Winter is here, and it’s in the shape of Ed Sheeran.
The singer-songwriter broke the internet last week with his cameo in the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones. Playing a Lannister soldier, he belted out a few lines as Arya rode up on her horse.
The whole scene lasted about a minute, but it was enough for Thrones fans to disavow the show – at least temporarily.
“I’ve read the entirety of A Song of Ice and Fire, and I’ve been watching Thrones since the beginning,” said Martin Christianson at Comic-Con this weekend. “Ed Sheeran’s cameo took me completely out of the fantasy realm and right back into reality. He’s a pop star; not an actor. If I wanted to hear him, I’d listen to a Top 40 radio station or spend three-hundred dollars to see him in concert. Stay the fuck out of Westeros, bro.”
But it wasn’t just Christianson who was dismayed, of course. Twitter was in an uproar for days after Sheeran’s appearance.
“Ed Sheeran on GOT? WTF? Stick to annoying me with your tinny music in grocery stores,” wrote Twitter user @XThronesX82.
“Ed should keep his face in that photograph he’s always singing about and OFF OF GoT.” Tweeted @AllisonRuules.
We spoke to Dr. Alan Livingstone, a psychiatrist who studies how cameos in TV shows and movies by non-actors affect viewers.
“This is a tale as old as time,” said Livingstone. “There have been thousands of inappropriate cameos over the years. You’ve got Michael Jackson in Men in Black II, Madonna in Die another Day, and Mike Tyson in The Hangover – Ed Sheeran’s is just the most recent. And because there’s nothing more popular than Game of Thrones and Ed Sheeran right now, it’s really putting Twitter in an uproar.”
When the “Thinking out Loud” singer deleted his Twitter account, his supporters pointed their anger toward Thrones fans, claiming that their hateful comments caused him to take a hiatus from the popular social media platform. While Sheeran insists this isn’t true, it’s nonetheless causing his fans, in turn, to experience a by-proxy form of social media anxiety.
“What you have here is one social media anxiety disorder stemming off of another,” Livingstone told us. “’The first one – Ed’s cameo – is what we’re calling ‘Ice and Ire,’ and it’s what non-Sheeran Game of Thrones fans are going through. Now, Sheeran quitting Twitter – perhaps because of his cameo – is ‘Ice and Ire by-proxy.’ It’s sort of like Thrones fans are making Sheeran fans anxious, and vice-versa. It’s a very unhealthy push-and-pull.”
Is there any cure for this anxiety disorder? Livingstone said that fans probably just have to wait for the shock of it all to wear off.
“I’m sure we’ll see a major death on Thrones in the near future, and people will forget all about Sheeran’s appearance. Ed probably just needs some time to cool off, too, so we’ll probably see him back on Twitter in the near future.”
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