The Song Ed Sheeran Sings On 'Game Of Thrones' Is A Clever Reference To The Books

In case you missed it, the highly-anticipated Ed Sheeran cameo came in the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere. Of course, he lent his singing talents to his brief role as a Lannister soldier that Arya stumbles upon in the woods. Sheeran's character is in the middle of a song that he is singing to his fellow soldiers around a campfire when Arya asks him a great question that echoed my own. What song was Ed Sheeran singing on Game of Thrones?

As it turns out, the tune is actually a song from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series that the HBO show is based on. Book fans may have been pleased to hear the familiar lyrics to "Hands of Gold" that are sung by Symon Silver Tongue in the novels. Since Sheeran's character was not outwardly named on the show and it looks like IMDb does not have his character's name listed in the cast list for the episode, we can't be sure whether he was supposed to be Symon from the books, but the fact that the song was brought to life in the new season is likely a thrill for hardcore GoT book fans.

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It may not be a new single that Sheeran cleverly dropped during his cameo on one of the biggest shows on the planet, but the book reference is even better.