Before we get started, we’d like to issue a huge spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched Season 4 Episode 7 of Game of Thrones — titled “The Spoils of War” — stop reading. Now.
Forget King Joffrey, Cersei Lannister or Game of Thrones‘ newest mega-villain, Euron Greyjoy (who’s said to make last season’s meanie, Ramsay Bolton, look like a child.) If there’s a Westerosi character Game of Thrones obsessives universally despise, it’s Ed Sheeran.
We’re not sure why, to be honest.
If you somehow missed the “Galway Girl” singer’s appearance on Game of Thrones, we’ll recap things for you: He appeared in Season 7’s premiere as a singing Lannister soldier, warming some putrid-looking game rabbit around a fire. Arya Stark—fresh from poisoning House Frey, singlehandedly avenging the infamous Red Wedding—stumbles into the group on her way to murder Cersei, the most Lannister of all Lannisters. Arya hates Lannisters. But something about Sheeran’s, uh, A-Team, makes her pause.
Here’s what went down.
And people hated it. They hated his singing. They hated his one line. They hated that his beautifully coiffed hair infiltrated the greasy, lazy-eyed world of Game of Thrones. They hated him more than Coldplay, Sigur Ros and every other celebrity guest the show’s presented.
So naturally, we were wondering if Sheeran died in “The Spoils of War,” an episode that saw Lannister forces get destroyed by a horde of charging Dothraki and dragon fire. Twitter lit up after the episode, salivating at the thought that their least favourite character was destroyed by their Daenerys’ scaly progeny.
A quick sampling:
Just realised ed sheeran must have been fried to death by a dragon in last nights game of thrones. 😂👍👌🐲🔥
— Matthew Davies (@Matwel10) August 8, 2017
— Fleur Shakespeare (@HFLShakespeare) August 7, 2017
Let’s pause on that last .gif, because it’s strangely satisfying to watch soldiers get torched by dragons. A little macabre, to be certain, but immensely rewarding. So let’s indulge in a few more gifs, shall we?
But while many fans were hoping that Sheeran’s character was among the roasted Lannister forces, it’s not clear if he actually perished. So Mashable asked Matt Shakman, who directed “The Spoils of You,” if the shape of the “Shape of You” singer resembled a pile of ashes. So is he dead, homie?
“The idea behind the question is an interesting one,” he said, “and I think the earlier scene that was so great with Arya meeting those Lannister soldiers, where we humanize what those Lannisters are like, that they’re generous with her, only helps this sequence because it helps you feel for the men who are shaking in terror as their death is upon them.”
Then, when pressed to answer the damn question, he finally broke. “I don’t think literally those soldiers were there,” he said.
Note: Shakman said he doesn’t think Sheeran’s character died. He doesn’t know, exactly. But one thing we do know for certain: If Sheeran’s Lannister soldier isn’t dead, there’s a possibility that he returns for another cameo. But don’t be so glum—we’d love to see Sheeran as a White Walker. And there’s plenty of opportunities for him to die a blaze of glory yet.