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Game of Thrones finale: all the celebrity cameos you might have missed

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From Sophie Ellis-Bextor to Ed Sheeran, these are the A-listers who made appearances on the biggest show in the world. 

When a television show I watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world, it’s only natural that some of those fans are celebrities.

A-listers, they’re just like us! They get frustrated by the twists and turns of Game of Thrones, they feel like major plot twists were unearned, and they all just want to see justice done in the Seven Kingdoms. 

Some of Game of Thrones’ celebrity fans include T-Pain, whose Twitter live-commentary on the episodes this season has consistently comprised some of the show’s best hot takes – “All for this ikea ass, uncomfortable ass chair!!!” was the rapper’s conclusion about the corrupting nature of power. 

Other Game of Thrones fans include Patricia Arquette and Jessica Chastain, who has been using her Instagram stories to voice her displeasure at seeing anyone other than her X-Men: Dark Phoenix co-star Sophie Turner on the Iron Throne.

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Sometimes, if a celebrity is lucky, they can parlay their fandom into a turn in front of the Game of Thrones cameras. Several big names have managed to sneak their way onto the set for a cameo role in the series, sometimes in parts that have been bigger than others. Here are the best ones:

  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor

    The singer and her husband Richard Jones had cameos as members of the Northern Army in the Battle of Winterfell. Though neither of them were identifiable on camera, both of them had a lot of fun filming on set.

  • Aaron Rodgers

    The NFL player made a tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in the fifth episode of season eight, ‘The Bells’, as one of the Lannister archers fighting back against Daenerys’ army. He is quickly flambéed by Drogon, but the football player still enjoyed his time on the show. 

  • Chris Stapleton

    The country singer counts himself as one of Game of Thrones’ biggest fans, and he was able to enjoy the series from the other side of the camera as a wildling fighting for the North in the Battle of Winterfell. 

  • Rob McElhenney and Martin Starr

     The stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley appeared as two of Euron Greyjoy’s swashbuckling crew in season eight, only to meet untimely ends when Theon rescues his sister Yara. (McElhenney received an arrow to the eye, as he posted about on Instagram at the time.) 

  • Ed Sheeran

    Of all the celebrity cameos, Ed Sheeran’s was the biggest of all. Not only did the singer get to say a few lines in the first episode of season seven, he sang a little tune, too. Sheeran’s appearance on the show was a surprise for star Maisie Williams, who is a huge fan of the singer.

    “We knew that Maisie was a big fan of Ed Sheeran and for years we’ve been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie,” show creator David Benioff said in a statement. 

    In season eight of Game of Thrones, two prostitutes in King’s Landing discuss Sheeran’s character’s fate. “That boy Eddie came back with his face burned right off. He’s got no eyelids now,” one of them says. So that’s that, then. 

  • David S Cohen

    The former deputy director of the CIA – yes, you read that right – had a very brief cameo in ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’, the second episode of season eight of Game of Thrones. Cohen appears as a Winterfell peasant lining up for a bowl of Davos’ delicious onion soup. 

  • Will Champion

    Who could forget Coldplay’s Will Champion as the drummer at the Red Wedding? 

    The episode, way back in season three, has passed into Game of Thrones infamy, and Champion’s role as one of the band members playing the ‘Rains of Castamere’ is a crucial moment for Catelyn Stark, who realises the true purpose of the gathering the second she hears that song. The Lannisters send their regards, especially to Champion for such excellent drum-playing. 

  • Laura Elphinstone

    Laura Elphinstone managed to steal not one but two of the biggest shows of 2019, first in Line of Duty and secondly in Game of Thrones, as one of the King’s Landing citizens killed during Daenerys’ rampage. “I don’t think I’ve been on a set that size, ever,” Elphinstone said. “It was like a little city. I would try and find my trailer and get completely lost quite regularly.”

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