GAME of Thrones creator George RR Martin has revealed he had a part in the show’s original pilot.
Martin, 71, who wrote the Song of Ice & Fire fantasy novel series that the smash-hit HBO series was based on, is currently in self-isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak.
He’s been using the time to finish his next book series The Winds of Winter and update his popular blog.
Suffice to say his latest post stunned GoT fans, with a hilarious photo of him revealing a wonderful bit of trivia.
The snap shows Martin behind the scenes on the show as an unnamed guest at the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo.
Revealing his history of TV cameos, the author wrote: "I played a zombie version of myself in Z NATION (still signing books), and had my head bitten off by a shark in SHARKNADO 3 (though they cut all my lines).
"I also filmed a GAME OF THRONES cameo in the pilot, as a guest at Dany's wedding to Khal Drogo.
“They gave me an enormous hat and really big balls, which might have been some sort of commentary."
Unfortunately, Martin admitted the entire wedding segment needed to be reshot when season 1 was commissioned, meaning he "wound up on the cutting room floor".
But he told how seeing his cameo cut fuelled his desire to appear elsewhere in the show.
Martin wrote: "I wanted to be a severed head on the walls of the Red Keep next to Ned Stark (and David [Benioff] & Dan [Weiss], ideally), but our budget was not so robust first season, and those severed heads are damned expensive.
"I also campaigned to die horribly at the Red Wedding, which seemed only fair since I was responsible for it, but it was felt that my presence in that powerful, wrenching, bloody scene might have taken the viewers out of the moment. Fair enough. And not wrong."
We previously reported how Martin had been using his time in self-isolation to finish The Winds of Winter, the penultimate instalment in the series.
Martin used his blog to update fans on his health and progress with his upcoming book.
He insisted he was taking all the possible precautions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, and reassured them that there was nothing to worry about.
"For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition," he began.
"But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions. I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone."
He teased dark events unfolding in Westeros, but joked that given the gravity of current events, he felt like he was living in a dystopia of sorts.
"Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day," he went on.
"Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms … but maybe not as grim as they may become here. I cannot help feeling as if we are all now living in a science fiction novel.
“But not, alas, the sort of science fiction novel that I dreamed of living in when I was a kid, the one with the cities on the Moon, colonies on Mars, household robots programmed with the Three Laws, and flying cars.
“I never liked the pandemic stories half so well… As ancient as I am, I cannot recall ever having lived through anything like the past few weeks."
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