AMC's The Walking Dead has featured some iconic characters and memorable performances. However, many actors who play these characters initially auditioned for different roles. For example, Ethan Embry auditioned for the role of Rick or Shane but was later asked to play Carter. Laurie Holden originally auditioned for Lori but was cast as Andrea. Khary Payton auditioned for a smaller role before getting cast as Ezekiel. Sonequa Martin-Green auditioned for Michonne but ended up playing Sasha. Ted Huckabee initially auditioned for Merle but got the role of Bruce. Jon Bernthal auditioned for both Rick and Shane but ultimately played Shane. Lastly, Norman Reedus tried out for Merle but was given the role of Daryl. These casting decisions have had a significant impact on the show and its characters.