Even if Ed Sheeran’s infamous Lannister soldier on Game of Thrones was present at Daenerys and Drogon’s “loot train attack” and made it out in one piece in Season 7, it’s unlikely he’ll be alive for very much longer. Not even Sheeran himself thinks his tenderhearted singing soldier would last very long in a world with dragons on the other side of the war.
In an interview with MTV News published on Tuesday, the singer speculated that his innocent Lannister soldier (who probably should have been a minstrel) is probably already dead. If he hasn’t been killed already, then he’s definitely not long for this world.
“We were all quite young, those soldiers,” Sheeran said, referencing the scene from the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere in which Arya Stark happens upon Sheeran’s character and his group of fellow Lannister men. “I doubt I’m going to survive for that long, to be honest, when there are dragons in the world.”
Ed Sheeran appeared and sang in a brief scene during the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere — one that a lot of people hated.
The singer/songwriter seems well aware of fan response to his cameo. He admitted, “No one wants to see me come back. I wanted to be a cameo in it, and I’ve done the cameo.”
Tormund Gianstbane once said, “Gingers are beautiful. We are kissed by fire.” That’s also the case for Ed Sheeran’s unnamed ginger soldier, who some theorized might have gotten “kissed” by deadly dragon fire in Dany’s “loot train attack.” But, the director of the episode, Matt Shakman, said that Sheeran’s character probably wasn’t there.
Either way, Sheeran’s character will meet an inevitable death by some violent means. This is Westeros after all.