This Celeb Cameo During the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Almost Slipped By Us
*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Our minds are still reeling from Sunday night’s season-eight premiere of Game of Thrones. While we could easily go on and on about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) learning he’s a Targaryen, we can’t stop thinking about Rob McElhenny’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo.
That’s right, the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star, 42, appeared in this week’s installment of the popular HBO series. McElhenny played an unnamed member of Euron Greyjoy’s (Pilou Asbæk) army—he guarded the ship that held Yara (Gemma Whelan).
Unfortunately, the actor’s story line won’t progress any further than episode one, since he was killed off during Theon’s (Alfie Allen) rescue mission. In true GoT fashion, McElhenny’s character met his maker due to a gruesome injury: an arrow shot directly into his eyeball.
McElhenny celebrated the exciting news on Instagram and shared a photo of his character with the caption, “Don’t blink.”
HBO also released a behind-the-scenes video in which the actor discusses his brief—yet spectacular—cameo. At the 3:50 mark, McElhenny confirms what we all saw coming.
“They gouged my eye out! They gouged my f****** eye out,” he says in the clip. “They can put it back in, right?”
McElhenny’s involvement on the show should come as no surprise, since the actor is a longtime GoT fan. In fact, he even had showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss write an episode of It’s Always Sunny back in season nine, titled “Flowers for Charlie.”
BRB, rewatching season eight, episode one of Game of Thrones.