'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 5 might see NFL star Aaron Rodgers doing a cameo, but fans aren't thrilled
There has been quite a lot of buzz about the upcoming episode 5 of Game of Thrones' last and eighth season, but somehow, the buzz has also managed to draw in NFL fans into the discussion. Why? Because rumor has it that NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is set to make a cameo in the upcoming episode. But as thrilling as the news should be to fans of both the sport and the show, the general consensus on social media is not that positive.
This is a classic case of Ed Sheeran's random cameo all the way back in season 5 when fans of the musician found themselves embarrassed at the scene. Sheeran, even though a maestro in his art, somehow just didn't fit into the episode and was soon turned into a meme by GoT fans, so maybe Rodgers' fans are scared of the same thing happening. But what must be noted here is that Rodgers himself is a huge fan of the show, and it was he who dropped hints about his face popping up sometime in the episode which actress Emilia Clarke has labeled to be the biggest episode ever.
The rumor began last summer when the Green Bay Packers quarterback and his girlfriend Danica Patrick visited Belfast, Northern Ireland, where most of the scenes of the ongoing season eight were shot. Some people who noticed the footballer posted on Reddit where the couple was staying. Even though Rodgers didn't comment anything on that, later in the year, when he was asked about an appearance on GoT in a conversation on The Dan Patrick Show, he alluded to the rumors having some truth in them.
The host asked him if he had been approached to be on GoT, to which Rodgers had replied: "I can’t confirm or deny that." He was also asked furthers questions on whether he would want to get killed on the show, or would he prefer nudity, to which Rodgers responded quite diplomatically without giving out anything at all. He said "I definitely want to be killed or in one of the steamy scenes, for sure," adding that he was partial to nudity — preferably the upper kind — and if the Khaleesi (Clarke) is naked, he would "probably" be too as "they’re never naked anyways. There’s always socks and different things." In one final response though he had said "Nah" to be willing to do all that.
Back to the present, more specifically May 9, when Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV tweeted: "Aaron Rodgers is going to be in 'Game of Thrones'. Enjoy." Not only that, ever since this final season has premiered, Rodger has also taken to his Twitter to share how imminent it is that people must watch the show. "24-hour rule still applies folks, for all those who thought there were better things to do tonight than watch @GameOfThrones #iwaswatching #4moreepisodes #episode5shouldbegood," Rodgers shared in a tweet just a week after the season premiere on April 14.
But speaking of Rodgers' cameos, there's no forgetting the very awkward scene from 'The Office' that he was a part of. In the penultimate episode ahead of the show's series finale, Rodgers and Clay Aiken appeared as the judges of 'America’s Next A Cappella Sensation' and were subjected to the vocal skills of Andy Bernard. Even though some say Rodgers nailed the cameo, there's also a distinctive group of fans who found the whole deal unnecessary and cringeworthy too. Which could also be another possible reason why fans of the sports champ and the HBO drama series are dubious about the whole situation.
Expressing their lack of interest in actually seeing Rodgers do a cameo on the show, a fan tweeted a choking gif of Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) from the show, with the caption "This is me after reading random stuff on Twitter that Aaron Rodgers is gonna be on Game of Thrones!! ( I don't know how true it is)." Another one expressed themselves with a gif of Joffrey's brother, Tommen Baratheon, jumping off the tower from the suicide scene, with the words "Spot f**king on." Another fan decided to take the humorous way out and quipped on Twitter: "@AaronRodgers12 on GOT. He will beat Euron on a fly pattern, Gregor on a post pattern, Cersei on a quick out, and then take the iron throne on a scramble! #GameofThrones." A fourth got insightful and stated, "Aaron Rodgers being in game of thrones sitting on a throne is such a bad omen I absolutely love it."
'Game of Thrones' returns with its episode 5 of season 8 on Sunday, May 11, at 9 pm, only on HBO.