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02/08/2015  -  Flashback Scene for Sean ????

Rumours are growing apace that there will be a chance to see Ned Stark in action again in a flashback sequence involving The Tower of Joy and the birth/death of Jon Snow

Sean was spotted at Madrid Airport 2 days ago, so the plot thickens.

There are reportedly 2 more seasons to finish the series


Photoalbum of the BAFTA Screening, Q&A, for A Game of Thrones

Screencaps for A Game of Thrones

See all my screencaps from each episode in a beautiful slideshow, in full screen if you like! Click the link!

Game of Thrones screencaps slideshow

US DVD Review

Sean Bean, remembered by most for his role as Boromir in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, gives the performance of his career as Eddard Stark, portraying him with a wide array of emotions without even having to say a word. Just by the expressions on his face alone we can tell that Eddard is a strong, proud man, yet he struggles with (and does his best to hide) his sorrow and must deal with constant inner-turmoil.

Read the complete review here!

Pictures of Sean promoting AGOT in Los Angeles

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Tribute to Sean!

A wonderful tribute to Sean (thanks Pudge for the heads up!), which has my ful support!

Curtain call Sean Bean 

Skype sessions with Sean - spoliers!!!

Musical score for AGOT now available!

Monte Carlo Television Festival 2011

Sean arrived yesterday. See the High res pictures in the Monaco TV Festival album here

 Game of Thrones stars at Monaco TV Festival


More pictures from the Bafta preview on April 15

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London Press Conference

May 25  2011, Langham Hotel London, England United Kingdom  Click for full size

Two lovely new stills for episode 4

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BAFTA Screening Q&A in London, video with Sean and Mark Addy

AOl cast interview

The Essential Guide to Game of Thrones

Beware; Spoilers!

Essentail Guide: Spoilers!

Bafta preview on the first two episodes of AGOT (April 15)

 Thanks to SeansRose! 

 Sky Atlantic

The Decency of Ned Stark 

Beginning a new series of features, essayist and writer Pearson Moore has joined with to provide in-depth looks at the series, its characters, and the rich, dramatic themes at the heart of George R.R. Martin’s creation. Moore, perhaps best known for his insightful essays into the TV show Lost, is the author of 63 essays about that show, as well as two thought-provoking novels, including the Amazon bestselling Lost Humanity and Lost Identity.

Their first featured essay from Mr. Moore is “Instinctive Honour: The Decency of Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones”, a detailed look into the central figure of A Game of Thrones. The Decency of Ned Stark

Read the essay here

Articles and Interviews

Magazine article scans

Lovely MTV interview with Sean


HBO plays a Game of Thrones

PASADENA, California - It's good to be typecast, Sean Bean says. For one thing, it means you're earning a living. These days, for a working actor, that's not always a given.

Bean, the Sheffield, U.K.-born actor known for his roles in the big-screen costume epics Troy, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the '90s TV series Sharpe, set during the Napoleonic Wars, is about to don a costume of a similar, yet different, kind in Game of Thrones, HBO's sprawling saga of swords and sorcery set in a mythical kingdom.

Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of epic fantasy novels by American novelist and screenwriter George R.R. Martin. Four volumes have been published so far; three more are planned.

Bean plays Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, commissioned by the fat, lazy King Robert Baratheon to "go south" and help restore his crumbling kingdom.

Bean knows fantasy fans can be obsessive -- "Thanks for letting me know," he said, dryly -- but he had read the book, and enjoyed it.

"I found the book very exciting, very luxuriant, very dangerous, very edgy, very sexy."

Game of Thrones was something Bean knew he could do, and do well. Even so, despite his previous roles, he was flattered when HBO and producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff approached him for the part of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North, renowned for his sense of honour and justice.

"It's similar, I suppose, to Lord of the Rings," Bean said cautiously, not wanting to sound pompous or self-important. "I mean, its size, its quality, its magic, its danger. I happen to enjoy playing those kinds of roles: riding horses and swinging swords and having fights and wearing wigs and growing beards. Though not first thing in the morning, when it takes you about three hours to get ready."

Despite the similarity in themes -- the epic quest, the coming-of-age tale, etc. -- Bean says Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones are quite different.

"Whereas, with Lord of the Rings, you had three films -- admittedly, all thoroughly researched and well replicated on the screen -- the wonderful thing about Game of Thrones is that there's such a scope to it. George Martin has created a very different world. The story goes much, much further and goes on much longer and there are many more twists and turns."

Bean is aware of the fans' passion, and was determined to get the fine details right, even if it meant burning the midnight oil and re-reading the original novels by candlelight.

"It's quite a responsibility," he said, simply.

The original series of novels has spawned board games, role-playing games and even plans for a video-game adaptation. The series' growing popularity convinced HBO -- an unlikely home -- to pony up $50 million for a 10-part series. The April 17 pilot episode alone cost $18 million to make.

HBO is the home of self-contained adult relationship dramas like Big Love, Treme and In Treatment. Despite the zeitgeist success of the vampire thriller True Blood and the pay-TV channel's more recent success with Boardwalk Empire, taking a chance on an epic fantasy tale was a leap of faith.

As originally conceived in the novels, Game of Thrones interweaves several stories at the same time. It's a coming-of-age tale about a young girl finding her power. It's a tale of politics and intrigue, about a slowly dying kingdom crumbling from within, torn by corruption and weak leadership, and early signs of a dynastic civil war. It's a tale, too, of revenge, of the exiled daughter of a murdered king who's determined to reclaim her throne.

Game of Thrones' setting is the stuff sword 'n' sorcery legend is made of. The story is set in the fictional world of Westeros, a sprawling continent with a large land mass in the east known as Essos. Most of the characters are human, but the world is also home to other races: fire-breathing dragons from the East, and the menacing, supernatural White Walkers from the North. In a twist that sets Game of Thrones' story in motion, the human characters believe -- wrongly -- that the other races are extinct.

A second season will depend on early reaction to the series, including -- but not limited to -- Game of Thrones' initial ratings results. HBO confirmed earlier this week that it has made no decision at this time for a second season.

Game of Thrones is set in an imaginary land, with mythical beings and creatures based on flights of the imagination. But Bean found himself easily immersed in Thrones' unique world.

"The amount of production value that was put into Game of Thrones was incredible, unlike anything I've been in, including Lord of the Rings," Bean said. "I was proud to be a part of it, frankly -- the attention to detail, the sheer size of it all, the craftsmanship of the sets, the studio, the costumes, everything.

"There are so many twists and turns, and the characters are so well drawn, that I hope everyone who sees it will be fascinated by what we've achieved."

Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 17 on HBO Canada at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.


Empire magazine

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New York Times interview with George R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones booth launching at WonderCon in San Francisco

A Game of Thrones booth launching at WonderCon in San Francisco today. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, the new series GAME OF THRONES launches its ten-episode season SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (9:00-10:05 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The booth will feature a full size reproduction of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as well as costumes and props from the show. Items on display will include:

- Ned Stark's costume
- Daenerys Targaryen's costume
- King Baratheon's costume
- A Maester's costume
- The Stark house shield and banner

To see photos of these items, you can visit here

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Interview with Alfie Allen and Emilia Clarke


Hi-res stills of Westeros landscapes

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Early impressions of AGOT

International air dates

Official A Game of Thrones poster

A Game of Thrones article

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Quotes from A Game of Thrones co-actors on Sean

"Everyone I worked with was really nice. Sean Bean seemed quite shy when he wasn't acting, he was usually sat reading a book but was so friendly and helpful whenever I spoke to him. I think he is a great role model for young actors. Everything he did was just right and worked perfectly for his character."

 Maisie Williams -  Arya Stark


Sean Bean has admitted that he enjoyed playing a heroic role in new HBO seriesGame of Thrones.


  The actor told MTV News that portraying the noble Eddard 'Ned' Stark was a relief following a string of villainous parts."Knowing you've got the back of HBO and the quality of [that network], I thought, 'Wow, this is a great role'," he explained. "[Ned is] a good guy as well, a good man for a change for me."The Lord of the Rings star also claimed that he had no reservations about taking part in another fantasy project."I seem to be quite drawn to the medieval, magical fantasies, as it were," he revealed. "It was such a good part, and I read the book and the character, and just really wanted to play it, so I didn't have any doubts whatsoever."Bean previously suggested that he does not mind being typecast in fantasy roles.Game Of Thrones will launch in the US on April 17 on HBO. The show will air in April on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Quotes from Sean on A Game of Thrones

TCA Press Conference on January8, 2011

 "I do happen I happen to enjoy playing those kind of roles with riding horses and swinging swords and having fights and wearing wigs and growing beards, even though I don't first thing in the morning when it takes you about three hours to get ready," Bean smiled. "I do have affinity to that kind of role, and I think the good thing about Game of Thrones is that there is such score for it. Whereas Lord of the Rings, admittedly, there was three films and, you know, they thoroughly researched it, and it was very well replicated on screen. But with what George has created, it's a very different world. Goes on much, much further and much longer, and there's many more twists and turns, but I certainly enjoy this genre."

 "Everything was so detailed, so vast, and you know, it was a lot of work it was like working on a big feature film every week," Bean said of the production. "You think there's ten of these to start with, but each of those ten, to me, felt like a pretty hefty feature film. I think we really established a grand size, and there's also the fact it's been done by HBO, so you're in good standing. You got good people behind you, and it's an edgy as I said, an edgy, sexy, violent, dark, brutal piece where nobody's safe."

New HBO trailer

Entertainment Weekly Magazine

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Winter is coming

Photo credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Picture of Sean in Ireland

Thanks to Corinna!

My mum full on met Sean Bean and the dude from Full Monty  (Mark Addy)

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'Game of Thrones' news!

HBO orders 'Game of Thrones' to series

Fantasy fanboys (and fangirls) rejoice! HBO has formally sent "Game of Thrones" to series. The epic adaptation of George R.R. Martin's wildly complicated and politically rich fantasy series will begin production in June 2010 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the series is expected to premiere next spring.

 David Benioff and D.B. Weiss adapted the pilot and HBO has ordered nine additional episodes, which are expected to tell the story that unfolds through the first book of Martin's still-developing "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. The deep cast includes Mark Addy as spirited (but occasionally buffoonish) king Robert Baratheon, Lena Headey as the king's scheming wife Cersei Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Cersei's twin Jamie, Peter Dinklage as cynical, complicated Tyron Lannister, Sean Bean as the stubborn and noble Eddard Stark, Jennifer Ehle as Eddard's regal wife Catelyn, Tamzin Merchant as displaced royal heir Daenerys Targaryen and Jason Moamoa as the savage horseman Khal Drogo.

The cast also includes Kit Harrington, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Richard Madden, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ron Donachie and many many more. The pilot was directed by Tom McCarthy. Explaining the plot of Martin's vast novel or its increasingly lengthy follow-ups would take far too long, but suffice to say it tells the story of the battle -- both violent and intellectual -- for a kingdom, pitting several rival factions each with a legitimate or illegitimate claim on the throne.

The first official image from the series appears to be from the very first scene in the book: (click thumb for full size)

HBO moves forward with "Game of Thrones"

HBO is moving ahead with its fantasy epic Game of Thrones. Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent) will direct the pilot, which David Benioff and D.B. Weiss adapted from the George R.R. Martin novels. HBO has given the go-ahead for the pilot plus nine episodes. It will debut in spring 2011.


Game of Thrones starts shooting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June. Sean Bean will star as the head of a noble family caught in a power struggle in a mythical kingdom. Other cast members include Jennifer Ehle, Lena Heady, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.


The author of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire from which A Game of Thrones is the first, George R.R. Martin has confirmed today that Sean indeed has been casted to play Ned Stark Visit the author's blog here

Main cast

Sean Bean                              Eddard (Ned) Stark

Jennifer Ehle                          Catelyn Stark

Mark Addy                            Robert Baratheon

Harry Lloyd                           Viserys Targaryen

Esme Bianco                          Ros

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau           Jaime Lannister

Alfie Allen                            Theon Greyjoy

Peter Dinklage                       Tyrion Lannister

Ron Donachie                        Rodrik Cassel

Jack Gleeson                         Joffrey Baratheon

Iain Glenn                              Ser Jorah Mormont

Kit Harington                         Jon Snow       

Lena Headey                         Cersei Lannister

Richard Madden                    Robb Stark

Joseph Mawle                        Benjen Stark

Rory McCann                        Sandor Clegane

Tamzin Merchant                  Daenerys Targaryen

Richard Ridings                     Gared

Sophie Turner                        Sansa Stark

Maisie Williams                      Arya Stark

Bronson Webb                       Will

Jason Momoa                         Khal Drogo

Isaac Hempstead-Wright         Bran Stark


ome pictures of the beautiful Doune Castle in Scotland, whch will be the set for Winterfell, seat of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean).


Go and visit the excellent Winter is Coming blog, which has all the latest news concerning A Game of Thrones


Two very beautifully Photoshopped posters of young and older Ned Stark, both from this Russian website. You'll find many more posters of the other characters there.


Medieval keep becomes film set


A medieval keep near Stirling has become the setting for a new Hollywood production by US cable channel HBO. Scenes from Game of Thrones, starring Sean Bean, are due to be shot at Doune Castle over the weekend.


The series is based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy adventure novels.

Doune Castle is already a place of pilgrimage for movie fans after it featured as Castle Anthrax in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


Since then, thousands of devout fans make their way to the castle each year to take part in re-enactments. Written by David Benioff and DB Weiss, the new production will also film on location in Northern Ireland and Morocco.  


The A Song of Ice and Fire series, the first of which was published in 1996, is set in the fictional world of Westeros. It is understood the castle will be used for scenes depicting the courtyard of the fantasy dream realm of Winterfell.


Doune Castle was built at the end of the 1300s for Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany.

Sunday Mirror 26/07/2009

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Sean Bean to star in the epic fantasy A Game of Thrones


Although news of planned adaptations of fantasy fiction for the screen come along fairly often, it's not often that anything actually eventuates, or if it does, that the wait is worth it. More often than not the news arrives like a bolt of lightning and then proceeds to fade away so slowly that we're generally still waiting for something to eventuate years after the news first broke (what did happen to the Elric and Shannara movies?).


The upshot is that it's fairly difficult to become all that excited when news does break of yet another work of epic fantasy making its way to the screen, and to be honest I barely even registered HBO's purchase of the rights to George R. R. Martin's award winning fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire back in 2007. But this project has been moving forward unusually fast, and with news this week that Sean Bean has joined the cast as Eddard "Ned" Stark, Warden of the North, and Lord of Winterfell, this adaptation is taking on some real substance. Finally it's worth the attention.


So, what do we know? While it may be obvious given HBO's involvement, it's worth stating at the outset that we're obviously not looking at a big screen adaptation here. Although only four of the planned seven novels in George Martin's series have been published, word is that HBO is planning to produce a TV series for the entire sequence of novels, with each series comprising 13 episodes. If there's a downside to this, it's that we're obviously not going to get a big screen bonanza like Lord of the Rings. On the other hand, adapting a long, intricate and complex work of fiction as a television series is possibly the only way to do justice to a novel. Despite the heroic efforts of Peter Jackson and team, few Tolkien purists would be entirely satisfied with many of the compromises made in the Rings movies. Purely from a story telling perspective there's far greater opportunity with a made for television series to be faithful to the text and avoid many of the compromises that are inevitable when reducing hundreds of pages to a couple of hours of screen time. A good example of this would be the SciFi Channel's Dune mini series which might lack the big screen impact of David Lynch's Dune, but the end result is far more recognisably Frank Herbert's work.


A Game of Thrones, the first book in Martin's series, was published in 1996 and the fifth novel, A Dance with Dragons, is looking like having an early 2010 release, so all things being equal it'll probably be 2016 before the final novel in the sequence lands on any bookshelves and can be adapted for the screen. If HBO really intends on adapting the entire sequence of novels, this not only represents some serious long term planning, but also a resounding act of faith in the quality of Martin's writing and his ability to deliver.


But let's not jump the gun. At this stage, we're only looking at a pilot for the first series, and many a series has died an early death with the pilot episode.


Nonetheless, there are many good reasons why this project might succeed where so many others have failed. For a start, Martin's gritty and realistic fantasy is quality writing. The first novel was nominated for the 1998 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award, and won the 1997 Locus Award; chapters published separately as the Blood of the Dragon novella won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1997. Furthermore, Martin plans to be involved with the production, perhaps as an executive producer with approval of scripts, so we can probably  count on the integrity of his vision being retained. There's also a hint that he may write one episode per season, although I've got a strong suspicion that there'll be some pressure to finish writing the remaining novels before HBO runs out of material to film!

Tom McCarthy will be directing, based on a script by David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and D.B. Weiss. While McCarthy is perhaps best known for his acting, he does have two critically acclaimed movies to his credit as a director (The Station Agent and The Visitor). Interesting facts about Weiss, an author in his own right, are that he apparently wrote one of the many scripts for the doomed adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, and is working on the script for the I Am Legend prequel. As well as Sean Bean, the cast includes Mark Addy (A Knight's Tale), Peter Dinklage (Prince Caspian) and Harry Lloyd (from the BBC Robin Hood series). Filming is due to commence in Ireland in October.


So, for those who know nothing of the books, what can you expect? Benioff perhaps best captured the essence of the series, if not its gravitas, with an infamous comment in interview with the New York Magazine, describing A Game of Thrones as 'The Sopranos in Middle Earth'. Make of that what you will!

Ned Stark

Wikipedia on the character Sean will play.


Eddard Stark, informally called "Ned", is Lord of Winterfell, Lord Paramount of the North, and Warden of the North. He is a POV character. He and Catelyn Tully Stark have five children, and he claims a bastard son, Jon Snow. Eddard is known for his sense of honor and justice; he dislikes deceit, intrigue, and secrecy. Though his family finds him kind, some consider his reserved personality a sign of coldness and disdain.

From the age of eight, Ned was fostered by Jon Arryn at the Eyrie, alongside Robert Baratheon. Ned befriended Robert, and came to consider Lord Arryn a second father. After Ned's father and brother died by command of King Aerys II, the king demanded that Arryn send him the heads of the two wards. Arryn refused and instead launched a rebellion, in which Ned and Robert joined as lords of their houses and chief commanders. Shortly before the final battles of the rebellion, Ned married Catelyn Tully, who had been betrothed to Ned's brother Brandon before his death. Ned was present, along with Howland Reed, at a tower on the Dornish border known as the "tower of joy" when his sister Lyanna died there, an incident surrounded in mystery that haunted Ned ever after.

Once the conflict had ended and Robert had taken the throne, Ned returned home, bringing with him a bastard son, Jon, about whose origins he refused to speak, even to his own wife; he quickly silenced rumors that the boy's mother was the Dornish noblewoman Ashara Dayne. He spent the next fifteen years as Lord of Winterfell, a task he had never expected and did not always feel equal to; he rarely left his lands, and did not involve himself in the complex intrigues of the southern courts.

After Jon Arryn's death, King Robert travelled to Winterfell to ask Eddard to replace Arryn as Hand of the King, the monarch's closest advisor. Ned preferred to decline the request, but went south at his wife's urging to investigate Arryn's death. He discovered that Robert's children were actually the product of incest between Robert's wife Cersei and her brother, Jaime Lannister. Pursuing his usual forthright, honorable approach, he confronted Cersei with this knowledge, giving her a warning to flee while she could. Instead, Cersei used her time to orchestrate Robert's assassination and buy off the city watch, known as the Gold Cloaks. Ned trusted Petyr Baelish to keep the Gold Cloaks loyal to him, but Baelish betrayed him. Cersei had Ned imprisoned for treason. Although Ned's daughter Sansa, who was betrothed to King Joffrey, pleaded for Ned's life, Joffrey unexpectedly had him executed, against Cersei and her council's wishes. Illyn Payne, the King's Justice, decapitated Eddard with his own greatsword, Ice, in public view with his daughters Arya and Sansa present.

Ned is first presented doing the "King's Justice," the execution of an oathbreaker. Ned feels that a ruler must be there to hear a condemned man's final words and to take the mans life himself otherwise killing becomes easy & Ned believes that killing should never be easy. Eddard holds this honor about himself throughout his time in the novels. Ned is also a devout worshiper of the Old Gods, the gods of the First Men. These gods are also said to be the gods of the children of the forest, and are worshipped in a godswood.



Sean Bean ascends to "Game of Thrones"


By Borys Kit and Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)) - Sean Bean has nabbed the lead in "Game of Thrones," HBO's adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series.


Tom McCarthy ("The Visitor") is directing.


The books revolves around a battle among seven kingdoms and between two ruling families for control of the Iron Throne, the possession that ensures survival through a 40-year winter to come.

Bean will play Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, known for his sense of honor and justice, who becomes closest adviser to King Robert (Mark Addy).


Kit Harrington will play Jon Snow, Bean's bastard son, and Harry Lloyd will play Viserys, a powerless ruler who seeks to marry off his sister to a powerful king. Jack Gleeson will play Joffrey, King Robert's son.


Peter Dinklage, who starred for McCarthy in "The Station Agent," also is in the cast for the production, which is in the pilot stage and begins shooting in October in Ireland.


"Thrones" marks the latest fantasy epic-style production for Bean. He recently wrapped shooting on "Percy Jackson & the Olympians," an adaptation of Rick Riordan's children's book. Bean also has "Black Death," a supernatural thriller set during England's first bubonic plague, in postproduction.




Has Sean Bean landed a juicy role in HBO’s ‘A Game of Thrones’?


Sean Bean of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Boromir fame, may have landed a role in another book adaptation by an “R.R.” author according to The excellent site WinterisComing .


The first of George R.R. Martin’s “Song Of Fire And Ice” series, “A Game of Thrones,” is currently in pre-production to film a pilot episode for a potential HBO series and Bean’s name has surfaced as one of the main leads in the series.


Bean, if the rumors are true, would be the second principal cast, along with Peter Dinklage who plays a dwarf (not in the Middle-earth tradition). Going against his type when he is often cast as a villain, his character of Ed Stark is noble and highly principled. The plan for the series is to film the pilot in Ireland and then wait while HBO decides if the will order the rest of a ten-episode first season.



I've received word, from what looks to be a legit inside source, that Sean Bean has been cast as Eddard Stark in the Game of Thrones pilot. The source mentioned that it happened yesterday but does not know when it might be officially announced.


Winter Is Coming: Would be great, if true. I'm filing it under rumors for now, but it seems like the real deal. We will just have to wait and see at this point. If the deal was finalized yesterday then one can hope that it will be officially announced very soon. As soon as we get some official confirmation, I will let everyone know.


UPDATE: It looks like Daily Mail gossip columnist Baz Bamigboye is reporting the Sean Bean rumor as well. He doesn't list a source, so no way of knowing if he is just reporting what he is seeing online or if he has some other inside info. But since it is in the gossip section I'm still considering this a rumor. But the chances of it being true are looking more and more likely. Hopefully HBO will give us the official word soon.



Sean Bean, who is one of the first stars to be cast in the TV drama A Game Of Thrones, based on the fantasy novels A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin.

Rugged: Sean Bean
The tales are epic in structure, and are set in a land that has been torn apart by a civil war and divided into seven kingdoms.

There are warring factions and divided loyalties and I can’t pretend to tell you much more, because I couldn’t get beyond the first couple of chapters.
But I know Game Of Thrones has legions of fans — not least because it’s also a computer game.
Anyway, Bean has been asked to play one of the patriarchs of the warring tribes. He knows this kind of territory well, having played Boromir in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings films. A one-hour pilot show will be shot on location in Belfast in the autumn, with Tom McCarthy directing. Actor Peter Dinklage will also star.
The plan by the Rain Mark production company is to make the pilot and hope that HBO will say ‘yes’ to a further nine episodes in the first series.
Bean was also seen this year in Channel 4’s excellent drama films The Red Riding Trilogy, based on the novels by David Peace.


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