If you were one of the many Game of Thrones stans lighting up the internet trenches with complaints about how murky Sunday night's epic "Long Night" battle scene was, chances are your bellyaching may have caused you to miss yet another of the show's classic musical cameos. While it was often hard to tell who was decapitating and disembowling whom during the hour-plus monsoon of blood and fire, eagle-eyed viewers caught a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo from country star Chris Stapleton.
Amid the endless sword swinging, arrow-shooting and dragon fire, a dirt-caked Stapleton made a super-quick appearance as one of the Wildings reborn as White Walkers outside of Winterfell during Jon Snow's suicide run at the Night King. Stapleton confirmed the news on Monday (April 29), when he posted a picture of himself in blood-soaked Wilding dress alongside two other warriors (he's the one on the right).
An avowed GoT superfan, Stapleton told Rolling Stone that he had his management reach out to the showrunners to see if he could follow in the footsteps of other musical acts who've appeared on the show, including Mastodon, Sigur Ros, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay's Will Champion.
“I was like, you know, I would gladly fly to wherever in the world just to be a small part and get to watch that show going down,” said Stapleton, who joined the rest of the GoT team for the shoot in Northern Ireland for the episode that marks the half-way point of the drama's eighth and final season. “They were gracious enough to let me come participate that way.”
In case you missed it, the singer's wife, Morgane, posted a pic in which you can see her hubby's tranformation into a member of the blue-eyed walking dead.
And while the show notoriously holds its card close to the vest, Stapleton pulled back the curtain a bit on what the episode's director told him about how he should portray his transformation. “They knew we weren’t actors,” he said of himself and fellow non-actors bass player J.T. Cure and their tour manager. “So the direction was basically, 'We’re going to place you, and when we tell you to, open your eyes.' And they trained us on how White Walkers are supposed to stand up and move when they’re first waking up. We had a crash course in that.”