Game Of Thrones Apparently Brought Back Former Stars For Big Reunion Special

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A big reunion is coming! Sean Bean has teased something Game of Thrones fans have been anxious to have happen for a long time -- a reunion special. The man who brought Ned Stark to life revealed the huge news, and, apparently, it all came up when Bean was asked if he still communicates with his Stark co-stars. Bean said:

Nobody, nobody at all! (laughs) I've only seen them on a couple of occasions. Last time, was about four weeks ago in Belfast. Conan O'Brien did this thing. It was the last episode, so we all got together. It was good! It's funny with work, you don't really keep in touch. You do so many types of jobs in that part of the world. It's just like whenever I see old friends or even old drama school friends, it's just the same, we pick up where we left off last time.

Exciting! Sean Bean did not reveal any further details regarding who took part in the special to THR, but he did confirm the show's existence. Fans certainly have a long list of past and present cast members to choose from, though. While the cast for the shorter Season 8 is still huge, the ensemble that could be tallied up through the years is simply massive. So, when Bean says "we all got together," it makes you wonder who exactly attended. Since Bean participated, stars who did not make it to Season 8 were, apparently, on the invite list.

It appears the Starks were on the list of attendees. Sean Bean did say they all got together. Talk about a reunion! Ned Stark did not make it past Season 1, and after that, it was casualty after casualty for the Stark family. In news that Ned would rejoice about, Sansa, Bran, Arya, and Jon Snow are still among the living. Unfortunately, Ned's wife, sons Robb, and Rickon, as well as his brother Benjen have passed.

For the survivors, it has been a brutal road to remain alive. As for the reunion, Sean Bean also revealed some other details, saying:

Yes, it was for season eight, the last one. So they decided to get all the characters together for a bit for this big show in Belfast and he kind of hosted the evening.

The special was taped around a month ago, but whether it will air on HBO, or as part of Conan O'Brien's TBS show is unclear. Regardless, it will be exciting to see the stars back together. So much has happened on Game of Thrones, it will be interesting to hear the cast potentially weigh in. While the books made Ned, Catelyn, and Robb Stark's fates knowable, other characters' fates post-Season 5 haven't been so easy to guess at.

There has been Jon Snow's return from the dead and the infamous non-zig zag by Rickon Stark. Does the cast think not running in a straight line could have saved Rickon from Ramsay? It would be nice if they at least talk about past plotlines, knowing that them weighing in with details on how the show ends seems unrealistic right now, since none of the final season has aired yet. Plus, cast members who potentially participated and have knowledge of the final season would not have wanted to discuss anything spoiler-related, for fear of it getting leaked.

The reunion special was filmed in Belfast, which is the location that has been Game of Thrones' filming headquarters since the beginning. Conan O'Brien has brought cast members on his late-night talk show in the past, so that makes him a decent fit to host a reunion special.

It is safe to say that fans will likely get a nice walk down memory lane during the reunion, but we will know for sure when it airs. Game of Thrones' eighth and final season premieres on HBO sometime in 2019. The amount of fall premieres happening in the meantime should help with the wait.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.