Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1: Ed Sheeran makes painfully unsubtle cameo

Celebrity cameos are nothing new in Game of Thrones, but Ed Sheeran’s was a step too far for many fans tonight, as the HBO returned for the premiere episode of its seventh season.

*Mild spoilers ahead for episode 1, ‘Dragonstone*

Arya Stark was traveling on horseback through a wood when she stumbled upon a group of soldiers, with Sheeran turning round for a not particularly subtle close-up.

He then got pretty extensive camera coverage for the rest of the scene, often appearing in the foreground and background of the shots as Arya and the soldiers exchanged banter.

“If Arya doesn’t burn Ed Sheeran he’ll come back as a white walker and be playing Westeros Glastonbury for thousands of years,” one viewer tweeted.

“Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones introduction had all the grace and nuance as the time Alice and the gang at Mel’s Diner met Jerry Reed,” another added.

Sheeranย had the biggest musician cameo in the show yet, following smaller contributions from members of Coldplay, Sigur Ros and Mastodon.

Game of Thrones season 7 continues on HBO, Sky Atlantic and NOWTV next Sunday.

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