After much anticipation, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran made his debut performance on Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere. When I saw this episode at HBO’s red carpet premiere last week, his scene elicited a boisterous response from the A-list audience — cheers, shouts, knowing laughter — but what did YOU think of Sheeran’s scene? Let us know by voting in our poll below.
Maisie Williams, who earned an Emmy nomination last year for playing Arya Stark, is one of Sheeran’s biggest fans and so his cameo in the episode titled “Dragonstone” (read our recap) was essentially a tribute to her. As showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained at a SXSW panel in Austin, TX earlier this spring, “For years we’ve been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie; this year we finally did it.”
During the four-minute scene, Arya approaches a group of young soldiers sitting by a fire. Sheeran’s character is singing about a woman’s hands being warm compared to cold hands of gold when Arya arrives. They soon offer her rabbit and alcohol and tell her that they were sent to keep the peace because of what happened at the Frey castle. When they ask what she’s doing out in the middle of the woods, she replies, “I’m going to kill the queen.” The men all laugh, and Arya soon finds herself laughing as well.
Sheeran’s most notable performance to date was as Sir Cormac in FX’s cancelled “The Bastard Executioner,” but something tells us his new “Game of Thrones” scene will be remembered more fondly. Do you think Sheeran should continue his acting career, or should he stick to music where the “Thinking Out Loud” singer has already won two Grammys? Vote now and then sound off down in the comments section.
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