'Game of Thrones' Director Defends Casting Ed Sheeran for Premiere Cameo: 'He Deserved to Be There'
By Rachel McRady
Ed Sheeran’s cameo in this past Sunday’s Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere quickly turned into an “Ed Wedding” -- of sorts.
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Director Jeremy Podeswa spoke to The Daily Beast, defending his decision to cast the GRAMMY winner as an unnamed Lannister soldier, whom Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) happens to come upon in her travels.
“I’m a bit surprised that people have made that much fuss about it,” Podeswa said. “To me, he does seem quite organic, in his own way, to the show.”
Noting that “everybody on the show is famous now,” Podeswa went on to explain, “He kind of deserved to be there, in a way, because he’s a lovely performer. The role required gifts that he has. And he looks right in the show; he fits into the fabric of the show. And he was very happy to just kind of be a part of the ensemble.”