George R.R. Martin says he shot a cameo for the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, but it didn’t make it into the final cut.
Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin filmed a cameo for the upcoming House of the Dragon show that never made it to the final cut. The spinoff series is a prequel to Game of Thrones, taking place 200 years before the events of the original show, and follows the rise and fall of House Targaryen. House of the Dragon is based on Martin’s 2018 novel titled Fire & Blood.
Game of Thrones, especially in later seasons, had several A-list celebrities – including Ed Sheeran, Aaron Rodgers, and Rob McElhenney – appear in cameo roles. Martin himself nearly had an appearance on the show, but he never made it to the screen. Martin filmed a cameo in Game of Thrones‘ original pilot episode as a guest at the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo, but his cameo was edited out as much of the original pilot was reshot. Martin later tried to appear in the famous Red Wedding episode in season 3, but the producers felt that his appearance in that episode would be too distracting, leaving him to never appear in Game of Thrones on screen.
At a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Martin revealed that he also filmed a cameo for House of the Dragon‘s pilot. Unfortunately, in a similar situation to the Game of Thrones pilot, much of House of the Dragon‘s first episode was reshot and Martin says that the editors “left my part on the cutting room floor.” Whether or not there are plans for Martin to appear at any point later on in House of the Dragon remains unknown.
It’s becoming somewhat of a tradition with fantasy series and movies to sneak in key members of the creative team that don’t normally appear on screen. It’s been seen with Peter Jackson’s cameo in each of the Lord of the Rings movies. Even the showrunners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, managed to get a cameo in season 8 of the original series as a pair of drunken Wildlings.
Although it is somewhat comical that Martin’s cameos keep getting cut out of shows based on his work due to reshoots, readers of his novels would likely be tickled to see him appear at some point in House of the Dragon. That being said, the choice to reshoot scenes in order to make the House of the Dragon pilot as good as it can possibly be is the right decision, even if it means that fans will have to wait longer to see Martin appear on screen. Viewers will have to tune in to see if Maartin ever does cameo in House of the Dragon.
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