This is going to be as SPOILER free as possible, but let’s be honest, there might be some SPOILERS included below. Continue at your own risk.
Last night’s Game of Thrones was certainly an eventful one, featuring a climactic battle (as the show often does, but trust me when I say this one was especially climactic), and it featured plenty of extras on both sides who you likely haven’t seen before and won’t see again.
One extra, though, may have looked somewhat familiar, and that’s because it was Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
Syndergaard filmed his scenes in Spain last November, and though his appearance is brief and wordless, it did feature him performing an athletic feat, as he threw a spear.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, it was a very cool moment for Thor, who is a Thrones superfan:
Earlier this year, Syndergaard confirmed his Thrones cameo in an interview with Sports Illustrated. He said that he filmed for one day on the show’s set in Spain, arriving at eight o’clock in the morning and not filming his scene until almost 12 hours later. What’s more, Syndergaard brought his mother onto the set with him, crediting her for getting him into Thrones in the first place — an admittedly awkward show to watch with your parent, by his own admission.
“I think it’s the greatest TV show of all time,” said the baseball star. “To be able to say I was on Game of Thrones is an unbelievable feeling.”
He weighed in post-episode as well:
To my sides defense….they had a FRICKEN DRAGON!!! ???
At least I didn't throw behind him.
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) August 7, 2017
That’s a good tweet.
If you think about it, Syndergaard would have to be on the shortlist of MLB players who would fit on Game of Thrones. Now we just need to get Aaron Judge on there.
And yes, I know you might want a Ringer-style imagining of MLB players as GoT characters, with Judge as The Mountain being an obvious one. But we’re not going for such low-hanging fruit as “Jose Altuve is Tyrion” (pun unintentional.) And certainly we won’t point out that Jon Snow and Mike Trout have a lot in common, as incredibly talented yet bland characters who also talk about the weather a lot. Nor would we compare Jaime Lannister to Bryce Harper, both flashy and talented while being both hated and loved at various points throughout their careers.
We definitely won’t do that.
[THR, featured image via HBO]