Joanna Robinson explored the hidden meaning of the cameo over on Vanity Fair, and she basically concluded that there is no meaning; Beniof and Weiss had really wanted to get Ed Sheeran on the show as a gift to superfan Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark. ” Benioff said they had tried for years to land Sheeran as a surprise for Williams.”
Williams may have been stoked, but the reaction on Twitter was more mixed.
people: I’m so excited for GAME OF THRONES to return!!!!— David Sims (@davidlsims) July 17, 2017
game of thrones: *poop montage followed by ed sheeran cameo*
Audibly groaned when Ed Sheeran came on screen in #GameOfThrones because it was entirely unnecessary and not subtle in the slightest— Adam Valentine (@Adam86Valentine) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran on set for his Game of Thrones episode pic.twitter.com/sJxGbyQMhp— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran getting stabbed multiple times or getting beheaded in GoT is what i want to see.— sm (@MohsinKazmi_) July 17, 2017
That Ed Sheeran cameo was on the level of Jimmy Fallon randomly appearing in Band of Brothers for exactly NO reason— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 17, 2017
Here's one thing I can definitely say Game of Thrones has taught me: Everyone I follow on Twitter hates the shit out of Ed Sheeran.— David Chen (@davechensky) July 17, 2017
Same, Dave Chen. Same.
Fuck off ed Sheeran no one wants you here you absolute boner killer— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 17, 2017
How’s that for the kettle calling the pot a boner killer?
There were a number of people who maybe don’t watch Game of Thrones, but still had to hear about how Ed Sheeran was on Game of Thrones. (People who don’t watch GoT may have to get used to hearing a lot about a show they don’t watch for the next six weeks.)
Friends, please tell me more about how seeing Ed Sheeran in your dragon show is unrealistic.— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) July 17, 2017
This take mixes well with the consensus opinion that Sheeran’s presence took everyone out of the show, momentarily
Dragons YES— John Gary (@johngary) July 17, 2017
An army of the undead YES
Time travel YES
Face swapping YES
Ed Sheeran TOTALLY UNREALISTIC
I liked the Sheeran cameo, if only because among those I was watching the premiere with, I was the only one who could immediately identify him, mostly because of a cameo he made on a Bill Lawrence sitcom. Identifying him and explaining who he is, however, are two different things. My best guess is that he’s the millennial John Mayer, a singer-songwriter whose modicum of talent is overshadowed by his douchiness.