IGN recently got to sit down and watch 15 minutes of footage from HBO's upcoming series, A Game of Thrones. You can read all about what they saw and what they thought about it here.
Among the most interesting parts of the article was the writer's thoughts on Eddard Stark's character.
I really got a great "retired gunslinger" feel from Bean's performance as Ned - a man who's tried very hard to leave his past life of warring and violence behind him but gets sucked back in to a world that he's desperately tried to protect his family from.
I never really thought of Ned in those terms, and if that is the way Sean Bean is trying to play it I'll be very interested to see how that comes out on screen.
All of the footage seen seems to have impressed, and the writer has nothing but good things to say about the upcoming series.
As for the rest of us poor shmucks, we'll just have to wait for April 17th.