Charles Dance and Sean Bean find new roles after death

Charles Dance, who ended his run on Game of Thrones with Season 4’s finale, has been moving on to the more traditional good-guy roles he did before GoT–he’s playing Commander Alastair Denniston, head of the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II in the Benedict Cumberbatch Oscar-bait movie, The Imitation Game. But of course, all anyone wants to ask him about is Game of Thrones. In particular, that comment he made last month that he’s not quite done with filming the show.

“Well, only my body!” Dance says of his fifth-season cameo. “I don’t wake up in the shower having had a dream about it all.”

Turns out it’s not as much of a conspiracy as all that. Much like Joffrey, whose body was laid out in state for a week/an episode post Purple Wedding, Tywin will too be laid out for King’s Landing to pay their respects. It’s only right, since Tywin actually was the one running the joint. (And I think i speak for everyone when I say we all hope that Cersei and Jaime aren’t left alone with the body this time.)

But Dance can’t seem to help himself when it comes to teasing the fans. He lays one rumor to rest and then immediately starts another….

According to him, those rumors last spring of a Game of Thrones movies are not to be dismissed as George R.R. Martin fantasizing out loud. The producers are apparently seriously discussing ending the series on the big screen.

“There’s talk of eventually trying to do a feature film, but I don’t know which of the storylines,” says Dance. “There’s so much to cram into a film.”

Seven seasons and a movie?? I’m not saying I don’t understand the urge to move to the larger screen and the bigger budgets that come with it. Would HBO want to do it, though?

Dance isn’t the only one with new life on the horizon. The show’s most famous beheaded actor (one could even argue he started the trend), Sean Bean, seems to have also recovered quite nicely–he’ll be heading to lead the cast of ITV’s new Frankenstein. According to BBC News:

The Game of Thrones star will play Inspector John Marlott, a new character in what is being described as a “re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth”. Set in 1827, the six-part drama follows the inspector as he investigates a mutilated body washed up on the Thames. It will be the first original drama for ITV’s subscription channel ITV Encore since it launched earlier this year. Shooting starts in Northern Ireland in January.

It’s funny places still refer to him as “The Game of Thrones star” since he’s been dead on the show for three times as long as it’s been on the air. If we do get a Game of Thrones movie, I’m sure there will be demands to find a reason to flashback him in somehow.