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.