Ed Sheeran and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones

Winter has come to Westeros, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a song.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran had a prominent cameo in the Game of Thrones season 7 opener, playing an unnamed soldier who was among those sent to keep peace after “trouble” came to House Frey. Singing a song that seemed to thaw even the icy heart of Arya Stark, Sheeran’s tune helped to set the mood for the episode (and possibly the season to follow).

Not much detail is given about the song in the episode, despite Arya taking a moment to discuss it with him. Fans of the books likely recognized it, however, even though it was used in a much different context than when it appeared in print. Those who haven’t read the books or didn’t pick up on the song’s origins might not know ...

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