You might hear blink and you’ll miss it used somewhat often—generally speaking, it’s a common turn of phrase. But on Sunday night’s final season debut of Game of Thrones, it’s likely that a cameo—a literal blink and you’ll miss it cameo—went completely over the heads of the vast, vast majority of what’s likely to be an all-time record premiere audience.
Just after Theon Greyjoy began to stage the rescue of his sister, Yara, from the clutches of their uncle Euron, a quick shot is clear of a very Mac looking soldier getting an arrow right through the eye. Think no more, because that soldier isn’t just Mac-looking—it’s the real thing, baby. It would seem that the minds behind Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia really do seem to get along quite well; D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the showrunners of Thrones, must have been returning the favor—they cameoed as a pair of disinterested lifeguards in “The Gang Goes To A Water Park,” back in 2017.
The Always Sunny star, writer, and creator wasn’t the only cameo from the comedy world to show up in the debut and be quickly disposed of: Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, and Silicon Valley also appeared as a quickly-disposed-of solider.
This isn’t the first time McElhenney—Mac on FX’s Always Sunny since 2005—found his way into a small role getting physically beat up on a massive TV blockbuster. Fans of Lost might remember that the actor showed up in a pair of episodes—one in 2007, one in 2010—as “Aldo,” one of ‘The Others.’
In his first appearance, Aldo is quickly outsmarted and knocked out as he attempts to guard a door from the protagonists:
You know what? This is a welcome trend. Any hit drama series that Rob McElhenney wants to show up in for one minute and get either knocked out or killed in, I think we can all see the positive value in that. Someone get The Duffer Brothers on the line.