Although there was plenty of misery and impending doom in the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, there was also a moment of glee as the fantasy favourite revealed what happened to Ed Sheeran’s maligned character from Season 7.
For anyone who needs reminding, the “Shape of You” singer made a brief cameo in the Season 7 premiere as Arya Stark was diverted away from her kill list and headed back to her family at Winterfell. Sheeran appeared alongside This Is England‘s Thomas Turgoose as a Lannister soldier.
While Sheeran (thankfully) didn’t cameo in the Season 8 premiere, there was a nod to his character and a confirmation of his pretty grim fate. The scene took place when Jerome Flynn’s Bronn was getting his leg over with a group of prostitutes.
One of the *cough* working girls was talking about a previous lover called “Eddie”. She lamented that Eddie was caught in Season 7’s Field of Fire battle and was torched by one of Daenerys’ dragons. The ginger-haired soldier was badly burned and apparently doesn’t have any eyelids anymore.
Wow, talk about a fate worse than death. I can only imagine Eddie now gigs in one of the King’s Landing taverns like a singing Freddy Krueger. It’s only a small Easter egg, but I assume it’s showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss apologising for the high-profile blunder.
Up there with Season 5’s boring trip to Dorne, Sheeran’s cameo is one of the hit show’s few mistakes. Game of Thrones usually gets it right, but when it gets it wrong, it gets it spectacularly wrong.
In the past, musicians from the likes of Snow Patrol, Coldplay, and Mastodon have all popped up on Game of Thrones, however, Sheeran didn’t quite strike the same chord. There was something jarring about seeing him whip out a guitar and serenade a group of Lannister soldiers while Arya plotted their grisly demises.
The 28-year-old later admitted it was a mistake and confirmed he probably shouldn’t have played a fictionalised version of himself. Sheeran’s appearance was nearly universally hated, with even Thrones star Kristian Nairn slamming the musical interlude.
Oh well Ed, maybe you should stick to your day job and carry on winning awards for your music. It could be worse, you could’ve had David Beckham’s cameo in King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword.
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