did you know? George RR Martin had a cameo in the original pilot episode of Game of Thrones (Photo Credits: Episode Still, IMDb)
American fantasy drama Game of Thrones, which is based on George RR Martin’s book A Song of Ice and Fire, ended in 2019, but the show’s popularity among audiences hasn’t waned yet. Several critics and publications have claimed that the show is one of the best television series of all time.
Not many people know that the original pilot episode of the hit TV series was filmed in 2009, but it appears to be so unusable that it had to be trashed. Reportedly, a handful of the original cast of the series were reimagined. Among them were Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen and Jennifer Ehle as Kellyanne Stark.
Interestingly, the unaired pilot also included another familiar face. It was none other than the author George RR Martin. According to SYFY, the famed writer who also served as a producer and consultant for Game of Thrones revealed that he had a small role in the first episode of the series.
Martin said, “I did a cameo in the original pilot, which was filmed in Morocco. I was a Pantoshi nobleman and one of the guests at Danny’s wedding to Khal Drogo. However, later, we changed Dany’s part. So, the entire Moroccan wedding sequence was cut, and my great cameo was left on the cutting room floor.”
While the first episode of the HBO series did not see the light of day, George RR Martin also had plans to make another cameo appearance in the series. He explained that Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and DB Weiss “at one point were going to put my severed head on a spike, but then it cost them. Those severed heads are expensive and our budget is tight.” So unless I give my head, my head is not chopped off!”
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