Game of Thrones has enjoyed some high-profile musical guest cameos, but they're usually tucked into the background, playing a wedding, or occasionally in disguise as wights. Sigur Ros played at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding in Season 4, Coldplay's drummer Will Champion performed at the Red Wedding, Of Monsters and Men were the band for the traveling theater troupe Arya briefly visited in Season 6, and members of Mastadon once appeared as wights. But GoT Season 7 will deliver an appearance by Ed Sheeran, whom the show creators have been trying to book for years. So when is Ed Sheeran's cameo on Game of Thrones? It's actually a gift from showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff to Maisie Williams, who is a huge Sheeran fan. (Though, I mean, who isn't?)
They finally locked him in to do a brief scene with Arya, in which the pair exchange a few lines of dialogue after Sheeran plays a song. He actually revealed a little about the scene in an interview with USA Today earlier this year (emphasis on "a little.") "I sing a song and she goes, 'Oh, that's a nice song,' and I go, 'It's a new one,'" he dished. He was understandably feeling jittery about revealing too much, but the good news is, we now know that he'll be appearing in the Season 7 premiere, titled "Dragonstone," on July 16.
The episode title is a reference to the island off the coast of Westeros, which houses a castle of the same name and is traditionally known as the ancestral seat of House Targaryen. Of course, after Robert's Rebellion, the Targaryens were chased out and Robert gave the stronghold to his brother Stannis. But now that Stannis is dead and Daenerys has Yara's fleet of ships to get herself and her armies across The Narrow Sea, she can actually get back to Westeros and to Dragonstone, her birthplace. In fact, that's exactly what the show is planning, given this line from the episode's synopsis: "Daenerys comes home."
Fans have seen production stills from the season premiere which show her landing on the shores, but it's not yet clear how Arya fits in or even where she is. Other hints from the synopsis indicate that viewers will spend some time watching Jon Snow organize his armies in The North and then witness the fallout of Cersei's questionable decision to wipe out the entire ruling class of King's Landing in a massive wildfire explosion. Meanwhile, Arya is slowly making her way back to Winterfell, ideally, to reunite with her remaining siblings. Tune into the Game of Thrones season premiere on July 16 to catch her stumble across Ed Sheeran along the way.