Three members of the Atlanta, Ga., metal band—drummer Brann Dailor and guitarists Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds—appeared on the show as wildlings, a group of people who live north of the Wall. The show’s executive producer, Dan Weiss, is apparently a fan of the band and invited them to do a cameo.
These shots of Mastodon on set for Game Of Thrones are hilarious. Brent is soooo north of the wall it's unreal. pic.twitter.com/H1LqqnQFMf— Amit Sharma 🐾 (@666amit) June 1, 2015
Dailor said in a statement:
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.
The band’s song, “White Walker,” also appears on Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne Vol. 2.
This isn’t the first time musicians have appeared on the show: Icelandic band Sigur Rós performed “Rains of Castamere” last year, and Coldplay‘s Will Champion played a drummer in a 2013 episode. Coldplay even did a 12-minute Game of Thrones musical last month.