I am in the love with the shape of you….this is exactly how the makers of Game of Thrones feel about Ed Sheeran. The ridiculous amount of face time he got was unrequited to say the least. His cameo was out of place, random and hilarious. Ok so let’s discuss what the hell he was doing there.
SPOILERS AHEAD - We see him as a part of a small soldiers group, singing a song from George R. R. Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire. The lyrics were “For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm.” The scene plays out like this - We see Arya riding through the woods when she hears the song. She sees Ed Sheeran as a soldier along with a bunch of other soldiers, singing, talking, eating in the middle of the woods. They offer her food. Though a bit hesitant at first, she accepts the offer and ends up sharing their meal and wine. They chat a little without knowing her identity and intentions. They didn’t even believe her when she said she is going to King’s Landing to kill Queen Cersei. Talk about being clueless!
The scene then continued with quite a few shots of Sheeran. Like I said before, ‘not subtle’. David Benioff, the maker of GoT, explained - "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."
The way they left it, it’s a strong possibility that Ed Sheeran will return in the future episodes. And if we have learned anything from the show, he is going to die in a painful way….probably by Arya. What will unfold, only time and George R.R. Martin will tell.!