You would be hard-pressed, in the year 2017, to find someone who does not have an opinion about Game of Thrones. From die-hard fans, to dedicated cos-players, to people who know how good the show is without having even seen it, the praise for the hit HBO show based on George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is in no short supply. Of course, there are those who don’t agree. People who reasonably find some of the show’s content unpalatable, or people who simply prefer more realistic fiction.
While I don’t subscribe to (most) of the opinions on this second list, I respect the people who hold them all the same. One complaint about the show, however, which I find so absurd it simply must be called out, is the negativity surrounding the cameo appearance of Ed Sheeran. It seems the only people who take issue with the cameo are a small group of purists who protest the Grammy winning singer’s appearance with such fervor they could be mistaken for members of one of the fanatical cults which play opposite to the show’s heroes.
The prime complaint from those who take issue with Mr. Sheeran’s performance seem to think that the inclusion of Mr. Sheeran for one episode will make Game of Thrones a “joke.” While I will concede to these critics that Game of Thrones is generally dramatic by nature, I will insist that a balance of brevity to off-set the, at times, overwhelming darkness of the show, is one of the staples of good fiction. Unlike most who take an issue with Mr. Sheeran’s cameo, I have experience being paid for writing good fiction and can comfortably attest that, without the lightness of moments like Mr. Sheeran’s cameo, Game of Thrones would not be the household name it is today.