Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran made a highly-criticized cameo appearance on the Season 7 premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’, as a singing Lannister soldier that croons a ditty called ‘Hands of Gold’, which impresses Arya. In reality, Sheeran’s appearance was a surprise for Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, and is a huge fan of his music. For viewers and even some actors, however, it was a jarring distraction.
Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor, even stated:
“I’m not a fan of the cameos in Game of Thrones. I don’t like them. I think it’s stupid. I don’t mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world. Especially Ed Sheeran. I was like, ‘Why is Ed Sheeran here?’ I mean, Ed Sheeran’s great. He’s a great guy, great musician, but why is he in Game of Thrones? I’m not saying I’m not a fan of Ed Sheeran. I’m being tactful here, but just not a fan of the cameo. I think most people would agree with me there. It was a big snap to reality. It’s like, ‘What? What?’ It’s a fantasy show. We’re all caught in this amazing world and spend so much time and money and talent to create, and all of a sudden there’s a pop star? What?”
Rest assured that Sheeran won’t be back during Season 8. His character, “Eddie” the “ginger” isn’t dead, but as one of the women in bed with Bronn explained, “Came back with his face burned right off. He’s got no eyelids now.” Another woman wondered, “How does he sleep with no eyelids?”
In all honesty, the show could have simply left things alone and just never mentioned the infamous cameo again. Most fans have blocked it from their memories. But this was a clever wink to seemingly say, “We’re on the same page. It was a mistake!”
Sheeran’s cameo wasn’t the only one of this nature. Sigur Ros appeared as the musicians at Joffrey’s wedding. Of Monsters and Men performed the musical accompaniment to the group of actors reenacting the death of Ned Stark onstage. Members of the band Mastodon appeared as Wildlings in the episode ‘The Massacre at Hardhome’. But Sheeran is a legit mainstream pop star, so his cameo stood out more than theirs simply because more people looked at him and thought, “That’s Ed Sheeran.”
But it looks as though viewers needn’t worry about poor eyelid-less Eddie wandering back into the last few episodes of the series.
How did you feel about Ed Sheeran’s cameo? Does his character’s fate seem fitting?
Source: Screen Rant