Characters who change cast, it happens every day in Hollywood and overseas. Whether it’s a dismissal for serious misconduct, hiccups in people’s schedules or simply a facial offense (well yes, what happens), we are fooled a bit. The thing about Game of Thrones is that there are so many characters on the show that you could say that for the most part, we got screwed like bruises.
1. Daario Naharis
From season 4, Ed Skrein was replaced by Michiel Huisman (due to filming according to A, for political reasons according to B) to play Dany’s plan. The most skeptical will say that Daario just went to the hairdresser, the real ones know. RIP little mermaid with enchanted mane.
2. Tommen Baratheon
The little prince Lannister was played by Callum Whaary until season 2, then Dean-Charles Chapman from season 4. The reason? Faced with the imminent marriage of Tommen and Margaery Tyrell, the writers preferred to play an older actor so that it would be less “creepy”; we still remember that Tommy is the fruit of an incestuous love between brother and sister so at this stage nothing shocks us anymore but my faith.
3. Myrcella Baratheon
Here, no question of age or gloomy situation: Aimee Richardson was replaced by Nell Tiger Free from season 5 because her character, taking up much more space on the screen, needed a more experienced actress. Ah and incidentally, we can say that she looks much more like a Lannister now. Whoops.
4. Gregor Clegane (the Mountain)
Well anyway in the first season, we hardly see the face of the Mountain except when he opens the small window of his helmet to say hello to all his enemies. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson arrived from season 4 on CDD, when his predecessor Ian White was only temporary, a bit like an intern. This same actor had also played a White Walker shortly before; Game of Thrones, a family business above all.
5. The Night King
The mystery still hangs in Westeros about the replacement of Richard Brake by the Slovak actor Vladimir Furdik between seasons 5 and 6. That being said, certain urban legends blow that the second actor was hired by strategic choice, and in particular for his facies which would come quite close to a certain crippled little character in the series……
6. The Three-Eyed Crow
We could see Max von Sydow in Shutter Island or the Exorcist, so already on a CV level the guy was the right person for this role. And frankly it was about time because between Gandalf, Dumbledore and Merlin the Enchanter we have had enough of the long-bearded marabouts.
7. Beric Dondarrion
We see David Michael Scott in the skin of Beric in season 1 when Ned sends him to Conflans to deal with the case of the Mountain (and thereby his many war crimes, of course) but was quickly replaced from of season 3 by Richard Dormer, without any explanation to date. And if, like me, you only knew this character as “the-Melisandre-as-a-guy-with-a-pirate-eye”, now you will know.
8. Dickon Tarly
In season 5, it was Freddie Stroma who played Sam’s little brother (and family favorite) but the latter had to be played by Tom Hopper from the following season because of his role in the series Time After Time , now sadly cancelled.
9. Rickard Karstark
We saw him in season 1 but probably no one remembered his face (Steven Blount doesn’t take it personally), but since his character becomes more important from season 3, John Stahl took over. Question of charisma who knows.
The face of one of the last Children of the Forest was that of Octavia Alexandru in season 4, but the film crew wanted to turn to a more mature actress in the person of Kae Alexanderen for season 6, especially for everything that is fighting scene.
Do not close your eyes, now you know.