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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.


  • It makes a lot of sense that they wrap the ASOIAF series with a big budget movie. The final book, A Dream of Spring will surely not be released before season 7 is over since we haven’t even gotten Winds of winter. If 2017 will see season 7 aired, and we assume that filming of the movie starts later that year, then we’re likely looking at around the end of this decade for movie release. Seems a long time for fans to wait to see the story’s conclusion, but if they continue producing material from the story’s universe, then that could very well carry fans through it.
    I don’t see HBO giving away a golden goose like GRRM’s novels to collect dust on the shelf.
    As far as spin-off material, I’ve read numerous sources say, even GRRM himself I believe, that the War of the Usurper (Robert’s Rebellion) will not be developed. My guess would either the Dance of the Dragons (not the book, but the historical even from the cannon) or Aegon’s conquest. Basically, something involving the Targaryens since that’s the one family well under-represented in the show.

  • Darjan,

    They aren’t waiting for GRRM to finish the novels. The show has seven seasons and it will wrap the entire story withing those seasons. The movie will probably be a spin-off. Too bad if it’s not about Robert’s Rebellion. The thing is, Robert’s Rebellion involves characters the viewers are already attached to: Ned, Catelyn, Jaime and Tywin for instance. The Dance of the Dragons, or Aegon’s conquest have a lot of spectacular moments (dragons!) but it’s a whole new set of characters, and the same applies to the Dunk & Egg stories.

  • Well by the time the movie rolls around, many of the characters will be dead. Therefore, fewer story lines to wrap up. Especially since D&D are cautious about adding new ones.

  • Carda:
    uhm, didn’t Bean just star in a new series, Legends or so? Is that over again already?

    Its first season has finished airing and it has not officially been cancelled (I don’t know if it’s coming back next year though). More importantly though, it airs on TNT, which probably doesn’t reach the same markets as ITV.

  • Ummmmmm……They make it look like Sean hasn’t done anything since Thrones! The guy hasn’t stopped! Take a look……

    The Martian (filming now). Directed by Ridley Scott and also starring, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, 2015

    Pixels (post-production). Directed by Chris Columbus and also starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Brian Cox, Michelle Monaghan July 2015

    Jupiter Ascending (post-production). Directed by the Wachowskis and also starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne Feb. 2015

    Any Day Also starring Eva Longoria, Kate Walsh, Tom Arnold

    Legends (TV Series) 2014 starring Ali Larter, Amber Valletta, Morris Chestnut

    Wicked Blood (Video) 2014 Starring Abigail Breslin, James Purefoy, Jake Busey

    Accused (TV Series) 2012 “Tracie’s Story”. Sean won an International Emmy for Best Actor (2013) for his work in this BBC One drama series.

    Soldiers of Fortune 2012. Also starring Christian Slater, Dominic Monaghan, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames

    Missing (TV Series) 2012. Starring Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Keith Carradine

    Mirror Mirror 2012 cameo appearance

    Cleanskin 2012. also starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Burke

  • Carda,

    Sean Fan,

    Im an admirer of Sean Bean as well ever since he played a hunk involved with a young Tilda Swinton in the 80s movie Caravaggio. Thanks for that list of his projects.

    Ive heard that the series may be delayed until one of the books comes out. In the same way that The Wire had a year or two between some seasons. Has anyone else heard this? It was a while ago and may be incorrect. However I don’t mind the idea of waiting a year or two if it means the books aren’t spoiled. Wouldn’t mind a movie either.