For a couple of months now, it has been heavily rumored, and even seemingly confirmed, that UFC fighter Conor McGregor was going to appear in Game of Thrones season 7. UFC President Dana White even discussed it in an interview shortly after the rumors broke and based on his comments at the time, it seemed like it was a sure thing. Conor McGregor has finally broken his silence on the matter and made it very clear that he is not going to be in Game of Thrones.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the UFC champion himself has debunked these rumors during a recent interview. But Conor McGregor did reveal that HBO wanted him in Game of Thrones and some unnamed people from the network approached him about it after a fight some time ago. Here is what he had to say about it.
"That was everywhere and I've never even heard about it! I heard about it once after [a fight] ... backstage in the dressing room. [UFC brass, including Dana White, were] in front of me and they were saying 'these [vistors] want you to be in Game of Thrones.' I'm banged up, my shin's in a heap, I've been kicking his knee's straight for 25 minutes, my leg's in bits, and he's trying to offer me a Game of Thrones role. And I'm saying, 'Listen, come at me with sh- I want to hear, I'm not trying to be in show business, I'm trying to be in the fight business. Come at me with a real number to fight again. So that was the only time I ever heard the [words] Games of Thrones. And it went everywhere like months later! So I don't know where that came from. But I've never been in contact with nobody from Game of Thrones and now I'm starring in Game of f-ing Thrones!"
With this in mind, it is sort of easy to see where the Game of Thrones rumors came from, but it is very clear that Conor McGregor won't be appearing in any TV shows or movies anytime soon. He is clearly very focused on his UFC career. At one point, a video surfaced online featuring Conor McGregor sparring with Hafthór Julíus Bjornsson, who plays Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. The Mountain, on the hit HBO series. That also kind of fueled and seemingly lent some credibility to the rumors, but they are now totally debunked.
Game of Thrones is doing just fine without adding any UFC stars to the cast, seeing as it is still easily one of the most popular shows in the world. The series is getting ready to come to an end, with season 7 airing in a few short months and anticipation is very high. Unfortunately, both Game of Thrones season 7 and 8 will be shorter, with the upcoming season only having seven episodes. That being the case, having Conor McGregor in the show wouldn't likely boost the ratings all that much. People are already very on board.
Game of Thrones season 7 is scheduled to air this summer, which will be the second to last season of the show, though, HBO is exploring the possibility of a spinoff. Game of Thrones season 8 was originally expected to only have six episodes, but it was recently reported that the episode order may get extended. The show normally airs in April, but because they needed to film in more snowy and wintery locations, they had to start production a bit later than usual. HBO hasn't set an exact premiere date for Game of Thrones season 7 yet, but we should be finding out pretty soon. Just don't expect to see Conor McGregor hanging out in Westeros this year. Or ever.