Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn – who played Hodor on the show – has revealed that he wasn’t a fan of Ed Sheeran’s cameo in the show.
The pop superstar appeared in Season Seven, which was screened last summer. In his scene, Sheeran sits among a group of soldiers, before leading a brief singalong. Arya passes the group on a horse, causing the singing to cease as she says “it’s a pretty song, I’ve never heard it before.” Sheeran then delivers his one line: “It’s a new one.”
Nairn has now revealed that not only was he not a fan of Sheeran’s cameo – he doesn’t really like them at all. “I’m not a fan of the cameos in Game of Thrones,” the actor said.
“I don’t like them. I think it’s stupid. I don’t mind going on the record on that. I just 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?”
He was quick to add that he’s a fan of Sheeran as a musician, he’s “just not a fan of the cameo.”
“I think most people would agree with me there. It was a big snap to reality. It’s like, ‘What? What?’ It’s a fantasy show,” he added. “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?”
Earlier this month it was announced that a Game Of Thrones prequel has been ordered by HBO. It will be created by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, Kingsman) and Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Goldman will write the script based on the pair’s storyline.