If it feels like Ed Sheeran’s been everywhere lately, it’s because he is. You haven’t been able to avoid “Shape of You” all year if you’ve wanted to. And he even infiltrated Game of Thrones earlier this summer, which you probably heard about whether or not you listen to Ed Sheeran or watch Game of Thrones.
Sheeran didn’t land a huge role on the epic HBO series. He had a cameo in only one episode of the seventh season, playing a soldier of House Lannister. Arya Stark encountered him and his companions at their camp on the road. She was lured by the sound of Sheeran’s singing, because of course she was.
Despite the fact that Sheeran did not play any major character, and that he appeared in only one scene, and even though his character didn’t even have a name, the internet wasn’t happy to see him. Not him, not the pop singer. Not on their very precious, very serious Game of Thrones.
The backlash was so strong that, within days of his episode airing, Sheeran quit Twitter altogether. He said that was was planning to quit anyway, and Game of Thrones had nothing to do with it. But come on, Ed. Come on.
Well, it’s been a couple of months, and Sheeran finally feels ready to talk a little more about his appearance on the show. Specifically, he has some thoughts about what he thinks his character’s fate is. And based on the response to his cameo, Game of Thrones fans should be pleased with what he has to say.
So what’s Sheeran’s theory? Does he subscribe to the fan-favorite idea that his character is somehow the progeny of Tormund Giantsbane and Brienne of Tarth? Not bloody likely, even if Tormund wishes it to be so.
Does Sheeran think, as a lot of Game of Thrones fans do, that his band of merry Lannisters met up with the rest of their army just in time to get Drogoned? Kind of. Well, not really. Nothing as specific as that, actually.
While Sheeran doesn’t go into details about whether or not he thinks his character died screaming in a tsunami of dragonfire, he does believe the guy’s dead. Why? Just because, y’know, it’s Game of Thrones.
Even if Sheeran’s character managed to avoid the horrific loot train attack, he’s probably not long for that harsh world anyway. “We were all quite young, those soldiers," Sheeran told MTV. "I doubt I'm going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world."
Sheeran went on to say that, even if his character survived, you almost definitely won’t see him on Game of Thrones ever again. "No one wants to see me come back," he said. Ouch. Looks like he heard you loud and clear, internet. Real nice.
Ed Sheeran’s brand-new character wasn’t the only one to whom we said goodbye during the seventh season of Game of Thrones. Like the unnamed Sheeran soldier, we don’t actually get to see Ellaria Sand die, but she’s dead. Said actress Indira Varna, “I was like, ‘As long as I die on screen…’ and they were like ‘Yeah!’ But of course I don’t die on screen. I stay alive, I’m just not going to reappear. I think it’s really clever.”
Fan favorite Olenna “The Queen of Thorns” Tyrell, played by living legend Diana Rigg, took her final bow this season. Reflecting on her role in the show, Rigg told ABC News, “Mostly what you remember and enjoy are the scenes you played with people, you know. The scenes with Charles Dance and Lena Headey."
Tom Hopper made his first appearance in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, and his last. He played Dickon Tarly, the more warrior-like younger brother of Sam Tarly. Unlike Ed Sheeran’s character, Dickon definitely did get killed by a dragon. “I had a great time on it, and I had a few episodes there where I got to do a lot of good stuff,” Hopper said of his brief time on the show. “I was very fortunate, I thought.”
Actor Paul Kaye portrayed the drunken warrior priest Thoros of Myr, who died this season after fighting off a zombie bear north of the Wall, then succumbing to his wounds and the unforgiving frozen environment. But Kaye was happy with his exit. “It’s glorious, really,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “And I like the fact I get [cremated] with my own booze as well – there’s a message there somewhere.”
For fans, the most satisfying and thrilling death of the season was Littlefinger’s. After seven season of lying, manipulating and backstabbing, Petyr Baelish finally got his. “As soon as he walks in that room and Arya produces the dagger he knows the game is up,” actor Aidan Gillen told Entertainment Weekly about his final scene. He added, “I’m glad I had a good story to finish with.”