‘Game Of Thrones’: Ed Skrein Speaks Out About The Real Reason He Was Replaced

Remember back in season 3 of Game of Thrones when Daario Naharis was tall and blond? And, then, in season 4 how he magically morphed into a brunette? Why was that exactly? HBO seemed happy to replace English actor Ed Skrein with the Dutch Michiel Huisman and leave it at that. Fans were expected just to tag along, work out one had been replaced by the other and move on to more important things, like Daenerys’ dragons and the fact that Tyrion was near.

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As E!Online pointed out, most people assumed Ed Skrein had been caught up in timing issues because of his role as Frank Martin in The Transporter Refueled. But now, according to reports, it turns out that was not the real reason Ed Skrein was replaced by Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones.

When Ed Skrein was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly in regards to his role in The Transporter Refueled as well as his upcoming role in Deadpool, talk also turned to his small stint on Game of Thrones. EW reporter, Joe McGovern asked Ed Skrein straight out about his departure from Game of Thrones, asking if it really had to do with his role in The Transporter Refueled. Skrein gave the following reply:

“No. I mean, it wasn’t. That’s what been reported in the press but it was a lot more political than that. My plan was to stay with Game of Thrones for the long haul. That was always my plan. I would have loved to. It was a wonderful experience, but politics led to us parting ways.”

The interview then moved on to talk more about Skrein’s other movie roles. There is no indication in relation to what he meant by it being “more political than that” and fans can only speculate. However, Ed Skrein did elaborate to Huffington Post. “In this industry you have politics and things like that, so nothing is ever as straight forward as it’s reported,” he said before commenting on what a wonderful job Michiel Huisman had done since he left. TooFab also reported that Skrein would never walk away from his job.

“This is a complicated industry and there’s always politics involved,” he continued. “I never really look back, my journey has been unorthodox in many ways. All I do is count my blessings and try to be as present as I can and I’m thankful for every step of this journey,” he also told TooFab.

According to a previous Inquisitr article, Game of Thrones returns to HBO for season 6 in the spring of 2016.

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