George RR Martin has revealed that he was offered the chance to appear in Game of Thrones‘ final season but turned down the opportunity to film a cameo due to logistical reasons.
The eighth season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14, with just six more episodes left of the current TV adaptation of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series.
Speaking ahead of the highly-anticipated new season, Martin has now disclosed that Thrones‘ showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss invited him to the set in Northern Ireland last year so that he could make a special cameo in season eight.
“David and Dan invited me to a cameo in one of the final episodes, which I was tempted to do,” Martin told EW. “But I didn’t think just for the sake of a cameo I could take the time to return to Belfast.”
“There was a cameo in the original pilot that was cut,” Martin added about his previous attempt to appear in the show. “I was a guest at Dany’s wedding.
“But that was when she was played by Tamzin Merchant so all that footage got thrown out when we recast with Emilia Clarke.”
Last week, HBO put out a request to Thrones fans in the US to donate blood as part of the network’s latest charitable partnership with the American Red Cross.