George R.R. Martin originally began writing A Game of Thrones as a Sandra Boynton fan fiction.
A Game of Thrones first appeared at number 69 on the New York Times best seller’s list and stayed there long enough for everyone to get tired of the joke.
In the first draft of A Game of Thrones, Jon Snow was named Jon Hamm and worked in Winterfell’s marketing department. He would have been responsible for their end of summer touriam campaign: “Winter is coming – so should you!”
The Wall was supposed to be painted colorfully and the Night’s Watch was supposed to dance in front of it to Calypso music, but that was deemed too derivative of the Cosby Show.
Martin contemplated several different names for Arya’s sword, including Prick, Thin Man, Chester, and Sir Boderly Van Pointy-End.