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MASTODON Say Game of Thrones Showrunner's Love of Heavy Metal Got Them On The Show

Of course the guy who runs Game of Thrones is a metalhead!

Of course the guy who runs Game of Thrones is a metalhead!

I am still thinking about this past Sunday's incredible episode of Game of Thrones. Could it have been the best episode of the series? It's certainly top 5.

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One thing that made the episode extra awesome, for a metalhead such as myself, was the cameos by Mastodon members Bill Kelliher, Brent Hinds and Brann Dailor, who were cast as zombie Wildlings. Dailor spoke to Wall Street Journal yesterday and revealed that the band were invited to play extras by GoT showrunner (aka the boss of the show) D.B. Weiss after Weiss had an email exchange with him and revealed himself to be a metalhead:

“Game of Thrones” showrunner D.B. Weiss, who has emailed back and forth with Dailor, and other producers invited the band to appear on the show. “When we found out that Dan [Weiss] was a big fan of the band, I was like, ‘I knew that guy was a metalhead!’” Dailor said.

Dailor went on to reveal the band shot their scenes in Iceland in November, a day before their European tour was supposed to start. They were only on set for a day, but it was a long, 14 hours in fact…

“So yeah, you just kind of sit and wait for your part, and they put us up front and basically had Bill and Brent lay down in the mud,” Dailor said. “I got stabbed in the stomach and my throat slit. They just kept doing that over and over again. I decided after six or seven times that it wouldn’t be a bad way to go.”

Guitarist Brent Hinds also commented on his appearance on the show, except his description was a bit more succinct.

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