Ed Skrein, Game of Thrones' 1st Daario, Explains Why He Left the HBO Show—Find Out What He Said! However, Ed Skrein, the original Daario, seemed to suggest that there was something else at the root of his departure and subsequent replacement by Michiel Huisman. GAME OF THRONES might have ended but there are still questions that have been left unanswered. Ed Skrein, who originally essayed the character, appeared for three episodes in the third season. Skrein has said that … He was later replaced by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman of The Other Lamb fame. Working on a TV show like Game of Thrones seems like it would be any actor's dream, but sometimes, stars left the show for mysterious and complicated reasons. When The Huffington Post asked Skrein why people would come to him over other services like UPS and FedEx, the actor said his advantage is "a unique skill set for close combat. He was replaced by Michiel Huisman in season 4 By Corinne Heller Sep 03, 2015 9:45 PM Tags The real reason Ed Skrein was removed from Game of Thrones cast was more ‘political’ than what you were led to believe While Ed Skrein played Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones originally, he was replaced by Michiel Huisman in later seasons. Game of Thrones: What happened to the first Daario Naharis? Daario, who was formerly played by Ed Skrein, has been replaced by actor Michael Huisman. "He added, "I don’t know what UPS and what those other guys provide, but I wouldn’t be able to comment." Huisman, who has previously dabbled in HBO programming like Treme , also starred as Liam in Nashville . As for why EuropaCorp ultimately went with Skrein, CEO Christophe Lambert had this to say: “We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin with brio.” Why did Ed Skrein leave?