The performer made a cameo on the Season 7 premiere, playing one of the singing soldiers who Arya came across in the woods after offing the entire Frey family. After hearing him sing, she tells him, "That's a pretty song" and she joins them for some food and drink.
According to creator David Benioff, they wanted to get Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie Williams, who is a superfan of his music in real life. Mission accomplished.
It was a jarring cameo however and many fans were vocal about Ed's appearance on Twitter as the episode aired. Check out some of the funniest or most brutal memes and reactions below:
I'm forced to listen to ed sheeran songs 67 times a day bc it's the only shit on the radio & now my #Gameofthrones isn't even a safe place.— Stassi Schroeder (@stassi) July 17, 2017
Only way to justify Ed Sheeran's #GameOfThrones cameo is for him to greet Bran with: "When your legs don't work like they used to before..."— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) July 17, 2017
If Arya kills Ed Sheeran it'll be worth it— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) July 17, 2017
When the club isn't the best place to find a lover but it turns out the bar isn't either and so now you're just open to any new ideas pic.twitter.com/qMOtJsZsB6— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran on set for his Game of Thrones episode pic.twitter.com/sJxGbyQMhp— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 17, 2017
Audibly groaned when Ed Sheeran came on screen in #GameOfThrones because it was entirely unnecessary and not subtle in the slightest— Adam Valentine (@Adam86Valentine) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran has now polluted two classic fantasy franchises. Probably gonna play Ged in Earthsea whenever they get around to it— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) July 17, 2017
Friends, please tell me more about how seeing Ed Sheeran in your dragon show is unrealistic.— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) July 17, 2017
"hey cersei did you hear"— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 17, 2017
"ed sheeran is in our army"
"oh sick Shape of You gets me so wild when i'm in the uber"
The Ed Sheeran scene was actually an interesting moment/departure that was overshadowed by putting Ed Sheeran in it— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran appearing on game of thrones but not being brutally disemboweled was very disappointing— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) July 17, 2017
things i cant forgive GoT for, ranked— select bitch (@caseyjohnston) July 17, 2017
5. killing margery
4. killing oberon
3. red wedding
2. ramsey rape
1. ed sheeran
Tonight's Twin Peaks may have been the weakest of this run but at least Ed Sheeran didn't show up.— Big Baller Brandon (@brandonRohwer) July 17, 2017
game of thrones: we're a prestige show pls take us seriously— tori (2017) (@grinchhands) July 17, 2017
game of thrones: here's arya eating a squirrel next to ed sheeran
I don't even watch Game Of Thrones but still mad Ed Sheeran ruined it.— KB (@KaraRBrown) July 17, 2017
Wow that is a series ruining cameo— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) July 17, 2017
For a full breakdown of the premiere, click the link below.