'Game of Thrones' Director Has Some Thoughts on How Much You Hated Ed Sheeran's Appearance

"In the world of the show, he did a lovely job."

The seventh season premiere for Game of Thrones was full of surprises, but perhaps none more surprising than musician Ed Sheeran's appearance (opens in new tab). Garbed as a Lannister soldier serenading Arya Stark, Sheeran's appearance apparently caused such a stir on Twitter that he deleted (and then reinstated) (opens in new tab) his account. But according to Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa, no one anticipated such a reaction to Sheeran's in-show presence.

In an interview (opens in new tab) with Newsweek, Podeswa—who's directed many episodes of the show, including the premiere Dragonstone—shared:

Of course, there's also the no small matter that Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams is a big fan of Sheeran (opens in new tab), and the casting was meant to be a surprise for her. And it's not as though Sheeran's a musical anomaly for the fantasy medieval world; the show's cast plenty of musicians, from members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol to Icelandic band Sigur Rós, in brief featured spots:

Sheeran, meanwhile, has been busying himself by posing shots from his time on the show on Instagram.

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