It’s been a really long time since we last saw Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark on Game of Thrones. I mean, the very foundation of this epic series began with him. Most of the people (non-book readers) believed that Ned was ultimately going to be the protagonist of the story – all characters, and major plot points revolving until the ninth episode of the Season 1 proved us otherwise. Yet much like Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark – who’ve been dead for a long time – Ned too had a propelling role in the series. The biggest example being his execution that led to the War of Five Kings that eventually leads us to the current events in the series. But, what does the actor who played the role think?
Well, Sean Bean – the actor who had played the role of Ned recently talked to Entertainment Weekly reflecting on his time on Game of Thrones, his role in the unaired pilot, and more. Let’s dive into it.
Ned Stark – being one of the good characters in the series was an honourable man, a great friend, and a true sibling to his sister Lyanna. I can imagine, how important it was for him to keep the lineage of Jon Snow a secret- he kept from everyone including his wife Catelyn. He was even ready to trade his honour for it as it could have been torn the Seven Kingdoms apart. The secret could have died with him unless not discovered by Bran and Sam. When asked if “anyone from the show gave him a courtesy call to reveal the truth about Jon Snow’s parents”, Sean revealed:
“Like with everything with Game of Thrones, it was kept very dark and secret. I think that’s the kind of magic and the glory of Game of Thrones… that’s why it’s so stunning and breathtaking when these secrets are revealed.”
Dan Weiss and David Benioff did a fantastic job not only adapting the pages from a book into a TV series but with the casting of the series too! But did they tell Sean about his character in advance?
“Yeah, we met for lunch in Soho, six or seven years ago now, before we started the pilot. We had a really good chat, and I was very thrilled to be asked to play the role. I think it was only myself and Peter cast at the time. I was very thrilled about the whole idea. I didn’t actually know at that time how enormous and massive this series would become. I was just getting my head around the part, as we all were. None of us really could’ve imagined it would be such a big-scale, tantalizing drama. Yeah, that was the beginning of the story for me. And, of course, I knew I wasn’t going to last very long. I accepted that.”
When asked if the showrunners told him about the secret of Jon Snow’s parentage during that meeting, Sean replied:
“Not really. They said that some things happened, there were quite dramatic twists and turns. They let me know what they were within the first [season]. It was enough just keeping up with these intricate and complex storylines, with all the families and different worlds. Any more information would’ve probably been overload. As you can see, the death and how it’s developed, I think there’s only so much you can take at once. They only reveal what they want you to know, and that’s good, I think. That’s what makes it so exciting to find out.”
Ned Stark is one of the characters in the story besides Jon Snow who resonates really well with other characters in the story although his son (nephew-in-disguise) seems a bit too brooding at times. On this, Sean Bean suggests:
“He’s very honourable, he’s very honest, he’s a man of integrity, and he does the dirty work, as he does at the beginning when he chops off the guy’s head. But he’s a man who’s very fair-minded, and he’ll stick to his principles through thick and thin, regardless of who he’s up against. With him going to King’s Landing and getting involved with such backstabbers, it’s something he wasn’t used to, and certainly not at that level. I think it was quite tragic to see him chipped away by these people until he was really struggling, and he was in very deep.”
The original – unaired pilot episode of Game of Thrones had a lot of Game of Thrones had a lot of differences especially some cast members were replaced like Tamzin Merchant with Emilia Clarke for Daenerys Targaryen. When asked about those differences, Sean revealed:
“I remember a scene with Bran in the old tree and [his parents are] talking to him about life. He was very young at the time when Isaac was playing the part. There are some nice scenes with [Williams as Arya]. I quite enjoyed those scenes because there was a lot of horrible backstabbing going on, and I think those scenes stood out because they were very natural and people could identity with them: a father and his children. I also remember the banquet, which was quite interesting. We shot it in Scotland, and it was a banquet with King Robert. All the families were coming together, there was a real feeling of this horrible tension, which represents what we did afterwards.”
Lastly, talking about his last day of filming and what he remembered about him playing the role for the last time, Sean ended by saying:
“I remember filming that day. The death, that was wonderful because it was so unexpected. I thought it was amazing how they shot it. But I died, and then I had to do some scenes from earlier in the episode, so it wasn’t the end for me. We were in Malta; it was very hot. It was very colourful. Everyone was there, and with things like that, there’s a sort of gallows humour to it. It’s awful what’s happening, and you start giggling and laughing. When the head fell off, there were mistakes. It didn’t quite work out sometimes. It was quite comical. So it breaks the ice a bit.”
What were your thoughts on this interview of Sean Bean and did his character in the story deserve true justice in the series? Tell us in the comments.
Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy) didn’t know he would return for Game of Thrones Season 8
Game of Thrones is a show that is unpredictable. Characters die all the time, and some even go away to be never seen again. As such, it’s no surprise that actor Pilou Asbæk assumed he wouldn’t be returning for Season 8. Read on!
In a segment on Making Game of Thrones, Asbæk said that he didn’t know about his return because he didn’t quite go through the scripts:
“So when I did Season 6 I only got my scenes because I wasn’t a series regular and it was a different contract. When I came on for Seasons 7 and 8, I got all of the scripts — but having the scripts doesn’t necessarily mean reading all of the scripts… I only read my scenes. Which meant when I left the Dragonpit in Season 7, I thought I was off the show.
I remember I was sitting in the Seville airport with Nikolaj [Coster-Waldau who plays Jaime Lannister] and I said, “Nikolaj I think I’m out of Game of Thrones. It’s kind of weird they introduced me as a character and didn’t use me more.” And he just looks at me and says, “Are you f**king kidding me? Have you read the scripts?”
I had to confess I hadn’t read them all. And he goes, “In the next scene after you leave Cersei tells me you went to get the Golden Company!” And I was like “Oh! OK!” But I thought I was out.”
In the Season 8 premiere, we also saw Euron and Cersei Lannister do the deed. This seems to have split the fandom.
Pilou had interesting comments on how Euron feels about Cersei, and why Cersei agreed to do it with him:
“I think she did it because she had to, but the way we did it is to make clear he actually loves her. He’s intimidating and evil, and in many ways a menace, but for me it was very important it was genuine love, or else it would be a bit one-dimensional. You always want to make a more three-dimensional villain because those are the most interesting ones. So he loves her and wants to be with her, but he’s also not a guy that you can bully around and that’s why he bullies her.”
Speaking of Euron Greyjoy’s sudden swagger, Pilou gave us an insight into how he played the character:
“Although the bridge scene in Season 6 was an awesome introduction, I felt like I needed a little bit more of a swagger than we saw in that season. And for me it’s really important to have fun while I’m working. So I thought, “Why don’t I do a character who is just enjoying it?” Be totally fun and loose about it. Not like Jack Sparrow or something, but a little more like, “I’m on Game of Thrones and I’m going to have fun.” So self-aware in a way, but never more self-aware than followed the stream of the story.”
Well, we’ll see how it goes for Euron Greyjoy. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
Kit Harington says critics “can go f**k themselves” if they hate Game Of Thrones Season 8
Game of Thrones is finally about to end its eight-year-long dream run, and everybody concerned has lots of feels about that. None more than Kit Harington it seems, who won’t hear a single bad word against the eighth and final season. In an interview with Esquire, the Jon Snow actor made his views on any possible criticism pretty clear: the critics can go f**k themselves.
When asked about the insane amount of hype surrounding the final season and if that puts any pressure on him, Harington said:
“I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their negative judgement on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves.”
The (quite unfair) underestimation of a critic’s workload notwithstanding, Harington has his reasons to feel defiant. He told Esquire,
“I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much … Because they cared about not letting people down.”
But what if people still feel let down? Harington has previously hinted the possibility that everyone may not be happy with how Game of Thrones ends. But now he says that does not matter to him, because they all tried their hardest and have no regrets. In his own words,
“Now if people feel let down by it, I don’t give a f**k. That’s how I feel — because everyone tried their hardest … In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves. That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.”
Phew! That sure sounds like a truly Targaryen thing to say.
What’s your opinion on how the final season is shaping up? Tell us in the comments!
Lyanna Mormont actress says after Game Of Thrones ends she’ll miss standing up to grown men and shaming them
Everybody loves little Lyanna Mormont for her courage and sass. But did you know, the teenager who plays her in Game of Thrones is just as badass? Bella Ramsey told The Cut in a recent interview that the one thing she’ll miss about the show is the chance to shame grown men in their face.
This innate fierceness is what endeared Lyanna Mormont to Ramsey as well as the audience. When asked what she would miss most about Game of Thrones she said,
“I think the opportunity to stand up in front of a load of grown men and shame them. I think playing confident characters also helps with your own confidence. Say you’re in a situation where you’re feeling anxious or nervous—you can become a character and work through it that way. I’ll miss that about her.”
In Episode 1 Season 8, Ramsey’s character is the only one in the North who dares to openly question Jon Snow’s decision to bend the knee. It mirrored the scene in Season 6 where Lady Mormont stood up before a room full of men and proclaimed Jon King in the North. Then too she was unafraid to question men far older than her.
Both Brienne and Arya are strong female characters and Ramsey says she feels that Lyanna has an affinity of spirit with both of them. Ramsey said, like them, Lyanna is strong – “mentally, physically, personality-wise … I like how she sticks up for what she believes in, no matter the cost or the consequences.”
However, Ramsey has always been surprised by the love her character received, because she wasn’t sure about her performance at all. She exclaimed,
“I wasn’t sure whether people would like her or not, because she’s quite a unique character. But I’m very glad and very grateful that people do like her.”
Well, Lyanna is unique for sure. It seems so is Ramsey. More power to her!
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