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Everything's coming up Sheeran. Following Ed's third album and the attendant success, news has arrived that the 26-year-old English singer-songwriter's long-held dream of appearing on Game of Thrones has been granted. “For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie [Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark] and this year we finally did it,” co-showrunner David Benioff said at SXSW.

With members of ColdplaySnow PatrolMastodon and Sigur Rós having appeared before, Game of Thrones has figured out how to warn musicians. “A lot of [artists] say they would they would like to [be on the show], and then we tell them [shooting a scene] is so boring,” said Benioff's partner in crime, D.B. Weiss. “‘You’re gonna hate this—you’re going to be sitting around three days for 12 hours a day.'” 

Sheeran nearly cameoed in the show's early days.

Elsewhere in the SXSW news, a Game of Thrones spinoff—rather than the frequently batted-about prequel—was floated. Benioff said:

"The characters who maybe will survive—there's always going to be this temptation to keep doing it…to do the spin-off show, or do the sequel show and everything. And I think HBO might well do one. I'm looking forward to watching it, I think it'll be great, but I think it's better for them to get new blood in with new visions." 

Game of Thrones Season 7, it was hyper-dramatically revealed last week, will return on July 16.

Hear Fuse's Back of the Class podcast break down the GoT Season 6 finale in the episode below: