It’s no secret that fans of the HBO show have mixed feelings about Ed Sheeran’s cameo in Game of Thrones. While the pop star sang a song from the George R.R. Martin novels, many felt that the singer’s presence took the viewer out of the story. But why did they cast Sheeran? Here’s the story behind his appearance on the show.
“Hands of Gold,” a song by Ed Sheeran, made its way onto Game Of Thrones. The song was written by a minstrel named Symon Silver Tongue to mock Tyrion Lannister. In one episode, Tyrion offered the minstrel more money to sing the song. This prompted the Lannisters to kill him. Bronn then sold his corpse in a pot shop.
While Ed Sheeran’s cameo was a minor one, it became a viral moment. It was the most talked about episode of the seven-season show. While Maisie Williams was supposed to play Arya Stark, Sheeran played a Lannister soldier instead. The episode was controversial and fans were left baffled by the music star’s cameo.