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Arya Stark: "That's a pretty song. I've never heard it before."
Eddie: "It's a new one."
— Eddie converses with Arya Stark[src]

Eddie[1] serves in the army sent to the Riverlands to keep the peace after the assassinations at the Twins. He sings Hands of Gold with his comrades while Arya Stark passes by. He later takes part in the Sack of Highgarden and fights in the Battle of the Goldroad, where his face is burned off by Drogon.

Biography

Background

Eddie was sent to King's Landing but found it to be a very unpleasant place. He was known to frequent the city's brothels. He was later sent to the Riverlands along with his comrades to keep the peace following some trouble caused by House Frey.

Season 7

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Eddie with Arya Stark.

He is sitting by a campfire with his comrades leading them in a rendition of Hands of Gold when Arya Stark approaches their camp. She compliments the song, which she has never heard before, and he informs her that it is a new song. The soldiers offer to share their food and wine with her and she accepts their invitation; as they share stories of their unpleasant experiences within King's Landing, Eddie comments that it was the worst place in the world. He laughs along with the others when she tells them that she is going to the city with the intention of killing Queen Cersei Lannister, mistaking it for a joke.[2]

Season 8

Eddie's fate is discussed by the prostitutes Craya and Dirah when they and Marei are hired by Ser Bronn of the Blackwater. Craya says that although Eddie survived the battle of the Goldroad, his face burned off by Drogon, leaving him without eyelids.[3]

Behind the Scenes

Showrunner David Benioff explained that they gave Sheeran the cameo because Arya's actress, Maisie Williams, is one of his fans. Benioff said, "We knew that Maisie was a big fan of Ed Sheeran and for years we've been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie. This year we finally did it."[4]

Sheeran's presence brings up a production issue: most actors aren't also trained musicians and singers, so the TV show has actually cut out several major songs that appear in the novels. For example, the wildlings have an important song in the books called The Last of the Giants, which sums up a lot of their mental state about how their world is ending. The TV production team originally intended to have Ygritte sing it at some point, but actress Rose Leslie was so terrified of singing on-camera that she politely refused. Similarly, in Season 2, Sophie Turner said that what she was most afraid of filming that year wasn't any of Joffrey's torments, battles, or the riot scene, but the brief moment when she had to sing a hymn (Gentle Mother, Font of Mercy), because she isn't a professional singer. A few actors on the show were also professional singers, specifically Jerome Flynn (Bronn) and Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), so at various points the TV show had them perform songs that other characters do in the novels. Given how reluctant actors with no singing experience are to sing on-camera, in several respects the only guaranteed way to incorporate these book-songs into the TV show is to have professional singers make cameo appearances to sing them. Indeed, in similar fashion, in Season 2, the lead Bolton soldier singing The Bear and the Maiden Fair was a cameo by professional musician Gary Lightbody.

Ed Sheeran deleted his Twitter account a day after this episode aired, as he was being harassed by viewers who felt it was a needless celebrity cameo. Many professional reviews argued against this, citing that it was only a minor cameo, and a cameo by a professional musician was a way to get much-missed songs from the books into the TV show. Moreover, many admonished that irate fans should take up such criticisms with the showrunners and director, not by launching personal attacks against a musician who simply responded to a request for a cameo by the producers.[5]

The song that Ed Sheeran's character sings is from the books: Hands of Gold. A minstrel called Symon Silvertongue came up with it to mockingly hint that he knew Tyrion Lannister was continuing his affair with the whore Shae even though his father told him to break it off, apparently hoping to blackmail him. Instead, Tyrion ordered Bronn to kill Symon, and Bronn disposed of the corpse by selling it to a pot-shop that makes bowls of brown out of "all kinds of meat." The song has added irony, as ultimately, Tyrion murdered Shae by strangling her to death with his chain of office as Hand of the King: a necklace made of stylized interlocking golden hands.

Appearance

Season Seven appearances
Dragonstone Stormborn The Queen's Justice The Spoils of War
Eastwatch Beyond the Wall The Dragon and the Wolf

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, there is no character by this name.

References

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Lord: Tyrion Lannister Heir:
House-Lannister-Main-Shield
Seat: Casterly Rock / Red Keep Lands: The Westerlands / The Crownlands
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Westerlands · Lord of Casterly Rock · Warden of the West · King of the Rock (pre-War of Conquest)
Ancestors:Lann the Clever · Gerold Lannister · Tommen II Lannister · Loren Lannister · Tyland Lannister · Damon Lannister
Current members:Tyrion Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Lyman Lannister · Reginald Lannister
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister · Orson Lannister · Tywin Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Kevan Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Cersei Lannister
Household:{Gregor Clegane} · {Qyburn} · {Amory Lorch} · {Polliver} · {Rorge} · {Biter}

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