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* Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere was highest-rated and most-watched ever for cable
* But, Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones appearance received mixed reaction
* The singer is currently on tour and we’ve got the scoop on tickets
The Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones brought in record ratings for the series and HBO. More than 16 million people across all platforms including traditional cable, streaming and on-demand viewing watched the final(?) season of this epic show, making it the most-watched premiere ever for both Game of Thrones and HBO. While not totally surprising, what made even more news than the series premiere and its ratings juggernaut was the cameo appearance of one of the biggest musicians in the world.
Singer Ed Sheeran played an unnamed soldier, with minimal dialogue and still, his appearance on the popular show made the internet go into a frenzy with endless jokes and irritated fans. CNN’s review of the episode called Sheeran’s cameo “the kind of stunt to which the series needn’t resort,” which seems to echo the chief complaint among most annoyed viewers. Many took to social media to voice their displeasure, arguing that Sheeran’s appearance took the fictional fantasy out of the series.
After the whole controversy and social media tirade, Sheeran’s twitter account suddenly disappeared. Everyone assumed this must have been a result of all the mockery and jokes but shortly after, his account reappeared but with only older tweets. The situation, however, was cleared up on Instagram with Sheeran noting that he had been planning to wind down his twitter for a while and that it had nothing to do with Game of Thrones.
Whatever the reason(s), the Game of Thrones controversy, twitter deletion and subsequent reappearance have only made him more popular, and love him or hate him, Sheeran’s star power is still extremely strong. Case in point: Sheeran is up for Artist of the Year at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, along with Best Pop Video and Best Cinematography.
Want to catch Sheeran on tour? The singer is traveling across the country into the fall and while most dates are listed as “sold out,” we’ve found great seats still available on Seatgeek for many of the shows. See Sheeran do his thing on the music stage, which, according to many fans, is where he most belongs.
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