Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo receives mixed reviews from fans

Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage during day 4 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2017.
Ed Sheeran on the Pyramid Stage during day 4 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2017. Ian Gavan/Getty Images

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve watched the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere.

Game of Thrones Season 7 premiered on Sunday night and the episode featured an unexpected character.

Ed Sheeran made a cameo appearance as a Lannister soldier with his campfire singing catching the attention of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) who was passing by but then cautiously joined their party for dinner.

“It’s a pretty song. I’ve never heard it before,” Arya says. Sheeran’s unnamed character replies, “It’s a new one.”

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The song sung by Sheeran was from lyrics in George R.R. Martin’s novel A Dance with Dragons, where they were sung by a drunk Tyrion:

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“He rode through the streets of the city / Down from his hill on high / O’er the winds and the steps and the cobbles / He rode to a woman’s sigh / For she was his secret treasure / She was his shame and his bliss / And a chain and a keep are nothing / Compared to a woman’s kiss / For hands of gold are always cold / But a woman’s hands are warm.”

In March at the South by Southwest festival, co-showrunner David Benioff explained Sheeran’s cameo saying, “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.”

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Fans joked on Twitter about the Thinking Out Loud singer’s cameo. Some were suggesting that Arya kill off Sheeran’s character.

Some people were generally confused by his appearance.

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Some fans of the show seemed more irritated by his appearance, even calling the show “less authentic.”

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Some saw the perfect opportunity to create some jokes using Sheeran’s song lyrics.

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Other GoT fans were happy to see the familiar face on the screen.