‘Game of Thrones’: Surprising Celebrity Cameos You Never Even Noticed

The Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones brought quite a few surprises, but one quickly became the most talked about: British musician Ed Sheeran’s cameo. The popular U.K. singer made an appearance in which he interacted with Arya Stark and sang a song for her.

Though many weren’t fans of such a famous modern pop star jarring them out of their beloved fantasy world, this isn’t the first time GoT has featured such a guest. Here are the musical cameos that came before Sheeran’s.

1. Mastodon

Members of the band Mastodon on 'Game of Thrones'

Game of Thrones | HBO

Sheeran wasn’t the only musician in the Season 7 premiere. Drummer Brann Dailor made an appearance as a White Walker, though he was difficult to identify.

Members of this American heavy metal band, which has been around since the turn of the century, just keep coming back to this fantasy world. In Season 5, three-quarters of the band, including Dailor, appeared in an episode as Wildings.

2. Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson's Ilyn Payne talks to a woman on Game of Thrones

Ilyn Payne on Game of Thrones | HBO

Most of the artists on this list only show up for a brief moment, but Wilko Johnson, an English musician best known for being a member of ‘70s band Dr. Feelgood, is a different story. Johnson appeared in a few Season 1 and 2 episodes as Ilyn Payne, a mute knight.

Unlike many GoT characters who have disappeared, Ilyn is still alive as far as we know, giving Johnson the chance to potentially return to the role. Johnson, who has since recovered from treatment for pancreatic cancer, told NME that he’d “love to go back” if asked.

3. Gary Lightbody

Alt-rock frontman, Gary Lightbody, of the band Snow Patrol received the GoT treatment during a Season 3 episode. The singer and guitarist appeared as a horseback-riding troubadour, singing an original song from the George R.R. Martin novels.

Lightbody is credited as a “Bolton soldier.”

4. Will Champion

Every GoT fan remembers Season 3’s Red Wedding. What many may not know is that there was a quick cameo in there from a famous musician.

Will Champion, drummer for Coldplay, banged away with the rest of the wedding band — the signal for the massacre to begin.

5. Sigur Rós

Where there’s a Westeros wedding, there’s a famous wedding band — in this case, Icelandic trio Sigur Rós, who have coins thrown at them by Joffrey Baratheon after he marries Margaery Tyrell in Season 4.

Though it’s revealed that Olenna Tyrell is the one who poisoned Joffrey that day, resulting in his death, we think the members of Sigur Rós were among those pleased to see the hated king taken down.

6. Of Monsters and Men

A crowd of people watching a play with actors on stage and musicians in the balconies

Game of Thrones | HBO

Jumping ahead to Season 6, another musical group from Iceland, Of Monsters and Men, spent some time on the GoT set. All five current members of the band appeared in the fifth episode of the season, as onstage musicians in a play within the show.

The appearance came about after members of the band persuaded their manager to ask the powers that be at HBO for a cameo.

7. Bastille

Members of the band Bastille pose with their arms around each other in front of a stage at Coachella

Bastille | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

This one is just a rumor — for the time being. Members of British indie band Bastille were spotted on the Belfast, Ireland set of the series earlier this year, sparking assumptions that they were filming a cameo for this season.

Though they’re denying any Season 7 appearances, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth to this speculation. After all, bigger secrets have been kept from GoT fans before.

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