Game of Thrones aired its series finale two years ago, but many of its actors finished working on the show long before it concluded. Though Sean Bean’s Ned Stark is one of the series’ most well-remembered characters, the English actor was only a main cast member in the show’s first season in 2011, with his role in the story wrapping up in an early, much-memed exit.
Since leaving Game of Thrones, Bean had apparently checked out on what was happening in Westeros over the next seven seasons. In a recent profile in The Times of London, the actor learned how the series ended for the first time and expressed a muted approval of how things shook out.
Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones’ ending are below
In the piece, the interviewer described how the series concluded with Ned’s son, Bran, being crowned the king of Westeros and his daughter, Sansa, becoming queen of the North.
“So did Winterfell stay separate?” Bean asked. “Oh, good for them.”
The exchange began as a question the interviewer had about Bean’s thoughts on the parallels between the Starks’ kingdom’s secession from the rest of Westeros and Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Bean admitted he had not kept up with Game of Thrones since leaving the show. When asked if he would want to avoid spoilers in case he eventually did get around to watching the rest of the series, Bean said “I’ll have forgotten by then, go on.”
Though Game of Thrones has concluded, HBO is plotting several returns to George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world. The prequel series House of the Dragon revealed its first look last month, showcasing the design of key characters. Additionally, the network is developing three other spin-offs as well as an animated series.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.