George R.R. Martin Says Rickon Stark Was Almost Written Out of ‘G

The authentic pilot for “Game of Thrones” was nearly unrecognizable in comparison with the one proven to audiences in 2011.

Everything from hairstyles to actors to main scenes needed to be reconsidered after the preliminary pilot didn’t land with HBO executives within the early phases of the show’s improvement.

Entertainment Weekly published an excerpt from “Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series,” a e-book written by EW editor at massive James Hibberd, forward of its Oct. 6 launch. The e-book contains interviews with the show’s solid and crew, together with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.

One of essentially the most sizable adjustments got here with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Khal Drogo’s (Jason Momoa) wedding ceremony scene. Tamzin Merchant initially donned the position of Daenerys. The shoot included a scene the place Daenerys jumped a fireplace on a horse, and one other the place the couple consummated the wedding by a brook, which needed to be reshot after an incident on set.

“Suddenly the video man begins to chuckle,” “Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin recollects within the e-book. “The silver filly was not a filly in any respect. It was a colt. And it was getting visibly excited by watching these two people.”

Lena Headey, who performed the ruthless Cersei Lannister, says the character’s signature stylish fashion initially appeared “medieval.” “I appeared like a Vegas showgirl within the [original] pilot — furs and big hair, like a medieval Dolly Parton,” she says. “Not that I’m complaining, I liked it.”

Martin provides that Rickon Stark was nearly written out of the show.

“The largest factor was Dan and David referred to as me up and had the concept of eliminating Rickon, the youngest of the Stark youngsters, as a result of he didn’t do a lot within the first e-book,” he says. “I stated I had vital plans for him, in order that they stored him. “

The sequence ultimately obtained the inexperienced gentle from HBO, however the pilot needed to be shot once more, regardless of the massive sum of cash that went into filming and the price of journey to locations like Morocco.

Actor Harry Lloyd, who took on the position of Viserys Targaryen, says within the e-book, “We had been very fortunate to be given a $10 million-dollar rehearsal.”



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