Literally everyone wishes they could cameo in HBO’s colossal hit series Game of Thrones, and famous musicians are no exception. Indeed, artists have been popping up in the show since the early days, both in subtle and laughably obnoxious ways. With season 7’s finale just around the corner, look back at the musician cameos you may have missed on Game of Thrones.
Oh yeah, I suppose it goes without saying, but careful for spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet! Though if you haven’t, what are you doing reading this anyhow?
Snow Patrol Took Jaime and Brienne Prisoner
Episode: “Walk of Punishment” Season 3
All the way back in season three, Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister were captured by Bolton men on their way back to King’s Landing. While transporting their prisoners by horseback, the Boltons sing a rendition of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” lead by none other than Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. Why chase cars when you can chase (then dismember) Lannisters?
Coldplay Betrayed the Starks
Episode: “The Rains of Castamere” Season 3
During the infamous “Red Wedding” scene, Coldplay drummer and Thrones superfan Will Champion can be seen as the wedding band’s percussionist. After playing “The Rains of Castamere,” Champion swapped his drumsticks for a crossbow and went to town on murdering Robb Stark’s army.
We’d hate you if your music wasn’t so catchy, turncloak.
Sigur Rós Are Joffrey’s Band of Choice
Episode: “The Lion and the Rose” Season 4
Apparently former King and overall butthead Joffrey Baratheon was a fan of Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós, since he had them perform at his deadly Purple Wedding. Then again, he couldn’t have been the biggest fan, since he chucked coins at the poor chaps causing them to scamper off midway through their set.
Mastodon Are Heavy Metal Wildlings
Episode: “Hardhome” Season 5
The burly and bearded men of Mastodon were perfectly cast as Wildlings turned reanimated White Walkers in the battle of Hardhome. Brent Hinds recently confirmed that he’ll have another cameo in season 8, meaning the members of Mastodon will return as the Night King’s undead warriors. It doesn’t get much more metal than that, folks.
Of Monsters and Men Meet No One
Episode: “The Door” Season 6
During Arya’s training in Braavos, she was tasked with assassinating an actress. In order to scope out the target, Arya attended one of her performances, where Of Monsters and Men were filling in as the stage band.
— Of Monsters and Men (@monstersandmen) May 22, 2016
Ed Sheeran, the Lannister Singer
Episode: “Dragonstone” Season 7
Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, is a serious fan of Sheeran, and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff wanted to surprise her by getting the British boy wonder on the show. While Maisie was no doubt stoked, viewers were less impressed with Ed’s appearance, taking to Twitter to bash and poke fun at the “Thinking Out Loud” singer’s awkward cameo.
Maybe next time don’t side with the Lannisters, Ed!
Bonus: Chris Martin’s Game of Thrones: The Musical
Back in 2015, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin starred in a mockumentary about the creation of a Game of Thrones musical for Red Nose Day. The hilarious 12 minute sketch is a must-watch for any Thrones fan, as it sees the likes of Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and more performing absurd original tracks alongside Chris Martin.