The seventh season premiere for Game of Thrones was full of surprises, but perhaps none more surprising than musician Ed Sheeran's appearance. Garbed as a Lannister soldier serenading Arya Stark, Sheeran's appearance apparently caused such a stir on Twitter that he deleted (and then reinstated) 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 with Newsweek, Podeswa—who's directed many episodes of the show, including the premiere Dragonstone—shared:
"[Sheeran] came into this with only lovely intentions to come and do a good job and sing well, so I think that's the only drag. If people didn't know who Ed was, they wouldn't have thought about it twice. The hoo-ha seems to be from things that are outside of the world of the show. In the world of the show, he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world.I was quite surprised about the reaction actually because I know he's very well known and a successful singer but you're in the bubble of the show—the cast are well known too, everybody is really well known...none of them can walk down the street without being followed. I think people interrogated it too much, they're bringing so much of his [superstar] presence into the thing which is far beyond what anybody was thinking going into it. He is known to the producers of the show and some of the cast, and he's a gigantic fan of the show."
Of course, there's also the no small matter that Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams is a big fan of Sheeran, 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:
Stay unbothered, Ed.