Warning: This article contains spoilers about Game of Thrones season 7, episode 1.
We all knew it was happening – and it happened right in the premiere.
Ed Sheeran made a musical cameo in the first episode of Game of Thrones season seven as a Lannister soldier, no less.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) came across a group of Lannister soldiers at a campfire after she killed all of the Frey men who played a part in the brutal Red Wedding, although these soldiers were actually pretty friendly.
Sheeran sat next to Arya during the whole scene at the campfire, and even had a couple of really short lines ("Worst place in the world").
Here is him offering the Stark some rabbit:
But the real controversy came at the very start, when Sheeran flexed his vocal cords with a song. When Arya asked what it was, he replied: "It's a new one."
Needless to say, Twitter had objections:
- Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 17, 2017
If Arya doesn't burn Ed Sheeran he'll come back as a white walker and be playing Westeros Glastonbury for thousands of years. #GoTS7
- Zack Jones (@ZackJ0nes) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran's Game of Thrones introduction had all the grace and nuance as the time Alice and the gang at Mel's Diner met Jerry Reed
- Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2017
Game of Thrones season 8: James Corden does Wagonpool Karaoke with The Hound
- Christopher Hooton (@ChristophHooton) July 17, 2017
game of thrones: we're a prestige show pls take us seriously
game of thrones: here's arya eating a squirrel next to ed sheeran
- tori (2017) (@grinchhands) July 17, 2017
If you want the lyrics to the song he casually sung, here it is...
"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."
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