Ed Sheeran’s appearance on the first episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones has fans divided between those who loved seeing the 26-year-old in Westeros and those that thought it was the worst thing to happen since the Red Wedding.
Sheeran featured in a sequence alongside Maisie Williams’ Arya, in which the latter rode horseback through a forest. The musician even got a chance to sing, during a scene that also featured another familiar face in the shape of This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose.
In lyrics taken from the George R.R. Martin book A Dance with Dragons, Sheeran crooned:
“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.”
Singing aside, Sheeran also ate a skewered squirrel and had a chat with Arya while Turgoose looked on, looking just as confused as the rest of us. It was all very odd.
So odd, in fact, it prompted a wide range of responses, from fans on social media.
Some were surprised …
me watching game of thrones: hey that guy hella sounds like ed sheeran lmao
me 5 secs later: pic.twitter.com/jEChmeXDvm
— ana (@anaweasley) July 17, 2017
Others excited …
— Chris Lanzon (@chrislanzon) July 17, 2017
A lot of people kept making the same Ed Sheeran lyric jokes …
Only way to justify Ed Sheeran's #GameOfThrones cameo is for him to greet Bran with: "When your legs don't work like they used to before…"
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran's going to meet Brandon Stark and be like "when your legs don't work like they used to before".#GoTS7
— Alina Khan (@thealinamahsud) July 17, 2017
And again …
If there is a god, Ed Sheeran and Bran Stark will meet and Ed will say, “Do your legs not work like they used to before?”#EdSheeran
— Jt Taylor (@IAmJtTaylor) July 17, 2017
All of which were hilarious …
— ∞ Aoife Mairéad ॐ (@TriggerHippieTV) July 17, 2017
— Jon Winterfell (@JonWinterfall) July 17, 2017
A lot of people were pretty pissed off though, with the show’s writers coming in for some serious flack …
Why did Ed Sheeran have to make a cameo in Game of Thrones can he leave nothing alone
— Heather Boland (@corville_thecat) 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
#GameOfThones writing room:
"Ok we're beyond the books, we have creative control"
"Concept: Ed Sheeran camping in the woods singing a song"
— Kyle Ethan (@kesnyder42) July 17, 2017
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 17, 2017
For some, it was the most disgusting thing to happen on GoT yet …
things i cant forgive GoT for, ranked
5. killing margery
4. killing oberon
3. red wedding
2. ramsey rape
1. ed sheeran
— select bitch (@caseyjohnston) July 17, 2017
Others saw it as a shameless ploy to sell records …
— Sparsh Chhikara (@chhikara_sparsh) July 17, 2017
Arya Stark: It's a pretty song. I've never heard of it before.
Ed Sheeran: It's on Spotify.#gameofthrones
— Shivam Verma (@shivam13verma) July 17, 2017
It proved too much for a few though, who saw it as a distraction …
The Ed Sheeran scene was actually an interesting moment/departure that was overshadowed by putting Ed Sheeran in it
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 17, 2017
"Hello it's me, ed sheeran, and i'm here to remind you none of this is real! It's just a tv show haha, I'm ed sheeran"
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 17, 2017
Then there were those who were simply worried about what it could mean for the future …
If Arya fucks Ed Sheeran i swear to god
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 17, 2017
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
Game of Thrones season 8: James Corden does Wagonpool Karaoke with The Hound
— Christopher Hooton (@ChristophHooton) July 17, 2017
There was some hope for the rest of the series though …
imagine the Hound crossing paths with Ed Sheeran after a long ride and Sheeran starts singing Thinking Out Loud
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 17, 2017
The Hound can’t turn up soon enough!
Of course, this is not the first time Sheeran has turned up in the world of television.
He previously had a part in the short-lived US series The Bastard Executioner, where his character also sang. That show was cancelled after just 10 episodes. Maybe Ed should have taken the hint.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.