Ed Sheeran made a brief appearance as an unnamed Lannister soldier in the season 7 premiere in 2017

April 15, 2019 01:45 PM

WARNING: This post contains spoilers from season 8, episode 1 of Game of Thrones.

On Sunday night’s highly anticipated Game of Thrones premiere, fans watched as Jon Snow was finally confronted with his true parentage — but that wasn’t the only reveal that caught our attention.

The episode also seemingly revealed the fate of Ed Sheeran‘s character after his much-maligned cameo. In 2017, the singer made a brief appearance in the season 7 premiere when Arya (Maisie Williams) encountered a group of Lannister soldiers on her way to King’s Landing. Sheeran, who played one of the soldiers, performed a folksy campfire song.

The intimate scene was all part of GoT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff’s plan to get Sheeran on the show to surprise superfan Williams, according to Vanity Fair.

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Though Sheeran’s character was never identified by name, the season 8 premiere appears to have winked at his fate. In one scene, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) was seen in bed with three naked women when the subject of last season’s battle between the Lannister army and Targaryen forces came up.

One of the girls mentioned a certain redheaded soldier named “Eddie,” saying, “[He] came back with his face burnt right off. He’s got no eyelids now.”

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Sheeran, 28, posted a screenshot of the scene’s dialogue on his Instagram Story.

“Thanks @gameofthrones,” he wrote. “I knew I was a survivor x.”

Ed Sheeran/Instagram

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Sheeran previously responded to speculation that that his character had died, telling MTV in 2017, “I doubt I’m going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world.”

“No one wants to see me come back,” he added, referencing some of the criticism he weathered for the cameo.

“I’m cool with it, though,” he said. “I enjoyed it.”

Game of Thrones airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on HBO.

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