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Ed Sheeran isn’t the first musician to appear on Game of Thrones

July 18, 2017 9:46 AM
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Ed Sheeran isn’t the first musician to appear on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones finds a way to simultaneously enrage and enthral its fanbase with almost every episode, but viewers are divided by one moment in particular from Monday’s season seven premiere.

Yes, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran crashed the set as a Lannister soldier whose camp is stumbled upon by Arya Stark.

But instead of meeting the sharp end of her sword, he spent a good 30 seconds chewing the scenery and unsubtly eluding to his real-life top-40 status with a throwaway line about a ditty he was singing: “It’s a new one.”

It was an undisputedly cringeworthy moment in an otherwise solid series.

But what fans may not realise is that it’s far from the first time a musician has slipped into Westeros.

Ramsay Bolton – Believe it or not, the deplorable Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is actually quite a tender musician in real life.

Hodor – If you think Kristian Nairn is a man of few words in GoT, then you may not be surprised to see him without a microphone when taking to the stage as a DJ. He even came to Australia a few years ago for his Rave of Thrones tour.

Melisandre – The red priestess may be terrifying on screen, but actor Carice Van Houten’s music isn’t quite so off-putting. Her 2012 album See You on the Ice is available for streaming.

Grey Worm – RnB fans would have been surprised to see Jacob Anderson pop up in Daenerys’ plot thread. He’s actually the relatively well-known artist Raleigh Ritchie!

Daario Naharis – Both actors who portrayed this hunky warrior actually have musical backgrounds. The first, Ed Skrein, has a grime career on the side. His role replacement, Michiel Huisman, plays an arrogant busker in the music-filled series Tremé and is the frontman of relatively unknown Dutch band Fontane.

Bronn – Before he was an actor, Jerome Flynn was a member of flash-in-the-pan pop group Robson & Jerome. We think moving on to acting may have been a sound choice.

Hizdahr zo Loraq – No, that’s not a typo. A slave trader who’s seen in several Daenerys-heavy episodes is one half of pop duo Animal Circus.

Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane – The enormous actor plays guitar in his spare time. He also used to be a member of a band called ‘Thundersoup’ – here he is performing in a Santa costume.


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