Many Game of Thrones fans weren’t in love with the shape of Ed Sheeran when he unexpectedly appeared in Westros during the first episode in Season 7 of HBO’s mega-hit show. And, as it turns out, Ed Sheeran isn’t opposed to much of the criticism he received.
We certainly can’t blame Sheeran for accepting the minor role — because, really, who would turn down the chance to be involved with something like Game of Thrones? Even Sheeran, also in the interview with MTV, said that seizing the opportunity was “a very easy yes.”
However, most fans agreed that Sheeran’s appearance felt random, off-putting and unnatural — despite the fact that he was only in the show for a couple of minutes, playing a Lannister soldier with very minimal dialogue.
Even though the episode aired on July 16, people are still talking and making jokes about it:
Yeah, you all think you got Game of Thrones answers last night but we STILL don't know if Ed Sheeran's character is alive or dead
— Greg Kopycinski ???? (@GregKope) August 28, 2017
So who will sit on the iron throne? Ed Sheeran it is. ???? #GameOfThrones
— Haanu Hanim (@Loabodu) August 28, 2017
Is Ed Sheeran's character still alive? Just kidding, no one cares. #GameOfThrones
— Erik Tanouye (@toyns) August 28, 2017
Sheeran was not the first musical artist to ever appear in Game of Thrones. Coldplay’s Will Champion popped in for a hot second in Season 3, the group Of Monsters and Men played a group of traveling musicians in season 6’s “The Door” and the Iceland band Sigur Rós performed during Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Lannister’s leading in Season 4. However, given the backlash against Sheeran's presence, he’s likely to be the last.
So, if Sheeran is to be believed, we’re never going to know whether Ayra Stark decided to murder the squadron of soldiers or let them peacefully march on their way. Don’t worry — we won't be losing any sleep over this one.
Watch Ed Sheeran's Game of Thrones debut here: