The TV show has been filmed in several locations across the globe (Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, Malta, Scotland, Spain and the US, etc.). There are voices who claim that the Game of Thrones shouldn’t be broadcast anymore because it is very violent.
According to other opinions, the TV series inspired by George R.R. Martin isn’t that brutal and bloody. For instance, much more emotional and brutal TV shows were aired: Vikings, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, The Following or Hannibal.
But let’s get back to history. We propose a comparison between the Game of Thrones and real-life historical events. We warn you that those events that actually happened are far more violent than the fictional ones. Here are five of them:
Game of Thrones: With a length of about 500 km, a height of nearly 200 m, the massive ice-built wall was built to defend the 7 Kingdoms from the White Walkers.
Real life: In AD 122, Roman Emperor Hadrian built a 130 km wall in the north of the island of Great Britain to keep out the “barbarians”. There were several assaults on the wall, but far the most important is the “Great Conspiracy” in the winter of AD 367. Some of the soldiers who guarded the northern border of Britain, allowed the “barbarians” to enter the Roman territory.
Once they arrived, they destroyed everything they had in their way. It is believed that they raped girls and women and killed the helpless.
Lannisters vs Starks
Game of Thrones: The relations between the two houses weren’t very friendly. During the show, we saw wars, betrayals, infant marriages and beheadings from the beginning to the end. Basically, the battle has never ended.
Real-Life: In England, between 1455 and 1487, the House of Lancaster and the House of York fought for the throne in the so-called “War of Roses”. In the bloodiest battle of Wakefield in the Yorkshire County, almost all York House representatives from the battlefield were killed, including their leader, King Richard III.
The English monarch had a fate similar to that of Ned Stark’s. However, he wasn’t decapitated during an execution. Instead, after Richard died, his head was chopped off and stuck on the gates of York.
The Red Wedding
Game of Thrones: In this scene, a quarter of the most famous characters from the series are slaughtered during the feast of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey’s marriage. During the massacre, King Robb Stark and his wife, Queen Talisa and Lady Catelyn (Robb’s mother) are brutally murdered.
Real-life: In 1440, the tutors of King James II of Scotland (who was only 10 years old) invited William Douglas and his brother David to a party at the castle. William was known as the head of one of the most powerful Scottish clans at that time. William was 16 years old and his brother 14.
During the feast, the king’s guards placed a bull’s head on the table, a sign that there was going to be a massacre. James wasn’t killed because he begged for his life, but the invited ones weren’t lucky. All of them were decapitated.
Game of Thrones: Born from an incestuous relationship, King Joffrey was undoubtedly one of the most violent and hated characters in this series. For instance, he killed a prostitute with a crossbow from a very short distance and ordered that his fiancé’s father to be decapitated right in front of her.
Real-life: Prince Edward of Lancaster (1453-1471), the heir to the throne of England, is considered by many historians a very violent monarch. It was said that when he was 13 years old he already had decapitation and war passions. He also used to attack his “friends” with the sword or a spear, just the amuse himself.
The War of the Five Kings
Game of Thrones: After the death of Robert Baratheon, the struggle for the throne of Westeros began. Five candidates fought until their last breath: Joffrey Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Renley Baratheon, Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy.
Real-life: Between 1337 and 1453, Western Europe witnessed the so-called “100-year War”. During those 116 years of constant war, British and French pretenders at the throne of France wore dozens of battles. One of the most famous “episodes” during this turbulent period was the burning of Joan of Arc.
What other real-life events do you think are similar to scenes from the Game of Thrones?