Everyone wants to leave a legacy when they die, something for our loved ones to remember us by. Now a grandfather at 56, it’s something that Game of Thrones star Sean Bean has been thinking about lately. According to an interview he gave with the Radio Times, he’s pretty sure his legacy will have something to do with the fantastical characters he tends to play, including Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark.
For some reason, the parts I play, like Boromir or Ned Stark, have a life online long afterwards. I keep seeing, what do you call them – memes? “One does not simply ask for a drink” instead of “One does not simply walk into Mordor” – that sort of thing. They’ll probably be my unintended legacy.
Thank God for memes, right? Stuff like the Stupid Ned Stark meme should be enough to keep the memory of a character alive online for a while.
Bean also touched on his tendency to die onscreen, which happens so frequently that there’s a whole website—DontKillSeanBean.com—dedicated to the subject. According to The Nerdist, only John Hurt, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price have died onscreen more often. Again, that’s a nicely specific, if somewhat morbid, legacy to leave behind.
Elsewhere, in Bolivia, Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) talked a bit about his return to Game of Thrones last season. The interview was mainly about how he’s filming a documentary about climate change, but Thrones inevitably came up.
Wlaschiha is being a very well-behaved cast member here—when asked if he would be returning to the show, he said that “nobody knows anything about Game of Thrones.” Still, given that Jaqen, or someone that looked like Jaqen, was around at the end of Season 5, it’s a safe bet that Wlaschiha will return.
At this point, the biggest question I have about this character is whether either of the two people who wore Jaqen’s face in Season 5 are the same person Arya met in Season 2. My guess is no, but it’s hard to know when you’re talking about a group of face-changing assassins who reject the notion of identity.
Finally, it looks like Pilou Asbæk is positioning himself to become the next big breakout star from among the Game of Thrones cast. We haven’t yet seen him make his Thrones debut as Euron Greyjoy, but he’ll be starring in MGM’s remake of Ben-Hur early next year, and now Variety is reporting that he’ll appear alongside Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell, based on the popular anime. Asbæk will play Batou, the best fighter in an elite task force led by a cyborg.
So he should look something like that.