Hey cool kids, this post has spoilers for Season 7, episode one. So, like, don’t read unless you’ve watched. Duh.
You know when you’re watching your favorite high fantasy television show and then this mega famous pop star just shows up in a scene and rips you out of the episode?
That was the feeling of many Game of Thrones fans when Ed Sheeran, of all people, sat in the woods singing a supposedly-Westeros-y song as Arya Stark rode by on her horse. And of course she dismounted, and of course there was a little bonding scene between her and the English pop star.
Yeah, you know, the crazy popular musician who is BFF with Taylor Swift and has been damn near everywhere this year. That guy. In Game of Thrones. Why not?
He even says the song he’s singing is a “new one,” basically screaming at you that you are watching a fictionalized show and nothing is true escapism here in the sorry realms of late capitalism.
If you watched this and this rando weird scene ripped you out of the episode you were far from alone. Many, many people were deep into the Seven Kingdoms when the ginger musician showed up and pierced the veil of their happy disbelief with his blue eyes.
And here we are. Making jokes about that Ed Sheeran appearance on Game of Thrones.
#GameOfThones writing room:
“Ok we’re beyond the books, we have creative control”
“Concept: Ed Sheeran camping in the woods singing a song”
— Kyle Ethan (@kesnyder42) July 17, 2017
Ed Sheeran appearing on game of thrones but not being brutally disemboweled was very disappointing
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) July 17, 2017
things i cant forgive GoT for, ranked
5. killing margery
4. killing oberon
3. red wedding
2. ramsey rape
1. ed sheeran
— select bitch (@caseyjohnston) July 17, 2017
Top Three Characters I’ve wanted to see murdered on Game of Thrones
1. Ed Sheeran
— Ol’ QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) July 17, 2017
I don’t even watch Game Of Thrones but still mad Ed Sheeran ruined it.
— KB (@KaraRBrown) July 17, 2017
I’m forced to listen to ed sheeran songs 67 times a day bc it’s the only shit on the radio & now my #Gameofthrones isn’t even a safe place.
— Stassi Schroeder (@stassi) July 17, 2017
game of thrones: we’re a prestige show pls take us seriously
game of thrones: here’s arya eating a squirrel next to ed sheeran
— tori (2017) (@grinchhands) July 17, 2017
[realizing singing soldier is Ed Sheeran] Can we see the bedpans again
— PAPPADEMAS (@PAPPADEMAS) July 17, 2017
What if one of the #GameofThrones spinoffs is just Ed Sheeran and his boy band wandering around having adventures
— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) July 17, 2017
And the thought we all had:
If Arya kills Ed Sheeran it’ll be worth it
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) July 17, 2017
OK, we can rest assured that he won’t be on the next episode, so we’ll have to just accept the fact that he won’t meet the usual fate of all those on Game of Thrones.