Here’s some good news for fans of Ed Sheeran.
And, indeed, some good news for people who hate Ed Sheeran.
The popular musician, whose previous contributions to high fantasy include writing a song for the least interesting Hobbit movie, will be making a guest appearance on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Apparently, suspension of disbelief isn’t a priority for the show, as previous guest stars have included musicians from bands including Sigur Rós, Snow Patrol, and even Coldplay.
With his mess of red hair and his general dumpy appearance, though, Sheeran will fit right in with the general Game of Thrones aesthetic, so, provided you’ve managed to ignore all music news for the past five years, you might not find his presence in the show all that distracting.
According to Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the show had been trying to get Sheeran to agree to appear in an episode for several seasons now, as a special treat for Maisie Williams, who is an enormous fan of his music.
Now the singer behind Shape of You has finally agreed to take part in the show, and will pop up at some point in season seven when Game of Thrones returns in July.
But why is this good news for people who don’t like Ed Sheeran?
Well, considering the nature of Game of Thrones, and the typical brutality when it comes to killing off characters, it’s likely that Sheeran’s role is not long for this earth.
In other words, if you’ve ever wanted to see Ed Sheeran face a gruesome and bloody death, now’s your chance.