If you haven’t seen this week’s Game of Thrones yet or haven’t read the book and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading now. Huge SPOILERS ahead!
Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones who haven’t read the books were stunned by this week’s installment in which Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, was executed by King Joffrey.
Some of those fans have begun to protest the move and HBO’s marketing the show with Bean as the star, saying they feel duped and angered by Bean’s departure from the show.
Responding to complaints from fans, who said that they felt duped and angered by Bean’s departure, HBO programming president Sue Neagle insisted that she “loved” the dramatic twist.
“The book series was filled with unexpected twists and turns. I loved this idea we’d bring together the group of characters, then once you started to believe all the tropes of heroes, you pull the rug out from under them. It’s the opposite of feeling manipulated,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
“Sean brings a giant following, but Thrones is not just about the promise you’re going to see one of your favorite actors week in and week out. The star is the story.”
She also defended the heavy use of Bean in promotion for the show, commenting: “Marketing is designed to bring people into something.”