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‘Game of Thrones’ audition reel shows how Westeros was cast

Spit a carrot, get a job.


Mike Wehner


Posted on Jul 11, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 9:25 am CDT

The vast majority of Game of Thrones characters were so brilliantly cast that it’s easy to forget they all actually had to try out for their respective roles. HBO just released a fantastic little supercut of 11 different auditions, complete with some of the most iconic one-liners in the TV series. 

It’s difficult to pick a favorite here, and Carice van Houten‘s mid-scene character break will likely elicit a giggle or two, but it’s impossible to deny the grace with which Kristofer Hivju, auditioning for the part of Tormund, spews that carrot out of his mouth. Has a part in a major TV series ever been cast without the performer uttering a single word? If not, Hivju could have been the first. 

The only thing missing here is Kristian Nairn‘s audition clip, though you can probably guess why that wasn’t included. 

Screengrab via Game of Thrones/HBO

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*First Published: Jul 11, 2015, 11:14 am CDT