SEAN Bean has revealed how the decapitation of his Game of Thrones character Ned Stark sent those working on the show into a tailspin.
As fans of the Westeros epic will know all too well, the beheading of Ned Stark was one of the first deaths of a major protagonist in the show, leaving viewers – not to mention Ned’s on screen family – heartbroken.
Bean explained on the Jonathon Ross Show that Joffrey’s brutal ruling marked his last day of filming and admitted that he had very little time to prepare for the grisly moment.
“[It was] just a normal day, bacon and eggs, stuff like that, cup of tea and that were it,” he began.
“I was kneeling there, they don’t damage you in any way – they threw my dummy head on the floor.”
Next he detailed how the prop soon whipped the crew into a mischievous mood as they began to launch it at each other.
“I think I started messing about with it a bit,” he went on.
“And then [the crew] took it a bit further, started throwing it, then started booting it.”
Surely that’s no way to treat the respected patriarch or The North?
Sean also told to Digital Spy how he was gutted to be killed off so quickly from the celebrated fantasy drama.
“They told me straight away [that I was going to die],” he recalled.
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“They’d cast me and Peter Dinklage at the time, but they made it very clear, and I was alright with that. Sometimes you think I don’t want to get stuck in one of these series for seven years,” he continued.
“But I wish, I had to be honest. I guess you can’t change the story, the writing. It was very clear what George RR Martin wanted to happen to Ned Stark, and it did.”
Game of Thrones raked in a whopping 32 nominations at last night’s Emmy Awards, bagging the all-important win for Outstanding Drama Series.
Meanwhile Peter Dinklage won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.