Robert Plant Turned Down a Role in 'Game of Thrones' Because He Didn't Want to Be "Typecast"

"I started that shit"

BY Kayla HigginsPublished Jun 15, 2022

If you, among many others, thought the Game of Thrones season finale was missing something, it's because it was: Robert Plant. The Led Zeppelin bandleader recently sat down with Canadian treasure George Stroumboulopoulos to discuss why he turned down TV's biggest icy terrain. 

These days, the soloist is known for his folksy duets with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss. But the band's '70s hit "Immigrant Song" — which details the Scandinavian mythology of lands of ice and snow, hammers of gods and a city in ruins — is what Plant credits as inspiration to the Game of Thrones aesthetic.

"I got offered a part in [Game of Thrones]," he told Stroumboulopoulos, ahead of explaining his reason for refusing to let Nordic nature take its course.

"I don't want to be typecast," Plant mused to an audience in a clip of the Apple Music 1 live interview shared yesterday (June 14). "I started that shit."

The musician quipped: "Go back to 'Immigrant Song'; Led Zeppelin being part of cultural exchange in Iceland with the Icelandic government. They didn't know what they'd invited onto their little island."

"The Viking thing, the whole idea of playing in Iceland and experiencing this landscape and people," Plant continued. "Yeah, I've got a lot to answer for, because I've never seen so many bands with double-bladed axes. They could've all looked like Soft Cell or something." A low blow!

When asked what part he was up for in the record-breaking HBO fantasy-drama series, Plant cheekily failed to remember: "I got to ride a horse and go [lifts head in striking, yet imposing manner]."

Watch the rest of the Apple Music 1 interview clip below.
Earlier this year, Plant revealed an alternate mimetic life course for himself: becoming the guy on the Led Zeppelin IV album cover.

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