Sean Bean brings fantasy to Ireland July 21, 2009 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.