“Game of Thrones” is welcoming an unlikely guest star in Season 7: Ed Sheeran.
The news was announced Sunday at SXSW by “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on a panel with Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.
“For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it,” Benioff said during a panel at the Austin, Texas festival, nodding to Williams who is a big fan of the musician.
No other details on Sheeran’s character or storyline were revealed, but when Variety reached out to HBO for further clarification, a spokesperson for the network did confirm he’ll be guest-starring, simply saying, “He has a role. No more details.”
After the showrunners talked about Sheeran, Turner quipped, “I’m still waiting on Bieber,” referring to Justin Bieber, to which Weiss replied, joking, “You’re waiting on Biebs? Season 9.”
My parental responsibility calls for dutifully hauling my son around, a chore that our parents never had to do, for his extended academic activities. I end up spending good amount of time to the point where I start getting some weird ideas like signing up as Uber driver. I do enjoy the chore and look forward to it as it is the only time I get to spend some un-distracted time one on one sitting side by side.
I pre-tune my radio to PBS, occasionally when the programs get boring I turn to one of the local music stations. The moment my son gets into the car his hand involuntarily reaches out to the tuner and changes to his favorite local radio station. Last week when I picked him up from one of his activities he tuned me out and tuned himself in as soon as he hopped in. Initially I thought it is someone in a conversation with a background score. I asked my son ‘who is this?’ . He replied Justin Bieber. I have heard of him before, I believe his new album is a huge hit and he has 5 of his songs in the top 10 charts for some time now. I asked 'How come this guy can get to top of the song charts by speaking flat with some banal background music’. My Son replied, 'he is hugely popular with pre-teens and teens’. 'He could use some modulation or at least auto-tune’ I said. 'I heard that he does use auto-tune’ my son replied. 'Oh! even technology can’t make him sing, that is sad’ shaking my head. 'He has changed and he is not bad’ my son replied. ‘Interesting, looks like he is the Donald Trump of music - popular for totally different reasons than for his talent’ I said, unable to comprehend the paradox.
Thinking the children’s generation will loose the ability to differentiate between talking and singing, I couldn’t help empathize with my son’s generation on what they are subjected to and what they might be missing. I can see technology taking away some of the art that we cherish from the past and present in future. I guess it is inevitable. When we use technology to make our lives better, there is nothing wrong with artists using technology to express themselves. Digital art is equally compelling, whether it is electronic music, sculptures, photography or visual objects created from lasers and digital technology. There are entirely new forms of art inspired by technology.
The next song on the Radio was Adele with 'Hello..’. Such a raw and intimidating talent. I could see myself juxtaposed between two contrasting ideas - a future seen from the past and a past seen from the future.