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The fantasy series ended in 2019 with one of the most controversial season finales of television history. Now the HBO epic has concluded, Game of Thrones fans have been returning to better days and spotting some huge visual errors in season one.
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Before she became a major contender for the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) came from humble beginnings in Essos.
Far from King’s Landing across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys was introduced as the timid younger sister of Viserys (Harry Lloyd), who has arranged her marriage to the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa).
The ensuing relationship marked the first season of Game of Thrones as one of the most complex and mature fantasy series television had seen and helped put George R.R. Martin’s epic saga on the map.
In the midst of the current coronavirus lockdown, the sprawling fantasy drama of eight seasons has become the perfect binge watch for those stuck at home who may have missed the prestige HBO series the first time round.
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Unfortunately, new fans to the show will soon realise Game of Thrones’ budget for season one wasn’t quite as impressive as when the acclaimed series reached its later instalments.
Although the latest season was criticised for major writing mishaps as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were forced to overtake Martin’s original material, season one fell victim to some major technical blunders.
One fan noticed a particularly egregious continuity mistake regarding Daenerys’ wedding gifts in the first ever episode of Game of Thrones.
Episode one, Winter Is Coming, also saw the first appearance of Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who would eventually become Daenerys’ most loyal lieutenant in her quest for power.
Before her wedding, Jorah grants Daenerys a wedding gift of three books which comprise the history of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
Sadly, one particularly observant viewer spotted something strange going on with the three books in between cuts during the wedding scene.
They said: “Ser Jorah has just given Daenerys 3 books as her wedding present. As she takes them, their spines are pointing towards her right side.
“Cut to the next shot, as Jorah informs her that he served her father, the spines are now pointing towards her left side.”
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A cursory look at the moment in question does reveal the books seem to be jumping around in Emilia Clarke’s hands when the camera cuts to a different angle.
Moreover, the first season of Game of Thrones was so widely watched there have been many other mistakes pointed out by keen-eyed viewers in the years following its release.
One fan said: “When we see the dead deer at the start there are maggots all over the face of the deer. Between camera angles, the position of the maggots differ drastically.”
While another viewer added: “At Daenerys’ wedding we see a man get sliced across his midriff and lean backwards with his mouth open. Camera does an instant cut and now he is slouched forwards.”
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Game of Thrones didn’t start off as the household name it is now, and season one experienced a number of technical restrictions despite its generous HBO budget of approximately $6 million per episode.
By the time the series reached season eight, the final six episodes cost a total of $90 million to make, allowing the production to be far more polished.
Thankfully, most fans were able to overlook errors like these, and season one of Game of Thrones cemented the fantasy drama as one of the best new TV shows when it aired back in 2011.
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