“Game of Thrones” leading man Sean Bean certainly proved he can keep a secret. Last Sunday, viewers of HBO’s period fantasy who had not read the George R. Martin books were shocked to see his character, Lord Eddard Stark, meet his untimely death when petulant child king Joffrey Baratheon ordered his beheading. “It’s been a bit tricky” Bean admitted to Gold Derby. “People say, ‘Well what’s he going to be doing in the next episode, and how does he progress?’ and I say, ‘Well, I’m not sure at the moment, I haven’t read the book.’ I’ve just said anything except ‘I get my head chopped off!'”
The English actor had played noble warrior Boromir in the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and was concerned about the similarities of the roles. However, after meeting with the producers of “Game of Thrones,” Sean Bean was reassured “HBO would be doing … this classy, bold, risky piece of work” and thought “it was a really good, solid part.”
Our experts and editors agree Bean is in the running for an Emmy nomination in the competitive Drama Actor category. Fantasy-themed skeins have been spurned by the Emmys over the years. However, HBO did land a Best Drama bid for their vampire drama “True Blood” last year. And “Lost” leading man Matthew Fox finally picked up his first Best Drama Actor nomination.