Sean Bean to shoot HBO’s Game of Thrones in Ireland. Sean Bean has signed on the lead role in “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series. The books revolves around a battle among seven kingdoms and between two ruling families for control of the Iron Throne, the possession that ensures survival through a 40-year winter to come. Bean will play Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, known for his sense of homer and justice, who becomes closest adviser to King Robert ( Mark Addy). Shooting is expected to get underway in Ireland this October with director Tom McCarthy at the helm.