Cheeze or Yes, Please: Poll on Ed Sheeran’s Appearance on GoT

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Ed Sheeran, one of the biggest singers in the world, did a cameo on the Season 7 opener of Game of Thrones — and not everyone’s down with it. Many fans found it jarring and critics cited it as a rare misstep.

“Throughout the last six seasons,” Forbes commented. “Members of the bands Snow Patrol, Coldplay, Sigur Ros, Mastadon and Of Monsters and Men all showed up on Game of Thrones at one point, but if you didn’t know that, I wouldn’t blame you.” Meaning that their cameos were all fairly unobtrusive.

Will Champion of Coldplay was playing the drums in the musicians gallery at the Red Wedding. But, he isn’t as recognizable as Chris Martin and you’d have to be a) a mega Coldplay fan to know what the drummer looked like and b) have really sharp eyes to spot him in the gallery with all that dim lighting.

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Will Champion of Coldplay was one of the Red Wedding’s deadly musicians. (c) HBO.

Amanda Peet showed up in the crowd watching the mummers in Braavos.

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Is this Amanda Peet doing a cameo as a member of the mummers’ audience? (c) HBO.

Now, in HBO’s defense, Dan & Dave actually arranged to have Ed Sheeran show up to surprise Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya, since she is a huge fan. When you think about it like that, it’s actually kinda sweet.

So, is it cool to have famous people play cameos or is it distracting? Did you love Ed’s appearance or did it drive you around the bend?

Please vote and add comments below.

Did you like Ed Sheeran's appearance on Game of Thrones?

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Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

8 Comments

  • Reply July 18, 2017

    WATCHER ON THE COUCH

    Being in an older age group although I had heard the name of Ed Sheeran (he’s reasonably known in the UK) but I was agreeably surprised. I thought his voice was pleasant. A lot of British pop singers assume a fake American accent when they sing and I was pleased that he sang (here at least) with an English sounding accent. I thought he carried off the part of one of the less than enthusiastic young Lannister soldiers adequately.

    • Reply July 18, 2017

      WATCHER ON THE COUCH

      I meant to say in my previous comment I was not familiar with Ed Sheeran’s work although of course I knew OF him.

      • Reply July 18, 2017

        Jamie Adair

        Lol. I did not know of him to the point where _I didn’t even recognize his name_. (Which now makes me worry, “Holy mackerel do I live under a rock??”) But, once I started googling his hits and played, I knew a lot of their melodies. I think I must change the radio station as soon as I hear anyone speak. :-S

  • Reply July 18, 2017

    Rick Matz

    Who is Ed Sheeran and why should I care?

  • Reply July 18, 2017

    Sofia Garcia

    I don’t see why all the fuss. He barely had two lines.

  • Reply July 19, 2017

    Jamie Adair

    I may take this poll down. The press coverage of the cameo has been so overwhelmingly critical, I’m beginning to worry that cumulatively that all of this coverage, including from my humble blog, has the effect of cyberbullying.
    I actually thought that Sheeran looked like a typical young English medieval soldier– his baby face was perfect for a young soldier. But I didn’t know who he was so I didn’t find his presence jarring.
    I also think that his cameo was a sweet gift for a coworker. For the showrunners, Maisie Williams would be a coworker that they see or interact with much of the year. I know that sounds strange, but most of us throw showers and parties for members of our work family.

  • Reply July 21, 2017

    Nancy

    I thought when I first seen him …OMG is that real ed or am I nuts ….I was excited to hear an awesome song with a familiar faceso I love cameos at times I wished it was more than a little appearance but just same I total loved it ….

  • Reply August 4, 2017

    Argie

    This is one of those cases of people needing to find something to complain about. Had they put a famous black french singer, well yes, that person would appear out of character in the scene. Sheeran (who I have seen maybe once before, but didn’t recognize when I saw the episode) looked just like what they were trying to convey in the scene. A young person like herself caught up in situations that sounded fun when they are just imagined but once lived are very disillusioning. Given that he was providing entertainment for the young men, a singer made sense. His song was appropriate to the feel of the scene- there was nothing “hollywood” about it, his acting was minimal but believable, so why all the hubbub?

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