EW confirms no GRRM cameo in Game of Thrones season 8

Fans have often expressed the desire to see A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin turn up in Game of Thrones, but it looks like that will never happen. Entertainment Weekly reports that Martin was actually offered a cameo in the upcoming final season- but the author said no!

Martins tells EW, “David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] invited me to a cameo in one of the final episodes, which I was tempted to do…But I didn’t think just for the sake of a cameo I could take the time to return to Belfast.”

In the EW report, we’re reminded of Martin’s cameo in the original ill-fated Game of Thrones pilot, where the writer turned up as a guest at Dany’s wedding.  Over the years, fan have often wondered if Martin would pop up at a different wedding (c’mon, it would’ve been amazing to see him getting killed at the Twins) but alas it never came to be. I suppose we can appreciate the silver lining- that GRRM’s focus is on writing, and just did not want to take the time to travel. It’s hard to complain about that!

 

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    1. I suppose I’d have different feelings if it was me in his position. Since I’m not I have to think I would have been begging them to be in several scenes every season. I’d even go for changing appearance so I could be in the background in many locations; KL peasant, Riverlands farmer at the Inn at the Crossroads, in crowd at Meereen fighting pit, NW, smithing at Winterfell, etc. etc.

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    2. Clob:
      I suppose I’d have different feelings if it was me in his position.Since I’m not I have to think I would have been begging them to be in several scenes every season.I’d even go for changing appearance so I could be in the background in many locations; KL peasant, Riverlands farmer at the Inn at the Crossroads, in crowd at Meereen fighting pit, NW, smithing at Winterfell, etc. etc.

      😀 I think it would have been cool to see him in the final season. I know he wants to focus on Winds, but how long would it have taken to film the cameo?

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    3. In theory people could be watching GoT 100 years from now. It’s a cultural landmark on a global scale. Would’ve been awesome for the creator of ASOIAF to appear considering it will be a major part of his legacy along with the books. Guess I’m saying it feels strange somehow for him not to cameo given the enormous success of the show. But whatever not blaming him.

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    4. Sunfyre:
      In theory people could be watching GoT 100 years from now. It’s a cultural landmark on a global scale. Would’ve been awesome for the creator of ASOIAF to appear considering it will be a major part of his legacy along with the books. Guess I’m saying it feels strange somehow for him not to cameo given the enormous success of the show. But whatever not blaming him.

      Yeah and its been what…8 years since the last book? I know he wants to focus on Winds, but what’s another week to shoot the scene in the grand scheme of things? But it was his decision and at least David and Dan offered.

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    5. Jack Bauer 24: at least David and Dan offered.

      I sense the awkwardness that perhaps existed when the show diverged from books has faded with time and Emmys etc. I’m glad for that. Wonder if there will be group retrospective events after the show is over with GRRM and cast/crew.

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    6. It’s been so very, very, every long, so someone please remind me what exactly a “game” of “thrones” is.

      🙂

      But srsly, I recently finished “Fire & Blood” and absolutely loved it.

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    7. Yeah grrm doesn’t appear in fan fiction.. since his story has been scrapped and it’s now almost unrelated to the source material.. anyway I’m all for him chilling by the ms dos.. or whatever antiquated computer he uses 🙂 I prefer no cameos as it takes me out of the moment and into the fourth wall! Can’t wait for the trailer! Ahem scrap that, can’t wait for the season!!!

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    8. There’s something about his line suggesting he couldn’t take time out to go to Belfast to film a cameo (a few days max surely?) that makes me so sad for him. He must feel so pressured and attacked that he feels he can’t even take a few days to appear in the show, his last chance. I really feel for him.

      I also wonder if this was given as a fan-appeasing reason (“Don’t worry guys, I’m writing all the time!”) and that actually the reason is entirely unrelated. High drama version: beef with D&D. More realistic version: he was just super busy with stuff (they filmed while he was preparing to release Fire and Blood right?).

      Either way it’s a shame. GRRM and D&D should definitely be in front of the cameras at some point.

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    9. Che: There’s something about his line suggesting he couldn’t take time out to go to Belfast to film a cameo (a few days max surely?) that makes me so sad for him. He must feel so pressured and attacked that he feels he can’t even take a few days to appear in the show, his last chance. I really feel for him.

      Agreed.

      As for the high drama version, I think if there were a beef with D&D, they wouldn’t have offered.

      Honestly GRRM seems very laid back about the show. He’s always been very clear that the books are the books and the show is the show. D&D didn’t do anything to the books. They just told their version of the story.

      Even though I’m sure GRRM dislikes some of the changes, I think he has enough experience in show business himself to know that that’s how things go. I don’t see him actually getting into arguments with them or being belligerent.

      They probably just communicated less over the years. I’m guessing that’s the extent of the evolution of his relationship with D&D.

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    10. mass,

      They truly hate us. This has been the most boring off season eva! On the plus side new season of Survivor is here, though, I always end up liking the idea more so than the actual viewing /. Old Survivor is best.

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    11. Che:
      There’s something about his line suggesting he couldn’t take time out to go to Belfast to film a cameo (a few days max surely?) that makes me so sad for him. He must feel so pressured and attacked that he feels he can’t even take a few days to appear in the show, his last chance. I really feel for him.

      Yeah, he’s probably crying into his swimming pool full of money

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    12. Rumors are being told that he hadn’t had time because he was working on his next book “winds of winter”. These rumors still need to be verified.

      Che,
      Jokes aside, I think you’re true, I think GRRM feels shit about the show taking over the books, he even stated multiple times he was the one to blame. To say something like that without making a excuse, you must really be depressed about it. I still wait for the man and when he’s done he’s done.
      And I hope once he finished WoW, the last book will be much easier for him. Probably will, I think he will close maybe 1 2 or 3 storylines next book and I don’t think he will start a new one. And multiple stories he is telling will be less. And at the same time he always wait till he wrote 200 pages of a next book before deciding if the ending is where it should be.

      ps. I read somewhere that there is talk about releasing WoW in two parts, I don’t know if those are true rumors or just fake news.

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    13. BeardedOnion: Not going to lie, those posters look kinda crap.

      Jon looks like a badass though.

      My favorite is the Night King. Some of them do look kinda off, especially Sansa.

      Doesn’t look like Tyrion has no right hand?

      Also, no Gendry.

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    14. It’s funny listening to the audio commentary from S1 and you can hear the excitement from GRRM when he talks about the possibility of his cameo. Such a shame he declined the offer to appear in S8 it would have been a fitting tribute.

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    15. Sunfyre: I sense the awkwardness that perhaps existed when the show diverged from books has faded with time and Emmys etc. I’m glad for that. Wonder if there will be group retrospective events after the show is over with GRRM and cast/crew.

      Listening to the S6 and S5 audit commentaries it seems for S5 they sat down with GRRM and shared the outline, at that point it was decided he wouldn’t write any episodes. However during S6 several cast members state that GRRM had given the writers “an extensive outline” of what was coming that season so I don’t have the impression relationship was ever bad. More GRRM was disappointed in the artistic direction taken in S5 and realisation that the show over took the books.

      That said, it did feel that S7 the writers didn’t have much to go on from George.

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    16. It would have been great for GRRM yto turn up on screen. It does not take that long to get from the West Coast to Belfast and do this, a few days – very odd reason. His appearance would perhaps look like an endorsement of GOT’s end. He may be keeping his options open to change his mind depending on the reaction to the end. I know the formal position is that D&D are doing the end as told to them by GRRM. I am sure they are doing exactly that. But could he change is mind after May 2019, he is a gardener writer – I wonder what his HBO contract says??. Anyway, I expect GRRM to comply with constraints and be fair all round to everyone. He seems still engaged with the team at the last Emmy show.

      I hope D&D appears on film, maybe not in a speaking role. But just be seen on screen.

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