Ed Sheeran is currently ruling the world of pop music.  His album ‘÷’ is #1 in his native UK and songs from it occupy nine of the slots in the Top Ten, and all 16 tracks occupy space in the Top 20.  The album is also #1 in the US, with the biggest debut week of 2017 thus far and his first single ‘Shape of You’ is the #1 song on the charts.  In Australia, it’s a similar story to his native UK, where all 16 tracks from ‘÷’ hold a spot in the Top 40, the first time any living artist has accomplished this.

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So what’s next for the scruffy singer/song writer?  A visit to Westeros.  It has just been announced that Sheeran will guest star on the upcoming seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones’.

“For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie and this year we finally did it,” explained executive producer David Benioff, pointing out that Sheeran is a favorite of ‘GoT’ star Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark.

Fellow EP Dan Weiss added, “A lot of [music artists] say they would they would like to [be on the show], and then we tell them [shooting a scene] is so boring.  You’re gonna hate this — you’re going to be sitting around three days for 12 hours a day.’”  As an example, Weiss shared a story of the time the lead singer of Sigur Rós, Jónsi Birgisson, filmed a cameo during season three, attending King Joffrey’s wedding.  The singer didn’t realized he would be forced to hang around in the background for several more days worth of filming.  But Weiss indicated, “He was a super good sport about it.”

Sheeran joins a list of other musical artists that have appeared on ‘GoT’ which includes Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Will Champion from Coldplay, Sigur Rós, and Mastodon.

Sheeran previously played Sir Cormac on five episodes of ‘The Bastard Executioner’.  No word was given as to his ‘GoT’ role.

‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO on July 16.

Source: Entertainment Weekly