Ed Sheeran to appear in seventh season of Game of Thrones
Story by Jack Foley
Chart-topping singer Ed Sheeran is to make an appearance in the forthcoming seventh season Game of Thrones, according to creators David Benioff and DB Weiss.
Speaking at a packed SXSW panel for the HBO drama on Sunday (March 12, 2017), Benioff confirmed: “For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie [Williams], and this year we finally did it.”
It is not yet known what role Sheeran will take and HBO refused to divulge any further details to The Hollywood Reporter.
The singer is currently riding high off the back of the critical and commercial success of his new album, Divide, which is breaking records. He also made a cameo in last year’s box office smash Bridget Jones’s Baby – this time playing himself.
Actresses Williams, known for her role as Arya Stark, and Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, moderated the discussion with Benioff and Weiss, which also included an update on the show’s eighth and final season.
While keeping plot details sparse, the duo did confirm that season eight, the final instalment of the series, will have an abbreviated six episodes.
David Hill is set to write episode one, Bryan Cogman is on board for episode two and Weiss and Benioff will tackle the final four episodes.
As was previously announced, season seven will feature four different directors: series veterans Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod, along with Thrones newcomer Matt Shankman, hitherto best known for directing 39 episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The new season also will feature some new faces, with the most notable addition so far being Jim Broadbent, who will be playing a maester of the Citadel at Oldtown.
The seventh season of Game of Thrones will air in the UK in July.