‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ & ‘Game of Thrones’: One Mac to Rule Them All!

Coming off a 13th season considered by legions of fans and critics alike as one of its best, things couldn’t be better for The Gang from Paddy’s Pub. Renewed for Season 14, FXX‘s long-running sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now tied with ABC’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as longest-running live-action comedy series. Now that’s a title Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) would be more than happy to hang behind the bar.

Since there’s still a long, pothole-strewn South Philly street ahead of us before Paddy’s Pub is open for business again, The Gang at Bleeding Cool are here to help you pass the time with some Always Sunny extras over the next few months… and this time, the spotlight’s back on Mac’s real-life alter-ego McElhenney and the special way he found to celebrate the final season premiere of HBO‘s international juggernaut Game of Thrones.

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and 'Game of Thrones': One Mac to Rule Them All
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By guest-starring in “Winterfell” long enough to get shot in the eye with an arrow.

During the scene where Theon (Alfie Allen) rescues Yara (Gemma Whelan) from Euron (Pilou Asbæk), a number of Euron’s men are killed – including one played by McElhenney, one of the first two killed. McElhenney confirmed his appearance in an Instagram post below:

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Don’t blink. #gameofthrones

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The connection between It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Game of Thrones actually goes back to October 2013, when Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss wrote the season 9 episode “Flowers for Charlie.”

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' & 'Game of Thrones': One Mac to Rule Them All!
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Developed by McElhenney and Howerton, and written/executive produced by McElhenney, Howerton, and Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was FX’s first comedy hit before moving over to FXX – a fact that FX CEO John Landgraf does not take lightly when he explained at the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) why the series has been so successful for so long – even after all this time: “It was the fist successful deconstruction and reconstruction of a sitcom,” praising the leads as “five really hilarious degenerates who are most active schemers” as well as the main reason for the show’s success – while also acknowledging the various “social issues” that the series addressed so effectively in the past.

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And it appears that there may not be any pre-season 14 “drama” regrading Howerton’s involvement in the new season, revealing to The Hollywood Reporterthat although work on season 14 won’t officially begin until later this year, there’s a very good chance we’ll have more Dennis in our lives when the series returns: “We’re in talks about season 14 right now. The writers room on that is going to start in a couple months.” As for Howerton’s Dennis being a larger part of that? “That’s the plan.”

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During an interview to promote the second season of A.P. Bio, Howerton spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that although work on season 14 won’t officially begin until later this year, there’s a very good chance we’ll have more Dennis in our lives when the series returns: “We’re in talks about season 14 right now. The writers room on that is going to start in a couple months.” As for Howerton’s Dennis being a larger part of that? “That’s the plan.”

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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