Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5, “The Bells”

  1. A scene from the script that was cut had Dany explaining to Jon at Dragonstone that she felt so lost without Jorah and Missandei, that she felt so angry at their deaths, that she didn’t know why the people of Westeros didn’t love her, and that she worried she might crack from those competing pressures. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss didn’t include it in the broadcast version because they forgot to film it while outlining their Star Wars trilogy.
  2. The majority of the production costs were consumed by rebuilding Dubrovnik, which was actually destroyed by a dragon. The dragon worked for scale.
  3. The blood on the face of Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, was barbecue sauce from craft service. Dubrovnik barbecue is famous for staining skin and clothes, due to the high concentration of bat blood.
  4. The sound of bells had to be inserted during post production, as the bells in the Dubrovnik Cathedral play Safety Dance, by Men With Hats.
  5. Between takes, Lena Headey, who plays Cersei, spoke her lines to a cutout of Harry Mudd from the original Star Trek to stay in character.

Long Shot

  1. Seth Rogen originally auditioned for Charlize Theron’s part.
  2. Charlize Theron originally auditioned for the part of the U boat captain, when the film was intended to be a romantic comedy version of Das Boot called Das Loong Shoot.
  3. Seth Rogen’s beard had a separate screen test.
  4. Andy Serkis pushed the producers to let him play Parker Wembley as a performance capture role, since he “always has the stuff in his car, anyway.”
  5. If Boyz II Men had not been available, They Might Be Giants was the backup plan.

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4, “The Last of the Starks”

  1. The coffee cup seen during the victory feast was from Khaleesi Khafee, Emilia Clarke’s coffee startup. She placed it on the table when no one was looking for free advertising. She was irate when Starbucks got all the press.
  2. The script originally called for Missandei’s last words to be “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss realized that that would have been an anachronism because the show takes place in the 13th century and rewrote the line.
  3. During filming, actor Jerome Flynn, who portrays Bronn, accidentally shot Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who portrays Jaime Lannister, with a crossbow, seriously injuring him. Coster-Waldau had to be replaced by his twin brother, Gargamel Coster-Waldau, for his remaining scenes in the episode.
  4. Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund Giantsbane, is allergic to wine so his horn-cup was filled with peppermint schnapps during the victory feast scene.
  5. As originally scripted, Podrick Payne was not supposed to hook up with two women at the victory feast, but actor Daniel Portman was filmed leaving the set with two extras, and director David Nutter decided to keep it in.

Avengers: Endgame

  1. The original working title was Avengers: Half as Good, but Kevin Feige thought that might invite trolls.
  2. Had the Disney/Fox merger occurred sooner, Thanos would have been revealed to be the Stepford Cuckoos in a warped Grimace costume.
  3. An early draft had Groot running away with Squirrel Girl in a post-credits scene.
  4. Per NSPCA records, only one animal was harmed during filming: a raccoon who broke his leg jumping up and down, trying to see Rocket on the set. He made a full recovery and eventually hit in the winning run in his town’s little league championship game.
  5. The Russo brothers have matching tattoos of Iron Man peeing in the corner of his space escape pod.

Tiger Woods at the Masters

  1. Prior to winning his first Masters tournament in 1997, Tiger participated in a 90-day silent retreat led by a Buddhist monk who won the 1968 Alabama Open by 3 strokes.
  2. Tiger has said his favorite Masters moment was when the ghost of Thomas “Six-Toed” Hoenger offered him a vermouth and soda water on the 16th green. Tiger declined, but was flattered that Hoenger didn’t try to drag him to hell.
  3. Tiger wears a red shirt because he likes to think of himself as Santa Claus, bringing coal to bad golfers.
  4. The worst hole Tiger has played at the Masters was the 5th on the Friday of the 2006 tournament, when he shot a quintuple bogey, caused in part by a pigeon that kept swooping at him as he swung. After the hole, his caddy admitted that he had placed a half pound of bird seed in Tiger’s underwear as a joke, likely causing the avian harassment. Tiger had him liquidated after the 6th hole.
  5. Tiger always eats a chili dog after the 2nd and 13th holes.

Game of Thrones (the TV Show)

  1. Originally, HBO thought it was buying an adaptation of Sandra Boynton’s Snuggle Puppy.
  2. The producers have used 17 dragons, 18 direwolves, and 44 Mole’s Town whores during the filming of the show.
  3. Kit Harrington was the second choice for Jon Snow after Mickey Rooney.
  4. Emilia Clarke convinced showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff that she was right for the role of Daenerys Targaryen by riding a 17-foot long green anaconda during her audition. The snake ate the casting director, but secured her the part.
  5. The pilot was filmed at the Atlanta airport in between Marvel movies.

The Masters

  1. The traditional green jacket given to the winner of the Masters dates back to 1896, when James “Tough in the Rough” Pempertoss won on a hotly contested back nine, infuriating the runner-up, Thomas “Six-Toed” Hoenger, who punched Pempertoss to the ground and kicked him across the grass for over 4 miles until his white jacket was stained green.
  2. In 1997, champion Tiger Woods set the record for largest margin of victory, beating the runner up BooBoo MacFarland by 176 strokes.
  3. In 2005, Phil Mickelson was mauled by a polar bear on the fourth tee. The bear faded into the crowd and was never caught. Mickelson birdied the hole.
  4. When playing Augusta, Rory McIlroy likes to keep a melting snow cone in his left pocket for luck.
  5. Hoenger was buried under the 16th green in 1923 after dying from multiple self-inflicted bow and arrow wounds. Legend has it that his zombified corpse cracked open a portal to the hell there during the Saturday of the 1934 Masters, setting fire to the gallery and dragging a caddy underground, earning the 16th green its famous nickname, “Hoenger’s Hellgate.”