'Game of Thrones' Director Defends Casting Ed Sheeran for Premiere Cameo: 'He Deserved to Be There'


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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The “Shape of You” singer disabled and then reactivated his Twitter account less than a day after there was backlash from viewers on the social media site criticizing the HBO show for their casting choice.

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.”

Podeswa also said that the British songwriter was not a diva at all, calling Sheeran “down-to-earth” and “just one of the guys.”

He also commented on the fact that Williams is a diehard Sheeran fan, noting, “I think she was really happy to have him there, and they do have a lovely rapport.”

Podeswa did add that he felt Sheeran’s celebrity was the only thing that distracted viewers, praising his actual performance.

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“It is a funny thing because I really, genuinely believe that if you didn’t know who he was, you would have just thought he was one of the gang, effortlessly,” the director said.

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