'Game Of Thrones': Ned's Sense Of Duty Is His Tragic Flaw, Says Sean Bean

Winter is still coming! Only five more days until HBO's epic new series "Game of Thrones" is finally unveiled upon the masses, and to celebrate this highly-anticipated occasion, MTV News is rolling out a few more fun snippets from our interviews with the cast members and creators.

Today's installment features Sean Bean, an esteemed actor who is no stranger to the realms of fantasy and fiction. Bean plays Eddard "Ned" Stark, a noble commanding officer and Lord of Winterfell who is faced with the very challenging and politically-charged dilemma of answering a call of duty versus staying out of things altogether.


When we caught up with Bean back in January, he revealed that one of the reasons he was eager to take on the role was the chance to play a good man for a change, a character with an extraordinary sense of honor.

"I think it's his sense of duty, this ovewhelming sense of duty to do the right thing, the honorable thing, and be loyal to his King and his country," Bean said of what makes Ned tick. [Minor spoilers ahead!]

"He reluctantly joins the King as his right hand man and there begins his downfall," he added. "So the qualities of, the virtues of loyalty and honesty and the sense of duty ultimately become his downfall and he is too loyal, really, he is too honest, too honorable and it's a shame, you know."

Ah duty, honor, loyalty... all qualities of the finest men, and the most tragic of heroes.

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