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is practically perfect television - but it could\'ve all been so very different.
Imagine if we\'d had a different Daenerys, other than Emilia Clarke? Or if we\'d been denied Kit Harington\'s magnificently moody Jon Snow?
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," West confirmed in 2012 - believed to have been the part of Wilding chief Mance Rayder.
He turned down the part since it would\'ve required him to film "in Reykjavik for six months".
"My problem is, I\'ve got four kids, and at the moment, I\'m reluctant to be away from home for a long time," West explained. His loss was Ciarán Hinds\'s gain.
There\'s no doubt that Lena Headey is perfectly cast as ruthless Cersei, but perhaps the only other actress who could\'ve pulled off the part is Gillian Anderson.
- though declined to reveal which part she was up for.
Some speculate it was Melisandre, the Red Woman, but surely she was being chased to play Robert Baratheon\'s scheming bride?
A world without Emilia Clarke as the fiery Mother of Dragons scarely bears thinking about. She
pilot was shot. Tamzin Merchant - then best known for playing Catherine Howard in
- was the first Dany, but was dropped after HBO demanded changes.
pilot - "Watching them watch that original pilot was one of the most painful experiences of my life," showrunner Dan Weiss later recalled.
Ehle - a BAFTA winner for her lead role in the BBC\'s acclaimed \'90s
- was the first Catelyn, but was swapped out for Michelle Fairley. At least she was spared the Red Wedding.
This one\'s super creepy - Allen claimed she was offered the part of Yara, playing opposite her real-life brother Alfie as Theon. Remember that scene where Theon feels up his sister on horseback? Ewwww.
Lily claimed to have turned down the part precisely because it involved "too much incest"- but Alfie later insisted she\'d made the whole thing up. Oh, dearie me...
Here\'s a few bonus entries for your amusement. This lot weren\'t actually offered the part, but they did audition... or at least, so they claim:
He tried out for both the Bastard of Winterfell and Daenerys\'s brother Viserys Targaryen, Harry Lloyd pipping him to the post on the latter.
Claflin had no joy with either - but doubtless landing the role of Finnick in the multi-million dollar
You \'avin\' a giraffe? The ultimate East End geezer claims to have been rejected by the
, naming Pypar - the ill-fated Night\'s Watchman eventually played by Josef Altin - as one part he failed to land. Now, of course, he\'s sitting pretty behind the bar of the Queen Vic.
Meikle-Small is a dead ringer for Carey Mulligan, playing a younger version of her character Kathy H in the 2010 film
She was also very nearly Sansa Stark, getting down to the final two - but it was Sophie Turner who booked the role and went on to blockbuster success in the
It\'s hard to believe, but there was a time when
times, but lost out to Finn Jones for Loras and Gethin Anthony for Renly Baratheon. He couldn\'t even get hired as one of the Night\'s Watch. Scandalous.
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