Mastodon murdered and resurrected in ‘Game Of Thrones’ cameo

Metal band play ‘wildlings’ brutally murdered and brought back to life by White Walkers

Spoiler alert: This news story contains spoilers for the Game Of Thrones season 5 episode 8 ‘Hardhome’ which aired on HBO on May 31. The episode will be available to UK viewers on Sky Atlantic tonight (June 1) at 9pm.

Mastodon made a cameo appearance in Game Of Thrones in an episode aired in the US last night (May 31).

Three-quarters of the Atlanta metal band, who previously contributed original song ‘White Walker’ to Game Of Thrones mixtape ‘Catch The Throne Vol 2’, were invited by executive producer Dan Weiss to play ‘wildlings’. In the episode they were brutally murdered with knives before being resurrected by White Walkers.


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Shot in Belfast, the scene features members Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds, who are all fans of the show, with Dailor describing it as “one of the greatest stories ever told on film”.

Dailor’s full statement reads: “It was such an incredible experience to be on set as extras for our collective favourite show Game Of Thrones and to be wildlings murdered and then brought back to life by White Walkers was beyond amazing. I watched my best friends Brent and Bill murdered right in front of me as I myself was stabbed in the stomach and had my throat slit multiple times, and I didn’t mind at all. It made me love being in Mastodon even more. We are more than privileged and honoured to have been a part of one of the greatest stories ever told on film, and the catering wasn’t bad either.”

Meanwhile, Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke recently revealed that she turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades Of Grey because the film contains “a huge amount of nudity”.

The English actress, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series, admitted that she was worried about being “pigeonholed” for stripping off on screen having already filmed numerous revealing scenes for Game Of Thrones. The role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey eventually went to Dakota Johnson.

“I really wanted to work with [director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she’s fucking amazing,” Clarke told Marie Claire. “But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film. I’ll never say ‘I’m never doing nudity’ because I’ve already done it, but I thought I might get stuck in a pigeonhole that I would have struggled to get out of.”