Game Of Thrones: 17 Fascinating Backstage Facts

Saving species, lemon cake hatred, and a Pilot that almost saw the show scrapped...

Imagine what it must be like to be surrounded by a Game of Thrones set? Lavish costumes, scruffy shacks, fierce warriors, and a whole new world being built around you. The whole show is incredibly immersive, and the tense, serious nature plunges fans straight into the world. But none of that happens by chance. The show is meticulously pitched, planned, and perfected to ensure the best possible end result, and from that comes some inevitably brilliant stories. Some may be about the show's story itself, others related to the actors and actresses involved, and there are even times when Thrones has dipped into the real world, for the right and wrong reasons...

17. The Pilot Was So Poor The Show Almost Didn't Air

The show was very nearly dropped altogether after the original Pilot episode was given a tepid response from HBO. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, told the MailOnline: "Apparently the pilot was fairly bad. We had to reshoot basically all of it because it was really bad. We thought it was great apparently HBO almost said no ." Tamzin Merchant and Jennifer Ehle were replaced by Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley to play Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark respectively, and after the reshoot, the Pilot was aired.

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