Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says the 'Game of Thrones' pilot was 'unbelievably bad' and 'no one should have picked that up'

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Game of Thrones” hasn’t always been the global phenomenon that it is today.

Like many series, “Game of Thrones” started as a single pilot episode that was pitched to a range of networks in the hope that one of them would pick it up.

It may seem surprising to some, but it’s no secret that the show’s pilot was a total trainwreck.

In an episode of the podcast “Scriptnotes,” the show’s co-creator David Benioff said that watching the pilot was “one of the most painful experiences” of his life.

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The original ‘Game of Thrones’ pilot was a total trainwreck

Fortunately, the pilot never saw the light of day. So much of it had to be reshot and reproduced that a different director ended up being credited and major parts were recast to the actors we know and love today.

However, that didn’t stop the cast getting together to watch the original pilot as a group recently, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays Jaime Lannister) said on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Wednesday.

“It was unbelievably bad,” Coster-Waldau said.

“It was actually amazing to see. And there’s no reason that we’re sitting here talking about this today; no one should have picked that up.”

Luckily, someone did.

Coster-Waldau said that one guy, Richard Pleper the CEO of HBO, was like: “This is great! Let’s do it.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Watch Coster-Waldau tell the story below:

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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