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July 17, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7 premiered Sunday night, and pop star Ed Sheeran made an appearance. The internet was still buzzing about it Monday morning.

For those who weren't glued to their screens for Game of Thrones' long-awaited return, Sheeran played one of a group of Lannisters that Arya Stark stumbled upon as she was making her way through the Riverlands on horseback. In the scene, Sheeran was noshing on rabbit and drinking blackberry wine as he led the soldiers in singing a folk song around the campfire:

The brief scene in which Sheeran spoke only a few lines garnered mixed reviews. The Guardian deemed Sheeran's appearance a "dud," but contended "at least it wasn't Justin Bieber." The Atlantic wrote that the cameo was "jarring," while Slate called Sheeran "the week's worst person in Westeros." The Verge described Sheeran's cameo as "hilariously random."

Sheeran was reportedly recruited to appear on the show as a surprise for Arya Stark actress Maisie Williams, who is apparently a huge fan of the singer. Becca Stanek