"If people didn't know who Ed was, they wouldn't have thought about it twice."
Love it or hate it, Ed Sheeran's cameo on Sunday's Game of Thrones season 7 premiere has become one of TV's most talked about moments this week and now the episode's director is coming to its defense.
"I think Ed did a lovely job -- he's a lovely actor and a lovely person," director Jeremy Podeswa told Newsweek.
While fans were surely excited to see Sheeran show up in Westerns as a singing member of the Lannister army, plenty others have raised criticisms that his appearance was jarred viewers out of the show's fictional world (with some saying much worse). All the negativity may have caused Sheeran to delete his Twitter account on Monday (it has since been reactivated) and Podeswa argues it's unwarranted.