Game Of Thrones: The True Story Behind Ed Sheeran’s Cameo Ed Sheeran had an unforgettable cameo in Game of Thrones, but his role didn"t have the best reception. Here"s why he appeared in the first place.

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Ed Sheeran had one of the most talked-about cameos in Game of Thrones, and though the reason wasn"t purely positive, the purpose of the appearance was good-natured. The singer/songwriter appeared in a season 7 episode of the HBO fantasy series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin. Based on the show"s history of using musicians as guest stars, Sheeran"s presence wasn"t a complete surprise, but the cameo didn"t go as well as the singer had hoped. Luckily, the singer/songwriter has since been able to have a good sense of humor about the failed acting role, as Sheeran mocked his GOT cameo in Red Notice.

The 30-year-old from West Yorkshire, England, got his start in 2004 with the help of YouTube before signing a record deal. Sheeran released his first album, + ("plus"), in 2011, but it was his follow-up record, x ("multiply"), from 2014 that propelled the singer to worldwide fame. Since winning prestigious awards with record-breaking success, Sheeran released two other albums, but he also entered the world of acting. Aside from appearances as himself after he gained popularity as a musical artist, Sheeran appeared in the Australian soap opera Home and Away as well as the short-lived FX drama The Bastard Executioner in 2015.

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With appearances from Coldplay, Mastodon, and Bastille, Sheeran wasn"t the only musician to have a cameo in Game of Thrones, but his role was a bit more prominent than the rest. Sheeran played the role of Eddie in Game of Thrones season 7, episode 1, "Dragonstone." Eddie was a member of the Lannister army that Arya encountered when traveling through the Riverlands. While Sheeran"s character sang "Hands of Gold," Arya joined them at the camp before sharing their distaste for King"s Landing.

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Why Ed Sheeran Had a Game of Thrones Cameo

Ed Sheeran and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones
The singer"s immense popularity at the time was a major factor in his casting, but it was also done as a treat for a cast member. During a South by Southwest panel from 2017, Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed Sheeran"s cameo came to be as a surprise for Maisie Williams, who played Arya. Since she was a major fan of the singer, Weiss and Benioff attempted to score the cameo for years, and it finally came to fruition for season 7. Rather than a blink-and-you"ll-miss-it appearance, Sheeran was given a speaking part, including an opportunity to sing a song. Of course, Williams had to be involved in the sequence to carry out the cameo considering she was the driving force behind the casting.

Ed Sheeran cameo and Maise Williams in Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1
Despite only appearing in one episode of Game of Thrones, the fate of Sheeran"s character was revealed in the poorly received Game of Thrones season 8. Eddie and fellow members of the Lannister army were present for the Battle of Goldroad, in which Daenerys found victory with the help of Drogon. According to prostitutes hired by Bronn, Eddie survived but suffered serious burns, including the loss of his eyelids. It"s unclear if the legacy surrounding Sheeran"s cameo led to Eddie"s fate.

Unfortunately, Sheeran"s buzz-worthy Game of Thrones cameo didn"t go well. There was a consensus that the scene felt out of place while the singer"s acting wasn"t up to the level the fans were used to seeing. More than anything, the moment felt more like fan service than anything meant to move the plot along. All in all, Sheeran"s odd GOT cameo and song provided little to the show and might"ve even ended up being a hindrance to Game of Thrones as his role received harsh backlash. Criticism from the scene resulted in Sheeran deleting his Twitter account after constant harassment from those who mocked the cameo. Even actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in GOT, was deeply critical of the musicians" appearance. Truly, it"s never a good sign when cast members are wary of a particular celebrity cameo.

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With House of the Dragon on the way, Game of Thrones creators may be eager to add new celebrity cameos into the mix. Weiss and Benioff made a smart decision by keeping their celebrity appearances brief and primarily musicians, rather than big-name celebrities. That being said, the GOT spinoff series" creators might be wary of another Sheeran-Esque disaster. Game of Thrones at least added an interesting layer to the special appearance by explaining Eddie"s dire fate.