Game of Thrones giant played by former North Carolina Tar Heels player

A giant from The North played the real life part of a giant at North Carolina. Former big man Neil Fingleton was in Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode 9, “The Watchers on the Wall.”

According to the caption from the L.A. Times, he was the giant that made it into the inner gate at the wall, the giant that kills five men of the Night’s Watch. Fingleton is a massive human being at 7-foot-6 or 7-foot-8 depending on sources, which is as mythological as giants are in GoT.

Ser Janos Slynt denies the possibility of their existence — then runs to hide in the corner of the castle with Gilly. Although, I’d probably do the same thing if I saw Fingleton in real life, let alone in full-on giant transformation. As if playing that particular giant wasn’t cool enough, he got to be featured in the scene with a wooly mammoth. And his height likely made GoT’s CGI bill a tad cheaper.

Carving a niche out of the acting world out by playing enormous characters, Fingleton has also appeared in “47 Ronin” and “X-Men: First Class.” As far his basketball career goes, he played one season at UNC and two at Holy Cross. He played 34 college games and blocked 23 shots. He also managed 89 points, 55 rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He was never a particularly talented player, but as most players his height do, he managed to protect the rim.

Here he is in Tar Heel Blue:


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