Fans of Game of Thrones got an entire basket of Easter eggs during the season-eight premiere (and just in time for the actual holiday on Sunday). The writers pulled out all the stops: elephants, callbacks and spira
But one that we missed: Ed Sheeran! Yep, the “Shape of You” singer was brought up during the final season’s first episode—but only in spirit (sorry, no actual on-screen cameo, guys). For those who remember the awkwardness of the musician’s season-seven cameo, though, that’s probably for the best.
Back to episode one, “Winterfell.” During Bronn’s, er, free-time activities, he’s chatting with three prostitutes in King’s Landing and telling them of his valiant deeds during the battle against Daenerys and the Dothraki. He brags about shooting Drogon during the Highgarden Gold carriage attack, and one of the women discusses a Lannister soldier named “Eddie,” aka Sheeran’s character that Arya met while on the road South.
“That boy Eddie...” one woman says. “The ginger?” another asks. “That’s him. Came back with his face burned off. He’s got no eyelids now,” the first woman replies. “How does he sleep with no eyelids?”
Poor, poor Ed Sheeran. Seems his character got some dragon fire to the face courtesy of Daenerys’s siege, and now is walking around without any eyelids (and probably a lot of dark circles).
Fans on Reddit were quick to point out the connection the writers had included to tie up the story line from season seven, and Sheeran confirmed via Instagram Stories by posting the dialogue exchange. “Thanks Game of Thrones. I knew I was a survivor,” he captioned the post.
The second episode of Game of Thrones debuts on Sunday, April 21, on HBO at 9 p.m. And we can’t wait for more Easter eggs (chocolate and GoT-related, obvi).