Game of Thrones fans: Ed Sheeran hears you loud and clear. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, the famed British singer-songwriter seemingly poked fun at the stir his random cameo caused when he unexpectedly turned up regaling his fellow soldiers in last year's Season 7 premiere of HBO's epic fantasy drama.
As Thrones diehards like to forget, after the episode's airing, many of them complained about Sheeran's appearance, arguing it was so distracting, it took them out of the story.
So when asked what his Lannister alter-ego has been up to, the 27-year-old crooner expressed regret that winter never came for his character to quench this angry lot's probably bloodlust, say, at the hands of Arya's dagger, a run-in with the Mountain or, better yet, being burnt to a crisp by Daenerys' dragon, Drogon.
"I know what Game of Thrones fans hoped happened to my character. I'm sure they think my character got brutally, brutally murdered, but I think my character is still out there. I think he's chillin'," said Sheeran. "It was fun being in Game of Thrones, but I definitely think they should've killed me off in the episode. I reckon that probably would've been the redemption for people that didn't like it."
Alas, we have to settle for the blond-haired megastar sitting silently as his cohort offers Arya some rabbit. And instead of focusing on the group talking about home and quizzing her on why she's going to King's Landing, we're wondering what the hell Ed Sheeran is doing there. At least, that's what even Kristian Nairn, the actor who played Hodor on the hit show, admitted thinking.
"I'm not a fan of the cameos in Game of Thrones. I don't like them. I think it's stupid," Nairn told The Huffington Post. "I don't mind going on the record on that. I think it takes you right out of the world. Especially Ed Sheeran. I was like, 'Why is Ed Sheeran here? I mean, Ed Sheeran's great. He's a great guy, great musician, but why is he in Game of Thrones?"
Sorry, Hodor. But you can blame it on costar Maisie Williams, who plays Arya. Per Vanity Fair, because she's such a huge fan of Sheeran's, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss couldn't resist surprising her with the cameo.
At least he made somebody's day.