The North Remembers: Greenlight!

Yes, three years ago this month, in March 2010, Game of Thrones was greenlighted into a series, with HBO ordering the first season. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Three years later, we eagerly await to see the first episodes of Season Three. How time flies.


  • Thinking of that, there aren’t many unaired pilots that get released.

    I remember seeing a scene from True Blood’s pilot where Tara was played by a different actress. I think Joss Whedon put the Buffy pilot on DVD set, just for the lulz, because it was truly horrible. There’s a part of a pilot for US version of IT Crowd which, thankfully, didn’t get past the pilot stage (it’s on Youtube, if you want to witness the horror of a remake no one needed). Other than that, I can’t think of anything …

    Usually, those things get redone for a good reason.

    P.S. Oh, and a pilot for Dwight-centric The Office spin-off was recently redone as an episode of the show. It also was quite awful.

  • Alex Dubrovsky,

    Just wanted to add, and I’m going old-school here, that Full House has a released unaired pilot. The character they replaced was Danny Tanner…can you imagine a world where we didn’t know Bob Saget?

  • Hah! That’s awesome. Man – looking back, I can’t even imagine anyone else playing Dany.

    I LOVE Emelia Clarke and I’m so happy they chose her. She’s been amazing and so far from what I’ve seen in the trialers for this season, she’ll continue to impress.

    I shudder when I think of that wandering-eye, big-headed Tamzin Merchant playing Dany.

  • I love these posts, very nostalgic, it was all so exciting to see unfold! I’ve been lurking around since before the bottom needed supporting, haha.

  • I had been curious about who was Lady Stark in the pilot…Jennifer Ehle! I lost count of how often I watched Pride and Prejudice…it must have been quite a blow to lose her. Michelle Fairley has met the challenge. Her passionate nature on screen has been a marked contrast from Lena Headey’s Lannister ice queen. They are perfect rivals. Wow. Ehle missed a great opportunity!

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