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2017 is rapidly looking like “The Year of Ed.” With his latest album ÷ (Divide) currently sitting at the top of the album charts, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will also appear in one of the year’s highest anticipated TV events when Game of Thrones returns to our screens in July.

Entertainment Weekly reports the news was revealed by the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss during an event at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas yesterday (March 12).

“For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show so we could surprise Maisie,” said Benioff, “who is a huge fan. And this year we finally did it.”

“Maisie” is of course Maisie Williams, who was also on the panel alongside fellow actor Sophie Turner. And though they didn’t give much away about the upcoming season, they did let slip that the eighth and final season will be just six episodes long, not to mention this tidbit about the “Shape of You” crooner.

Ed later seemed to confirm the news when he tweeted a link to a news story about his casting, and wrote: “Guess the cat’s out the bag…”:

So far it’s not clear what type of role he’ll have, but some previous appearances by famous musicians might provide a clue. Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody sang the Song of Ice and Fire tune “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” on horseback in season three of the show, while Coldplay drummer Will Champion popped up playing the drums in THAT Red Wedding episode (though you’d be forgiven if your attention was elsewhere and you missed it). Icelandic band Sigur Ros also played a wedding band in the season four episode that saw twisted King Joffrey Baratheon killed.

Meanwhile the Stark sisters also revealed yesterday they’ll be teaming up for Carpool Karaoke:

They’ll feature on the upcoming Carpool spin-off for Apple Music, which so far has lined up a pretty impressive roster of guests including Will Smith, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, John Cena, and Shaquille O’Neal.

Meanwhile Game of Thrones Season seven arrives July 16, 2017.

Will you be keeping your eyes peeled for Ed?

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Filed Under: Ed Sheeran, Game of Thrones
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.