17. The Pilot Was So Poor The Show Almost Didn’t Air
The show was very nearly dropped altogether after the original Pilot episode was given a tepid response from HBO. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, told the MailOnline: “Apparently the pilot was fairly bad. We had to reshoot basically all of it because it was really bad. We thought it was great [but] apparently HBO almost said no [to the series].”
Tamzin Merchant and Jennifer Ehle were replaced by Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley to play Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark respectively, and after the reshoot, the Pilot was aired.
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