Singer Ed Sheeran is set to play a small role in Game of Throne’s upcoming season, said creator’s of the series in an SXSW panel Sunday. The role is still unspecified, but will be included in the popular show’s seventh season.
“Guess the cat’s out the bag…,” tweeeted Sheeran Sunday with a link to one news story that discussed his Game of Thrones cameo. The show is set to return to HBO on the 16th of July, 2017.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated that the “Divide” singer had been invited on set to surprise one of his superfans, Maisie Williams, who also plays Arya Stark on the series. “For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it,” said Benioff, as reported by the Guardian. Sheeran joined in on filming a secret, small role when he was on set.
This isn’t the first time Game of Thrones included superstars in their episodes- Coldplay member Will Champion, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, and various members from Sigur Ros, Mastodon, and Of Monsters and Men were included. In the case of Mastodon, the members weren’t all-too identifiable as they appeared zombie-esque Wildings, reported Vanity Fair.
On top of news regarding Sheeran, Benioff and Weiss confirmed that the show’s series finale to be shown in 2018 will only consist of six episodes, much to fans’ dismay, Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president.
“From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie,” Benioff stated. “It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end. It would have been really tough if we lost any core cast members along the way, I’m very happy we’ve kept everyone and we get to finish it the way we want to.”