Ed Sheeran seems like a nice guy. It was hard to resent him when he constantly gave his time to surprise fans and do his utmost to make them happy. It’s not hard now. The irritating ‘Shape of You’ refuses to go away. His latest album has spent 14 consecutive weeks at the top of the UK charts. It’s hard to understand how any album could spend that long in the charts, particularly Sheeran’s. There’s no doubting that there’s an insatiable appetite for his music.
His popularity is baffling yet unmistakable. That’s what led to Sheeran getting a cameo in the opening episode of the latest Game of Thrones series. Needless to say, it was a low point for the show.
— Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) July 17, 2017
His character, a member of the Lannister army, is singing with a group of comrades around a campfire when Arya stumbles upon them. What follows is the most pointless scene in the show, used to show Arya that not all soldiers are blood-thirsty killers. It’s so forced that it hurts. Also, what a waste of Thomas Turgoose.
A star in This is England, he tweeted that it was a career highlight to appear in the show. Give me a break, Thomas. You’re much better than that and this doesn’t rank near your work with Shane Meadows.
As if the scene wasn’t bad enough, it ended with a cliche, a trope that no respectable writer would ever include in a script. Arya makes the admission that she’s going to kill the Queen. Cue a pause and suspense followed by howls of laughter. So shit. Even if that was a joke, it’s not funny, you dimwits. That’s why your pawns in somebody else’s war.
Overall though, it was a strong enough episode. The Jon and Sansa scenes were great. The King’s Landing scenes worked well enough too. Samwell Tarly’s adventures in the Beauty and the Beast library don’t set the pulse racing but are important nonetheless. The Hound is a wonderful character and the show is much better with him in it.
One other gripe: I’m so, so tired of the ‘epic Daenerys’ endings. The ones with dramatic music playing and Dany walking while all her minions follow silently. It’s such a shame to see Tyrion reduced to that.
Also, the pouting and staring into the distance that she does on ships, etc. It has no dramatic impact. Please stop ending episodes with scenes of her dragons flying over places. For the love of God.