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GAME OF THRONES: SEAN BEAN BRINGS UP THE SCENE OF NED STARK’S BEHEADING AGAIN

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GAME OF THRONES: SEAN BEAN BRINGS UP THE SCENE OF NED STARK'S BEHEADING AGAIN

GAME OF THRONES: SEAN BEAN BRINGS UP THE SCENE OF NED STARK'S BEHEADING AGAIN

In an interview with the American site Entertainment Weekly, Sean Bean returned to one of the most striking scenes of “Game of Thrones”, that of the beheading of his character, Ned Stark.
If this may seem anecdotal after viewing the 7 seasons that followed the premiere, this scene, at the time, had made a strong impression on viewers (those who had not read the books at least). Sean Bean, one of the few known actors present in the credits at the time, seemed to play the main character of Game of Thrones . The hero whose adventures we were going to follow. He ultimately did not survive beyond the first season after being beheaded by Ilyn Payne, in a penultimate episode dubbed “Baelor”. A brutal and symbolic death that launched the myth around the series.
“It was horror and disbelief. But also a form of resignation in the face of his fate. The fact that Joffrey changes his mind (about Ned’s exile) … We understand that Ned realizes what is going to happen, looking at his daughter, Arya, for the last time. On the set, I tried to bring all of these feelings together. It wasn’t just, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting my head cut off!’ It was a lot of mixed feelings, and that’s what made this scene what it is, ”Sean Bean told ew.com .The 61-year-old actor specifies that the filming of the scene required a whole day of work. And that his performance was facilitated by the reaction of the other actors present at his side, and the heat it was that day. “It took about a whole day to shoot the footage so you have to stay focused on your character going to die so you can’t mess around. I was very hot at the time so that probably helped. And the reactions from everyone around have been fantastic, from Cersei to the kids. It was very moving with a lot of pathos in this scene. Then I put my head on the chopping block and I was done with my day! ”He continues.
For those still wondering what Ned Stark whispers right before the sword slams him down (a mystery several fans have tried to unravel), director Alan Taylor reveals it’s Sean Bean. himself who improvised a text. “Sean Bean asked someone what would be the appropriate prayer to say for Ned Stark according to his beliefs. People tried to guess what he was saying, but it is a personal creation of Sean based on this conversation, ”reveals the director in the book The Fire does not kill a dragon (ed. Pygmalion). 

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