According to A Song of Ice and Fire author / miniature knight painter / NY Giants fan George RR Martin’s blog, a big piece of the HBO casting puzzle is in place. For the few dead-eyed unfortunates who haven’t been anticipating the greatest entertainment spectacle of our time, here’s a brief summary:
HBO is adapting George RR Martin’s insanely addictive fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire (think Proustian density meets Tolkienesque world-building meets Deadwoodian violence & quotability) into a uniquely structured series: one book = one season.
I’m not sure how to feel about the casting of Sean Bean. On one hand, I’m excited whenever anyone is cast in this, simply because it legitimizes the whole enterprise in a way that makes me think it might actually happen. And he’ll provide some much-needed star power, as well as draw in the thousands of viewers who will stop flipping channels at the sight of Sean Bean wielding a sword and just assume they’re watching Lord of the Rings.
On the other hand, I kind of wish they’d gone with someone unknown, or at least an actor not already associated with an iconic fantasy character. Like, remember how Boromir’s a total stick-in-the-mud who gets corrupted by the power of the Ring? Well, Eddard Stark is a square of equal proportion, except he’s also a moral compass type who verges on utter self-righteousness. I think Mr. Bean is more than up to the task, acting-chops-wise, I just hope he brings some very un-Boromir personality to the character.
Either way, Winter is eventually coming.