5 Reasons Sean Bean will Return to Game of Thrones for Season 2

By Jacob Klein on Aug 24, 2011 to Game of Thrones, HBO Watch Originals

WARNING: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead! – I know what you’re thinking:  Why do we torture you so?  The open wound Eddard Stark left in your heart had finally started to close and mend.  Why would we toy with you in your fragile state when we all know he’s gone, truly gone from Westeros forever.  We all watched the gleaming edge of his own sword bite into the back of the man’s neck, ser!   Why sully his memory and dishonor his house by insinuating that he may yet return to us?

I sympathize with you good ser but please.. hear me.  While Eddard Stark, and for that matter, Sean Bean may be out of Game of Thrones’ present storyline for good, the possibility exists that he may yet return to the series in some form or another.  In fact, we are of the opinion that HBO would be as mad as King Aerys not to take advantage of one or all of the following.  So put aside your grief for a moment and consider this:

No One Does A Cameo Like HBO – If you’ve ever seen Entourage or Curb Your Enthusiasm you may begin to understand the gravitational force HBO has over Hollywood.  In almost every 25 minute episode of these shows there are at times multiple Hollywood heavyweights gracing the screen.   Stars the likes of Eminem, Ricky Gervias, James Cameron, Matt Damon and Martin Scorsese just to name a few recent appearances off the top of my head.    The network is known for it’s classy, dare I say, artistic vision on the silver screen.  They know when to step aside and let actors and writers do what they do best- their craft.  It’s no wonder HBO has no trouble convincing the likes of Kate Winslet or Al Pacino to work with them so why would Sean Bean refuse?  If HBO, the show-makers or Sean Bean are worried about a possible scene feeling forced they need only look at the network’s track record for exciting, timely cameos in their shows across the board.

Flashbacks – I can’t yet make the claim to having read all 5,000+ pages of A Song of Ice and Fire, of which Game of Thrones is derived.  But I can tell you that having just finished book three, there are more than enough flashback scenes to warrant their inclusion in any subsequent episodes.  They do much to add depth to the surviving characters (Ser Jaime for example) and their exclusion from the show would take away from the texture and depth of Westeros as a whole.  Many of these flashbacks (or stories told by characters aloud to one another) involve the description of how Robert Baratheon came to power with Ned Stark’s help, the details of which are critical to the advancement of the story, particularly for those still living who were present (Jaime, Tywin, Catelyn etc).  We’re not talking about a shimmering blue Obi-Wan Kenobi style visage telling Jon Snow to ‘use the force’.  There are several, classier ways to get the job done.  The story needs to be told so why not do it via flashback- as it often occurs in the novels themselves?

Dreams – There are so many dreams, visions and hallucinations in A Song of Ice and Fire, it verges on annoyance.  Whether the gods are playing tricks on these characters or they are simply grieving a lost father, they certainly get their fair share of prophetic and sometimes seemingly random dreams throughout the story.  Couldn’t Lord Stark, or for that matter, Robert Baratheon appear before a family member in a dream?  It surely isn’t unrealistic to think that one of Ned’s young children would dream of his or her father regularly so close to his untimely departure from the realm.  Whether we see Eddard again through dream, flashback or drug-induced-vision-quest, there are several precedents within the source material to justify an appearance.

Sean Bean Wants It – Just after the conclusion of Game of Thrones season one Sean Bean told New York Magazine: “Anything can happen. It’s a very complex show. Very multilayered. And even the most absurd thing is believable.” Bean added that he is feeling “a twinge of envy” that filming on the show’s second season will soon begin without him. “They’re about to start up again [and] the saga gets to go on without me,” he said. “I’m doing something else now, but sometimes I go, ‘Aw, s**t, bring me back’.”   It would appear the man is not only willing, but anxious to make a return!

The Fans Want It – Game of Thrones is often said to be “fantasy for people who don’t like fantasy” but even the nontraditional, new fans of the series would love to see a tasteful encore from Sean Bean and his beloved character.  Just think of the web buzz you’ll generate with this move, HBO!  Surely hundreds of articles with titles such as “Sean Bean to Appear in Game of Thrones Season 2” will sweep Facebook, Twitter and entertainment blogs such as this one.  Millions more will tune in, and perhaps it may even be the straw that gets a few of them to subscribe to HBO.  Think of all the goodwill, love and quite possibly dollars that will come your way!  Sean Bean wants it, we want it and heck, take an HBO office poll, I bet you all want it too!  There are ample opportunities, often even direct scenes from the novels where the show creators could easily slip a three minute Ned Stark scene into Game of Thrones season 2.

But what do you, the fans really think?  Maybe we’re way off base here, assuming you want to see Eddard Stark or Robert Barantheon one last time.  Is it even possible?  Are we just channeling our grief in an unhealthy manor?  Either way, Winter is Coming next year.  Sound off in the comments below.

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I hate King Joffrey. Should’ve had him executed. SON OF A B!TCH HAS NO EMOTION!

I think they could make him into a wight first and then have D. Stormborn do something with her dragonfire which could bring him back to life from the undead world in a healthy and believable way.

Come on they (SPOILER FOR A STORM OF SWORDS) resurrected his wife Catelyn so why not resurrect the best character Ned back. He was the best and always will be.

Since it’s quicker to quote the show than the books, in season 3 episode 5:

Arya: Could you bring back a man without a head? Not six times. Just one.
Thoros: I don’t think it works that way child.

Yes but her body was still intact, Ned’s isn’t lol.

Its crap without ned stark, bring him back.

I watched the first season and stopped watching the next one. Without Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) This TV series is shit for me. Im sorry Im just the kind of guy who cant live withouth a main character.
Take an example from The Walking Dead. Cant wait for the third season! Every episode is awsome! And I will watch GoT when Eddard is ressurected, becomes the king and wont die again. But that is never gonna happen in this shitty tv series.

Well you’re clearly an idiot

I have a theory in which Ned Stark could have survived the execution: “Mance is supposedly burned alive by Stannis with the wildlings, members of the Night’s Watch, King’s Men, and Queen’s Men there to bear witness. Jon Snow orders him killed by archers of the Watch during the burning to give him a quick death.[5] In actuality the man killed was Rattleshirt, who was glamored by Melisandre’s magic to appear like Mance. Meanwhile, the actual Mance was glamored by a ruby worn at his wrist to appear as Rattleshirt. “(A Dance with Dragons) this could be applied to Ned,Varys… Read more »

No, you can’t bring him back to life, then you will not expect most of the main characters to die! The only way you can bring him back is through flash backs, showing Robert Baratheon and Eddard stark winning the throne.

Bring Ned (and others) back as White Walkers! They’ve been true to the books as far as I can tell. There’s a whole lotta hell waiting for everyone that’s still alive. What more could you ask from HBO?

they have a woman in the show who can walk through fire, they also have dead bodie’s getting back up to try kill. Now if that is possible anything is. So why not just bring ned stark aka Sean Bean back to life in the show. He was the heart and soul of the show and the show will not be as good without him in my opinion.

bring him back,he is the show!

His death was shocking and made me sad in my real life….but I kept telling my husband the last
person that he saw in the prison was a Magician…the bald headed guy…that was my way of thinking that “maybe that magician did something” I cried because I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THEY ACTUALLY DID IT!!! I almost stopped watching the show….BRING HIM BACK … OR STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM in every episode…let me heal…GO THRONES!!!

I don’t care to see Robert Barantheon again but I would love to see Ned Stark sprinkled here and there, throughout season 3 and the rest of the series! If there was ever a person meant for a role, it’s Sean Bean as Eddard Stark! If there was ever a character written out of a book and thus a TV series way too soon, it was Ned Stark! I think it’s one of the few mistakes that author, George R.R. Martin, made when he wrote this series of books.

For God’s sake, bring Ned back!! I wanna see him more than anything. yes, I am mad after his character!! I love him!! Please Dir HBO!!!

I say bring him back from the dead. The series already has a lot of magic and mysteries. It could only be until the war is over.

but he died in the book too and that sucks. :(

season 3 coming up

i have just stopped watching the show after his death what a let down… yes i have read the books but, this is not a book its based on it use some creativity… what a shame!! and yes i have read all the books

hey man, same here.. i was totally under shock!!

Well looks like he didn’t come back after. Just a little note for the dutch fans. If you want to talk and discuss about game of thrones I’ll advice to register on this dutch Game of Thrones forum http://www.thegameofthrones.nl

WTF!!! They killed Eddard Stark!!!! Why did they kill the lead caracter?? Do the good people alway’s have to die!?!?!? You have to bring him back HBO! Damn…. A fan from Holland.

I still want him back!!!!!!!!


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