Sean Bean Opens Up About How He Prepared to Die (On Screen)


If any residing actor is aware of tips on how to put together for a dying scene, it’s in all probability Sean Bean. From The Lord of the Rings to GoldenEye, Patriot Games or Clarissa, the person has discovered his away round simulating that final breath. But in all probability his most well-known dying scene, a minimum of this aspect of Gondor, was additionally one of probably the most brutally sudden: when Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell will get beheaded on the steps of Baelor in Game of Thrones.

The sequence, which happens through the ninth episode of Game of Thrones’ first season, ominously titled “Baelor,” is the one which got here to outline the present’s repute for merciless thrills, and an unsentimental imply streak that allowed it to kill main protagonists off with out a seeming second thought (a reality that also stunned followers, to their eventual anger, all the way in which as much as the sequence finale).  And there was apparently no forethought in any respect from King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), the vicious boy king who gave the order to assert poor useless Ned’s head.

Yet for Bean there was lots of thought in it. The actor opened up about as a lot in a current chat with Entertainment Weekly. Reiterating feedback he’s made previously, Bean revisited his reminiscence of what he needed to convey was racing by Ned’s thoughts within the scene.

“It was horror and disbelief,” Bean informed EW, “that Joffrey changed his mind [about exiling Ned] – and then resignation and [realizing that he was] seeing his daughter for the last time, Arya. I was trying to think of all four [things]. It wasn’t just, ‘Oh God, I’m getting my head chopped off.’ Those mix of feelings is what made it what it was, I suppose.”

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