We've come to know Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen And kit haring ton as Jon snow With the ending oh hbo series 8 and final season We can't help but look back at 8 years ago When the show was still casting and finding the new household name actors Who plays Cersei Lannister, Sansa stark and more So who were these actors who auditioned for the role once upon a time We can't imagine other than Maisie Williams, Nikolaj coster waldau and Gwendoline Christie As Arya stark, jaime Lannister and brienne of Tarth But as Hollywood would have it, they weren't the only actors who have auditioned for the role Several well known stars has considered game of thrones as their next career move And though they weren't offered the part in the end But their audition stories are still interesting to hear From those who turned down the roles to actors who were recast after the pilot, check out the actors who were almost cast on Game of Thrones

Claflin, best known for his role as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games franchise, revealed in a 2016 interview with Cinema Blend that he auditioned for two Game of Thrones roles Jon Snow and Viserys Targaryen Even though he wasn't cast in the end Best known for her role in The X-Files, Anderson was offered the role of Cersei Lannister Which is played by Lena Headey very beautifully The offer came at the same time as an offer for Downton Abbey Anderson didn’t confirm which GOT character she was offered, But fans have theorised, it was none other than queen Cersei Merchant, best known for her role on The Tudors, was actually cast as Daenerys before Emilia Clarke and filmed a pilot of the show She was recast after creators David Benioff and DB Weiss received a lot of negative feedback for the pilot and were forced to reshoot it One of the big changes was the recasting of Daenerys No official reason has ever been given about her recasting

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Like Merchant, Ehle, who has starred in The King’s Speech and Fifty Shades of Grey, was originally cast as Catelyn Stark for GOT‘s pilot She eventually turned down the role before it made it to series, so she could spend more time with her newborn daughter at the time which is when Michelle Fairley was recast as the Stark matriarch Heughan, best known for his role in Outlander, auditioned for several roles including Loras Tyrell, Renly Baratheon and a few members of the Night’s Watch In an interview with Vulture, he revealed that he auditioned for the show seven times In the end, though, he isn’t mad that he wasn’t cast in any of the seven roles

He explained that the GOT audition experience gave him enough confidence to land the lead of Outlander who’s starred in Never Let Me Go and Snow White and The Huntsman, was almost cast as Sansa Stark She revealed that she was neck-in-neck with Sophie Turner, until HBO cut her in the final two Unlike the other actors on this list, Allen already has a connection to GOT Her brother, Alfie Allen, plays Theon Greyjoy, So when HBO was casting for Theon’s sister, Yara Greyjoy, the first person it went to was his real-life sister

Allen revealed that she turned down the offer after she learned that it would have to involve some inappropriate touching with her real-lie brother According to Digital Spy, Strong, who starred as the villain in 2019’s Shazam!, was offered the role of Stannis Baratheon, He turned down the role, however, after he was cast as the lead in AMC’s Low Winter Sun, which was canceled after one season Strong hasn’t commented on the casting, but it’s been reported by several sites