Ed Sheeran Had A Cameo In 'Game Of Thrones,' And Twitter Couldn't Handle It

"Throwback to the time I was a Lannister."

Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones received quite the surprise during Sunday night's seventh season premiere, when singer Ed Sheeran made a cameo and debuted a new song — well, sort of.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show was teasing Sheeran's appearance as early as March of this year, when co-showrunner David Benioff explained at the South by Southwest Festival, "We knew that Maisie [Williams, who plays Arya Stark] was a big fan of Ed Sheeran and for years we've been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie. This year we finally did it."


Last month, Sheeran downplayed the significance of his appearance, telling Entertainment Tonight, "People will just be like, 'Oh ... oh, all right.' It's not an integral part of it, at all. I'm just like, in it."

The singer took to Instagram Sunday night to share some images from his time on the show. "Throwback to the time I was a Lannister," he captioned a shot from the scene.

In the scene in question, Arya Stark comes upon a group of Lannister soldiers, one of whom is played by Sheeran. According to Entertainment Weekly, he's singing a song whose lyrics come from George R.R. Martin's novel A Dance With Dragons, where they're sung by Tyrion Lannister.

"For hands of gold are always cold / But a woman's hands are warm," the song goes. Arya calls it "pretty," to which Sheeran's character replies that it's a "new one."

Twitter had mixed reactions to Sheeran's cameo. While some were excited to see him, others seemed to think it was out of place, and still others were simply surprised to see the guy who sings "Shape of You" in the middle of Westeros. 

If nothing else, the moment inspired plenty of funny reactions.

Check out some of our favorite tweets about the cameo below:

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