Game of Thrones – Season 7 – Ed Sheeran – Arya Stark – Lannister Song – Hands of Gold
In Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones cameo during the Season 7 premiere, he provided the episode with a little musical interlude
Sheeran’s cameo came about while Arya was traveling through the woods after leaving the Twins, where she had massacred what remained of House Frey. She stumbled upon a group of Lannister soldiers eating around a campfire and having a bit of a singalong before they continued to ride towards where Arya had just come from, planning to investigate what happened. A solider played by Ed Sheeran was singing, and Arya immediately had the question any Sheeran fans tuning in also had: What was that song? He identified it only as a new one.
It actually wasn’t new, though. Book fans may have recognized some of the lyrics in Sheeran’s song, which included the lines, “For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm.” In George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, the song “Hands of Gold” is sung by Symon Silver Tongue. Whether that character has any connection to Sheeran’s unnamed soldier is unclear at the moment, but the song definitely has book origins.