When HBO announced they would be doing a series based on author George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire”, fans of the books couldn’t be happier. The news spread like wildfire - both fans of the books and newcomers to the series began discussing the possibilities of such a complex and unforgiving world. Martin had already laid down the groundwork creating a captivating story line, extravagant kingdoms, and of course a long lineup of riveting characters – which brings us to the topic at hand: which actors would be playing these beloved characters? This question surely became an avid conversation starter among fans of the books. Yet the show has been running for five seasons now and all or most of Martin's characters have been brought to life by the highly talented Game of Thrones cast.
With that being said, have you ever wondered about the runners up? We’re talking about those unlucky actors and actresses who almost made it on the show. Could you imagine any other actress than Maisie Williams portraying the feisty and zealous character that is Aria? Or what about the beautiful and determined Daenerys Targaryen: could you picture any other actress than Emilia Clarke as the Mother of Dragons? Whether the answer is a yes or a no, you would probably like to see what could have been. So we’ve put a list together containing ten actors and actresses who almost made it on to the set of Game of Thrones. Scroll down to find out if you would be disappointed or pleasantly surprised by the runner-ups.
10 Dominic West – Mance Rayder
9 Perdita Weeks – Roslin Frey
8 Jennifer Ehle – Catelyn Stark
7 Jamie Campbell Bower – Ser Waymar Royce
6 Sam Claflin - Jon Snow, Viserys Targaryen
5 Gillian Anderson - ???
4 Izzy Meikle-Small – Sansa Stark
3 Sam Heughan – Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell
2 Danny Dyer – Pyp
1 Tamzin Merchant – Daenerys Targaryen
Much like Jennifer Ehle (the original Catelyn Stark), Merchant was another victim of the unaired first pilot. She was originally cast to play Daenerys Targaryen and she did, but only for one episode that no one will ever see. It’s unclear if Merchant left on her own terms, or if she was let go. It seems strange to think someone would walk away from being on GoT, but you have to remember this was the original pilot and it didn’t do well the first time around. You may recognize Merchant from her role as Henry VIII's fifth wife Catherine Howard on Showtime's The Tudors, as well as in Pride and Prejudice. Although she may have pulled off the part, it’s hard to picture anyone other than Emilia Clark as the determined Mother of Dragons.
Sources: bustle.com, imdb.com
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