The singer made a brief cameo in the first episode of the show’s seventh season in 2017, where he led a singalong among a group of Lannister soldiers and even enjoyed a brief conversation with Arya Stark.
While the appearance resulted in widespread backlash, it seems that his character has suffered a similarly harsh fate.
Sheeran’s episode ended with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ordering her dragons to attack the Lannister troops – leading many to presume that Ed’s character was quite literally toast.
And in the first episode of Season 8 last night, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) became increasingly agitated as a group of serving girls began idly speculating about the fate of the Lannister troops.
— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) July 17, 2017
The confirmation of Ed’s fate came as one of the girls recalled how a ginger-haired soldier named Eddie had his face burnt off in the attack.
Harsh, but a brilliant way to ensure that a second cameo certainly isn’t on the cards.
Either way, Ed certainly wasn’t expecting to return. Sheeran previously admitted that he didn’t have high hopes for the long-term survival of his character.
“We were all quite young, those soldiers,” he said. “I doubt I’m going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world.
Referencing the criticism that was aimed at him, Sheeran also said that he didn’t think he’d be making another cameo in season eight.
“Nah, I’ve done it now. No one wants to see me come back,” he said. “I wanted a cameo in it, and I’ve done the cameo. “I’m cool with it, though. I enjoyed it.”
Meanwhile, you can check out NME’s review of the first episode of Game of Thrones’ final season here.