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UPDATE: Ed Sheeran reactivated his Twitter account — sort of. The singer, who deleted his profile following a cameo appearance Sunday on Game of Thrones, is back on Twitter, but all tweets he posted previously have been deleted — save for three from April 10, 2013, and a bunch of replies to celebrities dated 2015 and earlier.
EARLIER: Game of Thrones‘ latest apparent casualty: Ed Sheeran’s Twitter account.
The pop star has deleted his profile after Thrones fans sent their regards following his season premiere cameo.
While Sheeran hasn’t explained his decision — so nobody knows for sure what prompted him to quit — the move came less than 24 hours after his appearance on the hit show as a Lannister soldier, which drew fire from some of the HBO drama’s legions of fans.
Previously the singer said he wasn’t going to read anything on Twitter anymore — just use the social account to post updates — but perhaps he couldn’t resist looking at the reception to his performance. “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely,” he said a month ago. “I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.” Sheeran also once took a social media break for a year, but according to the BBC this is the first time he’s deleted his account altogether.
In the scene on Sunday, Sheeran played a Lannister soldier singing at a campfire who draws the attention of fan favorite Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Many GoT vets found the role distracting, but it also had some defenders as a playful moment in the darkly dramatic series. The episode broke HBO ratings records, delivering more than 16 million viewers.
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Fans should perhaps be more careful what they say to the pop star. Because we all know a Lannister always pays his debts.
More Game of Thrones premiere coverage: Check out our deep-dive recap, as well as Maisie Williams discussing that cold open shock, our chat with Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) about the flirty return of his ‘douchebag’ pirate, and myself and Darren Franich have our Game of ThronesWeekly podcast (with our “Dragonstone” episode now live, above). For ongoing Game of Thrones coverage, follow @jameshibberd for the latest; subscribe to our Thrones newsletter for breaking news alerts.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.