As of right now, it’s pretty clear that a ton of people on Twitter are not fond of Ed Sheeran and his Game of Thrones cameo. Well, here’s the thing: Sheeran doesn’t care if you’re upset over it, and he ultimately has no reason to be. He’s one of the most popular singers on the planet, he got to be in a show he loves, and he deosn’t have to listen to the negativity that came as a result of the cameo.
Now that we have said all of that, there is apparently one thing still that Sheeran wants to make clear: He is not leaving Twitter because of people being upset at him over the cameo. People suspected this when his account was temporarily gone earlier this week, but as he claimed on Instagram, him leaving that social-media site was always a part of the plan:
“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–kin’ awesome. Timing was just a coincidence, but believe what you want.”
Not that Sheeran cares, but we’ve already made some of our thoughts clear on Ed’s cameo on the show: He did a fine job in it, but the problem that most people had stemmed a little bit more from the fact that he was not necessary to the show itself. While this series has featured some cameos in the past, the vast majority of them are the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety. There was no real reason for the series to put Sheeran in this sort of position, and it took away from the scene. If you want to blame anyone, blame the showrunners and not Sheeran given that he merely did what anyone out there would in taking a role on this show. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Game of Thrones, even if it is a small role that you’ll probably never see materialize into anything else in the future?
There are six more episodes of Game of Thrones go before season 7 premieres, so we’ll just have to wait and see if the writers find a way to make most of those cameo-free.
What we do know is this: Everyone involved with the series is continuing to lend their support to Sheeran, including the director of the first episode. Also, there’s no reason for anyone on the show to care all that much about a little bit of backlash given that the first episode has more than 10 million live viewers. This show was already the most popular HBO series ever before this launch; now, it’s effectively just padding the lead.
Do you think the entire Ed Sheeran hoopla has been a little overblown as of this point? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: HBO.)