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.