Ed Sheeran has appeared in Game of Thrones and not everyone’s happy about it.

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WARNING: Mild spoilers ahead for Game of Throne Season Seven, Episode One, ‘Dragonstone’.

We’ve known for a few months now that Ed Sheeran was going to make an appearance in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, but it was still a surprise to see the musician appear in the first episode.

It was no blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance either – the pop icon performed a song and had several lines of dialogue with none other than Arya Stark.

In fact, some fans have said his cameo was a little too obvious for their liking.

Ed Sheeran's character exchanged banter with Arya Stark. (Image via HBO.)

The youngest Stark girl was travelling on horseback through woods when she came upon a group of Lannister soldiers (one of whom was Sheeran singing a song), who ask her to join them.

The 26-year-old joins in the banter with Maisie Williams' character, who compliments him on the song. The lyrics of said song are straight from the George RR Martin books.

And while some viewers have criticised the overtness of Sheeran's appearance on the show, they shouldn't have been surprised that it was in a scene with with Arya Stark.

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When it was announced Sheeran would make an appearance in March, co-creator and showrunner David Benioff said it was as a surprise for Williams who is a huge fan of Sheeran.

"We knew that Maisie was a big fan of Ed Sheeran and for years we’ve been trying to get him on the show so we can surprise Maisie," Benioff explained at music and film conference South by Southwest.

"This year we finally did it."

Sheeran was clearly happy with his performance, posting a photo of him in costume with the caption: "Throwback to the time I was a Lannister" shortly after the premiere episode aired.

Throwback to the time I was a Lannister

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