Finally, after a horrendous year-long pause, Game of Thrones returned yesterday.
When we were last in Westeros, Cersei (Lena Headey) had taken the throne after her son Tommen (Dean Charles Chapman) killed himself (after witnessing the death of his queen at the hands of his mother). Jon Snow (Harington) had been declared King in the North and had told Sansa (Sophie Turner) she would rule at his side, but it seems that Sansa and Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan) might have other plans.
Elsewhere, Dany (Clarke) was finally sailing to Westeros to take the throne she believes is rightfully hers, with the support of Dorne, the Tyrells, and her new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).
And finally, Arya (Maisie Williams) got the ultimate revenge on Walder Frey (David Bradley), the man who had her mother, brother, and sister-in-law murdered, by murdering his sons, serving them to him in a pie, and then slitting his throat.
Game of Thrones season 7 episode 1 Review: Celebrity Cameo Appearances
Celebrity cameos are nothing new in Game of Thrones, but Ed Sheeran’s cameo appearance was way too far for many fans, as the HBO show returned for the premiere episode of its seventh season.
Arya Stark was traveling on horseback through a wood when she stumbled upon an army of soldiers, with Sheeran, midway through singing a campfire song, turning around for a not particularly subtle close-up.
He then got a lot of camera coverage for the rest of the scene, often appearing in the foreground and background of shots as Arya and the soldiers exchanged banter.
Sheeran had the biggest musician cameo in the show yet, following smaller contributions from members of Coldplay, Sigur Ros, Snow Patrol and Mastodon.
The scene left the door open for the singer to also feature in the next episode, though he doesn’t feature in the trailer for it.