If you thought you saw Mastodon‘s Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, or Bill Kelliher during Sunday night’s Game of Thrones’ most recent episode, Hardhome, you weren’t mistaken; three of the four members of the Grammy nominated band made a cameo after the show’s co-creator ,Dan Weiss, invited them to temporarily join the cast. Dailor, Hinds, and Kelliher shot their scene in Belfast, Ireland, in which they play ‘wildlings’ who are brutally murdered then resurrected by White Walkers. Already fans of the HBO show, the band had previously contributed to the show’s mixtape, providing the track “White Walker,” and were honored to join the cast and crew for their appearance, taking to the band’s Facebook page to gloat while confirming fans’ suspicions, “Yes, that was us on Game of Thrones tonight. It was an incredible experience to be on set. Thanks to Dan Weiss [the show’s executive producer], the cast and crew, and everyone else involved.”
Dailor later discussed what a fantastic experience he had being a part of what he considers to be one of the greatest stories ever told on film, “It was such an incredible experience to be on set as extras for our collective favorite 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 [Hinds] and Bill [Kelliher], 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.” He also said that watching his bandmates get ‘murdered’ didn’t bother him at all, in fact it made him love being a part of Mastodon even more.
Aside from their appearance on Game of Thrones, the band will be hitting Europe and the United Kingdom for more than thirty dates spanning from June 10th in Italy to Chile on September 28th. Before that they will be playing the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Texas later this week. During the tour Kelliher, who recently admitted that he did not learn to play guitar by reading tabs but by instead listening to the groups he enjoyed most and playing along to them in his room, will be once again offering lessons to select individuals.
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