Game of Thrones fans are a fickle bunch. A cameo by a famous person like Ian McShane is cool, but a cameo by Ed Sheeran where he does his guitar thing is only cool until it happens and then it isn't. In fact, it was so uncool, Sheeran wound up leaving Twitter over the abuse he received. But a few months later, he's now ready to talk about it. And, it turns out that Ed Sheeran's Game of Thrones character is probably dead… at least, according to him.
One might assume that this is an endorsement of the going Game of Thrones theory that Sheeran and his compatriots got back to King's Landing in time to be sent out again to conquer Highgarden – and then were in the back half of that convoy that found themselves under attack by Daenerys and company.
But in fact it's not. It's just more of a basic oddsmaker's opinion.
We were all quite young, those soldiers. I doubt I'm going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world.
So Sheeran is probably dead, but not because he happened to be in the wrong place in the wrong time being told to stand his ground by Jaime Lannister. Instead, he'll probably be dead by the time we get around to Season 8 because a world with dragons on the loose (two fire, one ice) is simply a place where people don't survive for very long, unless they have a whole lot of plot armor on their backs.
Dead or not, Sheeran has had his fill of being in Westeros, thank you very much. He has no plans to cameo again. As he puts it, after the first one, "No one wants to see me come back." Ouch.
I'm only sorry that the "Hands of Gold" song wasn't released as an iTunes single before he was gone. It would have burned up the Westeros pop charts, no?