Sam Claflin Was Almost Jon Snow & 12 Other Stars Almost Cast in 'GoT'

Jul 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones'
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The Game of Thrones cast is arguably one of the most perfect acting ensembles in television today. From Peter Dinklage to Lena Headey to Emilia Clarke, all of the actors play their characters like they were born for these roles. And thanks to their dedication to the story, the character and the actors who play them will live on as icons.
 
But some of the stars of the show weren't even initially cast because, as luck would have it, HBO shot an alternative never-aired pilot that initially starred a different Daenerys and Catelyn Stark. Not only were some of the roles originally cast with different actors, but some of the other audition races had pretty stiff competition. Kit Harington and Sophie Turner had to work hard to nudge out the competition and secure their now-iconic roles; they definitely weren't just handed them from the HBO powers that be.
 
So, who were the other actors who gave the Game of Thrones cast such a run for their money? Click through our slideshow to find out.

1 /13: Sam Claflin

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Sam Claflin
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1/13 :Sam Claflin

2 /13: Dominic West

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Dominic West
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2/13 :Dominic West

3 /13: Sam Heughan

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Sam Heughan
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3/13 :Sam Heughan

4 /13: Jennifer Ehle

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Jennifer Ehle
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4/13 :Jennifer Ehle

5 /13: Tamzin Merchant

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Tamzin Merchant
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5/13 :Tamzin Merchant

6 /13: Jamie Campbell Bower

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Jamie Campbell Bower
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6/13 :Jamie Campbell Bower

7 /13: Izzy Meikle-Small

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Izzy Meikle-Small
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7/13 :Izzy Meikle-Small

8 /13: Elena Satine

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Elena Satine
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8/13 :Elena Satine

9 /13: Jamie Bamber

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Jamie Bamber
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9/13 :Jamie Bamber

10 /13: Tricia Helfer

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Tricia Helfer
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10/13 :Tricia Helfer

11 /13: Danny Dyer

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Danny Dyer
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11/13 :Danny Dyer

12 /13: Ian McNeice

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Ian McNeice
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12/13 :Ian McNeice

13 /13: Gillian Anderson

Actors who were almost in 'Game of Thrones': Gillian Anderson
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13/13 :Gillian Anderson