Ed Sheeran Says His ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Is Probably Dead
Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1, Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran Says His ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Is Probably Dead

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There’s not much reason for hope in the world of Game of Thrones, but you can at least find joy knowing you probably won’t see Ed Sheeran on the show again.

The singer-songwriter made a much-maligned cameo in Season 7, and it doesn’t sound like he wants to come back.

In fact, he even thinks his character is dead…

This “Shape of You” singer popped up in the Season 7 premiere, playing one of a gaggle of Lannister soldiers Arya Stark meets on her way from the Twins to King’s Landing.

Ed and the other lads chatted, they ate rabbit, they sang, they drank blackberry wine… and fans groaned.

“Nothing takes me out of a fantasy world like a random Ed Sheeran appearance,” @DanaSchwartzzz tweeted.

As Ed tells MTV News in a recent video interview, his appearance on the HBO hit came about as a treat for Arya actress Maisie Williams.

“She’s come to gigs for years,” he says.

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“They basically put me in a scene with her to kind of be like, ‘Hey, thanks for doing the show for so many years. Ed’s going to be in it.’”

But Ed isn’t optimistic about his character’s fate in Westeros, nor those of any of the other Lannister lackeys.

“We were all quite young, those soldiers,” he explains.


“I doubt I’m going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world.”

And that’s just fine with him — he checked “Game of Thrones appearance” off of his bucket list.

In fact, from what he tells MTV he may even be aware of all of the backlash…

“No one wants to see me come back,” he says.

“I wanted to be a cameo in it, and I've done the cameo.

“I’m cool with it, though. I enjoyed it.”

The 26-year-old does have one fan in his corner, though: director Jeremy Podeswa, who helmed that particular installment.

“He is a lovely person; he’s really down-to-earth,” Jeremy told The Daily Beast.


“If you didn't know that he was a pop star or an entertainer of any kind, you would think he’s just one of the guys. And he is.

“He really just wanted to do a great job. He’s been acting for a little while; he takes it very seriously. And he was a real trouper, too.

“We were shooting in the middle of nowhere in Northern Ireland. He sat around outside with the cast and crew all day long, and just kind of hung out and was good-humored and lovely.

“He took direction well. He really could not have been nicer.”

“It is a funny thing because I really, genuinely believe that if you didn’t know who he was, you would have just thought he was one of the gang, effortlessly; and for me, I myself don’t bring a lot of baggage to who he is, or anybody on the show,” Jeremy added.

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“And the truth is, everybody on the show is famous now. [Laughs] So it’s like, it doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s about, are they appropriate for the role? Are they doing a good job?

“And it was yes, yes, yes to all those questions with him.”

You haters should count your lucky stars, though.

We would have been subjected to a much worse cameo if the Thrones showrunners had listened to Sophie Turner’s suggestion at the show’s SXSW panel this year.

“I’m still waiting on Bieber,” she said.


Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019 on HBO.