- Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode six, “The Iron Throne.”
- HBO’s hit show has been criticised in the past for its lack of diversity.
- Since the series finale on Sunday, fans have been reimagining the show with a cast of black actors.
- Fans suggested spot-on replacements like Yara Shahidi as Sansa Stark, Jaden Smith as Bran Stark, and Tessa Thompson as Daenerys Targaryen.
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HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is one of the most beloved TV shows of all time, but it hasn’t been without its fair share of criticism.
One of fans’ most longstanding critiques is the show’s lack of diversity, which resurfaced with a vengeance when Nathalie Emmanuel’s Missandei, one of the show’s only prominent women of colour, was brutally executed on the final season.
On Tuesday, two days after the divisive series finale, the actor and comedian Corin Wells launched a trend on Twitter that addressed this issue in a creative and intriguing way. Wells created a thread called “A Black Casting for @GameOfThrones,” reimagining the show with a cast of black actors.
“I made this to cope with the death of my favourite show,” Wells told INSIDER. “It’s weird because in making it, it didn’t even occur to me that other people aside from my friends would join in.”
Soon, other Twitter users were adding their own suggestions.
“I think it resonated with people because ‘GoT’ obviously lacked diversity,” Wells continued. “Having a strong connection to a show that doesn’t have anyone that looks like you is a weird feeling. It’s like ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ – I love these shows, but this wasn’t made for me or with people like me in mind. So I wanted to imagine a Westeros with more melanin … or all melanin.”
Here are our favourite casting suggestions from the popular thread, which had over 1,000 replies and 40,000 likes on Friday.
Denzel Washington as Ned Stark
Wells would cast Washington, the “Malcolm X” actor and onetime “Sexiest Man Alive,” as the noble head of House Stark.
Angela Bassett as Catelyn Stark
Bassett currently stars on Fox’s drama series “9-1-1.”
Lakeith Stanfield as Robb Stark
Stanfield is best known for his roles in “Get Out” and on FX’s “Atlanta.”
Yara Shahidi as Sansa Stark
Shahidi is an actress, style icon, and activist, best known for her role as Zoey Johnson on ABC’s “Black-ish” and its spin-off, “Grown-ish.”
Amandla Stenberg as Arya Stark
Jaden Smith as Bran Stark
Smith has been in the spotlight since he starred alongside his famous father in “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
Chadwick Boseman as Jon Snow
Zendaya as Ygritte
Zendaya, who rose to prominence on Disney Channel, plays Peter Parker’s love interest in the upcoming film “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and will star on HBO’s new teen drama “Euphoria.”
Tessa Thompson as Daenerys Targaryen
Winston Duke as Khal Drogo
Wells originally cast the “Us” actor as the loveable wildling Tormund Giantsbane, but other fans disagreed.
The New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi thought Duke would be perfectly suited to play Khal Drogo, the powerful Dothraki warlord.
Mahershala Ali as Ser Jorah Mormont
Marsai Martin as Lyanna Mormont
Martin plays Diane Johnson on ABC’s “Black-ish” and recently starred in the comedy film “Little,” which she also executive-produced.
Jeffrey Wright as Lord Varys
Giancarlo Esposito as Littlefinger
You’ll probably recognise Esposito from his star-making turn as Gus Fring on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
Keith David as Tywin Lannister
David has starred in Oscar-winning dramas like “Crash” and beloved comedies like “There’s Something About Mary.”
Kerry Washington as Cersei Lannister
Washington is best known for her starring role on ABC’s “Scandal.”
Idris Elba as Jaime Lannister
Danai Gurira as Brienne of Tarth
Cicely Tyson as Olenna Tyrell
Zoë Kravitz as Margaery Tyrell
Daniel Kaluuya as Theon Greyjoy
Lena Waithe as Yara Greyjoy
John Boyega as Gendry
Tracee Ellis Ross as Lysa Arryn
Ross is best known for her roles on the CW sitcom “Girlfriends” and ABC’s “Black-ish.”
Lupita Nyong’o as Melisandre
Michael Kenneth Williams as Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
Williams is already an HBO darling, having portrayed Omar Little on “The Wire” and Albert “Chalky” White on “Boardwalk Empire.”
Billy Porter as Oberyn Martell
Rihanna as Ellaria Sand
Morgan Freeman as Aemon Targaryen
The “Shawshank Redemption” actor is renowned for his deep voice and cool composure.
Djimon Hounsou as Jaqen H’ghar
Michael Ealy as Ramsay Bolton
@Va2nG proposed that Ealy, who previously portrayed a twisted stalker in “The Perfect Guy,” should play the sadistic Ramsay Bolton.
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