Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones.”
The popularity of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” extends to celebrities and notable figures like President Obama, so it should come as no surprise that some famous people have snuck in for cameos.
Though Ed Sheeran’s appearance on the season seven premiere was anything but subtle (though the song he sang did have a hidden meaning), other musical cameos might have gone unnoticed by the average viewer.
Take a look at the six cameos from bands or musicians you might have missed:
Sheeran's character was introduced while he was singing a song to a group of fellow Lannister soldiers. And not just any song, but a ballad straight from George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'
In the books, a singer named Symon Silver Tongue tried to blackmail Tyrion Lannister by writing a ballad about his secret affair with Shae.
Here are the song lyrics, written about Tyrion and Shae:
He rode through the streets of the city,
Down from his hill on high,
O'er the wynds and the steps and the cobbles,
He rode to a woman's sigh.
For she was his secret treasure,
She was his shame and bliss.
And a chain and a keep are nothing,
Compared to a woman's kiss
For hands of gold are always cold
But a woman's hands are warm
Read more about the hidden meaning behind this song here.
American metal band Mastadon suited up for the epic massacre on season five's 'Hardhome.' The three band mates all played wildlings who were slaughtered by White Walkers and wights, and then were re-animated into wights themselves.
The band had a funny anecdote about being in the break tent with a man decked out in White Walker prosthetics.
'He's saying, 'Can ya please, can someone please get me a straw for my hot cocoa? I'd like to drink it please!'' band member Brann Dailor told the Wall Street Journal. 'And he's just so brutal, and he looks so scary and epic, and he's just a dude who wants some hot cocoa.'
Coldplay drummer Will Champion played, well, a drummer on season three's gut-wrenching episode 'Rains of Castamere.' His role was that of a musician-turned-traitor -- the band at the Red Wedding swapped instruments for crossbows and helped murder the Starks.
That wasn't the last time Coldplay was involved with 'Game of Thrones.' In celebration of Red Nose Day, Coldplay teamed up with the cast to create a mock musical of the series.
On season three's 'Walk of Punishment,' Brienne and Jaime were being transported by an unfriendly group of Bolton men. The scene opens with a man leading his fellows in the tune 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair.' According to Rolling Stone, the man was played by the lead singer of Snow Patrol, Gary Lightbody.
The song's significance becomes clear later on the season, when Brienne is forced to fight a bear for the Bolton men's amusement.
'The Lion and the Rose' was season four's second episode, and is most notable for Joffrey's death by poison. But sneaked in among the chaos was Icelandic group Sigur Rós. They performed a somber version of the Lannister tune 'Rains of Castamere' for the king shortly before his death.
One regular member of the 'Game of Thrones' cast was starstruck to have Sigur Rós on set.
'I met them on the red carpet a few years ago,' Kristian Nairn (Hodor) told Spin. 'I had so much to say … and it translated into nothing. You know how that happens sometimes? I made a fool out of myself. I just basically turned into Hodor -- I couldn't say a word.'
On season six's fifth episode, 'The Door,' Icelandic pop-folk band Of Monsters and Men can be spotted playing music during the Braavosi play Arya attends.
Band member Ragnar 'Raggi' Thorhallsson spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the experience of being on set for a full day.
'I didn't realise how much work being an actor is,' he said. 'They're at it all day repeating the same line for different camera angles over and over again, and they have to keep up the same high energy the whole day.'
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