Was that Mastodon on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones? Why yes. Yes, it was. Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, and Brent Hinds were cast as a group of wildlings in the episode “Hardhome” that premiered Sunday, May 31st. Here’s a segment of the official press release:
The band was personally invited to participate by members of the show’s creator and executive producer, Dan Weiss, as well as the other executive producers, who are all fans of the band. The scenes were filmed on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the band also got to visit the sets at Titanic Studios. As huge Game of Thrones fans themselves, Mastodon’s Brann Dailor describes their time Beyond the Wall:
“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 and Bill, 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. It made me love being in Mastodon even more. We are more than privileged and honored to have been a part of one of the greatest stories ever told on film, and the catering wasn’t bad either.”
Previously, the band was featured on the free Game of Thrones mixtape “Catch The Throne, Vol. II” with their song “White Walker”. They were featured alongside the likes of Killswitch Engage and Mushroomhead in this venture.