These 'Game Of Thrones' Characters Were Changed And You Probably Didn't Even Realise
Spoiler alert: this article may contain spoilers regarding some of the previous seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’.
It’s quite understandable that, after six seasons of this show, there are a couple characters that we’ve grown quite attached to. There is no way that we wouldn’t recognize those flowing white locks belonging to Daenerys, or that gruff Northern accent from Jon Snow. Cersei Lannister’s short do would probably catch our eyes from a mile away, and Jaime’s golden hand would catch the light of the sun.
The point is that we know the main characters of Game of Thrones, because that’s just what they are – the main characters. No one really cares about people like the maids or those odd-looking Westeros soldiers (like Ed Sheeran). The reason for this is because these characters (the ones who aren’t fighting eachother for the throne or desperately harping on about White Walkers) are in the background. They aren’t that important, which means that they’re also quite replaceable.
It isn’t that uncommon for actors to get swapped out, especially when the character that they’re portraying steps up from secondary to main – and sometimes the viewers don’t even realise it. Some characters have changed right before our eyes and we didn’t even blink. Shame on us, right?
Well, to ease your guilt a little, here’s a short list of which actors came and left – accompanied by a few details of just who they played. You’re welcome.
Whilst you might remember Daario as the dreamboat from season four onward who declared his love for Daenerys (alongside a seething Jorah), the truth is that he started off looking quite different. He was first played by Ed Skrein (Deadpool) but was later replaced by a Dutch actor named Michiel Huisman, who has previously starred in hit TV shows such as Orphan Black and Nashville.
Ser Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane
Remember when Ser Gregor Clegane crushed Oberyn Martell’s skull into smithereens? As if you could forget, right? Well, it turns out that he’d gone through some changes before that. In season one, Ser Gregor was played by Mark ‘Conan’ Stevens (The Hobbit). After that, he was played by a Welsh stuntman and basketball player by the name of Ian Whyte (who also played the Engineer in Prometheus). Of course, when the time came for Ser Gregor to take centre stage in season four, the actor was replaced by Hafthór Júlíus ‘Thor’ Björnsson – an actor and basketball player from Iceland. Go figure.
The Three-Eyed Raven
Before Bran took on the title, The Three-eyed Raven was played by Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, Minority Report). However, before his lengthy stint in season six, The Three-Eyed Raven was initially played (in the final episode of season four) by Struan Rodger, who some fans might recognize from Chariots of Fire.
Oh sweet, sweet Tommen. Before Margaery and that god awful explosion, he was played by a child actor named Callum Wharry. We only saw him briefly in the initial seasons however.
When the producers realised that Tommen was going to be taking centre stage with his own story-line, well, we imagine that the hurry to find an older replacement was quite hectic. Thankfully, Dean-Charles Chapman (Before I Go to Sleep) was cast, and fans were granted an innocent-faced (but painfully dull) king to become Margaery Tyrell’s third husband. Hurrah!
You may or may not know this, but Dickon Tarly went through some changes between seasons six and seven.
In season six, he was portrayed by Harry Potter alumni Freddie Stroma, and fans gushed with glee over his good-looking appearance. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Stroma could no longer continue in the role. The producers cast Tom Hopper (Black Sails) as his replacement and, whilst most people didn’t notice the difference, it can’t be denied that he’s actually quite easy on the eyes too.
Did you notice any of these changes? Let us know in the comments!
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