Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans got to watch Mac get shot in the eye during the premiere episode of season 8. The cameo was quick but once McElhenney posted the gruesome shot on Instagram to confirm the fact that it was indeed him, fans began to flood the comments to say, “I KNEW IT” and “Mac made it to GoT!😂”
Of Monsters and Men
WARNING: The following contains spoilers from seasons 1 to 7.
The five-member band from Iceland can be spotted in two major episodes, playing the role of a traveling band. Their first appearance happens on season 4, episode 2 during the infamous Purple Wedding reception, which ends with Joffrey Baratheon getting poisoned to death. The second takes place on season 6, episode 6 during the Braavos production of The Bloody Hand.
“We’d asked our manager a long time ago to ask them if we could be extras in it while they were shooting in Iceland, but nothing really happened, and our touring schedule was pretty crazy at that time anyways so we sort of just disappeared,” the band told WSJ about how they got cast in the series. “But apparently they noticed our interest and the ball started rolling. I’m pretty sure our manager just kept asking and asking and finally they must have given in.”
The Ottawa-based comedian, known for his GoT impressions on YouTube, snagged the gig of a lifetime when he was cast in a minor part on the HBO show. His viral videos have thousands of views and led to a guest spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The creators were so impressed that they invited Love to appear on season 6, episode 8. Love played one of the Brotherhood Without Banners, who eventually got hacked to death by the Hound.
“I was contacted by the Game of Thrones producers after I was on Kimmel, and they asked if I wanted to be on the show and I was like ‘Yes!’ ” Love told CTV News. “I was like ‘I’ll wrestle a bear naked, I don’t care. I’ll do whatever you want me to do!’ So then I contacted them back afterwards and was like ‘I don’t know what your plan is for me, but it would really mean a lot to me if you gave me one of those trademark gruesome death scenes.’ ”
The metal band was personally invited to be on the show by executive producer Dan Weiss, who is a big fan. They appeared on season 5, episode 8 during the haunting Hardhome episode. The musicians, who took on the role of wildlings who were killed and then brought back to life as wights by White Walkers, described their experience as “beyond amazing” to Pitchfork.
“I watched my best friends Brent and Bill, murdered right in front of me as I myself was stabbed in the stomach and had my throat slit multiple times, and I didn’t mind at all,” drummer Brann Dailor told the outlet. “It made me love being in Mastodon even more. We are more than privileged and honored to have been a part of one of the greatest stories ever told on film, and the catering wasn’t bad either.”
The Icelandic group’s members Orri Páll Dýrason, Georg Hólm and Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson were Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell’s Purple Wedding reception band who performed “The Rains of Castamere,” arguably one of Thrones’ most famous songs, only to get swiftly booted from the gig.
The “Shape of You” singer made a cameo on the first episode of season 7. Sheeran played a Lannister soldier and performed a folksy campfire song before enjoying a warm meal with Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams. The intimate scene was all part of GoT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s plan to get Sheeran on the show to surprise superfan Williams, according to Vanity Fair.
Although his Thrones debut wasn’t completely a hit, Sheeran had this to say about his brief moment in the GoT spotlight: “No one wants to see me come back. I wanted to be a cameo in it, and I’ve done the cameo … I’m cool with it, though. I enjoyed it.”