Ed Sheeran appeared on the Game of Thrones Season Seven premiere. The songwriter appeared around a campfire with a crew of Lannisters, eating rabbit and crooning the unofficially-titled “Hands of Gold.” The song first appeared in A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin’s 2000 installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
“For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm,” the grinning Sheeran sang, as Arya Stark happened upon the dining Lannister clan. “It’s a new one,” the musician explained in close-up.
Sheeran celebrated the cameo on Instagram, posting a selfie with himself and Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams. But the overall fan reaction to the scene was mixed, as evidenced by the Instagram comments, which ranged from “Squad goals” to “I wanted u to die.”
Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff announced in March that they recruited Sheeran as a surprise for Williams, a super-fan of the Divide singer. “For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it,” Benioff said at a SXSW panel.
This wasn’t the show’s first musician cameo – only its most high-profile. Members of Sigur Ros, Mastodon, Coldplay and Snow Patrol have previously appeared on the HBO fantasy series.