Your 100 percent true* look at the “Shape of You” singer’s big Game of Thrones debut. [Note: May not actually be true.]
When Game of Thrones finally premieres later this summer, it’ll be adding yet another British musician to the ranks of characters whose names you can barely remember, let alone spell. In the HBO’s drama’s upcoming seventh season, “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape of You” singer Ed Sheeran will join the likes of Coldplay and Sigur Ros in Westeros.
It won’t be Sheeran’s first appearance in a medieval drama—hey, anybody remember The Bastard Executioner?—but what role could Game of Thrones possibly have for this gentle, ginger-haired musician? In a recent radio interview, Sheeran broke Game of Thrones’ omerta to hint at the content scene in question. “I just do a scene with Maisie [Williams],” said Sheeran. “I sing a song and then she goes, ‘Oh, that’s a nice song.'”
But is that really all there is to Sheeran’s big Game of Thrones scene? GQ has the EXCLUSIVE leaked script page from the episode, which arrived at my office window via raven this afternoon. Read on.
EXT. THE GATES OF WINTERFELL
[ARYA walks up to the gates of Winterfell. It’s the cathartic moment to end all cathartic moments—the long-awaited return to the castle she once called home, in what feels like a thousand lifetimes ago. She revels in the music of the bitter winter winds whipping about the castle walls, letting the enormity of her emotions kick in.]
[Suddenly, ED—a red-haired wandering minstrel—strolls up and interrupts ARYA’s reverie.]
ARYA: [rolling her eyes and making a jerk-off motion with one hand] Oh, that’s a nice song.
ED: [obliviously] Thank you, fair maiden! [bows] I am Ed of House Sheeran.
ARYA: I am Arya of House Stark, first of my name. My father was beheaded at the Sept of Baelor. My mother and brother were killed at the Red Wedding—
ARYA: I have fought my way back from Braavos, with nothing but the sword on my back, to reach the North again.
ARYA: And I have come to reclaim Winterfell, which belonged to House Stark for generations, and will belong to House Stark for generations more.
ARYA: I’ve killed many men to reach this point. Many women as well.
ARYA: And every night, I have recited the same prayer: The names of the traitors to House Stark whom I plan to kill.
ARYA: [ignoring Ed, reciting to herself] The Mountain. The Hound. Cersei Lannister.
[ARYA wheels around and stabs ED in the belly. He crumples to the ground.]
ARYA: Valar morghulis, Ed of House Sheeran.
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