Can you even imagine Game of Thrones without Emilia Clarke's silver-haired Daenerys? We can't, and we're glad we don't have to.
But, once upon a time, someone else was cast in the role...and even filmed the pilot as the Dragon Queen. Yep, Pride & Prejudice's Georgiana Darcy (and, more recently, Catherine Howard in The Tudors), aka British actress Tamzin Merchant, was the first star to be cast in the role of the Targaryen queen.
(Fun fact: You know who else was in The Tudors and Game of Thrones? Natalie Dormer...so The Tudors is our next logical binge-watch.)
Merchant played Daenerys in HBO's pilot episode shot in 2009, but left the project for unknown reasons, according to Yahoo TV. The new series was approved for filming in 2010, and since only a few people at HBO had ever seen it, no one knew that a bunch of characters were recast before season one began production.