If you haven’t heard about it literally everywhere, Ed Sheeran had a brief cameo on the Game Of Thrones Season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” to the pleasant surprise of some or to the dismay of others. You can count Maisie Williams (who plays Ayra) among the first group; she’s a big fan of Sheeran, and his cameo was a surprise gift to her.
Even though Game of Thrones has had musician cameos many times in the past (Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Mastodon, Of Monsters And Men, Snow Patrol), the reaction to Sheeran’s cameo seemed uncharacteristically negative. The “Castle on the Hill” singer deactivated his Twitter account shortly after the episode, leading to speculation about his reasons and a defense from “Dragonstone” director Jeremy Podeswa. Earlier this month, Sheeran mentioned his intention to quit using Twitter because “there’s nothing but people saying mean things,” but how many of us have said we’d quit social media and never have? The timing for when Sheeran made good on his intention to quit sparked rumors.
“Last I’ll say on this. I came off Twitter Coz I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my game of thrones cameo, because I am in game of thrones, why the hell would I worry what people thought about that. It’s clearly f*ckin’ awesome. Timing was just a coincidence, but believe what you want.”