This is what the cast of 'Game of Thrones' would have looked like if the intended actors had taken the roles

This is what the cast of 'Game of Thrones' would have looked like if the intended actors had taken the roles

Since it's pretty much the most popular show on the planet, it's hard to imagine that Game of Thrones wasn't always a guaranteed hit. Plenty of fantasy shows have come and gone over the years, even those based on popular book series. So no one was certain that HBO could pull it off at all, no doubt pleasantly surprised when it became watched by millions across the world.

Seeing it now, the cast look perfect for their roles - but not all of them were the first choice, regardless of how great they ended up being. There was an unseen pilot with different actors that was reportedly completely re-shot with a new cast for reasons of quality. But how would the characters we know and love look like if the original actor had stayed in the role?

1. Gillian Anderson as Cersei Lannister 2. Dominic West as Mance Rayder 3. Izzy Meikle-Small as Sansa Stark

4. Sam Hueghan as Loras Tyrell

5. Lily Allen as Yara Greyjoy

6. Sam Claflin as Jon Snow

7. Danny Dyer as Pypar

8. Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark

9. Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen

While I think most of us are pretty happy with how it all turned out in Westeros, it's hard not to wonder what could have been. For instance, how great would it have been for Tormund and Khal Drogo to meet? Unfortunately for us, they never did, but it turns out the actors behind them have a real-life bromance.

H/T: Digital Spy