AMC's The Walking Dead has had iconic characters and memorable performances. Some actors initially auditioned for other roles, like Ethan Embry auditioning for Rick or Shane. Laurie Holden originally tried out for Lori but was offered the role of Andrea. Khary Payton originally auditioned for a smaller role before landing the part of Ezekiel. Sonequa Martin-Green initially didn't know who she was auditioning for but ended up playing Sasha. Ted Huckabee auditioned for Merle but eventually became Bruce. Jon Bernthal auditioned for both Rick and Shane but ultimately played Shane. Norman Reedus auditioned for Merle but was given the role of Daryl instead. These actors' casting choices had a significant impact on the show.