells EW:

“Hannah has long had the sh–tiest costumes on Game of Thrones; she’s been in a burlap sack for five years. She was so happy that she finally gets into a real piece of clothing this year. So Kit and Hannah thought it would be funny to play a joke on Jon and let him think he’s going to get a new costume too.”

They even staged a mock fitting for the actor and used ‘all rental stuff, very Henry the VIII, with Tudor bloomers and a massive codpiece that wasn’t even the same color as the rest of the costume’. Weiss adds:

“We thought it would be great to make the costume ludicrous, but just believable enough to not know it was a gag – so he’d think he would be wearing this on screen”

Bradley shares his side of the story:

“There was a huge vulgar codpiece – though flattering, to be sure. The reason I bought it is because we’d never seen Sam at home before, and [his parents think] he’s an idiot. [Maybe] Sam dressed like an idiot before he came to Castle Black.”

Rose Leslie’s (Ygritte) Recital

David Benioff reveals the prank they pulled on Leslie after they learnt that she is afraid of singing in public and sent her a fake script which had a scene of her performing a song:

“We heard that Rose was afraid of singing. There’s a song in the books that Ygritte sings, ‘The Last of the Giants…’” The earnest song by Thrones author George R.R. Martin is 20 lines long and contains lyrics such as “Oooooooh, I am the last of the giants, so learn well the words of my song, or when I am gone the singing will fade, and the silence shall last long and long.”

Bran Kills Theon

Theon lost control of Winterfell at the end of second season and Alfie Allen didn’t know if he would be back on the show. The writers then sent a bogus script which included a scene where Bran Stark stabs him in the heart and says the words- ‘This is my Winterfell, not yours’. Allen adds:

“I thought it was cool. I went on a holiday, and David and Dan were all thinking I was going to call up going, ‘Hold on a minute whoa-whoa-whoa!’ But I just got on with it. Then they had to make it clear to me later on it was all a joke.”

 Jon Snow’s Horrifying Disfigurement

During season 1, Weiss and Benioff decided to prank Harington by sending a fake script which burns down this gorgeous hair and ruins his face during the scene when he saves Jeor Mormont from a wight in episode 8. The fake script was also included in staff writer Bryan Cogman’s book Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2:

“Jon plunges his hand into the fire, seizes the burning drapes, and Flings them at the dead man, engulfing them both in flames. When the fire is finally out, we see by torchlight that all of Jon’s hair has burnt down to the scalp. The skin on the top half of his face has been melted in the extreme heat, blistered and pustulant. Despite what must be the extreme agony of permanent disfigurement, Jon stands stoically by his master’s side. Mormont tells Jon: ‘Gods, boy. I was wrong about you. You’re a ranger, through and through!’ Jon smiles, his teeth shining brightly in his destroyed face. Mormont, sickened, has to look away.”

Weiss even offered an explanation to Harington:

“‘HBO was worried the Jon Snow storyline was too Harry Potter, and they wanted to do something to make it darker. They thought he was such a strong actor that he could handle it.’ We kept this up until we started laughing. He was a remarkably good sport about the whole thing.”

Jaime Lannister’s New Haircut

This time the showrunners were on the receiving end. Weiss tells about the prank Nikolaj Coster-Waldau pulled on them when they were giving his character a new haircut:

“Nikolaj wrote this Angry Actor Email about how he was very upset that we were changing his hairstyle. He said he felt the need to own his hair because his hair was part of his character, and he was going to take it upon himself to get his own haircut that he felt best reflected Jaime Lannister as he saw him. He said he hoped we’d understand and he’d send us a picture shortly. Finally, 70 hours later he sent us a picture of him with this military buzzcut. He shaved all his hair off!”

The producers were of course concerned because they had reshoots scheduled with Coster-Waldau. Weiss adds:

“We thought we’ll have to get a Jaime Lannister wig at last minute at tremendous expense. HBO’s lawyers were calling his lawyers…”

And when everything was getting out of hands:

“He emailed us back and told us the picture was from five years ago – he hadn’t cut his hair at all.”


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