The Original Daenerys From The Scrapped ‘Game Of Thrones’ Pilot Speaks Out


No offense, Tyrion, but Bran definitely doesn’t have the best story now.

It may be news for some, but actor Tamzin Merchant was originally tapped to take on the role of Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones.” Unfortunately, the initial pilot for HBO’s fantasy show was scrapped and, obviously, Dany doesn’t quite look like this anymore:

Now, after more than a decade of basically staying mum on that doomed pilot and the role of Daenerys — which later went to Emilia Clarke — the original Mother of Dragons is speaking out.

“Shooting that pilot was a really great lesson,” Merchant told Entertainment Weekly recently during a Zoom call. “It was an affirmation about listening to my instincts and following them, because I tried to back out of that situation and, during the contract process, I did back out. I was talked back into it by some persuasive people. Then I found myself naked and afraid in Morocco and riding a horse that was clearly much more excited to be there than I…



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