If you thought that cameo of Ed Sheeran was an unwelcome distraction in the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones, you’re not alone. And no, we don’t mean that several fans also hated it — although they did. Apparently one GoT cast member has gone on the record saying he didn’t care for it, either.
Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays…er, played…Hodor, told The Huffington Post he dislikes cameos in GoT altogether, but Sheeran’s appearance was particularly distracting.
“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 outlet. “I don’t mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world.”
Nairn explained: “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?”
So, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with having any sort of grudge or disliking of Sheeran personally or professionally, but rather, “We’re all caught in this amazing world and spend so much time and money and talent to create, and all of a sudden there’s a pop star? What?”
Sheeran isn’t the only musician to make a guest appearance in the hit HBO show. Members of the bands Mastodon, Of Monsters and Men and Sigur Rós have made their way to Westeros.
Oddly enough, Nairn was actually fine with Sigur Rós showing up at King Joffrey’s wedding. To him, they “kind of got away with it because they’re so quirky ... They’re almost like ‘Game of Thrones’ world in real life. They’re so elven and spiritual. I think that works, but apart from that — I mean, I understand why people want to be in it, but just no. Go away.”
Or, to put it all another way: “Hodor.”