10:35am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Reunion Won't Air on HBO
Game of Thrones fans have not seen the last of Ned Stark — at least, in a manner of speaking.
Actor Sean Bean and others are returning to the Thrones franchise in the form of a reunion special, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The special, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will not air on HBO, however. Instead, the reunion (which was shot in Belfast, Thrones' primary filming location) will debut as part of a complete series box set, collecting all eight seasons of the hit show and set to arrive after the final season airs this spring.
News about the reunion first surfaced in an interview between Bean and The Hollywood Reporter, in which the erstwhile Lord of Winterfell revealed, "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 [O'Brien] kind of hosted the evening."
"It was the last episode, so we all got together," said Bean. "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."
No additional castmembers beyond Bean have been confirmed for the reunion, though one doesn't need to think too hard to imagine the list of guests. Countless actors have come and gone along the way throughout Thrones' run — including, but not limited to, Jason Momoa ("Khal Drogo"), Pedro Pascal ("Oberyn Martell"), Richard Madden ("Robb Stark") and Rose Leslie ("Ygritte"). Could one or more of those actors appear in the reunion? One can only hope, until further confirmation.
News about the Game of Thrones reunion's debut via home video release was first reported by EW.
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