We doubt even George R. R. Martin himself saw this one coming.
During Sunday's Game of Thrones panel at the SXSW film festival, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced that Ed Sheeran will be guest-starring on the show's upcoming seventh season. Seriously.
Apparently, Benioff and Weiss have been trying to get the 26-year-old British crooner on the show for a while, since Maisie Williams (a.k.a. Arya Stark) is a hardcore Sheerio.
"For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it," Benioff said during the panel.
As the BBC pointed out, Sheeran isn't the first singer to nab a role on the show: members of Coldplay, Mastodon, Of Monsters and Men, and Sigur Ros have also made cameos.
While Sigur Ros and Of Monsters and Men performed music on the show, Mastadon's crew got gussied up as the Wildlings during their appearance — so there's really no telling what producers have got planned for Sheeran.
Variety tried to reach out to HBO for more deets on Sheeran's role, but a spokesperson wouldn't elaborate: "He has a role," they said. "No more details."
Guess we shouldn't be too surprised that HBO is staying tight-lipped — this *is* Game of Thrones, after all.
GoT's seventh season premieres on July 16.