Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn is ‘not a fan of cameos’


In a recent interview, Kristian Nairn sounded off on Game of Thrones cameos, especially that Ed Sheeran cameo last year.

Game of Thrones, isn’t here for that Ed Sheeran cameo back in Season 7.

Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor for the first six seasons of the hit HBO series, told the Huffington Post while he likes Sheeran as a musician, he didn’t belong on Game of Thrones.

"“I’m not a fan of the cameos in Game of Thrones. I don’t like them. I think it’s stupid. I don’t mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world. Especially Ed Sheeran. I was like, ‘Why is Ed Sheeran here?’ I mean, Ed Sheeran’s great. He’s a great guy, great musician, but why is he in Game of Thrones? I’m not saying I’m not a fan of Ed Sheeran. I’m being tactful here, but just not a fan of the cameo. I think most people would agree with me there. It was a big snap to reality. It’s like, ‘What? What?’ It’s a fantasy show. We’re all caught in this amazing world and spend so much time and money and talent to create, and all of a sudden there’s a pop star? What?”More from Game of ThronesHBO greenlights Game of Thrones prequel The Hedge KnightNew Game of Thrones prequel? Is HBO working on Aegon’s Conquest?House of the Dragon Season 2 release date, cast, updates and more10 instrumental TV theme songs we can never skip, from Succession to Game of ThronesA classic Thanksgiving dinner as Game of Thrones characters"

While the show is known for inviting musicians to make cameos on the show, fans were perplexed when the red-headed crooner popped up on Season 7’s “Dragonstone.” He played one of the Lannister’s army members sitting around a campfire, singing “Hands of Gold.” The scene ends with Arya murdering him and his fellow soldiers.

In my opinion, Sheeran is too famous and too recognizable to appear in Game of Thrones. Seeing his face took me out of the fantasy and snapped me back into reality. That’s why I’m not much of a fan of his cameo either.

Nairn is a big music fan and a gifted guitarist. Here he is playing Megadeath.

So, I guess that he didn’t mind cameos by other less recognizable musicians.

Members of Coldplay appeared during the Red Wedding playing “The Rains of Castamere.” Icelandic band Sigur Ros popped up to play the same song during Joffery’s ill-fated wedding. Another Icelandic group, Of Monsters and Men, played as Arya watched the Braavosi actors’ re-enactment of her father’s death. And members of the metal group Mastodon made cameos as wildlings in the Massacre at Hardhome.

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The difference here is, fans didn’t notice. These cameos never pulled the focus and didn’t distract viewers as they watched.

I’m with Hodor on this one. I agree the Sheeran cameo was unnecessary. But I don’t mind a fun cameo on a sitcom every now and again.

Where do you stand on the Game of Thrones cameo argument?

Source: Screen Rant