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Trying to get viewers isn't really a problem that HBO's Game of Thrones has. As such, the massively popular fantasy drama never had to result to stunt casting or celebrity cameos during its long run on the air. Actors like Diana Rigg and Jonathan Pryce have made up GoT's biggest name actors, but it turns out that a very familiar rock star nearly popped up in Westeros. Led Zeppelin lead singer and writer Robert Plant recently revealed that he was offered a role on Game of Thrones, although he turned the opportunity down.
While most people would kill for chance to interact with Westeros' finest, Robert Plant didn't seem to have much of an interest. Aside from the fact that he's not a professional actor, Plant was apparently already worried about being "type cast." This once again shows the personality and spirit that Zeppelin fans everywhere have come to love. Now the question is: what could Plant have done on Game of Thrones?
News of Robert Plant's Game of Thrones offer comes from his recent appearance on The Strombo Show. When asked if he was a fan of HBO's hit series, Plant revealed that he actually turned down a role. The music legend didn't go into details about what part it would have been, so there will no doubt be plenty of fan theories. Was he going to have a speaking role, or function as more of a Westerosi troubadour? It's anyone's guess.
While Led Zeppelin's lead singer showing up in Game of Thrones seems out of place, last season set the precedent for this type of left field cameo. Pop singer Ed Sheeran infamously appeared as a singing Lannister, providing Arya with one of her only light hearted scenes in years. But fans didn't react well to the cameo, complaining it took them out of the story. The backlash was so severe that Sheeran actually left social media for a time. Talk about a backfire.
With Robert Plant's offered role now public knowledge, one has to wonder if Game of Thrones is pulling out any surprise appearances during its upcoming eighth and final season. The season's contents have been kept under wraps, as the cast prepares to say goodbye to their roles forever. We'll just have to wait and see how long it takes for the final season to arrive, and wrap up the stories that some fans have been following for decades.