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Sean Bean reacts to the Purple Wedding

Sean Bean

One of King Joffrey’s most notorious acts was executing the noble Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones. And so we can’t help but wonder, what does Ned’s portrayer, Sean Bean, think of the king’s untimely death at his wedding in the fourth season’s second episode? Luckily, Jolie Lash of Access Hollywood caught up with Bean at WonderCon this past Saturday, and found out while discussing his new project “Legends.”

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25 Comments

  • It’s hard to believe that they didn’t think the show would take off when they first started the project. From the first episode it’s been a power house spectacle of awesomeness.

  • To be fair, Sean Bean basically said that he and the producers didn’t envision the show to be as successful as it has been, which is hardly the same as a complete lack of confidence. I figure they may have hoped for the kind of success that True Blood and Boardwalk Empire have – i.e. modest but sustainable. The show has transcended this to become a pop culture phenomenon, and nobody was anticipating that I don’t think.

  • vectner,

    Just take a look at the comments from the North Remembers treads. While we all loved the books, everyone was concerned how this show was going to be received (cast and crew as well).

  • I still find it astonishing that the man who dies in nearly every movie lived through both Silent Hill films

  • Ragman’s Harbor,

    They probably have Conleth Hill in the background pulling faces. He was the only guy that made him laugh on the set of ‘Thrones, according to D&D anyway.

    There couldn’t possibly be a better Eddard than Sean. Even though he’s much older than the character, that sort of works in their favour. In the books he is basically described as looking older than his 35 years, and with all the aging up in the show he was probably 37 or 38 during the first season.

  • I think Joff gets waaaaay too much heat for having Eddardd executed. Like, of all the terrible things Joff’s done, that was maybe the ONE thing where he pretty much wasn’t wrong. Or at least, didn’t KNOW he was wrong. I mean, Ned Stark just confessed to everybody that he betrayed Joff’s “father” by plotting to murder Joff and his siblings so he could seize power for himself. Death is an extremely reasonable punishment for that offense. Hell, Ned himself had taken heads for lesser offenses. Joff had no way of knowing Ned was lying, and that Cersei had set him up. That whole situation was Cersei’s fault, not Joffrey’s.

  • I love so much about this show.

    But it just would not be where it was without Sean Bean, who really anchored that first season in such an amazing fashion.

  • Vin Sidious:
    I think Joff gets waaaaay too much heat for having Eddardd executed.Like, of all the terrible things Joff’s done, that was maybe the ONE thing where he pretty much wasn’t wrong. Or at least, didn’t KNOW he was wrong.I mean, Ned Stark just confessed to everybody that he betrayed Joff’s “father” by plotting to murder Joff and his siblings so he could seize power for himself. Death is an extremely reasonable punishment for that offense. Hell, Ned himself had taken heads for lesser offenses. Joff had no way of knowing Ned was lying, and that Cersei had set him up.That whole situation was Cersei’s fault, not Joffrey’s.

    No, they had worked out a deal whereby Ned would be exiled to the Wall. Joffrey’s reneging caused the North to irrevocably break, which is why Tywin was pissed at Joffrey and sent Tyrion to control him.

  • They should have filmed the tower of joy scene when he get to save Stark’s sisters Lyana and faced the knights of kingsguard

  • FictionIsntReal,

    Did they? Do we ever see that deal, book or show, or who is involved? Varys tells Ned he “believes” Cersei will send him to the Wall. I’ve always found it interesting that neither GRRM nor the show give us a final Ned / Cersei scene where they agree to terms on this. Would have been powerful, I think. I very much doubt Joffrey himself had any say in this “deal.” Most likely, his mother told him, “Hey, Lord Stark is a traitor who meant to kill you and your siblings and steal your throne. He was your father’s best friend and he betrayed him. I’ve agreed to send him to the Wall if he confesses.”

    And so sure, Joff broke a deal his mother presumably made, and yes it was politically stupid, but based on Joff’s frame of reference and what he believed to be true, Ned deserved what he got.

  • Vin Sidious,

    I haven’t read the first book in a while so forgive me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure Joff knew what was going on the whole time and he did that so that he could show everyone that he would not be told what to do.

  • Michelle,

    Joff clearly knew that Cersei made a deal with Ned: that he would confess and be sentenced to the Wall. And pretty clearly he indicated to her that he would go along with that arrangement. But there’s no way Cersei mentioned the part that Ned wasn’t really a traitor at all, and that Ned was right, Joff was born of Lannister twincest and wasn’t the rightful king at all. Joff didn’t know that part. (unless it’s revealed later that somebody else told him, like, oh, Littlefinger. Which wouldn’t surprise me.). But based on what we know, Joff had every reason to believe that Ned was guilty of the treason he confessed to. So, yes he broke his mother’s deal, and it’s totally possible that part of his rationale was to show her that he wouldn’t be told what to do, but it’s also understandable if he felt execution was a more fitting punishment for Ned’s “treason.”

  • Didn’t he? In Breaker of Chains, we got a few flashes of Ned during Bran’s interaction with the weirwood.
    Nick_Scryer,

    edit: ok i guess it wasn’t new material. I was surprised to see it at all, I thought I had read somewhere that D&D didn’t want to do any flashbacks at all in the entire series. But I guess if Bran visions don’t count, it would open us up to get some awesome historical context scenes from Bran. As someone said above, it would be awesome to see the Tower of Joy scene, but I’m not sure they’d do anything that wasn’t in sight of a weirwood.