Game Of Thrones has gathered millions of fans across the planet. The adaptation of the literary saga created by George RR Martin has been able to unite a community of fans. But did you know that during the filming of the beginning of the series the actors were not the same as those we were able to follow during the eight seasons? And one of the performers has just opened up about his experience which led him to leave the production.
An experience that turned into a nightmare because of a horse
Indeed, if everyone knows Emilia Clarke as the interpreter of Daenerys Targaryen in the series Game Of Thrones, you should know that during the filming of the first pilot of the show broadcast on HBO, it was not she who played the role. In effect, Tamzin Merchant was cast as the character.
During an interview given to Entertainment Weekly, she returned to her experience in production. According to her remarks, which date from last January, on the occasion of the release of her novel, the interested party explained that the filming of this pilot had been a real hell because of a horse present on the set. Indeed, she explains thatshe had absolutely no wish to continue the adventure to the point of wanting to break her contract :
Shooting this pilot was a great lesson. It was an affirmation of my instincts as I followed them and tried to disengage. People convinced me to come back. But I found myself naked and scared by a horse in Morocco who was clearly more excited than me.
For production purposes, during the filming of this pilot, the team had decided to “excite” the animal to be as faithful as possible to the author’s novel. Thereby, when the scene, which everyone knows, between Daenerys and Drogo, played by Jason Momoawas turned, the horse displayed an erection.
If this episode cooled Tamzin Merchant, it is however for another reason that the public did not discover her in the series GoT :
I had no acting experience and only had my instincts. It’s the stories and the characters that interest me. And for me, Game of Thrones did not answer it.
However, she recognizes all the talent of the one who replaced him later :
I think we have to recognize that Emilia Clarke made this role iconic. She wanted to tell her journey and she was epic and excellent.
Eventually, the production heard from the actress because Tamzin Merchant was not called back to direct the series’ second pilot..