By: Jon Corrigan
Add Ed Sheeran to the list of famous music artists to have cameos on Game of Thrones.
The announcement came Sunday from G0T showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, saying the “Shape of You” singer will appear in the upcoming seventh season.
The producers said Sheeran is a favorite of star Maisie Williams.
“For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie and this year we finally did it,” Benioff said.
Other artists with GoT appearances are Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Will Champion from Coldplay, Sigur Rós, and Mastodon.
“A lot of [music artists] say they would they would like to [be on the show], and then we tell them [shooting a scene] is so boring,” Weiss said. “‘You’re gonna hate this — you’re going to be sitting around three days for 12 hours a day.’” The producers noted the lead singer of Sigur Rós, Jónsi Birgisson, wanted to leave after his season 3 close-up during Joffrey’s wedding and didn’t realize he had to stick around as a background actor for several more days. “He was a super good sport about it,” Weiss added.
Game of Thrones returns July 16.