A show as massive in scope as Game of Thrones needs hundreds of extras every season to populate the numerous cities and towns that its main characters live in. Well, aside from giving those lucky participants the chance to be in TV’s biggest series, it also allows a few other, more well-known faces to pop in the show. Here is a few Game of Thrones cameo appearances you probably missed:
The entire metal band was in an episode where they were killed and resurrected as White Walkers. They also have a song called White Walker that’s on the HBO Catch the Throne mixtape. Both these inclusions are testament to executive producer D.B. Weiss’ love of the band.
2. Ed Sheeran
Let’s get the easy one out of the way: Ed Sheeran was in the season 7 premiere. Ed’s cameo made quite some waves on social media and it’s also one of the easier cameos to spot – mainly due to his fame and the fact that his face is in close-up.
3. Will Champion of Coldplay
Talking of people that played the Rains of Castamere in Game of Thrones: there’s been another big moment in the series where that song was played. It was given as a signal at Robb’s wedding to let everyone know it was totally cool to wipe out all the Starks. And one of the guys from Coldplay was to blame for it. Well, him and Walder Frey.
4. Gary Lightbody in “Walk of Punishment”
And yet another musical cameo. Gary was featured in season 3, playing the song The Bear and the Maiden Fair, ahead of a group of Bolton soldiers. This was mainly done to introduce the audience to this song, which would be heavily referenced in a later episode.
5. Sigur Rós
Sigur Rós played The Rains of Castamere at Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding in season 4. Joffrey was not pleased with their performance, but it’s all good since he died minutes later.
6. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Being a show’s creator means it’s pretty easy to put yourself in it. In the House of Black and White, both show creators were included as faces for the Faceless Men.
7. David Benioff’s Parents in “Two Swords”
One of the perks of being a Game Of Thrones producer is that your parents get first dibs when it comes to playing extras – David Benioff’s mum and dad made a cameo as a pair of peasants on the way to King’s Landing in the season four premiere.
8. Neil Fingleton
While his name might not mean much to you, Neil Fingleton – who played humongous Wilding Mag the Mighty – was actually very famous before his stint on GoT, having previously nabbed roles in Dr Who, X-Men: First Class and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
9. George W. Bush’s head
OK, so Bush himself didn’t actually appear in the show. But his head did. In the season one episode where King Joffrey makes wife Sansa Stark gaze upon the severed heads of his traitors.
10. Dr. Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson
The famous guitarist might not have said much on the show, but Johnson definitely brought some serious gravitas to his role as mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne (who appeared on Arya’s ‘hit list’) in GoT seasons one and two. We mean, just look at that face.