Game of Thrones Pilot
The pilot is the first Game of Thrones episode recorded, but was never broadcast. The recordings took place between October 24 and 19 November 2009 in Northern Ireland and Morocco. The pilot was directed by Thomas McCarthy.
Or the pilot will ever be transmitted or released, is not known. Said to have cost the recordings between 5 and 10 million dollars.
The cast of the pilot is quite different to the rest of the series. For various reasons, HBO replace some actors. Below is an overview:
- Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke replaced by)
- Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark (replaced by Michelle Fairley)
- Ian McNeice as Illyrio Mopatis (replaced by Roger Allam)
- Richard Ridings as Gared (replaced by Dermot Keaney)
- Jamie Campbell Bower as Ser Waymar Royce (replaced by Rob Ostlere)
- Jamie Campbell Bower as Waymar Royce
Another difference is that there are included. Scenes for the pilot in Scotland and Morocco The Scottish Doune Castle served as Winterfell. Most scenes with Daenerys recorded in Morocco, this are scenes from Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven used. The official first episodes these locations are no longer.
Author George R. R. Martin has a cameo as a Pentoshi nobleman with a giant hat included for the Game of Thrones pilot, this scene is the official first episode not achieved. However, there are scenes from the pilot that the official first episode does have achieved. Below is an overview:
The scene in the crypts beneath Winterfell where Robert Baratheon Eddard Stark asks to be his Hand of the King
The scene in Winterfell where Tyrion Lannister and Sandor Clegane exchange a few words
The scene between Eddard and Benjen Stark in which they discuss the execution of the Night’s Watch ranger