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    13 Iconic “Game Of Thrones” Roles That Were Almost Played By These Other Popular Actors

    This list could go on forever, TBH.

    1. Mahershala Ali as former Daenerys stan Xaro Xhoan Daxo.

    2. Gillian Anderson as (maybe???) mother-of-the-year Cersei Lannister.

    3. Sam Heughan as hot king Renly Baratheon.

    4. Tamzin Merchant as perfect being Daenerys Targaryen.

    5. Eugene Simon as fuckface Joffrey Baratheon.

    6. Jennifer Ehle as definitely-never-coming-back-as-Lady-Stoneheart Catleyn Stark.

    7. Iwan Rheon as fellow bastard Jon Snow.

    8. Izzy Meikle-Small as Robin Arryn-smacker Sansa Stark.

    9. Conleth Hill as lover of wine King Robert Baratheon.

    10. Sam Claflin as creeper Viserys Targaryen (and also Jon Snow).

    11. Dominic West as (probably) ~fiery~ King-beyond-the-Wall Mance Rayder.

    12. Jamie Campbell Bower as forgotten Night's Watch ranger Waymar Royce.

    13. And finally, Jared Harris as that jerk High Sparrow.