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George R.R. Martin contemplates cameo on Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is known to feature the odd celebrity cameo, usually from musicians — members of bands like Sigur Rós, Snow Patrol, Coldplay and more have all turned up on the show. One person who has yet to cameo is author George R.R. Martin, one whose A Song of Ice and Fire books the show is based.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. A fan recently asked him about it on his Not a Blog. “Any chance we’ll see you in the background in Season 8?” His answer: “Anything is possible.”

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As the fan pointed out, Martin actually did have a cameo in the show’s original pilot — he played a guest at Dany and Khal Drogo’s wedding. Unfortunately, that episode was never seen, although there was an aborted attempt for him to appear in the season 1 finale, in the scene where Joffrey takes Sansa to look at her father’s head on a spike.

I wanted to be a severed head on the wall in season one, but turns out those severed heads are expensive to make. Instead we bought a Big Box o’ Used Heads, and got in all sorts of trouble.

When pressed about who else would be his dream cameo for his beloved series, Martin said former president Barack Obama should throw his hat in the ring. Obama has admitted to being a fan of the show, even got access to Season 6 episodes before the rest of the nation.


As far as actual cameos go, New York Mets pitcher Noah Snydergaard (yes, the guy with the long hair) is appearing in Season 7. He says he filmed a sequence in Spain this past November.


  • GRRM will be seen in the last minute of episode 8. The camera pans out to see the entire final scene…father until you see the location in where it happens ….farther and you’ll see Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos. As in the beginning credits. But this time the camera pans farther and farther out until you realize It all took place in Macumber, the blue-eyed giant….aka GRRM. He’ll be sitting in front of a fireplace, writing his next novel.

    • That would appeal to his ego and I would actually enjoy it.
      People would be pissed.
      LINDAAAA would have tears in her eyes.

  • I have to say that all the waiting really drains me of interest. That happened to me with “Sherlock”. I was so keen on the show, and then….wait, wait, wait…for Season 4….and other shows came up and took its place for me. I never watched Season 4, although the previous seasons I had watched each episode several times. Now with “Game of Thrones” having read the books twice….it’s starting to feel like that ho hum feeling again. Just saying….

  • I’d love to see GRRM do a little Hitchcockian walk-on in some episode!

    Then again, I’d like to see a guy in a big crowd scene wearing a red-and-white striped tunic and cap. Perhaps at a feast at the Twins? He could be Waldo Frey, one of the countless grandsons and great-grandsons. Wrong house colors, but someone has to be the rebel in the family.

    • Find Waldo is kinda like Find “The Winds of Winter;” come on already GRRM.
      And then do a cameo or better yet, play a character with a few lines. Just please finish Winds, thank you. I’m reading fanfiction, that’s how bad it is for me lol

  • I always thought Planetos could be a post apocalyptic society, where most things magic are just found highly sophisticated tech that no one remembers how to operate. The found Dawn at a crashed meteor, calling the place Starfall. Could have been a crashed spaceship and Dawn was an onboard weapon.

  • I would like to see Martin cameo as a measter hard at work writing a book, and Stan Lee behind him demanding he speed things up!

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