“Let’s start the big Emmy campaign for Ed Sheeran right now,” I joke to my fellow Gold Derby editors during our “Game of Thrones” episode 1 video recap (watch above). “How amazing — give him all the Emmys!” Of course, Rob Licuria, Matt Noble, Sam Eckmann and I are all poking fun at the Sheeran backlash that’s currently driving “Game of Thrones” fanboys into a tizzy following the singer’s four-minute cameo in the Season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone.”
“We could go into pop culture for the rest of the season [but] I hope they don’t,” adds Licuria about Sheeran’s stunty scene. “Please no more Ed Sheeran! That really annoyed me.” In our poll below, vote for whether or not you liked Sheeran’s short appearance on the show.
“Game of Thrones” fans have been spending much of the week picking on Sheeran’s cameo, perhaps as a way to pass the time until next week’s episode. Sheeran even received so much hatred on social media that he temporarily shut down his Twitter account.
“It did take me out of it, it was distracting,” continues Licuria. “I was thinking, who’s next? Are we gonna get Katy Perry next week? Are we gonna get Bruno Mars the week after? Like, it’s completely unnecessary and it seems to have hurt a beautiful scene. Lady Gaga could be wrapped in flags from all of the different houses.”
Eckmann reminds us, “They have a history of casting musicians on the show. They’ve popped up in other smaller roles. I think Ed Sheeran was just the most famous and recognizable one of them so far, so it kind of played a little different.”
Noble brings up another example of eye-rolling stunt casting, when “The West Wing” hired David Hasselhoff and Jay Leno in bit parts. “I feel like ‘Game of Thrones’ is sort of probably beyond needing to have stunt casting. People are already pretty interested in this show.”
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