MOVIE NEWS – Sean Bean has spoken of a possible return to the Game of Thrones universe, confirming that he hopes to reprise his role as Ned Stark, despite, you know, being cut a head length…
It’s been over a decade since he last appeared in the series. Sean Bean has now shared his thoughts on a possible Game of Thrones return. Bean appeared on HBO’s mammoth fantasy series as Ned Stark. He was the Lord of Winterfell in the first season. He introduced himself as a protagonist who wants to avoid the political intrigues of King’s Landing. Only he can’t stay out of it, putting himself and his family in danger. At the end of season 1, he is shockingly murdered, executed by the sadistic Joffrey Baratheon.
In a recent interview, Sean Bean recently spoke openly about a possible return to Game of Thrones.
After confessing that he has yet to watch the prequel series House of the Dragon, the actor confirmed that he would be interested in reprising the role of Ned Stark if the opportunity arose.
“I don’t know if he’d ever be incorporated again. I’m not that clued up about the following [for House of the Dragon], I’ve heard it’s really good, I’m going to try to see that [at some point]. But yeah, it’s always nice to think that you could be involved in some way in such a great series, something that became worldwide. I don’t think at the time, we knew with Lord of the Rings how big that was going to turn out, and it was the same with Game of Thrones. If I’m ever asked again, it would be nice to be involved in some way.”
How can Sean Bean return as Ned Stark?
Those of you familiar with George R.R. Martin’s original novel will have seen the writing on the wall. But for those new to Game of Thrones, Ned’s death at the end of season one came as a bit of a shock. Especially as he was the main character for most of the season. On the lighter side, some of the actor’s fans were jokingly prepared for his death, given that Bean was already notorious for dying frequently in movies and TV series.
His death, however, did not spell the end of Ned in Game of Thrones per se, as Sebastian Croft and Robert Aramayo played a younger version of the character in seasons 6 and 7.
The possibility of Bean being reincarnated seems relatively minimal. While the 1996 Game of Thrones novel offered plenty of backstory for Ned, much of it was eventually adapted during Croft and Aramayo’s appearances in the series. Except perhaps for his involvement in putting down the Greyjoy Rebellion, which he was about 20 years old at the time.
Bean’s only clear path to a potential Game of Thrones return is also one of the riskiest for the franchise. It would mean writing new material not in the books. The last two seasons of the HBO series have been under fire from fans for all of this. House of the Dragon has received much better reviews for its adaptation of the novel Fire and Blood in collaboration with showrunner Martin Ryan Condal. However, with Martin still working on the long-awaited Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, the writer may find a way to make it happen.