Earlier today, Sean Bean hosted a Reddit AMA. Among other topics, he was asked plenty of questions about Game of Thrones.
We’ve compiled some of the highlights relating to his role as our dear departed Ned Stark. The last one is a killer.
Bilbos-Tardis: What’s a role that you wished you had for longer?
I guess Ned Stark!
AxeApollo: Why did you not teach Jon Snow anything?
Because he’s not mine!
shivan21: Were you shocked when you were beheaded?
I mean, I knew it was coming, you know?
But when I read it, you know, it just comes out of the blue and was a nasty shock. Especially after Ned Stark thought he’d got some agreement between Joffrey and the various factions, and for them to renege on that deal was pretty shocking.
The scene was shot in Malta, in this big square in Malta, I think they built it, like a big public square, and it was good, it was weird, you know? Because they made a cast of my head with hair on it, I’ve got some pictures of me holding my head. And it was fun. I don’t know, you kind of just have to imagine what it’s like to have your head chopped off, Ann Boleyn and how she must have felt. But it was the manner in which it was done, it was all the more tragic for that.
Angrygoat44: Favorite moment while filming Game of Thrones?
There was a scene with Bran near the tree – that legendary kind of family tree of the Starks, near the pool of water, and I enjoyed that scene. I enjoyed the scenes with Lena as well. She’s great fun.
GoonSquad44: If you were going to war, would you rather take Robert Baratheon or Aragorn with you into battle?
Robert Baratheon. He’s from Yorkshire. That’s why. Why not Aragorn? If Robert got ahold of you, he’d crush you. You’d be careful not to get caught.
Zaxtas: Not fat Robert though right? I mean he probably has a pretty good body slam but that’s about it
almathden: Mr Bean, how much did you know about Game of Thrones before signing on? Did you know much about Ned’s character?
I wasn’t familiar with it really, I’d heard of the writer and his books, but it was kind of a new experience for me. And I read the books, and I guess that was it, really.
dfloyd13: How do you feel about not having a part in Game of Thrones for a little longer? Do you ever visit the filming crew and hang around? Who are you friends with the most from the GoT cast?
I guess Mark Addy, I see him on occasions. It’s a funny job actually, because you’re all thrown together for an intense period of time, and then everybody goes home, it’s a strange business in that way. But we always bump into each other from various productions, on the same kind of circuit.
Thoopa: Would you rather fight 100 Tyrion-sized Mountains or 1 Mountain-sized Tyrion?
The big one. The mountain-sized Tyrion.
karmanaut: You seem to love hinting about Jon Snow’s parentage. What is the most cryptic hint you can give us right now about his parents?
I don’t know?!
I mean, how am I supposed to know? Does anybody know? I don’t think he’s mine.
ManagerMurrayHewitt: Would you rather apologize to Frodo or actually have that conversation with Jon Snow?
I did apologize to Frodo, didn’t I? Or I told somebody to tell him I was sorry. And fuck Jon Snow.
Head over to Reddit to read the full AMA. There’s plenty of insightful and hilarious stuff discussed, including Sean’s roles in Sharpe’s Rifles, Goldeneye, and The Lord of the Rings. It’s definitely worth a read.