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Sean Bean Hints At a Return to Game of Thrones While Admitting to Nerding Out on the Books

Despite his character’s death by beheading at the end of the first season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones, Sean Bean told MTV News that we may not have seen the last of him. Because like a true nerd, Bean has been reading the books by George R. R. Martin on which the show is based, and from what he’s heard, Ned shows up a few times in flashbacks. And while we are only speculating and this is most likely in no way true, the thought of Sean Bean reading A Song of Ice and Fire to see if Ned comes back somehow is kind of adorable.

At Spike‘s Scream Awards, which aired last night but taped earlier, Bean revealed that he only recently started reading the books and was now on the second in the series, A Clash of Kings. (“So … are they still, like, talking about me? Do they miss me? Are they saying nice things, or are they ::sniff:: happier now that I’m gone? …”) And while he maintains that it’s unlikely that Ned Stark, who no longer has a head, will be coming back to Westeros, he has been told that he makes some appearances in flashback scenes:

“I think there is in the books,” said Bean of the possibility of flashbacks. “There are apparently some flashbacks, and it would be great to see everybody again and be involved.”

I don’t think anyone would have a negative reaction to Ned Stark returning, especially if they are in flashback scenes that are faithful to the book. But as of right now, Bean hasn’t gotten any phone calls and isn’t really expecting any. Unless he’s just keeping a secret:

“They sort of got rid of me. I had my head chopped off. But if you can come back from that, you can come back from everything, can’t you,” Bean joked.

And now I’d really love to see a zombie made up to look like Ned Stark on The Walking Dead. But I know, I know. We can’t have nice things.

(MTV Movies Blog via io9)

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  • Rachel Blackman

    At San Diego ComicCon, during the Game of Thrones panel, Jason Momoa admitted that after he realized Khal Drogo died in the first season he ran out to a bookstore and bought all the books, for pretty much the same reason.  

  • Lisa Jonte

    The idea of a nerdy Sean Bean just makes my heart go pitty-pat.

  • Frodo Baggins

    “And now I’d really love to see a zombie made up to look like Ned Stark on The Walking Dead.”

    In ASOIAF, we call them Others

  • Alana Beltzer

    Well, some of them anyway ;)

  • Frodo Baggins

    I like to imagine that after reading through all of them furiously in one sitting, he let out a yowl of rage and stomped around his tent fire, promising bloody vengeance.

  • Anonymous

    I adore Sean Bean, so I would LOVE for him to return as Ned in a flashback scene. 


    Assuming the show lasts long enough, wouldn’t it be awesome if the reveal of R + L = J is a flashback scene of Ned and Lyanna in the Tower of Joy?

  • Andrew Breese

    I was thinking that a flashback to when Ned walked into the throne room after taking King’s Landing would be great – it mirrors the scene we’ve already seen in the first season, and explains some of the animosity between the characters in that scene that we saw in the season.

  • Aminda Pereira

    I seriously love Sean Bean. He is adorable.

  • Kaarel Jakobson

    Well, if you want to get technical, the zombies are called wights. The Others are the guys who make them. <_<

  • Michele Ann Reznik

    On a related note… For Zombie Con this year the theme was “Brain of Thrones.” Pictured here, my friend as Zombie Khal Drogo: