Why is Ed Sheeran Getting So Much Negativity for his Cameo in Game of Thrones Season 7?

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We knew that Ed Sheeran was a huge Game of Thrones fan, when he freaked out over receiving a replica of the ‘Long Claw‘-Jon Snow’s sword. But we would have freaked out more over the fact and got us nowhere as a result. But being a huge celebrity as Ed Sheeran has it’s own perks. It’s not like you and I can just join the biggest TV production right now-even as one of the thousands of undead White Walkers. But Ed Sheeran got his lucky ticket and was fortunate enough to make an appearance in Game of Thrones season 7 premier.

Ed Sheeran was a Lannister soldier in the cameo and was accompanied by several other soldiers sitting by a fire, resting and eating cooked rabbit. Of course, being one of the best vocalists on the planet, Ed Sheeran’s role in GoT begins with a poem.

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This is not an entirely made up scene, as the producers have taken the poem off of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire‘ book series. The song from the premier episode goes like this;

“He rode through the streets of the city, down from his hill on high, O’er the winds and the steps and the cobbles, he rode to a woman’s sigh. For she was his secret treasure, she was his shame and his bliss. And a chain and a keep are nothing, compared to a woman’s kiss. For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm . . .”

The song is titled “Hands Of Gold” and appears in George R. R. Martin’s “A Storm Of Swords,” the third book of the series. And the song doesn’t really fit into the scenario.

Why the hate?

One of the main reasons why Ed Sheeran is getting a lot of backlash for his debut in Game of Thrones is due to the irrelevance of that whole scene to the plot of the episode. That 4 minute scene is just there-disconnected from every other plots in the episode. There were some pretty big things happening in the Game of Thrones season 7 premier. Jon Snow and Sans were planning their next moves in defending The Wall and facing the oncoming slaughter from the White Walkers. Cersei and Jaime Lannister were quite distraught with the lack of support from any noble families to the House of Lannister and they have no food to feed their soldiers and no soldiers to fight the upcoming wars. Daenerys Targaryen set foot in Dragonstone with a massive army and three massive dragons. Samwell Tarly may have found the key to winning the war with White Walkers. Even White Walkers were advancing. And then there was Ed Sheeran-a Lannister soldier-in the middle of nowhere-singing a poem from a past book. So hardcore Game of Thrones fanatics saw this as 4 minutes wasted. In all honesty, we can’t say the whole scene added much value to the episode.

Secondly, Ed Sheeran was quite the odd duck as an actor. Granted he is one of the best singers in the world right now, but when it came to being a Lannister soldier, I think he failed to deliver. He looked quite out of place and not fully in the scene.

Thirdly, I would say, it was our own fault that this scene was a let down. Rumors flew before the season premier that Ed Sheeran was involved with GoT in someway. So we built expectations in our heads-too much of it, I suppose.

However, this is not entirely Ed Sheeran’s fault. The producers should have known better to cast him in a more relevant scene from the show. But the producers did not want to miss out on him singing on the show. It was a pleasant surprise-but it lost it’s flavor very soon.

But I really doubt any of us keyboard heroes would have done a better job than Ed Sheeran there. We congratulate Ed Sheeran for getting a cameo in the best TV show in the world right now. You are truly blessed.

The world is full of negativity already. So let us not add to it and spoil the fun for everyone. Ed Sheeran has currently quit Twitter due to the massive backlash he is getting over the Game of Thrones debut. Let’s rejoice of the fact that two worlds were brought together in this fashion.

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