26 Things You Never Knew About the Women of Game of Thrones

Women rule on Game of Thrones. Just like in George R.R. Martin's books, the HBO series features numerous strong women struggling to survive in the brutal world of Westeros. What other show has such a variety of powerful female characters? There's Arya Stark, an orphaned girl who becomes skilled with a sword, and her sister Sansa, who suffered the insufferable Joffrey Lannister like a champ. There's also Cersei the ice queen, Brienne the towering female knight, the noble Lady Catelyn Stark, the fearsome Melisandre, and, of course, Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons and powerful Khaleesi working her way to the Iron Throne.

You know them well on the show, but how well do you know the actresses who give your favorite Game of Thrones female characters their strength? Did you know Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke both played Sarah Connor in different projects? How about that there was another actress set to play Daenerys? 

Read on to find out more fascinating facts about the women of Game of Thrones, including one actress who is also in a band, one who was born in a real castle, and yet another who was a Bond girl a long time ago in a galaxy not so far away.

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    Sophie Turner's Family Adopted a Direwolf

    On Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) had a direwolf named Lady. Turner's family has since adopted Zunni, the Mahlek Northern Inuit dog that played her.

    Want your own Lady? Check out all the Starks' direwolves at the HBO Store!
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    Maisie Williams Had Never Acted Before GoT

    Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, had never really acted before Game of Thrones. Arya was her first major role.

    Looking for some sweet Stark gear? Visit the HBO Store for a 20% discount!
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    Rose Leslie Was Born in a Real Castle

    Rose Leslie Was Born in a Real Castle
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    She might have played wildling Ygritte on Game of Thrones, but Rose Leslie was born in Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. (She doesn't have much of a Scottish accent because she spent a lot of time in England.)
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    Emilia Clarke Is a Genuine Chanteuse

    Emilia Clarke Is a Genuine Chanteuse
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    Daenerys makes a lot of royal proclamations on Game of Thrones, but in real life you're more likely to hear Emilia Clarke singing. Clarke is highly skilled at alto, ballads, blues, and both cabaret and jazz singing.
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    Natalie Dormer Is a Fetching Fencer

    As Margaery Tyrell, Natalie Dormer is up to marry any available Lannister male to get near the Iron Throne. In real life, she enjoys fencing and is a member of the London Fencing Academy.
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    Both Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke Played Sarah Connor

    In the first two Terminator movies, Linda Hamilton played kick-ass cinematic heroine Sarah Connor, the so-called "Mother of the Future." Lena Headey played the character for two seasons on TV's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Her Game of Thrones costar Emilia Clarke played Sarah on the big screen in 2015's Terminator: Genisys.