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Rob McElhenney, Martin Starr were brutally murdered in Game Of Thrones' premiere

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Game Of Thrones hasn’t always been great with guest appearances. Though it did alright with all those barely noticeable musicians over the years, any sense of restraint was thrown out the window when Ed Sheeran, one of the world’s most recognizable pop stars, made a jarring cameo as a Lannister soldier last season. Luckily, the show seems to be back on track, its premiere showing how to make guests fit naturally into its fiction by casting It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney and Silicon Valley/Freaks And Geeks’ Martin Starr as two Greyjoys who are swiftly, horribly murdered.

A clip from the episode shows both actors performing the roles of a lifetime. McElhenney, somehow looking grubbier than Mac ever has on Philadelphia, is easier to spot for the few seconds he gets to look stunned as an arrow bursts through the back of his head and out the front of his eye. Starr is tougher to notice, but no less impressive in his work as “the next guy who gets murdered by an arrow to the face.”

Thrones’ co-creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have a history with McElhenney, having written an episode of Philadelphia years ago and appearing, later, to take on the similarly essential guest roles of Bored Lifeguards #1 and #2 in “The Gang Goes To A Water Park.”


They, however, didn’t get the honor of being covered in dirt and made to look as if they’d been fatally injured. At the end of the clip, McElhenney and Starr sit backstage, McElhenney with some putrid-looking make-up gunk where his eye’s supposed to be.

“They gouged my eye out!” he yells. “They gouged my fucking eye out!”

Watching the two of them giggling and awkwardly trying to sweep matted strand of long hair from their eyes, we see a hopeful template for any other cameos set for the show’s final season. Give us any celebrity guest appearance you want, Game Of Thrones, but cake them in fake mud and blood like everyone else.

[via Entertainment Weekly]

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Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.

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