The 26-year-old “Shape of You” singer made a cameo in the season 7 premiere Sunday night, performing a folksy campfire song before breaking bread with Maisie Williams‘ Arya Stark.
The scene came halfway through the episode when Arya crossed paths with Sheeran and a gang of wayward soldiers in the woods. She complimented his singing and sat down for a warm meal with the men, exchanging a few short lines with Sheeran.
From what is heard in the sequence, the lyrics (which are lifted from George R. R. Martin‘s source material) sound like they could be Sheeran’s next hit:
“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.”
“That’s a pretty song,” Arya said to Sheeran’s character, to which he responded, “It’s a new one.”
News broke of the cameo in March when GoT creators discussed the casting choice at a South By Southwest panel, saying they’d tried for years to bring the Grammy-winner on the show for Williams, a Sheeran superfan.
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Fans weighed in on social media shortly after Sheeran showed up in the highly anticipated episode.
There’s no word on if Sheeran’s character will pop up again this season, but judging by the series’ fatality track record, the odds of survival are not in his favor.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.