Entertainment Weekly just obtained an excerpt from Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Untold Story of the Epic Series. The book offers a rare glimpse at the show’s pilot episode, which very few people have seen (no, not even you). According to the cast, the first episode was such a disaster, it almost never came to fruition.
“Nobody knew what they were doing or what the hell this was,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister on GoT. “During King Robert’s arrival I remember finding the whole thing ridiculous. The absurdity of doing this parallel universe with these very noble men. It’s a very fine balance between being serious and believing it and just being cosplayers. There was certainly not a sense that this was going to be some gamechanger for anyone. But we had a lot of fun.”
Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister, confirmed that the costumes weren’t up to Westeros standards, adding, “I looked like a Vegas showgirl in the [original] pilot — furs and massive hair, like a medieval Dolly Parton. Not that I’m complaining, I loved it. My hair devolved.”