The Real Reason These Game Of Thrones Roles Were Recast

June 4, 2020 By 39 Comments

Some of the most familiar faces in Westeros have changed a lot during the course of Game of Thrones’ run on HBO. Over the course of the series, several of the show’s key actors have ended up being replaced – leading fans to wonder just what really happened.

Throughout the entire series, Emilia Clarke has shined as Daenerys Targaryen. From a mild young bride to the fierce and ruthless warrior she is today, Daenerys has been through one of the show’s most exciting arcs, and without Clarke’s portrayal, far fewer viewers would have fallen in love with the character the way that they have. Hailed as a feminist icon, fans have been gripped by Daenerys’ finest moments, and Clarke herself has achieved international recognition for the role – as well as nominations for several awards.

With that in mind, it might seem difficult to believe that anyone else could ever have played Daenerys, but in the initially troubled pilot for Game of Thrones, Daenerys was originally played by Tamzin Merchant – best known for her role as Henry VIII’s fifth wife Catherine Howard on The Tudors. Creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have been open about their disdain for the original pilot, but neither the two showrunners nor casting director Nina Gould have fully discussed the reason for Merchant’s exit. Today, fans are left to wonder just how different the series might have been with a different Daenerys riding those dragons.

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Daenerys Targaryen | 0:15
Daario Naharis | 1:20
Tommen Baratheon | 2:07
Myrcella Baratheon | 3:23
The Mountain | 4:10
Dickon Tarly | 5:16
Selyse Baratheon | 6:15
The Three-Eyed Raven | 7:22
The Night King | 8:17
Beric Dondarrion | 9:17


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39 Comments on "The Real Reason These Game Of Thrones Roles Were Recast"

  1. Aaron Smith
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Not one reason was money? That seems improbable. At least one actor was likely dropped because of their demands for more money.

  2. Matei Gheorghiu
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Let us tell you the REAL REASONS behind these changes. Ready? Here we go:
    - Daenerys was played by Clarke,
    - The Mountain was played by 3 actors,
    - The Three-eyed Raven was played by Sydow,
    - The Night King was changed for the fighting scenes (all the 0 of them).

  3. Love Kylie
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    The original Daario was hot af, and passed the vibe check

  4. Afraz Amjad
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Wait the night king actor changed because he has more mobility for fighting scenes but what fighting scene actually ?‽

  5. Ajd1n
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    First Dario Nahiris is simply look like betrayer.

  6. Tiel Noembreux
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    kinda sad for francis naharis

    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Danny has nothing to do with feminisam , she was amazing and strong. Feminists are ugly and weak and envy

  8. Amanda :D
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    I never understood what the White Walkers even wanted...

  9. Joshua Wheat
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Wondering where Daario ended up.... We're still wondering. Also, feminist icon.... heh.

  10. Bad Sports
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    The first nights king looked way better

  11. Gerald Wilkison
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Stannis was the rightful KING not John Snow. The baratheons overthrew the targaryans so technically hes the rightful king!!!

  12. Al Nugget
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    May be the only one but I never liked this Dario guy

  13. Nicholas Aliberti
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Feminist icon?? Or just a great actress playing a great character

  14. CRlocoman1989
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Looper... about as credible as Wikipedia.

  15. ac0rpbg
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    I wish it wasn't the fatty Emilia but the other actress she seemed to look much better.

  16. Per Jespersen
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    I like how you can tell that this was made prior to the final season. Like Danearys been a feminist icon. Now she's more like a PMS joke.

  17. Shaggy Rumplenutz
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    The actors that originally played Daario and The Mountain were perfect.

  18. FellOnBlackDayz
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Richard Brake, not Richard Blake

  19. mattias811
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    They gave us 7 nice seasons :)

  20. Oliver Duerr
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    So where is the real reason now the mountain got cast three times?

  21. Kosta Tsanidis
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    I liked the original mountain the best. He looked the meanest

  22. Brandon
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    “Hailed as a feminist icon, fans have been gripped by Daenerys’s finest moments”

    2020: this is awkward.

  23. jesusoftheapes
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    This is the kind of absolute BULLSHIT that is destroying this country ! Leftie nonsense about pinning racism onto a FANTASY universe. The people who cry racist all the time are those who are the most racist !I will never watch this channel again ! These people who attach all things race to everything literally think more like racists than anyone on earth because they are always thinking about the characters race and not the content of their character. These FAKE characters were not cast to be racist but when someone who only thinks in terms of skin color get their little minds a clicking they make it racist in their own minds because they believe there is a difference in the races . There is no difference in the races ! That is truly how non racists think . That means anyone of any race can play pretend on film and be equal on their merits . That fact has nothing to do with racism and more to do with acting and world building within a story ! Westeros and the rest of this FAKE universe Martin has created does not subscribe to 2020 political nonsense because it has nothing to do with the Earth in this REAL universe . Casting was made for one reason ... Getting the best actor for the part ! This idea that everyone is racist and that you here at Looper have some moral authority to judge what is and what is not racists is the problem in this world more than anything ! it is this thinking that is them most racist not the showrunners who cast these characters to roles the actors and actresses interviewed for ! People who have to find a race problem in everything are the people who define everything by race ! This is the definition of racism ! What Looper needs to do is step back and realize they are why films and shows are all terrible because writers are holding back in their stories , casting people based on race instead of how good their acting is and letting the loud screeching morons who know nothing real instead of making the best possible story with the best possible actress and actors. This is a racist channel ! F you Looper !

  24. Madushan Jayawardane
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Ok now tell me what are the real reasons? Do I have to watch another video for that?

  25. Miguel Rosado
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    These are not "the real reasons", they are just "the reasons". Nothing explained here contradicts what was already common knowledge.

  26. Rick.Grimes.Of.Alexandria
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    I'm do glad Daario was recast. The first actor's face just pissed me off.

  27. Michael Service
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    When is season 8 coming?

  28. Venomous Goose
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Ooh, you forgot one!

  29. Iroc Life
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Random white girl lucky enough to be born with some dragon taming ability. This does not make a warrior or a strong woman.

  30. Agostino Matteucci
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    They would have been better off just to kill off the writers ( by feeding them to the dragons) after season 5.

  31. Erin
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    The only one I noticed was daario but all the others ones I was confused but never really gave it a second thought .

  32. Bartycrouch
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    The real reasons why these actors.... Three eyed raven.... no reason..... white king.... no reason... makes total sense....

  33. Brad Chellingworth
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    "The Real Reason These Game Of Thrones Roles Were Recast"
    Number 1, we don't know.
    Good job!

  34. Elizabeth Trenfield
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    The dude on the front should have been casted as cersei 😂😂

  35. blacktiger994
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    I actually didn't notice tommen and mycella, their actors look pretty familiar. I'm glad the mountain as replaced though, that heavyweight lifter guy is SO COOL!

  36. pandawarriah
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    "Emilia Clarke is an awesome actor". I disagree. She looks good, and it's fine for a tv show, but a good actor - really? Have you seen her movies?

  37. Brave Diomedes
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Daenerys has had the most exciting character arches? She’s the most boring character on the show, and Clark is an awful overactor. Done with this one already.

  38. Ryan
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    ed skrein was a much better fit for daario's character

  39. Nicolaus Beechler
    June 4, 2020 Reply

    Anyone know the name of the song?

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