The "Game of Thrones" creators revealed on March 13, 2017, at the SXSW, that 'Rolling Stone' cover star Ed Sheeran had been roped in to play a small, unspecified role in the seventh season of the series.

Even though Sheeran's role will be short, it is expected that his character will have crucial significance in determining the storyline. Sheeran himself hinted about his involvement in the "Game of Thrones' series by tweeting "Guess the cat's out the bag…," on his official Twitter handle. The much-anticipated seventh edition of this series will return to HBO on July 16, 2017.

This is not the first time that Sheeran appears in a Television show. In 2015, Sheeran had appeared in a "Home and Away" episode.

More details on Sheeran's appearance revealed by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff

During a panel discussion on SXSW, the creators of 'Game of Thrones', D.B. Weiss and David Benioff revealed that Sheeran was invited to the sets of the series to surprise Maisie Williams who is an ardent fan of the singer. "For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it," said Benioff as per a report which was published in The Guardian on March 12, 2017. The showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have revealed that Season 8 will only be six episodes which is the shortest and fans are disappointed.

During his time on the sets, Sheeran agreed to play a small role, and it has reportedly turned out well. In the panel discussion session, Benioff also confirmed that the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" will consist of only six episodes.

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Ed Sheeran's seventh venture as an actor

Ed Sheeran, the 26-year-old singer, who started his career in 2005 has acted in six roles so far mostly as himself on screen. The singer played the role of Sir Cormac in the historical fiction drama television series "The Bastard Executioner." His last outing as an actor was in 2016 where he shared screen space with Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth in the movie "Bridget Jones's Baby."