Arya Stark Was Supposed to Die in 'Game of Thrones'

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Arya Stark Was Supposed to Die in 'Game of Thrones'
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Remember when we all used to find common ground in mutual hatred?

Back in 2019, when Game of Thrones was still a cultural phenomenon, the HBO show's legions of devoted followers united in a shared hatred of Ed Sheeran's cameo in Season 7. Instead of a blink-and-you'll-miss it appearance like many celebs received over the years, the artist was essentially given his own scene. He played a Lannister solider, whom we meet singing medieval-sounding ballad in the middle of the forest with his soldier friends, when Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, shows up. Fans said the cameo threw off the rhythm of the episode, leading poor Sheeran to say he wished the character would've been killed off at the end of the story.

Now, in an interview with Armchair Expert's Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, Sheeran reflected on the not-so-fun moment in his life, saying, “I feel like people’s reaction to it sort of muddied my joy to it.” Though he did reveal a fascinating tidbit when explaining how the cameo came to be. His inclusion was supposed to be a surprise to Williams, because, according to him, Arya Stark was supposed to die that season.

“She’s always been awesome,” Sheeran said of Williams. “I don’t think they had written the ending yet. It was meant to be her last season but it wasn’t. And as a surprise for her, [they got] me on. So, she was meant to turn up on set and I was by the fire.”

Can you imagine a Game of Thrones without Stark seeing the series through to its bitter end? Neither can we. No word yet on whether or not Sheeran's soldier will show up in House of the Dragon, though we don't suspect he's filed a request to join production.

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