Ed Sheeran will star on season seven of Game of Thrones.
The Castle on the Hill hitmaker agreed to appear on the show after creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff approached him as a surprise for star Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark and is a huge fan of Sheeran.
Speaking at a South by Southwest panel for the show, Benioff explained: “For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it.”
No details of Sheeran’s role have been released but the upcoming season of the show will have its world premiere on July 16.
Weiss and Benioff also revealed at SXSW that the eighth season of Game of Thrones will have only six episodes.
Meanwhile, Kit Harington, who stars as Jon Snow in the hit HBO fantasy drama, recently declared that series seven had “more ambition” than previous seasons.
“Season seven has much more ambition. It’s much grander,” he said.
“There are less episodes this year, so they spent more money on those episodes. So, the whole scale of it is up.”
The upcoming season will feature seven episodes instead of the regular 10, and will pave the way for the show to come to an end when it reaches season eight.
Harington believes GoT — which is based on George R. R. Martin’s novel series A Song of Ice and Fire — needs to go out with a bang when it does close its doors for good.
“That has to happen at the end of Thrones, this season and next season,” he said.
“It has to go into places TV hasn’t been.”