When “Game of Thrones” finally returns for its seventh season on July 16, keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by Ed Sheeran. This Grammy-winning singer/songwriter is a huge fan of the Emmy-winning drama and dropped by the set during filming last year. We don’t know who he plays but he assures fans that he doesn’t die.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who also write most of the episodes, had come up with the idea that he should don a costume and appear in a scene with one of his biggest fans, Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark. As Benioff explained during a SXSW panel in Austin, TX last month, “For years we’ve been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie; this year we finally did it.”
Sheeran is not the first musical talent to take part in the show. His fellow Brit, Coldplay drummer Will Champion, was one of the fierce Freys who took up arms in “The Rains of Castamere.” That ninth episode of season three is better known as “The Red Wedding” for its bloody battle setting. The Icelandic rockers Sigur Ros were a minstrel troupe that entertained at the wedding of King Joffrey to Margaery Tyrell in “The Lion and the Rose,” episode two of season four. And the American heavy metal band Mastodon played some of the many victims of the White Walkers killed during “Hardhome,” episode eight of season five.