When you think of HBO's Game of Thrones, the images that typically come to mind are armor-clad soldiers or power-wielding princes — not, most likely, short, red-headed singer-songwriters. Yet it appears that the hit series might soon be changing direction to include just that, as on Thursday, it was revealed that Ed Sheeran might appear in Game of Thrones ' upcoming season.
Yes, seriously. The "Thinking Out Loud" singer actually has a shot of appearing in future episodes of the series, and it's not as crazy as it sounds. It's no secret that the musician is a massive fan of the show, having befriended star Maisie Williams and, most recently, hilariously freaked out over being gifted the sword of Jon Snow. In the interview, Sheeran revealed that he's been trying to appear on Thrones for years, but scheduling issues prevented it from actually occurring.
"There were talks ages ago of me being an extra, which could have been cool," Sheeran said, "but every time they shoot, it's the time I tour in the U.K."
Yet now, there might finally be a chance for the singer to make his long-awaited cameo, as he revealed that he has enough time off and is "going to hound" the show's producers to make it happen. For fans awaiting the big news, it's hard not to get wondering: what would Ed Sheeran on Game of Thrones actually look like?
He Would Stand Out
The producers can use as much make-up and as many costumes they want, but there's simply no way for Ed Sheeran not to stand out if he appears on the show. His red hair makes blending in difficult for the star in normal situations, and in the grey, dreary world of Thrones? It'd be impossible. No matter who he plays, fans would know immediately that it was Sheeran under the armor.
He Might Play Music
In the past, Thrones has employed several musical acts to appear on the show, from Coldplay's Will Champion to Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody to all the members of Sigur Ros. Sheeran could follow suit, singing and playing instruments during his appearance. His voice would be instantly recognizable, but it could provide a nice background to one of the show's rare romantic or touching moments.
He Could Romance Arya
Arya may be a teen on the show, but in real life, Maisie Williams is 18, and Ed Sheeran is 24. It's not creepy! Plus, they're friends, and they'd probably love the idea of getting to play romantic interests. And what a change it'd be for Arya...
He'd Probably Get Killed
Assuming Sheeran got a cameo or a role as an extra, not a part of any real importance, it's a safe assumption that he'd be killed, or at least grievously wounded. This is Thrones, after all, and no one, especially random people in the background, is same. I doubt Sheeran would mind meeting his end on the series, especially if it was through something cool like getting his head chopped off or his clothes set on fire.
He Could Go for the Throne
Or perhaps Thrones is in for a huge surprise, and Sheeran is going to play some mysterious dude from the North set on fighting for the Iron Throne alongside the Lannisters and Daenerys Targaryen. It'd be a major change from the books, but who cares? It'd be Ed Sheeran taking over Westeros! No, this probably (definitely) won't happen. But how great would it be?
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