The Awesome “Solo” “Game of Thrones” Cameo You Definitely Missed

Matthew Loffhagen
Lucasfilm
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Before we get into things, I just want to make it clear – I’m going to be talking about a “Game of Thrones” cameo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, but I’m not going to be spoiling anything in the movie.

There are some interesting cameos in the movie, but I’m aware that most people haven’t seen “Solo” yet. So I’m going to keep the specifics loose and vague here.

That said, I do think that the cameo makes the movie more interesting, and it’ll be fun to go into this film (eventually, when it’s on Blu-Ray or Netflix) with an appreciation for a certain actor.

Considering that Emelia Clarke plays a key role in “Solo”, it makes sense for the movie to feature some fun allusions to “Game of Thrones”.

Even so, I don’t think anyone was expecting to see the actor who plays Nymeria to show up.

Nymeria Game of Thrones
Source: HBO

Yes, Nymeria. The direwolf.

Arya Stark’s lupine companion is played by the beautiful dog Saxon. This very same dog, who has a fairly prolific Hollywood career, plays a fun alien hound that shows up early on in the film.

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t recognize Nymeria on the big screen. Saxon is definitely a very good dog, having accepted some large prosthetics in order to take on the role.

Everyone’s a Stormtrooper These Days

Secret cameos are par for the course with new “Star Wars” movies. Tom Hardy and Daniel Craig have both slipped in unnoticed by hiding under Stormtrooper armor.

Daniel Craig in Star Wars
Source: Lucasfilm

Personally I’m very glad that Prince William and Prince Harry got cut out of “The Last Jedi”. There’s something inherently problematic about letting the heirs to the British Empire (neutered as it may now be) play pretend at being space Imperials.

Especially when you factor in that Harry has a history of dressing up as a Nazi for fun. He must be a really nice guy in real life, because based on his public persona I have no idea what Megan Markle sees in him.

The “Game of Thrones” Retirement Problem

How much does it suck for Emelia Clarke that she’s ended up in yet another dud entry in a longrunning sci-fi movie franchise? I’ll bet she’s really hoping that one of these movies actually goes well, but neither “Solo” nor “Terminator Genisys” has turned into a longterm career-defining movie role.

Emelia Clarke Terinator Genysis
Source: Paramount

As a matter of fact, I can’t say that I’ve seen any of the “Game of Thrones” actors going on to amazing new roles on the big screen. Jason Momoa has his “Aquaman” movie coming out soon, but people have somewhat cooled to his performance after “Justice League”.

The best Kit Harrington can manage is a BBC miniseries about Guy Fawkes. Maisie Williams’ Marvel debut in “New Mutants” has been postponed because the movie is worrying movie executives.

Peter Dinklage remains an occasional guest in larger movies like “Infinity War” but he’s hardly got his own franchise. Nobody’s seen Natalie Dormer in a while (which is a real shame).

Sophie Turner is arguably doing the best of all the “Game of Thrones” actors with her role as Jean Grey, but that’s about to crash and burn either way once Disney takes over the franchise.

It seems like, as big as “Game of Thrones” might be, none of its actors have managed to find solid movie roles that provide them with longterm career prospects.

Perhaps the one exception to this is Saxon the dog. That pup’s career seems to be going just fine!